Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calls out Texas House for adjourning early

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus as the House adjourns on Aug. 15, 2017 (Legislature Photo)
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus as the House adjourns on Aug. 15, 2017 (Legislature Photo)

AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — The Texas House has abruptly adjourned for good with one day still remaining in the special session — forcing the state Senate to accept its version of a contentious property tax bill or risk seeing nothing passed on the issue.

Rep. Dennis Bonnen said Tuesday night that there wasn’t enough time to reconcile different versions of property tax measures before the session was scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday. His chamber then adjourned without plans to return.

At a 10 p.m. press conference, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick criticized the Texas House for adjourning early. He said it would be up to Gov. Abbott to call a second special session.

House Speaker Joe Straus said he was proud of his members who worked diligently in passing legislating that was in the best interest of all Texans. “The House was thoughtful, respectful and decisive in its solution-oriented approach.”

Gov. Abbott’s Office put out a statement that said, “Our office believes this special session has produced a far better Texas than before.”

At issue is a measure requiring local governments to hold elections to increase property taxes by at least 6 percent, letting voters possibly “rollback” such increases.

The Senate wants elections on property tax increases of at least 4 percent.

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