Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#TXLEGE: Will House dithering force Abbott to call a SECOND Special Session?!?

"For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind."
Ecclesiastes 2:26

We've certainly had our issues with Governor Abbott this legislative session.  But, to his credit, Governor Abbott has shown significantly improved leadership during the special session.  Since the special session was called, we've generally been content with what we've seen.

Furthermore, the Senate has now passed the full special session agenda:

Meanwhile, in the house, we've seen...not much of anything.

We've had a few committee hearings, but none of the Governor's bills have yet to be voted out, and we're almost 30% of the way through the current special session.

House floor sessions have lasted about fifteen minutes each day.  They've passed one sunset bill...and that's it.  Tomorrow will be the first day with a real calendar, and only one of those bills implements one of the Governor's priorities.

[Note: Conceivably, one of the other bills up tomorrow could conceivably be amended on the floor into an acceptable version of the tree bill.]

The clock is ticking.

On the one hand, it would be a shame if the house's inaction forced the Governor to ask taxpayers to foot the bill for another special session.

On the other hand, another special session would present a golden opportunity to revisit Constitutional Carry (not to mention short-term rentals and historical zoning).

So we'll see; there are any number of grassroots priorities that should not have to wait until 2019, but we've also got fall plans that we'd prefer to not have to break to hang out at the Capitol.

Bottom Line: If the Governor's priorities start seeing significant floor action by Monday and Tuesday of next week, a second special session is still avoidable; otherwise, don't make fall plans....

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