Friday, 18 August, 2017

Abbott's Supporters Decry Gridlock During Special Session

After three weeks Texas legislators have little to show for their efforts Making the most of the Special Legislative Session, one Houston-area Legislator is calling for more ethics accountability in Texas
Kenny Thornton | 12 August, 2017, 06:59

Earlier this week, he told Texas Monthly that aside from passing any essential sunset legislation, the House has already passed what he called "our priorities", including school finance reform, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a first attempt at local property tax caps, and restoring cuts to children's therapy services. On Thursday, almost 1,500 school officials sent a letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urging him to support the primary legislation that deals with school finance, House Bill 21, which passed out of the House on Monday.

But according toMy Statesman, Rep.

During the regular session, the Senate passed similar legislation, but it didn't make it through the House.

Texas' controversial "bathroom bill" legislation has hit a roadblock in the state's House. So when lawmakers chose to address the problem while also creating an even better solution, Texas Democratic Party Legislative Director Glen Maxey called House Bill 658 "the biggest expansion of voting rights in Texas since we moved to early voting". Ron Simmons, said it would be hard to amend the bill as written to any other legislation moving through the chamber.

Supporters of the bill said increasing penalties for mail-in ballot from "slaps on the wrist" would deter people thinking of engaging in election crime. We are not aware of any maneuvers to bypass the committee process during the special session to bring this bill to the House floor other than amending the language on another germane bill. He said he would prefer that the state let local officials control their revenues, but that the county could life with the 6 percent margin. The biggest change was an amendment added by the bill's House sponsor, Craig Goldman of Fort Worth, that nixed a change to election law that was approved by both chambers during the regular session and signed into law by Abbott.

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Long tied up in committee, the bill advanced out of committee Thursday and is expected to surface for a floor vote. Doctors in hospitals and emergency clinics also will have three days to report treating women for problems resulting from an abortion. Before the special session even began, far-right Republicans were calling for Straus' head.

Opponents of the bill said there is no way to foresee the need for this type of coverage.

With the passage of a bathroom bill seeming improbable, Republican state Sen. Currently, voters can petition for a rollback election if their municipality raises their effective tax rate higher than 8 percent. "We're not", Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the Angleton Republican who chairs the Ways & Means Committee, said last week. "I'm very concerned and I think it would be a huge disappointment", she said.

The Senate committee swiftly laid out a substitute bill Friday morning that would put $311 million into public schools, with funding from the Health and Human Services Commission. "You've got to pass a bill so you've got something to negotiate on".

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