Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Senate To Start Drafting Health Care Bill Over Upcoming Recess

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law.

The House wanted the bathroom bill to be limited to schools, while the Senate favored expansion to all public buildings, even overriding city ordinances.

"For many of us - and especially for me - this was a compromise", Straus said at a Friday news conference.

Texas' legislative session is winding down with a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people all but dead and negotiations to salvage it at a standstill. The Senate's changes to House Bill 107 would have raised the state's consumer sales tax to 7.25 percent in exchange for reductions to personal income tax rates. Patrick said the fix - a "Hail Mary", he called it - was insufficient and the Senate wouldn't act on it.

The House instead has approved measures to give taxpayers more information about their local property tax bills and to say that students who don't want to use the restrooms that align with their "biological sex" should be given another option.

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The Senate says the House didn't pass their original bill on time and the legislation from the House that was finally sent over does not cover everything it needs too. Abbott then took target practice, as he often does after signing gun bills.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has threatened to block a "sunset bill" needed to avoid five agencies from expiring under the state's Sunset Commission review process. House Republicans wanted to restore 75 percent of the cuts, but the Senate resisted that reversal as well, agreeing to restore only 25 percent.

But any version that emerges would make Texas the first state to pass a bill reminiscent of North Carolina's controversial 2016 law that was partially repealed in March following intense political and economic backlash. "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. The CEOs of Google, Amazon, Apple and others expressed their concern over the potential enactment of a "discriminatory legislation" in a letter, addressed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, dated May 27th.

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.

"We have had several votes on various tax plans during this special session, and now have a very clear idea what proposals members support and what ideas they do not", Armstead emphasized.

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