Patrick Threatens Special Session If 'Bathroom Bill' Doesn't Pass

May 17, 2017

With end-of-session deadlines looming, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday threatened to push for a special session to pass a “bathroom bill” to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans and legislation to set new thresholds for when cities and counties must get voter approval for their tax rates.

Patrick deemed Senate Bill 2, a property tax bill from state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, and either Senate Bill 6, the "bathroom bill" from state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, or similar language amended to another bill, as must-pass measures to avoid a special session. Both bills have passed the Senate and are currently in the House.

This is a developing story and will be updated.