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War over local tree ordinances rages on into special session

By Alex Beall  Jul 17 2017    Jeff Moseley CEO of the Texas Association of Business speaks at Monday's event By Alex Beall Jul 17 2017 Jeff Moseley CEO of the Texas Association of Business speaks at Monday's event
Eleena Tovar | 18 Julio, 2017, 07:19

House and Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled their priorities for the upcoming special legislative session, including some measures that fall in line with the agenda Gov. Greg Abbott laid out in his call and some that depart entirely from it. There are concerns that since districts will have to fund this from within, it could lead to jobs, or school programs, being cut.

Conservative Republicans of Texas spent $100,000 during the regular session on cable TV ads in Straus' district and in Austin decrying the speaker and promoting the bathroom bill.

Travis Walters is a spokesman with the Texas Air National Guard.

"Companies have cited our inclusive policies as one of the reasons they choose to invest in Fort Worth", said Matt Geske, the Chamber's vice president of government affairs.

"(The Texas Republican majority) want to maintain separate restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities for men and women and boys and girls, and they don't care if the media thinks it is politically incorrect", his political campaign said in a statement on Monday.

Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, has filed two versions of the bill for the special session: One is similar to the failed version, and the other applies only to schools.

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One of the ideas laid out by Patrick is a tiered salary increase schedule for active and retired teachers. They hope for those issues to be added to the agenda.

"We're about 1-in-300 people, we're all over the place, we're your friends and your neighbors", Smith said of the bill to My San Antonio.

Thomas McNutt, whose family owns the Collins Street Bakery, known for fruitcakes that it ships to customers around the globe, challenged another top Straus ally, Rep. Byron Cook, the chairman of the powerful House State Affairs Committee in 2016 - but lost by barely 200 votes. It's up to 37 field organizers and seven regional directors - a group that helped knock on over 10,000 doors Saturday, according to Abbott's team. "Whether under certain circumstances municipal tree preservation ordinances may violate the Takings Clause of the Texas Constitution", wrote Paxton.