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Battles looming in Austin as lawmakers gather

The Texas legislature will kick off later today in Austin, and it looks like there will be some fierce battles in the state capitol.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has thrown his full support behind SB 6, otherwise known as the Privacy Protection Act, which would ban transgender people from using the bathrooms of their choice. Jared Woodfill with the Conservative Republicans of Texas says it’s a necessary piece of legislation.

“It’s sad that we have to have such legislation, but the liberal left has gone to the extreme,” Woodfill told KTRH News.

Chuck Smith of Equality Texas told KTRH Woodfill can expect a battle over this.

“We will be fighting it by enlisting the support of the business community. That is no longer speculative. It’s real,” Smith stated.

The business community says the bill could cause Texas to lose events like next year’s Final Four in San Antonio. But Woodfill says he’s not concerned based on what happened here in Houston.

“They told us we’d lose the Super Bowl. We didn’t lose the Super Bowl. They told us we’d lose the Final Four. We didn’t lose the Final Four. They told us we’d lose conventions. We’ve actually acquired more conventions,” Woodfill explained about the aftermath of the 2015 vote to knock down the Houston HERO ordinance.

Border Security also up for debate in Austin

The issue of border security and illegal immigration will also be discussed, just like it was in 2015. This time around, lawmakers want more than a billion dollars to secure the border, but State Senator Charles Perry is hoping the new Trump Administration will eventually ease the cost.

“We feel like the feds are going to do the job,” Perry told KTRH about the request that is more than the 800 million dollars we saw two years ago. “We’re hoping in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration that we’re going to have a clear view as to where that’s going to go.”

Perry is also backing a Sanctuary Cities bill, which he thinks will pass this time around.

“There’s a sentiment in both chambers, at least that’s the initial read I’m getting to pass this. We’ve got the Governor’s commitment to sign this for sure,” Perry said.

But Perry is not sure what will happen with a proposal to repeal a 2001 state law offering cheaper in state tuition at public universities to some high school graduates that came here illegally.

by iHeartMedia’s Cliff Saunders

Via KTRH | http://ktrh.iheart.com/articles/houston-news-121300/battles-looming-in-austin-as-lawmakers-15453746/

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