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Oct 12, 2021 211 tweets >60 min read
The Texas House will be debating the proposed map for their 150 legislative districts, #HB1, & at least 70 floor amendments soon.

See the quoted tweet for their starting point.

Here are the pre-filed amendments: capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Pre…

We'll be live-tweeting on this🧵. #txlege While we wait for floor debate, take a look at our video primer below for how the latest Texas House plan impacts different regions, partisanship, and control of the lower chamber in the upcoming election cycles. #txlege #redistricting
Oct 12, 2021 7 tweets 9 min read
The Texas House Appropriations Committee is considering $16B+ ARPA spending bill this AM. Chair @DrGregBonnen says they'll advance today a committee substitute of #SB8 w/the House's own proposal, #HB145, which was heard last week in cmte. #txlege #txbudget House Appropriations Cmte is also considering smaller ARPA appropriation bills on Article II (HHS), #HB161 & Article III (#txed) #HB160. #txlege #txbudget
Oct 11, 2021 13 tweets 13 min read
The Texas House #Redistricting Committee is considering proposed maps for the TX Senate & @TXSBOE, #SB4 & #SB7 respectively, at 9AM.

Watch here: bit.ly/3lx3jjq

SB4 (PLANS2168) viewer: dvr.capitol.texas.gov/Senate/42/PLAN…
SB7 (PLANE2106) viewer: dvr.capitol.texas.gov/SBOE/42/PLANE2…
#txlege #txed Committee Amendment #1 for the proposed Senate Map (#SB4) by @ChrisGTurner is PLANS2171 (left) affecting 6 districts. Compare that w/the Senate engrossed version under consideration (right).
Viewer: dvr.capitol.texas.gov/Senate/16/PLAN…
Oct 8, 2021 12 tweets 10 min read
After being voted out just yesterday, the committee substitute for the Senate's $16.3B ARPA relief spending bill (#SB8) is on the Senate floor right now. The text just became available a couple of hours ago. #txbudget #txlege #txed capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Tex… Here are the top-line items of the cmte substitute for #SB8:
Oct 8, 2021 53 tweets 52 min read
Today, the Texas Senate is expected to consider the committee substitute for #SB6, the proposed map for Texas' 38 congressional districts, and several floor amendments.

We'll be live-tweeting on this 🧵 once it begins. Follow along: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph…
#txlege #redistricting Here's what #SB6, the proposed Congressional map (PLANC2116), currently looks like as voted out by the Senate #Redistricting Committee.

Viewer: dvr.capitol.texas.gov/Congress/0/PLA… #txlege Image
Oct 4, 2021 21 tweets 21 min read
Texas Senate is now considering the committee substitute for #SB4, the proposal for a new Senate district lines.

There are 15 floor amendments they'll consider: dvr.capitol.texas.gov/Senate/36

Watch the floor debate live here: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… #txlege Huffman says she will only vote in favor of floor amendments that don't expand the overall deviation from the ideal population of the map and that is agreeable to all Senators involved in the district line changes. #txlege
Oct 4, 2021 52 tweets 46 min read
#Redistricting cmte hearings today.

Senate will be voting on #SB6, proposed congressional maps, & amendments. Stream: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph…

House will be hearing #HB1, proposed state House maps, cmte amendments & surprisingly voting it out today. Live-tweeting here. #txlege Here's the Texas House #redistricting Cmte stream: tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… #txlege
Sep 30, 2021 38 tweets 32 min read
The Senate #Redistricting Committee is meeting now to hear invited and public testimony on the new proposed Congressional maps, #SB6. We'll be live-tweeting on this 🧵. Follow along

Here's the map: dvr.capitol.texas.gov/Congress/14/PL…

Live-stream: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph…
#txlege Image .@joanhuffman says they'll start w/invited witnesses, who were recommended by Senate Redistricting Cmte members. She says next week, the cmte will vote on amendments and #SB6 overall. #txlege
Sep 9, 2021 5 tweets 5 min read
Texas municipalities have received 2 warnings of costly litigation re: enforcement of the statewide camping ban on public property (#HB1925) which went into effect Sept. 1.

Here's @GovAbbott & @KenPaxtonTX warning about failing to enforce the law. #txlege
The second warning for Texas municipalities came from the @ACLUTx, @FairDefense, @TexasAppleseed & @NLCHPhomeless if local leaders enforced #HB1925 w/out regard to the Constitution & the American with Disabilities Act. #txlege
Sep 7, 2021 15 tweets 11 min read
After repeated attempts by Texas Republicans this year to pass a bill increasing voting restrictions in TX, @GovAbbott is set to sign #SB1 in Tyler w/bill author @SenBryanHughes (R-Tyler) & sponsor Andrew Murr (R-Junction). Watch live here: #txlege Looks like state Reps. @RepMattSchaefer @James_E_White, @DocAnderson4TX, @ColeHefnerTX and Keith Bell are also here. #txlege #SB1
Sep 2, 2021 13 tweets 12 min read
#SB3, the civics curriculum & training bill that proponents say targets CRT & opponents say is censorship, is up on the floor of the House right now as passed by the Senate. Lots of floor amendments expected today. Watch live here: tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… #txlege #txed .@DanHuberty begins debate on #SB3 saying they want to make the current law (#HB3979) better. He mentions an amendment by @jamestalarico as one of the changes they'll make better. He talks about fears of teachers b/c of the law. #txlege #txed
Aug 26, 2021 142 tweets 96 min read
Today at 10AM, the Texas House is meeting for the 1st time in 2 special sessions to consider bills on 2nd reading. At the top of the agenda is the elections bill #SB1. In cmte, they subbed it out w/the text of the House ver. (#HB3). We'll be live-tweeting the debate. #txlege Here's the text of the House Cmte Substitute of #SB1 (nearly identical to the filed ver. of #HB3 in the first special that led to the House Dems quorum break): capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/872/bi…
Aug 23, 2021 29 tweets 18 min read
The Senate elections omnibus bill #SB1 is being heard today in a House cmte. Chair @TrentAshbyTX said they'll be considering a cmte substitute where the language will be identical to the version of the elections bill (#HB3) from the previous special session. #txlege
Aug 11, 2021 37 tweets 25 min read
The Texas Senate is considering elections omnibus bill, #SB1, on the floor right now. Author @SenBryanHughes says there will be some amendments informed by input by election officials and Democrats. Watch live here: #txlege tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… Sounds like one of the upcoming amendments to #SB1 by @SenRoyceWest will be to add the Barbara Jordan Fair Elections Act, #SB71 in 87(2). #txlege
Jul 29, 2021 42 tweets 23 min read
A congressional oversight panel is hearing from Texas House Democrats in DC about GOP voting legislation in the state this AM. Also testifying is one of the House Republicans, @travisfortexas. Watch live here: #txlege Looks like some of the Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation not on the panel are sitting in on the hearing on Texas voting legislation. #txlege
Jul 16, 2021 17 tweets 13 min read
Texas Senate is taking up #SB3, the civics instruction (CRT) bill, right now only a day after State Affairs Committee passed a committee substitute out. To be clear, cmte sub for SB3 is exactly the same as #HB3979 as passed by the Senate during the regular session. #txlege #txed Watch the #SB3 debate on the Senate floor here:tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… #txlege #txed
Jul 13, 2021 38 tweets 21 min read
The Texas Senate is back from recess. They will soon vote on the elections omnibus bill #SB1 as amended in committee. Here's the text:

Watch live here:
tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… #txlege Senate is taking up #SB7 first. This is the bill to give a one-time 13th check to TRS retirees (teachers and other school employees) not financed from the pension fund, which is different from the House. #txlege
Jun 8, 2021 12 tweets 11 min read
.@GovAbbott in signing ERCOT reform [#SB2] and major power grid overhaul [#SB3]: #txlege passed comprehensive reform to fix all of the flaws [from the winter storm blackouts].

Not true but it does address a lot of the issues. #txenergy kxan.com/news/texas-pol… .@KHancock4TX, author of #SB2: this is a total reform of @ERCOT_ISO. Our #1 goal is we take care of consumers. Prev. it was formed w/industry experts. We found in our convos & hearings, there began to be some conflicts of interest. It's completely 100% independent now. #txlege
Oct 12, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
After the #txlege refused to reform how Texas funds special education in 2019, a panel they created to consider a funding system based on student need instead of instructional arrangement are recommending full reform of the current system. #txed #SpEd
reformaustin.org/education/chan… Panel co-chairs Steven Aleman (@DisRightsTx) & Kristin McGuire (@txcase) gave us this joint statement: “The members of the committee hope that each state lawmaker takes a careful look at the report and speaks to his or her constituents on the recommendations." #txed #txlege 1/
Oct 9, 2020 13 tweets 8 min read
Texas suburbs are ground zero in the fight for the White House, control of Congress, and the fight for the leadership of the Texas State House. See the results of Reform Austin’s latest poll. #txlege #tx2020 1/
reformaustin.org/elections/ra-n… RA News polled 22 battleground House districts, incl. 5 won by Dems in 2018 (#HD45, #HD65, #HD102, #HD132, #HD135) & 17 that House Ds identified as targets in 2020. The districts are mostly suburban & exurban in the Austin, Houston, DFW & Killeen–Temple metros. #txlege 2/