Monthly Archives: August 2017

SE Texas Legislative Recap – With Empower Texans & TX Freedom Caucus Member…

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Just a quick reminder to get your tickets. VIP tickets have been the most popular and the  deadline to purchase VIP tickets is Monday August 21, 2017. Do it now before those preferred seats are gone! Along with preferred seating you’ll get Gourmet Hotdog with Texas Chili, chips, drinks, Souvenir Mug and fresh popped popcorn. How can you miss?!

We hope to see you there to hear the real tales of the 85th Lege AND Special Session from those who worked hard, and strategically,  to hold Republicans accountable to the RPT Platform on the floor of the House. Come out and meet some of the candidates who are ready to primary some of the ones having to be held accountable…when it worked and when it didn’t. Know this…tricks and shenanigans abounded.

It’s a great night of fun and information as well as an opportunity to shake hands with some members of the Texas Freedom Caucus. Follow the link above to see the confirmed guests. More will be added soon.

 

WILL THE STRAUS/HUNTER GAG RULE PREVAIL?

https://www.lonestarvoiceonline.org/2017/08/10/will-the-straushunter-gag-rule-prevail/

The Texas House will convene today at 9:00 am, an hour earlier than normal.  The House set up the rules by which it will be governed during the session at the very beginning of the session.  These rules can do everything from allowing reps to smoke in their offices to laying out how many hours a bill must be posted before it can come to the floor.

A rule change could quite possibly come before the body this morning that will alter the procedure of adding amendments to bills that come before the body.  You can watch the floor proceedings here.

The rule change being presented is being called the “Straus/Hunter Gag Rule”.  If adopted, this rule will not allow any amendments to be offered for SB1, the Senate’s version of the Property Tax Reform Bill. The rule change is as follows:

RULE FOR FLOOR CONSIDERATION

C.S.S.B. 1 

Pursuant to Rule 3, Section 4(2) and Rule 6, Section 16(f) of the House Rules, the House Committee on Calendars proposes the following rule governing floor consideration of SB 1:

 Section 1. No amendments will be offered on second reading and third reading consideration of SB 1.

 

If adopted, this rule change will set a precedence that could be used to stop amendments to other bills in the future.

Please contact your state representative this morning and let them know what you think about this rule change.  Their contact information can be found here.

If House leadership polled members last night, depending on the results, the rule will either come to the floor or it won’t.

Please let your voice be heard on this and please let others know about what is happening today on the Texas House floor.

Legislators Change Votes to Save Face

https://empowertexans.com/under-the-dome/legislators-change-votes-save-face/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Republican lawmakers whose voting records betray their conservative campaign push-cards are frustrating to taxpaying constituents. But most Texans are unaware that state lawmakers are allowed to change their votes—after the fact—allowing them to mislead the public by simply rewriting history.

The most recent members of the “I was for it after I was against it” caucus are State Reps. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) – the GOP Caucus Chair – and Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller).

On Thursday, State Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) laid out an amendment to House Bill 25, a bill he coauthored with State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston). The original measure proposed tapping the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) – commonly referred to as the “rainy day” fund – for $70 million to restore funding to a program for children on Medicaid.

Krause’s amendment proposed a new, alternative financing method, which would redirect disaster relief funds away from an account controlled by the Office of the Governor to the Medicaid program. Doing so would prevent lawmakers from extracting an additional $70 million from the ESF, which conservatives have rightly opposed.

After all, lawmakers could certainly provide disaster relief in the event a natural disaster actually occurred. But Democrats, along with liberal Davis, rose in opposition to Krause’s common sense fix.

Davis moved to table Krause’s amendment, which is a procedural move to delay a vote on the amendment itself, often disposing of it altogether. Parker, Capriglione, most Democrats, and a handful of liberal Republicans voter in favor of Davis’s motion.

But it wasn’t enough, as the effort to block Krause failed by a 53-73 vote.

Parker and Capriglione found themselves on the losing side of a vote opposing a more fiscally conservative measure. But more notably, they sided with most Democrats and a handful of liberal Republican Straus-loyalists in the process. This would certainly not look good to conservative constituents back home.

So, they simply changed their record votes by claiming they “intended” to vote the other way.

Texans can and should have a vigorous debate on public policy. And with any debate – including those between members of the same party – there is bound to be disagreement. But lawmakers who mislead constituents by rewriting history should not be tolerated.

Below is the original 53-73 vote on Davis’ failed motion to table Krause’s amendment, prior to Parker and Capriglione switching sides. A screen shot of Parker’s “correction” can be found HERE; Capriglione’s, HERE.