Tuesday, March 31, 2015

First Amendment Tuesday: Week 11


"and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,"
Ephesians 6:19

Update (7:01 pm): An in-district source informs us that Isaac intends to vote no on the anti-School Choice amendment; we will observe and note accordingly.

Today is budget day in the Texas House; the LLP coalition outlined both opportunities and pitfalls to this process presents.

Tony McDonald (Empower Texans):




Highlights:
  • A lot of the amendments the House of Straus will consider today deal with defunding border security operations and pro-Tenth Amendment litigation.
  • John Otto wants to add at least $800 million (and possibly as much as $3 billion) to public education.
  • Can't trust the order in which they release amendments.
  • Calendars committee can set rules for floor debate.
  • You have to find savings for new spending but (new this session) you can cut without plowing savings into other programs.
  • Major events trust fund -- Tried to give NASCAR ex post facto subsidies.
    • Unconstitutional, but the House didn't care and measure passed with 120+ votes.



Highlights:
  • 892 failing schools  in Texas.
  • House Leadership will "motion to table" good amendments.



Highlights:
  • Marriage bills left pending; ditto ALAC.
  • SB 1340 (Huffines) to eliminate red light cameras still in limbo.

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