Texas Tribune talks legislative session wrap up

The Texas House on Tuesday gave an initial OK to a Senate bill that would supply officers on patrol across the state with bulletproof vests. Lois Kolkhorst, author of the bill, as she presents it on the floor of the senate for debate at the state capitol in Austin, Texas. “If the bills don’t pass in the special and they’re blocked again, I will ask the governor to call us back again and again and again”.The last day of the legislative session is May 29. Straus wrote that the Legislature could avoid a special session if it finished its work on the budget and passed the sunset safety net bill.Chuck Smith CEO of Equality Texas, which opposes the legislation, said in a statement that a special session would hurt everyday Texans and cost the state millions of dollars.Republican House Speaker Joe Straus, whose San Antonio district stands to lose its right to host next year’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball championship if SB 6 becomes law, has shown little support for the bill, saying it could damage the state’s reputation and economy.We implore Gov. Abbott to stop this cycle and to help improve the safety of our children in Texas; to force those in the education system to ethically do right by reporting these cases and for parents/guardians of these children to be aware of the situations so that these families can get the counseling and assistance they need to get on with their lives.The legislation – championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott – is all but certain to win passage.The Senate already passed property tax cuts and rules on transgender Texans’ public restroom use.”We don’t do anything one chamber or the other”, Straus said. “The governor is grateful that the House has set the property tax bill to be heard on the floor tomorrow, and is making progress on privacy legislation”.The bathroom access bill has yet to be referred to a House committee.The bathroom bill, Senate Bill 6, as approved by the Senate, would specify that people use restrooms, dressing rooms and locker rooms in government buildings, schools and universities that align with the sex on their birth certificates.The 5G network could provide better cellphone coverage for attendees at events like Texas-OU or the Austin City Limits Music Festival, said Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, the sponsor of the bill in the House.This is a developing story from The Texas Tribune and will be updated.