Texas Capitol News Includes Return Of Former Governor Perry

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Then focus shifts to Governor Greg Abbott who is the only one that can call a special session, if he sees it necessary.

The Texas Legislature deadlocked over the views of the Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on the usage of public restrooms in school and government buildings in Texas.

Amid threats of a special legislative session over the "bathroom bill", the Texas House on May 21 approved a proposal that would keep transgender students from using school bathrooms that match their gender identity.

House Republicans want to soften the Senate on requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.

"He said he has compromised enough, but in fact, he has not compromised at all", Patrick said. A similar measure had stalled in the House, but supporters used an amendment to tack the bathroom restrictions onto a separate and otherwise unrelated bill covering school emergency operation plans for situations such as natural disasters. He feels the legislation passed Sunday night requiring schools to create single occupancy bathrooms for transgender students was a compromise.

But Abbott - who made no mention of bathrooms while laying out his priorities in his State of the State address in January - has become vocal in the final weeks of the session.

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"I don't expect that hole to be anywhere near that size, if there's a hole at all", he said of projected deficits growing from $121 million in 2018-19 to $178 million by 2021-22.

That leaves a wide chasm between the House and Senate on a revenue bill that was seemingly headed to a House-Senate conference committee. "They want us to stay here and get the job done", Patrick said. The legislative session ends Monday. "Everybody's working on it, I'm hopeful we're going to get there, but that's all I can tell you about it", Justice said in brief comments while he walked from a late-day discussion with House Democrats and back into a gathering of Senate Republicans.

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, which left Texas's tech-savvy capital city a year ago over local fingerprint requirements for drivers, are set to return after state lawmakers intervened.

The Texas Legislature has approved expanded state penal codes prohibiting bestiality and sent them to Gov. Greg Abbott.

When asked about the Senate Republican stance that a House amendment to SB 1929 was not germane, state Rep.

On Friday, Patrick continued his threat to push for a special session and said the House at a minimum should pass HB 2899, which, he noted, 80 House members had signed on to.

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