Friday, 17 November, 2017

Texas Democrats lay out their own special session priorities

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The governor was forced to call the session after lawmakers jeopardized a handful of state agencies, including the Texas Medical Board, when legislation reauthorizing them fell victim to a standoff between the House and Senate over a bill that would regulate bathroom use in public buildings for transgender people.

State. Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said he hopes the governor will consider formally adding some Democratic priorities to the special session agenda, criticizing numerous current agenda items as "dangerous", "divisive" or "non-issues". He also said he would aggressively hold lawmakers accountable for their positions on his legislative agenda and encouraged others to do the same. Phil Gilbert, global head of design at IBM, said the bill clashes with the company's values of diversity and inclusion, which "go hand-in-hand with innovation". "No one gets to hide".

And state Rep. Shawn Thierry, D-Houston, said the legislation she filed to address high rates of maternal mortality in Texas should be somewhere "we can all find common ground". Patrick has declared his support for the governor's full agenda, saying last week that "his agenda is my agenda is the people's agenda".

Earlier this year a bill that would have banned transgender Texans from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity failed in the Texas legislature. For more details, visit the Facebook event page here.

While there, he also identified his top priority for the Special Session. Instead, he focused on teacher pay and school finance, proposing a plan to "reprioritize" existing state funds from the Texas Lottery to pay for teacher bonuses and retirement benefits.

Straus has said a school finance reform study is too little, too late.