"Consequently, the Texas Travel Industry Association will oppose any "bathroom bill" under consideration during this special session that will have a detrimental effect on our industry by degrading the attractiveness of the Texas image to event planners and other potential visitors to our state".
The prospects of another one that Abbott has personally championed - curtailing cities' ability to regulate tree cutting on private land - are shaky.
It's unclear whether bathroom bill proponents will orchestrate an 11th-hour attempt to attach the restrictions to another piece of legislation.
"We are exhausted of being used to promote discrimination simply to satisfy a few politicians who need to keep extreme political funders happy", says Mellie Price, the owner of a firm that works with startups in Austin. Greg Abbott's three abortion-related priorities, passed the Senate on a 22-9 vote Thursday.
"With this, everything sunset is to the governor", state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, said as he laid out the legislation.
Abbott's office has been particularly encouraged by the progress on his top priority of property tax reform, noting there's been more headway on it in the past 21 days than there was during the entire regular session.
Bill sponsor state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, said the objective of the bill is information. It is one of a number of pro-life bills that Texas lawmakers passed this month during a special session called by Abbott. Moody, who chairs the jurisprudence committee and sponsored the legislation, explained that "continuing to work on the bill now by soliciting input will better position it for success during the next regular session of the state Legislature in 2019". If a new spending measure is not passed, there will be a government shutdown. That legislation, which has yet to hit the House floor, would set the trigger for property tax elections at 6 percent. Alan Vera of the Harris County Republican Party said as he testified in support of the bill at a Senate hearing.
The Calendars Committee approved the no-amendments rule in scheduling the bill for a Saturday floor debate.
Taylor said Tuesday that he would not accept the House proposal. The House wants to increase how much the state spends per student, increase how much money is divvied out to educate bilingual children and students with dyslexia, and make other changes.
The hardliners in the Senate have consistently clashed with the more moderate forces in the House of Representatives, resulting in gridlock.
The Senate committee swiftly laid out a substitute bill Friday morning that would put $311 million into public schools, with funding from the Health and Human Services Commission.
Dan Patrick has whipped major bills through the Senate, 20 of which relate to 18 items on Abbott's call list, House Speaker Joe Straus has pitched a few unrelated bills through his chamber, but hasn't touched the contentious social issues on the list.