Chad’s Morning Brief: Some of the New Laws the Texas Legislature Passed, Jeb Bush Hopes to Run for President, and Other Top Stories
Your Morning Brief for June 1, 2015.
The 84th Texas Legislative Session
Barring a Special Session, the Texas Legislature's work is done. Thousands of bills were filed and most of them died. The session is designed in a way that makes it very hard to pass legislation. Most of the time, that is a good thing as many of the bills that were filed would only increase the size of government.
Gun issues were a hot topic in this session. While some will say the versions passed aren't perfect, both open and campus carry were able to pass. That is something few people expected just weeks ago. Still, many conservative pieces of legislation, including school choice, died.
The Dallas Morning News has an excellent piece out detailing some of the other laws that passed that may impact many people on a daily basis.
They didn’t agree to regulate bounce houses, but they did deregulate hair braiding.
Here are some of the ways the Legislature might alter everyday living. Most of these provisions still need Gov. Greg Abbott’s OK before they can take effect.
Hair: Stylists and barbers would be allowed to leave their licensed salons and go to special events, including wedding sites, to do the do that they do.
Carry-about beer: No more chug-a-lugs at the rope line: Lawmakers tore down barriers that prohibit sports fans from carrying their beer from one part of an arena to another. You are now free to move about the stadium.
Fireworks: Until now, you could buy fireworks only in the 10 days before New Year’s Eve, Cinco de Mayo and the Fourth of July. This would extend the noisemaking period to holidays that don’t have a date in their names: five days before Texas Independence Day (March 2), five day before San Jacinto Day (April 21) and five days before Memorial Day (the last Monday in May).
Over 1,000 new laws were passed during the session. Not all of them were high profile, but all will make an impact. Some larger than others. Still, there will be more than enough for lawmakers to promise in upcoming campaigns.
Over the next few days, we will ask you to grade the job the House, Senate, and Governor did in this session. Look for that starting tomorrow.
Jeb Hopes to Run
Jeb Bush is still considering a run for President. According to the NY Times, Bush told CBS's "Face the Nation" that he hopes to run.
Watchdog groups have complained that Mr. Bush has evaded campaign finance limits and disclosure requirements by not declaring himself a candidate, even though he has repeatedly visited early-voting states and hired a staff of political operatives.
Asked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” if he was violating “the spirit of the law,” Mr. Bush said, “No, of course not.”
He was pressed by the host, Bob Schieffer, on whether there was a scenario in which he would not run.
“Look, I hope I — I hope I run, to be honest with you,” Mr. Bush replied. “I would like to run. But I haven’t made the decision.”
Mr. Schieffer pressed again: “Well, what would have to happen between now and then to convince you not to run?”
“Who knows? I have learned not to answer a lot of hypothetical questions,” Mr. Bush said.
“You’re probably going to run,” Mr. Schieffer said.
“I hope so. I hope I’m a candidate in the near future,” Mr. Bush said.
It would shock just about everyone if Jeb Bush decides not to run. Part of me still thinks though that he doesn't have that "fire in the belly" that is always talked about. I think he has been convinced that he has to run for President. Bush will announce soon that he is running for President and he will be a top-tier candidate.
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