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The "Bathroom Bill" is back in special session

Texas gun group wants governor to revisit constitutional carry

Abbott said during his Tuesday news conference announcing the special session that he wants the salary hikes to be paid for through legislation that reprioritizes how schools spend money and how school administrators hire and retain teachers.

Another one of Abbott's special session priorities is a ban on transgender bathrooms inside local public schools, a bill that Krier worries if passed would result in the NCAA cancelling its Final Four tournament, set to take place in San Antonio in 2018.

Once the sunset bill is through the state Senate, lawmakers will debate 19 other special items. The session starts July 18 and lawmakers are unlikely to ram through all the items in just one month. "At a minimum, we need a law that protects the privacy of our children in our public schools", Abbott told reporters at the Capitol in Austin, according to The New York Times. However, he has personally stated support for a House bill that would have overturned school districts' trans-inclusive policies and countywide or citywide nondiscrimination ordinances, as well as prevent localities from passing any LGBTQ-inclusive ordinances in the future. Importantly, Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus disagree on it, and nobody from Abbott on down the line was able to reconcile their views before the end of the regular session. No state has followed in the footsteps of North Carolina following the economic and political upheaval wrought by a 2016 law that required transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate. He also wants to strengthen regulations mandating that clinics and other health facilities report to state authorities all complications arising after abortions are performed, even though such complications are rare. The House also voted down an amendment with identical language during the session, he said.

They also sparked protests by banning so-called "sanctuary cities", the name given to U.S. towns and cities which choose not to fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

Insisting a special session was "entirely avoidable", Governor Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement that since he's now forced to bring lawmakers back to Austin, he intends "to make it count".

As expected, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that a special legislative session will begin on July 18.

But the Governor also seemed open to compromise. "We know passage of HB 2899 would be bad not just for the scores of transgender Texans whose lives will be made more hard and more unsafe, but for all the hardworking Texans who stand to suffer from the economic losses this action invites", said Kasey Suffredini, Acting CEO & President of Strategy for Freedom for All Americans. "People who have committed crimes like rape".

"I was not satisfied with the law as it was written", Abbott said Tuesday.

The regular session ended without movement on two bills, one in the Senate and one in the House, attempting to limit bathroom access for trans people.

The new law, which takes effect September 1 said drivers will not be allowed to read, write, or send electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle, unless the vehicle is stopped.