By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature has opened its special session with Republicans vowing to pass a transgender "bathroom bill" and other conservative priorities in record time and outnumbered Democrats trying to stall.
Things in the state House stayed orderly Tuesday. That was a departure from the last day of the regular session in May, when tensions over a new anti-"sanctuary cities" law provoked a near fight between lawmakers on the chamber floor.
The Senate, meanwhile, suspended decades-old rules to let it move fast. Gov. Greg Abbot wants a "bathroom bill" and 19 other priorities passed, an ambitious slate for a 30-day extra session.
Immigrant rights groups plan to increase protests of the new law that allows police to inquire about peoples' immigration status, while LGBT activists bitterly oppose "bathroom bill" proposals.