Texas Public Policy Foundation’s David Guenthner Says House Bills Are Fewer And Tamer Than Last Session [AUDIO]
On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, David Guenthner from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talked with Chad Hasty about the latest coming out of the Texas legislative session.
May 6th will be an important date for the Texas legislature, as it is the last day for bills to be put on the House calendar. Any bill that does not make this deadline is effectively dead. But Guenthner noted that so far, there hasn't been a big rush to send bills through the House. noted that it seems many of the bills that have gone through the House have been on local issues, and that compared to last year, there haven't been as many "controversial" bills being discussed in the House this session..
"What they've been doing is they have been keeping all of the bills that members would fight about bottled up in committees, whether it's the policy committees or on the calendars committee, keeping those off the floor. And then you have 6maybe to 10 bills a day that come up during the floor session and they're bills that aren't quite the type that will get on to local and consent, but they're ones that members are really not going to fight about. So we kind of have the whole lock arms, "kumbaya," everyone's kinder, gentler thing going on."
Guenther went on to speculate that many of the remaining bills, like those dealing with school choice and high education, could be amended and attached to current Senate bills is order to get through the legislature. He added that most likely, most of the bills that will finally end up on the governor's desk will be from the Senate as opposed to the House.