New insights into the current Texas legislative session

New insights into the current Texas legislative session

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DOWN.SYDNEY:WE NOW HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT LIKELY WILL – AND WON’T – PASS THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE.BOTH CHAMBERS SELECTED COMMITTEE CHAIRS.THEY’RE THE GATEKEEPERS TO STATE POLICY.SCOTT BRADDOCK, QUORUM REPORT – 16:46:16 – THIS ISN’T WHEN THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD BUT IT’S THE TIME WE LEARN WHAT KIND OF TIRES WE’RE DRIVING ON AT THE LEGISLATURE – WHO’S GOING TO BE IN CHARGE. WHO’S GOING TO BE CONTROLLING THE LEGISLATION AS WE MOVE INTO THE SESSION.” 25SOME BIG SURPRISES IN THE HOUSE:EAGLE PASS DEMOCRAT PONCHO (NEV-ARE-EZ) NEVAREZ WILL LEAD THE HOMELAND SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE.THAT MAKES THE CHANCES FOR “CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY” SLIM.IN THE PAST HE’S OPPOSED THAT IDEA – GETTING RID OF THE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN PUBLIC.THEN THERE’S THE PUBLIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE…. CHAIRED BY HOUSTON REPUBLICAN DAN HUBERTY.THAT COMMITTEE IS STACKED WITH PUBLIC EDUCATION SUPPORTERS.SO FORMS OF “SCHOOL CHOICE” BILLS WILL LIKELY NOT PASS – ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT DEDICATE PUBLIC DOLLARS TO PRIVATE OR HOME SCHOOLS.BUT FOR ONE OF THE PRIORITIES THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION – PROPERTY TAXES – WILL GO THROUGH THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL HEAR FROM LOCAL CITIES AND COUNTIES. SCOTT BRADDOCK, QOURUM REPORT – 16:50:30 – IF YOU LOOK UP AT THE MAKEUP OF THESE COMMITTEES, I THINK THE CITIES AND COUNTIES ARE GOING TO HAVE NOT THE MOST SYMPATHETIC EAR EVER. WHEN IT COMES TO THIS ISSUE IT DOES LOOK LIKE THE POLITICS OF THIS IS LINING UP THAT THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME SORT OF PROPERTY TAX CAP.” 45THE PEOPLE ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEES WERE APPOINTED BY NEWLY

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