Developments from the Texas House of Representatives and a local snapshot: The 87th Legislature will begin this January. When bill filing began in Austin this week, within a few hours over 530 bills had already been filed. "By 5 p.m. Monday, senators and representatives had filed almost 550 potential laws, constitutional amendments and resolutions to hash out during the 140-day session, which begins as always at noon on the second Tuesday in January during odd-numbered years. Many, many more [thousands of bills and proposals in fact] will be drafted before the bill-filing deadline arrives March 12."It is worth asking ...
Magic Circle RWC Legislative Report
Some updates from the 87th Legislative Session:
* There has been some movement in bills that match our Legislative Priorities!
* Three Election Integrity bills that have been assigned to the Elections Committee. Those bill numbers are HB 329 (Cain), HB 335, (Cain), and HB 574 (G. Bonnen).
* There are three Religious Freedom bills assigned, HB 525 (Shaheen) to State Affairs, HJR 33 (Swanson) to Licensing and Administrative Procedures. HB 573 (Oliverson) has been assigned to Insurance.
* Our Children and Gender Modification priority, HB 68 (Toth), has been assigned to Public Health.
* Lastly, under Monument Protection, HB 446 (Allison) has been referred to Criminal Justice.
* On February 25, the Texas Legislature held hearings on the Big Freeze of February 15-18 in both the House and the Senate. Some key takeaways were that Texas’ electrical generation system is built to withstand summer heat - not extreme cold. Also, freezing fog in central Texas caused ice to build up on blades.
* The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures (LAP) Committee unanimously passed HB 1024 Wednesday, a step along the way to making permanent a temporary order that lets bars and restaurants sell mixed drinks for takeout.
* The Senate introduced Senate Bill 12. This a measure that would empower individuals, or the Texas attorney general, to sue large social media companies for “censoring” users based on the users’ “viewpoint.” The bill would also require companies to publicly disclose content moderation practices.
Previous Legislative Updates
Times of pandemic and other crises have shown us who some of our elected officials really are, both good and bad. Elected officials have acted in ways that raised questions and left many of us scratching our heads. For instance, the dictatorial mandates from a county judge that gets reversed four days after implementation because of a mandate from the governor that wipes out the judge’s order. It has been said before and it needs to be said again: Elections have consequences. We must rededicate ourselves to electing good, qualified individuals to be those we choose to legislate on ...