The regular Texas legislative session ended today with republicans and democrats in a pushing match nearly coming to blows and with one Republican promising to put a bullet in Democratic Hispanic caucus member . It wasn’t pretty. In fact the whole thing stinks of the sickness of privilege and bigotry and it might continue with a million dollar special session.
Meanwhile the LGBT community is on pins and needles waiting to hear if Governor Abbott will call a special session for the the bathroom bill.
Equality Texas members attempted to deliver petitions to the governor’s office Saturday, encouraging him to oppose the lieutenant governor’s call for a special session reports the San Antonio Express News
The coalition attempted to deliver a box of materials showing 33,000 phone calls, text messages, visits to the Texas Capitol and other actions were made this year to fight the so-called “bathroom bill.” The materials were compiled by the Texas Freedom Network, ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas and the Human Rights Campaign.
The activists were told by Gov. Greg Abbott’s staff that his office was closed Saturday, although people could be seen through the frosted glass doors.
There is no way to overstate the sense of dread Trans Texans have lived in these past 140 days and that has only intensified with this sword of Damocles hanging over us. I am no expert on the legislative process but it seems when a particular item is scheduled to be addressed during a special session it ends up being passed according to a party line vote.
The Texas legislature is controlled by right wing extremists who have delighted in the social distress they have wrought upon the trans community this year. They would take untold pleasure in passing the most hateful anti transgender bill the country has ever seen regardless of how needless, costly or to to what detriment it would have on Gov. Greg Abbott’s political life.
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But there is a glimmer of hope. Without reading too much into this it would appear might be a reason for the grim faces worn by Lt.Gov. Dan Patrick and his potty brigade when he last asked Gov. Abbott to call a special session.
The video begins with Abbott justifying the bill he was signing into law. He made some points here, that if applicable to all Texans would give him all the reason he would need not to sign a bathroom bill.
Abbott was very pleased that all of his priorities were successfully addressed by the legislature. Abbott said he would make an announcement later this week.
“I can tell you this, and that is when it gets to a special session, the time and the topics are solely up to the governor of the state of Texas, and we will be, if we have a special session, convening only on the topics that I choose at the time of my choosing,” Abbott told reporters after a bill-signing ceremony in Austin.
Monday is the last day of the regular session. Lawmakers still have not come to an agreement on property taxes and a “bathroom bill” that would regulate which restroom transgender Texans can use. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had named those issues priorities in the homestretch, and Patrick has pushed for a special session on them.
Asked how much pressure he felt from Patrick to call a special session, Abbott replied, “none.”