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Senators reject proposal to cut taxes in road-funding bill

Senators reject proposal to cut taxes in road-funding bill

A proposal to allow Texans to carry handguns openly without permits is eligible for a Texas House floor vote.

The Senate version of the bill will come up for a vote in a 4 p.m. committee Tuesday. Texas House Republicans apparently took note.

The version backed by Abbott would nullify nondiscrimination ordinances surrounding bathroom access already on the books in major Texas cities including Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. House Republicans, including Speaker Joe Straus, have openly called the bill, which would ban transgender Texans from using the public restroom that matches their gender identity, "unnecessary" and an impediment to local control.

Libby Gonzales, a transgender girl, left, sits with her mother Rachel, second from left, during a news conference held by opponents, including the ACLU, of a "bathroom bill" at the Texas State Capitol, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

Sponsored by Houston Republican Rep. Dan Huberty, the much-watched proposal seeks to increase annual, per-student funding about $210 to $5,350 while raising funding for school district transportation and educating dyslexic students. That's half of the more than $400 million that districts now receive through the expiring program.

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The bills now move to the full Senate for consideration. Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction, or ASATR, is set to expire in September, with about 250 or so small, rural school districts depending on it to keep their doors open.

"Funding the public schools is one of the most important things that we do". A banner flown over the Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head Island on Saturday - which many legislators attend - summed up the frustration: "Fix the damn roads", it read. It's passed through both houses.

"As the debate on this issue continues, I will work with the House and Senate to ensure we find a solution and ultimately get a bill to my desk that I will sign into law", Abbott said in a statement.

Huberty's bill would let the program expire and create a transitional $200 grant program over the next two years to help school districts that lose money under his bill. They argue it encourages high school students to think critically about science.

"While our system is lawful, it is terrible", he added. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), adding that it was paramount to "faithfully implement the intent of and the will of the 71 percent of Floridians who voted in favor of Amendment 2".

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Gov. Greg Abbott is signaling support for House legislation that some hope will serve as an alternative to the Senate's "bathroom bill".

"We promised our taxpayers not to write a hot check for school finance", said Rep Matt Schaefer of Tyler. Senate Joint Resolution 38 would have discouraged the use of emergency clauses by requiring two-thirds approval for any bill bearing such a clause.

"And that child suffered", Edwards says with her voice breaking, "like so numerous patients that we've heard from in committees over the years".

School districts would not be required to participate but could establish their own policies.

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