Texas 'bathroom bill' fading as legislative session wraps up

Posted May 30, 2017

His statement came at a news conference on Monday, the last day of the regular 85th legislative session, and addressed growing speculation about whether there will be a special session since lawmakers didn't pass some issues he deemed important this year.

"When it gets to a special session, the time and topics are exclusively up to the governor of State of Texas, and, if we have a special session, convening only on the topics that I choose at the time of my choosing", Abbott said. With the signing of the bill, Lyft and Uber will resume operations in Austin.

Texas' legislative session is winding down with a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people all but dead and negotiations to salvage it at a standstill. According to KVUE members of the House and Senate took turns blaming each other for the failed legislation. "And if they don't finish the review, unless there's a Safety Net Bill, those agencies just lose their authorization and disappear". He says, as of this writing, the reason lawmakers could head to a special session is a yet un-passed and "phenomenally boring" piece of legislation - the Sunset Safety Net Bill. Van Taylor said the House "created the crisis you see in front of you today", and argued that while the House's proposed fix on the pending sunset legislation would continue five agencies at risk of closing, it would not extend chapters of state code, Taylor said. But he could be forced to call lawmakers back to avoid the closure of those agencies.

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Texas state lawmakers only convene every-other year, meaning they won't meet again until 2019 - unless Abbott calls a 30-day special session.