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Texas Reps. initially pass bill to regulate rideshare companies statewide

21 April 2017, 01:54 | Rodolfo Wallace

Texans of all stripes came out in force against the Texas House's bathroom bill Wednesday night, stretching a late-night public hearing for House Bill 2899 well into Thursday morning.

"Members, since I've begun my legislative career, and prior to that as a school board member, the one thing I always said I would do if given the chance was try to fix the school finance system in the State of Texas", said Huberty.

Governor Greg Abbott said earlier this week he supports the House's alternative and that he wants to get a version of the bill to his desk to sign.

State Sen. Larry Taylor, a Friendswood Republican who heads the Senate Education Committee, has proposed his own series of bills to modify the funding formula for public education.

A bill that sets new limits on the state's top 10 percent university admissions law is advancing in the state Senate.

Other rules brought by the bill would include the ability for cities to enter into agreements with the ride-hailing services to collect and share traffic data within the city and coordinate transportation options for major events.

It remains to be seen if policymakers actually compromise on the proposal this year, or if it will fall by the wayside yet again as the state's $2.7 billion budget gap consumes the spotlight.

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Rachel Gonzales fears the bill, also known as the 'Texas Protection Act, ' could put her transgender daughter in harm's way, and make Libby a target for discrimination.

Gonzales said her child has never had an issue in the girls' bathroom at school. It passed the Senate Higher Education Committee on Wednesday and goes to the full Senate for consideration.

"This bill does not represent the idea of constitutional carry as we had hoped".

The House Committee on State Affairs is scheduled to hear public testimony as soon as the low-chamber adjourns for the day.

Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, center, talks with Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, left, and Rep. Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio, right, on the house floor Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

Opponents in the business community have released several studies warning that Texas faces an economic backlash of billions of dollars if the state passes any version of a bathroom bill although Republicans backers have dismissed those numbers with skepticism.

"This became quite an issue during the campaign, and I made a commitment to a widow of a fallen officer in the most respectful and caring ways I know how and that was to make this a must-do project for this year", he said.

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