Abbott was noncommittal over a bill passed by Texas Senate in March that mimicked the original North Carolina law.
Welch said that he would not have to make any changes to his physical appearance before going into a women's bathroom, based on local ordinances.
"It allows school districts to plan consistently from year to year", said Ray Freeman, executive director of the Equity Center. "When there is no money, it's a lot harder to make cuts - everybody thinks theirs is the most important".
"We appreciate the collaborative of Chair Bileca and Chair Diaz in shaping good policy through partnership with school board members, and their commitment to allocate funding around what is best for students, '" said FCSBM President Shawn Frost.
Rep. Harold Dutton, R-Houston, who has been in the Legislature for more than three decades, said he felt confident the bill would pass.
If the House bill becomes law, cities would no longer be able to extend protections beyond the federal minimums, which include race, religion and national origin. A bill that would let doctors to prescribe marijuana as treatment for Iowans who suffer from 18 chronic and debilitating conditions passed the Senate by a 45-5 vote.
"The governor has the upper hand", he said. "I support veterans and I believe we need to protect their memory and what they've done for this country". Huberty said the bill is not a total fix, but it's a start.
Throughout the evening, Huberty successfully moved to table many of his colleagues' proposed amendments to the bill, either because they would add to the bill's price tag or because he deemed them irrelevant to his legislation.
Several school finance reform advocates asked Taylor to ensure that the plan would help alleviate high local property taxes by getting the state to give more money to schools.
The Texas House is considering a bill that's different than one that sparked outcry when it cleared the state Senate last month.
"If you work really hard and graduate in the top 10 percent of your class, it's blind, I mean, it's colorblind", Menéndez said during the meeting.
An attempt by Republicans in the state Senate to tighten up the eligibility requirements for food stamps fell flat in the House on Tuesday, as the 21-member House Committee on Health and Human Services voted unanimously to retain the bill.
"A poison pill" - that's what some lawmakers are calling an attempt to change the gas tax bill as the battle to fix roads in SC continues.
Under the Senate proposal, the local cities and municipalities could opt into the program or create their own.