Texas' Republican House speaker said Friday night he's refusing state Senate demands to expand and strengthen a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, jeopardizing one of the most hotly debated pieces of legislation in the country's second-largest state.
The House instead has approved measures to give taxpayers more information about their local property tax bills and to say that students who don't want to use the restrooms that align with their "biological sex" should be given another option.
Flanked by almost two dozen of the state's 31 senators - most Republicans and Democrats - Patrick blasted Straus' poor leadership and that of House leaders.
Abbott on Sunday was reported to be considering various options for a 30-day special session, including whether to call lawmakers back in immediately after they adjourn on Monday or wait several days.
They watched as Republican Pat McCrory, who signed and defended the North Carolina bill as governor, became the only incumbent governor in the U.S.to lose in the general election a year ago.
"This is a controversial issue that impacts all of our Texas schools and students, and I believe that a conference committee is needed to clarify some provisions of the bill to provide for better implementation", Taylor said on Thursday.
"Tonight, I'm making it very clear".
That leaves a wide chasm between the House and Senate on a revenue bill that was seemingly headed to a House-Senate conference committee.
Enzi said that enough decisions have been made "in some areas" of policy to start writing the bill but declined to discuss a timetable, reports Politico news. Democrats stalled that bill Wednesday so they can try to force Republicans to negotiate a deal on state spending and tax proposals.
Although the Republican-lead American Health Care Act passed the House of Representatives, its chances in the Senate are rather slim.
The Texas Legislature has approved expanded state penal codes prohibiting bestiality and sent them to Gov. Greg Abbott.
House Republicans - along with House Republicans and House Democrats - have been skeptical of the income tax reductions and accompanying sales tax increase favored by Senate Republicans and the governor.
With the clock ticking on the legislative session, the House and Senate on Sunday lobbed accusations back and forth over inaction on critical legislation needed to save some state agencies from shuttering and to avoid legislative overtime.