Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

House school funding bill isn't great, but we'll take it

House school funding bill isn't great, but we'll take it

Despite the governor's insistence that the Legislature should go "20 for 20" on his special session agenda, it's clear that won't be the case come next week.

One other bill given final approval Friday - House Bill 13, requiring stricter reporting of abortion-related medical complications - wasn't ready for Abbott's signature Friday evening.

Together we rise and say "NO" to any effort to discriminate.

And while the Republican-dominated chambers have tackled several other issues, with limited time left in the session, they remain at odds on details. "We put everything off until the end and then have a big cram session". The House is also sitting on two other "bathroom bills", the group notes, and Abbott could even call another special session. They say it would interfere with their ability to raise the revenue they need to provide services in areas including public safety. Matt Rinaldi, an Irving Republican who is one of 12 members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Supporters of the bill have used the usual talking points about the possibility of assault on women and children by men gaining access to restrooms or changing rooms by pretending to be transgender, but opponents have pointed out that this is a nonexistent problem.

Taylor, whose district includes part of Brazoria County, said he would hear HB 21 in the Senate Education Committee, possibly this week, but he would not compromise on the bulk of the legislation.

Hope remains for property tax reform, which both Abbott and Lt. Gov. Would Abbott repeal a bill he already signed and even cheered?

Greg Abbott doesn't actually hate trees.

The Texas House has now passed two of three abortion related bills during this special session. House members voted Thursday to approve a pair of bills that will continue and fund operations for the Texas Medical Board and four other agencies that oversee therapists and medical professionals past their September 1 expiration date.

The Texas House last week voted to fund about $1.8 billion for public education, but Senate Republicans on Tuesday instead talked up a proposal to study school finance instead of providing more funds now. Throughout the special session, the governor has maintained a steady pace of TV interviews aimed at every media market in the state, and that shows no signs of slowing. Yet as testimony proceeded in regular session, it became obvious the sexual predators in accounts offered up for committee consideration were not transgenders at all but heterosexual males seeking out victims. They worry that major corporations, concerts, or conferences could choose to boycott the state if such legislation passes, thereby costing the state extra revenue and new economic opportunities. Currently, voters can petition for a rollback election if their municipality raises their effective tax rate higher than 8 percent. That's why Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, has filed House Bill 362, creating joint land zoning boards, bringing together local government, the military, property owners, and stakeholders on any zoning decisions.

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