- Tuesday, January13, marked the beginning of Texas’ 84th Legislative Session. In some ways it may be business as usual here in Austin, but many expect very big things to come out of this session, and, God willing, we will see many mountains conquered before it ends. Stay tuned for what those mountains will look like as the session progresses.
- The speaker of the House has been elected. Though it was a solid win for the returning speaker, Joe Straus (who won 128 to19), the notable detail about this vote was simply that it happened at all. The last time the Texas House of Representatives held a record vote for speaker was 40 years ago, in 1975, making what happened this past Tuesday a truly historic event with a very clear implication for those watching: Conservative leaders will stand against liberal moves in legislation this session. The political landscape in Texas is changing–majorly.
We’ve had a productive week here at the Capitol, connecting with legislators and meeting staffers, along with our normal routine of reviewing incoming legislation. We will be keeping tabs on several bills that have already come onto our radar, as well as pushing some bills of our own, in order to expand the rights of parents and home schoolers. There is still much to come, but from the high dome on Congress Avenue, the future looks bright.
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