At the top of an agenda is a bill to keep some state agencies from shuttering. Once that is addressed, Abbott said he’ll add another 19 items to the agenda.
The Texas Senate’s public education funding bill includes a provision for education savings accounts, a program championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Only the governor can call a special session, but Patrick’s key source of leverage is a measure known as the “sunset safety net bill.”
Making politicians attach their names to their positions can be a powerful thing. The “sanctuary cities” bill tested that theory.
As the Legislature grinds its way through the final three weeks of the regular session, the state’s top three leaders are pushing and shoving, figuratively speaking, to the finale and beyond — to the 2018 elections.
As North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to revise that state’s “bathroom bill,” Texas Republicans said they are not backing away from their proposal.
Though the bill has made it to the House, chamber leaders have hinted that the controversial legislation may never reach the chamber’s floor for a vote.
After several hours of debate, the Texas Senate on Tuesday tentatively signed off on the so-called “bathroom bill” on a 21-10 vote.
The leadership battles in the Texas Legislature are often attributed to personalities — or to traditional House-Senate rivalries. But there’s another factor: The Republicans in power are from different factions of their party.
Legislation that would make it harder for people to recover damages after an insurance claim has hit a wall of opposition from business interests.