Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:


As promised, the Texas Senate is quickly getting to work to pass Gov. Greg Abbott’s 20 special session agenda items. Three different committees are meeting today. You can keep up with all the action here.


Bathroom Bill Hearing:

Hundreds have signed up to testify on the so-called “bathroom bill.” The measure would require transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate. Similar measures failed during the regular session. LGBT rights groups and businesses have come out against it citing discrimination and economic losses. Despite such opposition, the Republican-led committee wants to approve the bill as soon as possible so the full Senate can pass it next week.

Follow @Max_Gorden for updates throughout the day.


School Choice/Finance Hearing:

The Education Committee is discussing a bill that would offer taxpayer-funded vouchers for some special education students to leave public schools for private ones. Opponents are concerned that will open the door to broader voucher plans. But supporters say it’s about giving parents a choice and would only affect about 30,000 students. The Senate has tried to pass a voucher proposal for years but the House has overwhelmingly objected. House Democrats and rural Republicans say it would hurt traditional public schools.

The Senate committee is also considering other school finance legislation.


Abortion/Maternal Mortality Hearing:

The Health and Human Services Committee is considering a number of anti-abortion related measures. Senators are also discussing maternal mortality and patient protections regarding do-not-resuscitate orders.


Reporter Roundtable:

Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News, Peggy Fikac with the San Antonio Express-News and the Quorum Report’s Scott Braddock will join Karina Kling to discuss the Governor’s ambitious 20-item call, the pace of both chambers so far and the divide between Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus.


PolitiFact Texas:

Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas will also be in to fact check Republican Congressman Pete Olson and Speaker Straus.


Join us at 7pm for the latest on all of these stories.


Posted by Karina Kling