Texas House Slows to a Crawl to Discuss Local Bills

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To watch the Texas House proceedings online, click here.

The Texas House is discussing the Local and Consent Calendar of about 20 pages of bills at a rate of about 6 per hour right now. Members are taking the full, nearly 10 minutes of discussion per bill to discuss the finer details of what consists of mostly Municipal Utility District bills.

We're excited to see members focus on their bills and show such interest. Of course, it's unfortunate that some Republicans are against debate on hundreds of bills that do far more to benefit the operations of Texas… just because they view voting on a Voter ID bill as more important.

I'd invite our readers to watch the proceedings from the link above and read the following articles and posts to get a flavor of today's debate.

Austin Chronicle

So far, there have been fascinating conversations about navigation commissioners in Matagorda County, the historic impact of MUDS on planning philosophy in Houston, whether there's macadamia nuts in macadam (no, there's not) and the the size of Rep. Rolando Guiterrez's uvula.

Austin American Statesman

“I'm not as familiar with water districts as some members are,” Burnam told Zerwas, asking for an explanation of such districts.

Another Burnam question about the proposed Waller County Municipal Utility District Number Nine: “Does the number nine indicate there are already eight districts in Waller County?”

Rep. Aaron Peña

I have decided to use this time in a constructive manner, so I have taken up a correction of the spelling of my name on the large House vote panels. Although it may seem trivial to some, I believe it is important that the the House be accurate in it's use of language. As you may note in the photograph, the vote board has the last name Peña spelled without the tilde or Spanish Ñ.

Quorum Report

Rep. Jim Dunnam (D-Waco) told members of the press this afternoon that Democrats are more then willing to consent to suspending rules to take up items on the House calendar, in effect turning the Voter ID bill into the House equivalent of the Senate blocker bill.

Creating a de facto two-thirds' rule in the House for the weekend would allow the members to address legislation such as the TDI Sunset bill instead of the Voter ID bill, Dunnam said. It's been 16 years since the last TDI Sunset legislation and he said it was more important to deal with that issue than Voter ID, which he constantly referred to as “voter suppression” legislation.

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5 Comments

  1. There is absolutely no way…..
    that the Burnt Orange Report would be saying the same thing if Republicans were not the majority.

    Sample BOR post if D's were in charge: “Can you believe these petty Republicans are asking to be heard for a full 9 and a half minutes on stupid irrelevant Local and Consent bills that usually get heard for 1 minute!!!!!”

    It's a stall tactic and completely idiotic no matter what party is in power. Bring up Voter ID, if it doesn't pass, hooray!!! If it does pass, then change the legislation next Session.

    Come on, there's no way you can justify this crap.

    After typing this Post I realize/hope/pray that you're being sarcastic Mr. Musselman.

      • Speaking of sarcasm …
        … I hope that's what Peña was doing when he said language should be “accurate” and then he incorrectly puts an apostrophe in the possessive form of “its.”

    • Well
      Would Democrats be forcing such a controversial piece of legislation through the House like this? Would Democrats put a completely ridiculous, non-issue, ahead of other issues? Would Democrats choose as a priority a non-existent threat over real state priorities?

      Your feigned outrage and “flip it around” logic doesn't hold up for more than a half second.

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