Special Session Comes to Abrupt End Without Top Priority Legislation

Rep. Matt Schaefer chair of the Freedom Caucus answers reporters questions after the House Republican Caucus meeting

"Democrats can say, along with republicans, the bill to extend the task force to study why so many Texas women are dying within a year of child birth - that got through", Rocha said.

Cesar Franco, left, and Zecharia Long, right, lead members of Tradition, Family, Property, a group supporting the Texas "bathroom bill", in procession following a prayer rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Austin. The bill was killed in the House after Republican House Speaker Joe Straus decided the measure simply wasn't a priority.

Abbott had previously said he will work with lawmakers to "get a bill to my desk that I will sign into law".

Chances of any last-minute deals extinguished when the House adjourned for good late Tuesday in a special legislative session, and although Republican Gov. Greg Abbott could order lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again, he would politically risk a third failed attempt with the rest of the country watching.

But the House essentially dashed before any compromise had been made on property-tax reform - Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick's top priority for the special session.

Enactment in Texas, the most populous Republican-dominated state, could give momentum to other socially conservative states for additional action on an issue that has become a flashpoint in the US culture wars. "There is a deep divide between the House and Senate on these important issues".

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Fearing business backlash and heeding advice from law enforcement, the bill never came through the procedural process for a vote in the House. Abortion rights groups said they plan a court fight to prevent it from becoming law. Brandon Creighton and Rep. John Smithee this special session.

Then he said he had not appointed a conference committee because he was "trying to keep the bill alive".

Texas' special session has come to an end.

Opponents are still anxious bathroom bill language could be attached as an amendment to another bill, but as of Monday afternoon, no such action had been taken.

"Throughout the regular legislative session and this special session, we have seen attack after attack on our reproductive freedoms", Busby said. Failing were such red-state issues as a "transgender bathroom bill", school vouchers, local property tax restrictions and limits on paycheck deductions for union dues. The second bill, passed by both state chambers on Friday, would require doctors and health clinics to report abortion complications to the state in greater detail, according to Life Site News. The bill prohibits general insurance policies from providing coverage of elective abortions, even in cases of rape.

"What we're saying here is: If you want to buy this coverage, you can buy it", Smithee said during the House debate.

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