"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,"
With the clock conspicuously ticking, this morning's First Amendment Tuesday detailed the slow walk conservative legislation is getting across the board.
Tony McDonald (Empower Texans):
- TMF's point of order was legit.
- In 2007, Tom Craddick fired the parliamentarian and assumed dictatorial control of the House.
- Of late, we've seen a return to that style of leadership under Straus.
- By ruling Stickland's amendment non-germane, Straus didn't have to provide an explanation the way he would have had to if there had been a point of order.
- D's threatened to break quorum over campus carry.
- At one point, there were 240 bills that had been passed by the Senate that we're sitting on Straus' desk; that number has come down slightly in the past few days, but not by much.
- HB 910 has to go through the Senate process ALL OVER AGAIN; thus it could take another month to get it to Abbott's desk.
David Walls (Texas Values):
- We have to get bills moving at this point in session.
- Author's Note: Not gonna happen.
- HB 3567, Pastor protection bill, up in State Affairs tomorrow.
- Revealing exchange last week between Bryan Hughes and Texas "Freedom" Network
Ann Hettinger (CWA):
- THSC's parental rights bill being discussed this week.
- We've yet to hear any abortion related bills this session.
- Author's Note: Technically, we haven't heard any meaningful pro-Life bills; a few of the "caption only" bills discussed below have had hearings.
Mary Lynn Gerstenschlager (Texas Eagle Forum):
- Astonishing number of global warming related bills being heard this session.
- American Laws for American Courts is stuck in Calendars.
- EMP protection bills being heard in Senate today and House tomorrow.
- HB 3074 negotiations ongoing.
- Beware "caption only" bills -- Sound great but do nothing.
- Meaningful bills are getting slow-walked -- "Lets get these bills out of committee."