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That chamber can either accept the change and send the full bill to Gov. Greg Abbott, ship it back to the House without the amendment, or reconcile differences via conference committee.

The Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan scoring agency, will announce its much-anticipated update on the American Health Care Act Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas Senate approved SB 5 in March and on Tuesday the state House of Representatives preliminarily approved the measure.

A Senate committee was working on its own school funding plan, and senators were waiting to see whether the House could pass the newest tax plan. As to whether that will be enough to satisfy the supreme court, Johnson said that "if the court looks at what we've done and decides to give us new instructions, we'll have to take that up at that time". But the council is urging lawmakers to move beyond that and embrace the accountability measures connected to the tax increase. Instead, Republicans pushed forward with a $1.50-per-pack fee increase on cigarettes and a new 1.25 percent sales tax on vehicle purchases that would help generate funding to close an $878 million hole in the budget.

The money would be used to offset the cost of keeping the House's plan to eliminate taxation on Social Security income, though the committee reduced the eligibility requirement to $75,000 in income annually.

When asked if he believes there are votes in the House to support an overall reduction of the personal income tax, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said he hopes the lower chamber would support it, but expressed doubt of that happening. So the House approved pumping $1.6 billion additional dollars into it but that plan came out of the Senate reduced to $530 million.

HB 107 still exempts veteran retirement pensions from taxation.

Major changes to the bill aimed at revamping the state's controversial voter identification law have caused a showdown in the final week of the Senate's legislative session.

After significant debate Wednesday, the Senate voted 18-13 to raise the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent, then cut all income-tax rates next year with a goal of eventually ending them.

AUSTIN, Texas The Texas House of Representatives gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a new bill on showing identification when voting after a previous voter ID law was struck down by USA courts which said it discriminated against black and Hispanic people.

Though it's considered unlikely, if the bill lacks sufficient savings, the House might have to revise the bill and vote again, which could be an ordeal for GOP leaders. The House of Delegates did not convene Monday. Sunday is the last day for the Senate to consider amendments or adopt conference committee reports.

"We introduced her as she identified and treated her as a girl", Pollock said.

"Some of the exemptions they incorporated or taxes imposed, for instance the contracting one, those are problematic and create a lot of pyramiding in the contracting industry and really penalized consumers with some of that pyramiding", Carmichael said. "They need to understand we compete with our neighbors".

The plan would have reinstated income taxes for more than 300,000 business owners and increase income tax rates.

Opponents of the bills, who say they target vulnerable children, are outraged. "I don't think it has a chance in the House".

"Meanwhile, the Senate is dead-set on giving millionaires and billionaires a tax break, leaving our elderly out of consideration".

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