Tuesday, April 21, 2015

First Amendment Tuesday: Six Weeks to Go

"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

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.
Mary Lynn Gerstenschlager (Texas Eagle Forum):

  • Astonishing number of global warming related bills being heard this session.
  • EMP protection bills being heard in Senate today and House tomorrow.
Jim Graham:

  • 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."

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