Texas Tribune by Julian Aguilar
It's the blame game. Gov. Rick Perry has released a statement blaming Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, for the death of sanctuary cities, which the governor added to the special session call. Now, House Speaker Joe Straus has his own statement blaming the Senate.
Perry's statement said state leaders worked through the weekend to include sanctuary cities legislation on Senate Bill 1, the fiscal matters bill that's currently tangled up in the House.
"Unfortunately, SB1 Conference Committee Chairman Robert Duncan ultimately refused to allow language related to the ban of sanctuary cities into the final version of Senate Bill 1," Perry wrote in his statement. "Because of this action, the special session will not provide our peace officers with the discretion they need to adequately keep Texans safe from those that would do them harm.”
Despite his harsh words, Perry's statement does not threaten another special session over the legislation.
Straus' statement says the House "passed anti-sanctuary cities legislation during the regular session, which the Senate failed to pass or even bring up. During the special session... the Senate failed to fulfill its commitment."