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The Look Back: What happened during the 85th legislative session

30 May, 2017, 06:46 | Author: Rickey Alvarado
  • Gov. Greg Abbott signing HB 100 into law

Texas' legislative session was winding down Sunday, with an all but dead "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people caught in a clash between mainstream Republicans and the most conservative wing of the party that.

The 85th Legislature will adjourn Sine Die on Monday, which means without assigning another day to meet. But there are further unfinished matters. Lawmakers said this measure is needed to keep the doors of the Texas Medical Board - which licenses doctors in Texas - open. But last week, Patrick threatened to force a special session if the House did not rubber-stamp the property tax and bathroom bills previously passed by the Senate - even though that power rests exclusively with the governor.

But the Senate removed the language added by the House without offering any reasoning to the conference committee that was appointed to iron out a final bill, said state Rep. Cindy Burkett, the House's lead negotiator on the bill. "That's a tool in my toolbox".

His latest request for a special session came Sunday, because Senate Bill 1929 didn't pass the Senate.

As Texas Governor Greg Abbott delays making a decision about whether to call state lawmakers back to work for a special legislative session, the heads of some of the largest tech businesses in the world sent a message to the state leader.

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These charges are alone issued by the governor, however, despite calls by Patrick to issue a special session for his own priorities.

Abbott said that if he does call a special session, it will be over issues that he decides.

Special sessions can run for up to 30 days.

Abbott has previously stated he wants to see the legislature pass all three contested bills, but also preferred that they do it during the regular session, as opposed to a special session, which would cost millions in taxpayer money.


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