The Texas Legislature has adjourned for good, ending its month-long special session a day early.
"Doing the happy dance now that the Texas House has gone sine die w/o passing any anti trans bills", wrote Monica Roberts, an trans activist in Houston, on her Facebook page.
The bill was stalled after the contentious legislative session came to an end in May.
The House's abrupt adjournment came after days of hard negotiations with the Senate on school finance and property tax bills.
Late Monday night, the Senate took another stab at the tree legislation, House Bill 7.
Abbott told Texas media he is considering calling another special session to ask the legislature to once again consider the bill and some of his other legislative priorities.
Gov. Abbott's so-called "bathroom bill" was opposed by the majority of Texans and big businesses across the country and could have drained about $3 billion from the state's economy while putting transgender and gender non-conforming Texans in jeopardy.
The Texas bills came a year after legislators in at least six states introduced bathroom bills aiming to restrict which bathrooms transgender and gender-nonconforming people are allowed to use in public and in schools.
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Bonnen said the only way he could get the bill out of the House Ways & Means and the Calendars committees and on to the full House was to promise that he wouldn't let the election trigger go lower than 6 percent and wouldn't agree to any amendments.
The ACLU of Texas has said that it would challenge any version of the legislation that passes. A proposal to set protocols for choosing a Republican candidate for speaker was discussed on Wednesday morning during a meeting of the House Republican Caucus.
For the governor, it was an unceremonious and deflating finish to a special legislative session that only he had the power to order.
The debate on the bathroom bill, alone, has already cost the state millions of dollars in lost convention business, tourism leaders say. House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty said Tuesday, "To say I'm disappointed is an understatement", but urged supporting the scaled-back version.
Castro said the Governor is taking Texas down a divisive path that's bad for the state. Dan Patrick. But House Speaker Joe Straus, with the increased backing of the business community, emerged as his most prominent foil on the issue.
"Rules are rules.except when they aren't", Biedermann said on Twitter. But Straus could still be in the way when Texas lawmakers return in 2019. Though it was failing to pass the property tax bill that left Patrick the most upset.
"We're not going to attract new manufacturing facilities like Toyota if we're too busy fighting against families in Texas and coming across as negative to business", Cavazos said.
Patrick, in an angry press conference Tuesday, said the bill's failure to pass would hurt privacy.