As expected, the latest legislative session in Texas has been defined by a struggle between the priorities of the House of Representatives, personified by House Speaker Joe Straus, and the aims of the State Senate, represented by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Patrick has been open about his dissatisfaction with the House’s resistance to his agenda. And the House has responded in kind, claiming that the Lt. Gov. is trying to bully the House into submission:
At the center of the controversy is Patrick’s pet project, the so-called "bathroom bill" that would force transgender Americans to use the restroom that corresponds to their birth certificate. Straus has expressed deep skepticism about the legislation.