It’s “good news, bad news” time here in the Lone Star State, y’all. The good news? The Texas 2017-2018 legislative session has ended without passage of the bathroom bill.
The bad news? Gov. Greg Abbott has called a special session, and on the agenda is Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s obsession: the bathroom bill. If certain legislation doesn’t pass during a session, the governor can call the legislators back in order to finish up the job. Mr. Patrick took advantage of this fact. From The Texas Tribune: “Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had been pushing Abbott to call a special session on the bathroom issue, as well as property taxes.”
Fortunately, the Texas House doesn’t seem terribly interested in passing the bill. It’ll be bad for the economy and bad for privacy rights. Unfortunately, the governor can keep calling special sessions until he deems the work of the legislature complete.