Measure to Eliminate Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas Moves Forward in Senate

Measure to Eliminate Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas Moves Forward in Senate

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is clamoring for a special legislative session unless the Texas House approves legislation it was already expected to pass including a so called "bathroom bill" and property tax cuts.

Patrick deemed Senate Bill 2, a property tax bill from state Sen.

According to the Texas Tribune, Patrick is ready to go to the Governor to ask for a special session. The governor has noted that both bills are priorities of his own, and a few weeks ago admitted to calling up megachurch pastors and asking them to please promote the bathroom bill from the pulpit and ask congregants to put pressure on their state lawmakers to pass it. Patrick said he's going to deliver a letter signed by "some of the most prominent pastors in the state from some of the biggest megachurches in the state" to House Speaker Joe Straus's desk.

The final day of the 85th Legislature is May 29 but other deadlines are quickly approaching. The Legislature is constitutionally required to pass a budget bill in order to fund the state government, but the law does not require it to do so during the regular session. He said he would not allow action on a safety-net bill for agencies under sunset review until the House moves on the bills he wants.

Only Governor Greg Abbott can call a special session.

Both Abbott and Patrick have openly called for legislation to end hailstorm lawsuit abuse. They say they are enraged by revelation after revelation being reported by the big newspapers.

Cecilia Abbott joined the wives of lawmakers in the Texas Senate on Tuesday.

Putting nodes in rights-of-way is standard practice for many utility companies, but the bill would standardize it and cap the fees that cities can charge for the use of public property.

FILE - In this March 6, 2017 file photo, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, left, center, talks about his state's "bathroom bill", at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.

The bathroom bill, Senate Bill 6, as approved by the Senate, would specify that people use restrooms, dressing rooms and locker rooms in government buildings, schools and universities that align with the sex on their birth certificates. "Another bill should be amended", he said. Forest is a strong supporter of the bill.

Although Patrick did not take questions after the press conference, Straus did.

House members have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to make a decision.

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