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Sun May 21, 2017, 03:01 AM

What ultimatum? House tries to squash Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's leverage

Last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened to force a special legislative session unless the House approved bills on two of his top priorities: restricting local property tax increases and prohibiting transgender Texans from using the bathrooms of their choice.

On Saturday afternoon, House Speaker Joe Straus answered Patrick’s ultimatum — and Patrick likely won’t be pleased.

First, the House approved a watered-down version of the property tax measure. Then, it moved to take away a bargaining chip claimed by Patrick, who leads the Senate, when he issued his ultimatum.

The showdown began when the House two weeks ago failed to approve a procedural bill needed to keep some state agencies open. Patrick pounced, saying he would hold up the Senate version of that bill, likely forcing a special session, unless Straus gave in to his demands.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/what-ultimatum-house-tries-squash-gov-dan-patrick-leverage/HvsLFV2hThxpTIoQAp5ihN/

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