Texas Senate readies to pass bathroom bill and others by end of week

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate on the second day of a special session ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.Click through our gallery that details some of the things you should know about the 'bathroom bill'... Photo: Eric Gay, STF / The Advocate

An early morning start had the Texas Senate on track to pass out all 20 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priority items by the end of the second week of the session.

After a rare midnight session Thursday and a weekend of around the clock committee meetings, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, had dozens of bills primed to be heard on the Senate floor over the next three days starting at 9 a.m. Monday. That includes bills dealing with highly controversial issues like abortion, transgender bathroom policies, school vouchers and tree ordinances.

DEBATE: 10 hours of public testimony in Austin over ‘Bathroom Bill’

But while the Senate plows through the agenda with Patrick’s promise to pass all of them by week’s end, the prospects of each in the House remains in doubt. House Speaker Joe Straus and the House met for less than 2 hours all of last week and have yet to pass out the one bill considered must pass — a bill reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and four other agencies. That bill cleared the Senate early Thursday morning.

Though “bathroom bills” targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue continues to be white hot in Texas. The Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it, and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don’t approve it.

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The Legislature’s regular session ended in May, but Abbott forced lawmakers back into a 30-day special session to restore the Texas Medical Board and the other boards. But he said last week that if he was going to call the lawmakers back, he was going to make it count.

OPPOSITION: Turner tells lawmakers ‘bathroom bill’ tries to solve non-existent problem

That has meant adding 19 other items to the special session call that are mostly celebrated by conservative groups, such as the bathroom bill, which would bar schools and local governments from enacting transgender bathroom policies and instead give the state full authority to set the rules. On Friday, a Senate committee overwhelming passed a bill that would require all people to use the bathroom of the sex that is listed on their birth certificates.

That legislation and other controversial items had hundreds of people filling the Texas Capitol over the last seven days, mostly in protest against the conservative agenda that Abbott has lined out.

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Coastal’s Double Rebated Doors Pass Part Q To Enhance Weather Sealing And Performance

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External timber door and window hardware specialist Coastal Group, has added double rebated doors to the growing list of products available from its range that have achieved PAS24 PartQ Compliance.

The creation of the new rebated doors not only mean enhanced security in line with PAS24, but wider benefits of enhanced weather sealing and performance.

Key features of the new double doors include:

          Double Gasket for improved performance

          Double rebate to conceal and protect hardware

          Equal cylinders – Double door and single will match

          Coastal’s unique single pass machine block is available for this product

The new double doors extend Coastal’s increasingly popular Part Q Compliance system, following on from the highly the highly popular lower density Accoya achieving the PAS24 certification, a development the company believes is an industry-first.

ENABLING PART Q COMPLIANCE

Coastal’s ground-breaking Part Q compliance system enables firms to use the company’s own generic Part Q certified products to manufacture officially UKAS tested and certified doors and windows in line with PAS24 without having to pay to have their own windows and doors tested.

According to Coastal Director Loren Jenner the addition of the double doors to the PartQ Pas 24 product portfolio adds greater variety for the trade.

“Our PartQ compliance system has really grown in popularity since we launched it at the start of the year and we are delighted that our investment in creating a range of PartQ compliant products are delivering hassle-free solutions for the trade when it comes to compliance.

“We can now offer a complete range with windows, single doors and now double doors that are all PAS24 compliant” said Loren.

GETTING STARTED

Anyone wanting to use the Part Q certification system simply needs to go through a straight forward four step application process which can be found on the Coastal website – www.coastal-group.com/PartQApplication – and pay a one off charge per product.

Once approved customers are provided with everything they need to be Part Q compliant including a Compliance Guide Manual, a certificate per product type and window stickers enabling building inspectors to quickly and effectively see that the windows and doors supplied are Part Q compliant.

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