Senate Bill 2 will force cities and other taxing entities to get voter approval before raising 3.5 percent more property tax revenue than the previous year.
The vote was 4-3 along party lines. Whitley now needs two-thirds support of the full Senate to be confirmed.
Biery ordered counties not to remove any voters from the rolls without his approval and “a conclusive showing that the person is ineligible to vote.”
Still to come from the judge’s chambers is a decision on civil rights groups’ broader requests to block the state from taking any further action related to the list as the lawsuits proceed.
For the second week in a row, the Senate Nominations Committee failed to bring Whitley up for a vote. And he’s gained a new public adversary: the leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Some lawmakers had fretted that sending the preliminary, faulty list to the state’s top prosecutor would intimidate voters.
Chief Justice Nathan Hecht called on lawmakers to consider changing Texas to a system of merit selection and retention elections.
Abbott focused on bread-and-butter policy in a forum that has often featured a lot of red meat.
Paxton’s office has asked lawmakers for millions more in funding and expanded jurisdiction to go after certain crimes. Critics say the requests are aimed at political gains.
It’s unclear how serious the president is about the idea. “We’ll take a look,” he said.