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House delays property tax vote, escalating stand-off with Senate


In an escalation of the legislative brinkmanship between Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, both Republicans, the House on Friday delayed until Sunday or later a floor vote on a property tax bill Patrick has demanded the House approve.

Patrick, who leads the Senate, had previously threatened to force a special session of the Legislature unless the House acted quickly to approve the property tax measure, Senate Bill 2, as well as legislation that would restrict transgender Texans from using the bathrooms of their choice. The property tax bill was scheduled to come to the floor this week.

But Rep. Dennis Bonnen, an Angleton Republican who is carrying the House version of SB 2, on Friday sent it back to the House Ways and Means Committee, which he chairs, saying it needed a do-over in the committee “out of an abundance of caution” in case opponents of the bill raise procedural challenges.

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