Texas Public Policy Foundation’s David Guenthner Says There Is A Strong Possibility Of Special Session For Texas Legislature [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.
The legislative session is finally winding down, and according to Guenthner, many in Austin are ready for it all to be over. However, it may not be over quite yet as it's appearing more and more likely that a special session may be called in June. Guenthner said that because several issues Governor Rick Perry wanted discussed in the legislature have not been addressed, it is entirely possible for the governor to veto the budget and cause the legislature to go into a special session in June. Guenthner predicts that by the end of the week, it will become clear whether or not the legislature will go into a special session.
On Friday, the final calendar of non-local, non-consent bills will be published, leaving several bills and issues dead in the water. Some of the bills that are effectively dead include school choice and, surprisingly, the water bill that was hotly debated last week. Guenthner explained that ever since the bill was sent back to committee after being defeated on the floor, there has been no effort to revive it.
The two that seem to be dead, which I think is a curious development, is that the leadership really didn't make much of an effort to salvage to water funding bill, after the House Bill 11 was brought to the floor then had the point of order and got sent back to appropriations. They really didn't make an effort to revive that bill or to bring up House Bill 19, which was the water, plus transportation.