Debate Over Texas Bathroom Bill Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon

Daily Texan Staff

Gov. Greg Abbott says he wants lawmakers to pass a bathroom privacy bill.

Abbott defended his conservative call while speaking at a Texas Public Policy Foundation event.

"We stand with our partners here in Texas in opposition to any proposed legislation that tolerates discrimination or seeks to limit existing protections for the LGBTQ community", ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, said at the press conference.

Meanwhile back at the Capitol, Senate and House democrats came together to speak about the Special Session.

Abbott also weighed in on school finance reform during his remarks, touting his plan to create a commission to study the topic.

Their message? They'll be active during the special session and the 2018 Republican primaries - speaking their minds and casting their votes based on issues, not on political party.

Abbott said that while all were important, he considered addressing property taxes the "number one issue" of the special session. "It's because Dan Patrick threw a fit".

"Everybody knows why we're gonna have that special session", said House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prarie). "He demanded we have a special session and Greg Abbott gave in to what he wanted". Smith, a member of Indivisible's Austin chapter, isn't exactly a fan of the governor, a strong social conservative who recently revived an anti-trans bathroom bill in the legislature.

The Texas Democrats also laid out their priorities for the session, calling it Real Solutions.

"While I'm disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security did not request flight hours for National Guard aerial support operations to assist the U.S. Border Patrol under Operation Phalanx for this year, I'm nonetheless glad to see that the funding I secured through the Defense Appropriations bill for that Operation is going to the men and women in our Texas National Guard for critical training operations at our southern border", Cuellar said. "It's the contrary", said Sen.

Both houses will gavel in at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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