While the rules and procedures of a legislative body can be sleep-inducing, their impact on the legislative process cannot be overstated. In the coming days, the Texas House will be debating the rules under which they will operate during the 83rd session.

Three proposed rules stand out by providing more sunlight and transparency for taxpayers:

  • provide for including caption information identifying bills that impose, authorize or increase a tax, assessment, surcharge or fee.
  • prohibit floor amendment that impose new taxes, assessments, surcharges or fees.
  • require all bills and resolutions that impose, authorize or increase a tax, assessment, surcharge or fee not be placed on the House calendar until it has been reported out by the Ways and Means Committee.

These additions to the Rules of the Texas House will potentially be recorded votes on the floor. As such, they will then be eligible for scoring on the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”