Lawmakers more hopeful they'll avoid stalemates that would force special session

Mothers protest in downtown Austin against law banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas

Mothers protest in downtown Austin against law banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas

Gov. Dan Patrick - titty baby supreme of Texas (Trump holds the national title) - has threatened to force the Legislature into a special session unless Speaker of the House Joe Strauss falls into goose-step line and gets both an anti-transgender bathroom bill (Patrick's special interest issue) and a specific tax bill passed out of the house.

Despite Patrick's threats, the House already appeared likely to approve property tax cuts, and the bathroom rules can pass attached to related bills.

Only the governor can call a special session, but Patrick's key source of leverage is a measure known as the "sunset safety net bill", which lawmakers have to pass each session to keep a long list of state agencies from shutting down.

Patrick said the Senate "must see action in the House to pass several key" pieces of legislation before moving on the so-called "sunset safety net" legislation, the procedural bill governing state agencies that undergo periodic reviews. "While I respect and defer to Governor Abbott's right to call a special session on any topic, I believe that such a session will not be necessary if we work together to pass two critical bills".

Ultimately, it's Gov. Greg Abbott who has the authority to call a special session. "But I do not agree that we can just pass the budget and a sunset bill and call it a day".

The final day of the 85th Legislature is May 29 but other deadlines are quickly approaching. Straus wrote that the Legislature could avoid a special session if it finished its work on the budget and passed the sunset safety net bill. "These are not poll-tested priorities, but they can make a very real difference in Texans' lives".

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"I'm optimistic that we will produce a reasonable and equitable compromise on the budget", he said.

"This puts us on the precipice of a special session", he said. "The Senate is demanding that we provide far fewer resources for schools than the House approved and that we begin to subsidize private education - a concept that the members of the House overwhelmingly rejected in early April".

Patrick said he won't stop until they're law.

The bathroom legislation has stalled in the House. "He has a purposely stalled these issues all session". The House made changes and approved it.

Other legislation Patrick mentioned as key issues he wants lawmakers deal with include several anti-abortion bills, a bill to make tweaks to the state's voter ID law amid legal challenges and House Bill 21, meant to reform a complex school finance system and inject about $1.5 billion into public schools.

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