State Rep. Biedermann says neither the Texas Department of Public Safety or House sergeant-at-arms have been directed by Speaker Phelan to arrest no-show lawmakers.
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The 140 days of the legislative session have concluded. What did—and did not—get accomplished?
House leadership tacitly admits that “abortion prohibition bill” does not actually prohibit abortion.
“With HB 3, House Republicans are endorsing the biggest policy mistake and invasion of personal liberties in our lifetime and setting the stage for it to happen again.“ – Former State Rep. Matt Rinaldi
This is the phase of the legislative session where almost anything can happen—but almost assuredly, very little will.
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.
The bill currently boasts 69 authors, seven short of the 76-vote threshold for passage in the House of Representatives.
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.
Thus far, bills related to ERCOT reform and utility protection related to the winter storm have consumed much of the oxygen in the legislature.