This is the phase of the legislative session where almost anything can happen—but almost assuredly, very little will.
Both bills require the completion of sexual harassment training provided by the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) every two years.
Some Republican lawmakers joined with Democrats against proposals from conservative freshmen.
The suspect is a lobbyist with GOP establishment firm HillCo Partners.
Earlier this week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he did not believe the bill had the votes to pass the Senate.
Fairly orchestrated discussion on a budget providing for about $247 billion in spending.
It is unclear why a bill was suddenly and conspicuously filed after the deadline, when the Senate could have either acted on the constitutional carry bill passed by the House or taken up the bill already filed in its chamber.
The House budget, as written, accounts for about $246.7 billion of spending for the next two years.
In a win for fiscal conservatives, the bill would cap the growth of state spending at the rate of population plus inflation.
Several bills have been filed related to civics instruction; few have moved through the legislative process.