Friday, May 19, 2017

#TXLEGE: How is the House doing (and how badly does leadership want to suffer)?!?

"But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 5:10-11

We did not attend this morning's trib event with Matt Rinaldi, Geanie Morrison, and Rafael Anchia but it was a good discussion as we come to the end of the regular session with a special session growing likelier by the minute:


  • Morrison plugs the Uber bill.
    • Note: We said our piece on that bill here.
  • Rinaldi grades House "incomplete."
    • 5 priorities for session: Constitutional Carry, significant Property Tax Relief/Reform, Dismemberment Abortion Ban, privacy act, sanctuary cities,
    • "We could either come out of session 1 or those 5 or 4 of those 5."
  • Rinaldi (correctly) blames leadership for failure of priorities.
  • Rinaldi on Dan Patrick: "You use the leverage you have."
  • Morrison: "I'm very concerned" about Senate budget re: higher ed.
  • Extended discussion of privacy act.
  • Rinadli discussing Poncho's point of order on the property tax bill: "I find it suspect that the point of order was there."
  • Morrison calls for more higher ed spending and opposes tuition freeze.
    • Note: Nothing she said precludes the spending for tuition freeze swap btwn the House and Senate we keep hearing about.
  • Rinaldi for tuition freeze.
  • Anchia calls Senate school finance bill "poison pill."
  • Anchia on sanctuary city bill law: "This did not have to pass."
    • Note: We've always felt conservatives have been cheap dates on this issue, but what planet is Rafael Anchia living on if he thought the GOP could actually leave this session without a Sanctuary City bill?!?
    • Note: As Governor, during the 90's.
  • Rinadli de facto calls Texas Association of Business liars.
    • Note: Everything wrong with the Bush crime family can be seen in this point.
  • Rinaldi calls BS on the race card.
  • Rinaldi: "The House has been so badly mismanaged" by leadership this session that the GOP conference as a whole will insist on changes next session.

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