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
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.