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12 Agosto 2017, 03:15 | Crisanna Felipe
More than a dozen San Antonio chief executives - including Sam Dawson of Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. and Bill Greehey of NuStar Energy - previously called the legislation a "detriment to the pro-business environment" in Texas in a letter to Straus in July.
And Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick may wonder if rapidly passing bills through the Senate may have inadvertently handed House Speaker Joe Straus the keys to the legislative auto.
The bill's supporters say it's needed because reporting requirements on abortion are lacking.
Opponents of the bill said there is no way to foresee the need for this type of coverage.
Jillson says while the bathroom privacy legislation is dead, he says it will return. The House has repeatedly voted against subsidizing private school tuition with state funding, and its Public Education Committee last week struck that portion from the measure, Senate Bill 2 - essentially gutting it. 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. It would also nix parts of local nondiscrimination ordinances meant to ensure transgender Texans can use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.
Just like during the regular session, Straus has refused to refer that bill to a House committee - the first step in the legislative process.
During a Senate Republican Caucus news conference, Sen. But state lawmakers are expected to approve something on the issue before Texas' special session ends next week.
Meanwhile, by remaining silent in a separate spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee signaled that it is open to granting a federal employee raise in January, most likely the 1.9 percent that President Trump proposed.
Although disagreements in policies stem from party lines, Democrats do not have the ability to slow or stop the progress of either chambers' legislative agenda. If neighboring buildings are too close, too tall, or too brightly lit, that can affect a base's viability for certain kinds of training, making them more likely to be shuttered the next time there's a Base Realignment and Closure evaluation by the Department of Defense. If put into law, the bill will take effect as soon as December 1 and force women to buy supplemental plans if they wish to have abortions, even if induced by rape. Similar efforts were unsuccessful during the regular session. "The business community has emerged, they won this one".
Democrats staunchly opposed the bill arguing that it focused exclusively on enhancing penalties for criminals and did nothing to tackle the heart of the problem: a mail-in ballot application system that was too easy to cheat. So when lawmakers made a decision 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".
"The speaker is very clearly involved in blocking this issue", state Rep.
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