Texas special session whiffs on top conservative priorities
August 17, 2017
Austin, Texas (AP) — Key conservative priorities fizzled yet again as Texas lawmakers abruptly concluded their month-long special legislative session, despite Republicans controlling both chambers and every statewide office.
The state House surprisingly adjourned Tuesday night, more than 24 hours before the session was supposed to end. Failing were such red-state, red-meat issues as a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, school vouchers, local property tax restrictions and limits on paycheck deductions for union dues.
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered lawmakers to work on 20 issues, but m...