Friday, February 27, 2015

Stickland Punks Straus


"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
Proverbs 29:1

Last November, Jonathan Stickland filed his bill to repeal in-state tuition for illegals.  Three months later, Stickland's bill has yet to be referred to committee.  With Straus obviously trying to kill Stickland's bill, Stickland isn't having any of it:



Dallas Morning News has more:
A tea party-backed, northeast Tarrant County House lawmaker is demanding to know why GOP Speaker Joe Straus is sitting on his bill to repeal a law granting those in the country illegally a break on the cost of higher education.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, wants to eliminate the measure allowing unauthorized immigrants to pay lower, in-state resident tuition rates at state colleges and universities.

He complained Thursday that Straus, R-San Antonio, has not referred his in-state tuition repeal bill to a House committee, though more than three months have passed since he filed it.

Stickland, a foe of Straus’ bipartisan leadership coalition in the chamber, took to the back microphone to complain about the speaker’s inaction.

Straus, who wasn’t presiding at the time, came out of his office and relieved Collin County freshman Rep. Matt Sheehan, who was wielding the gavel temporarily, so he could answer Stickland directly.

“Mr. Stickland, I’d be happy to visit with you about your concerns,” Straus said.

Shortly thereafter, Stickland could be seen conferring off the floor with Jesse Ancira, Straus’ chief of staff.
Read the whole thing here; Austin American-Statesman has more here.

Speaker Joe Straus: (512) 463-1000

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