Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, the bill's author in this special legislative session, said she was disappointed the task force bill didn't pass during the regular legislative session. They also note private schools are not held to the same accountability standards as public schools and question the use of giving tax dollars to private entities.
Some supporters of the bill also spoke against "gender confusion", and one woman used her two minutes to tout transgender "conversion therapy". While the vote fell along party lines, senators voted unanimously to create a task force to study the state's puzzlingly high maternal mortality rate, which almost doubled between 2010 and 2014 and is among the worst in the developed world - a problem some have theorized is in some way connected to the massive family planning cuts that GOP legislators passed in 2011.
To keep the governmental agencies alive, the House must pass both House Bill 1 and House Bill 2. It would permit insurance companies to write off donations to certain educational organizations. The Senate Bill 2 will lead to the creation of a scholarship program based on tax credits. Students who are protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act would be eligible for the scholarship. It passed on a voice vote yesterday. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, to require stricter reporting of abortion-related medical complications. The lone Republican senator to vote no was Kel Seliger, the former mayor of Amarillo; local officials have argued that the bill could impede their ability to provide public-safety services to citizens.
"More people could die if this bill becomes law", said a video released by Legacy Community Health. For minors who receive an abortion, the bill also requires the state to be told whether parental consent was given. Eddie Lucio of Brownsville, voted with the Republicans. Speaker of the House Joe Straus, however, opposes the bill as morally bankrupt.
Sens. Collins and Reed on hot mic: Trump is 'crazy,' 'I'm worried'
At this point, Collins is the GOP senator who's voted against Trump the most , and she's still voted with his whims 86% of the time. "Yes.
The House is required to move on the "sunset" legislation before continuing with other legislation. "We have a national campaign called 'See a Bully, Stop a Bully, ' and we teach kids in school how to stand up to bullies".
As a result, a day that began with GOP hopes of passing up to a dozen bills ended Monday with consideration of only six, including a debate that began shortly before 7 p.m. on an effort to rein in city and county property taxes by setting automatic elections for rate increases of 4 percent or higher.
The House is set to take the final vote on HB1 Tuesday.
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