After sustained national outcry, Texas' bathroom bill is likely dead

Protesters rally in favor of transgender rights at the Texas Capitol

Protesters rally in favor of transgender rights at the Texas Capitol

Greg Abbott a bill created to make voting easier for thousands of Texans. Though a Senate committee advanced a House version of the bill Tuesday, lawmakers there amended it in a way that will likely be unpalatable to House members, whose own bill replicated one Abbott vetoed during the regular session.

"It was an oversight that people missed", said Rep. 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. The legislation already has been approved by the Senate, so a final vote by the House will send them to Abbott for his consideration. Those amendments were all voted down. House lawmakers approved the amendment in an 89-48 vote, before tentatively approving SB 5 by a 90-37 margin.

Rep. Tom Oliverson, a Cypress Republican who had championed the nursing home law, said he was confused about what triggered the push to destroy it, but he suspected that bipartisan buy-in may have played a role.

"The travel industry is the curator of the Texas hospitality brand", the letter said. "People get nervous when they see the other side in favor of something, because they assume it gives them an advantage in elections".

"Seniors' votes shouldn't be stolen", that tweet said.

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If the spending bills move before the budget, it will be another example of a budget process not following regular order in the House.

McCutchen leaves with sore left knee, Pirates beat Jays 4-2
Martin grounded out in the bottom of the first, then took the field for the second inning for warm-up pitches from Marcus Stroman. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen limped off because of a sore left knee one batter after hitting an RBI double in the third.


More sweeping legislation on the same issue, North Carolina's House Bill 2, tarnished that state's brand when it was passed into law a year ago.

AUSTIN - After tea-party lawmakers threatened a fight over a rule to prevent the House from changing proposed new property tax restrictions, the idea was withdrawn Thursday.

Democrats said they feared the bill will criminalize kitchen-table conversations about candidates that take place while a mail-in ballot is being filled out, but the bill's author, Sen. "It's basically an unfunded mandate".

"I won't let flawless be the enemy of good", Huffman said. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas. And we have laws for them.

"It was a prime example of legislation that practically would have worked to eliminate mail-in ballot fraud", she said. "Our goal is to increase the penalties on those who commit such fraud in hopes to deter them from performing those actions forever more". Fraudulent use of a ballot, for instance, would rise from a state jail felony to a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Under the law, penalties for election crimes would be increased to the next-highest offense level. "Many Texans are alarmed at the effort by some to erode all gender barriers in our schools and public spaces and at the end of the day, there will be future legislative sessions and elections to continue the conversation".

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