It is still unclear whether state legislators will act on the news by hearing any of the filed legislation relating to Medicaid expansion this session.
After several hours of debate, several amendment attempts, and a few points of order, the bill passed on to third reading by a vote of 84 in support and 56 in opposition.
State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) offered an amendment that would have prevented puberty blockers from being administered as part of a prescription drug savings program on House Bill 18. The amendment failed.
“At the very least, any business that makes a good faith effort to substantially comply with state law, not CDC or DSHS “recommendations” and “protocols,” should be immune from suit.” – Former State Rep. Matt Rinaldi
The Texas Pandemic Response Act was heard on March 11 in House State Affairs Committee. More than a month later, it has yet to move.
With 67 Democrats in the House almost assuredly in opposition to the bill, they would theoretically need to convince just nine Republicans to side with them to potentially kill any consideration of the omnibus election integrity bills.
What is unknown to many citizen activists is whether their priorities are also priorities of the legislative leadership.
The bill currently boasts 69 authors, seven short of the 76-vote threshold for passage in the House of Representatives.
In a recent interview, the state representative stopped short of discussing any specific issues he had with the bill.
A father’s fight motivated grassroots in the Republican Party of Texas to make abolishing gender modification in minors a legislative priority for the current session.