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by LDB415
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: General Legislative Discussions
Topic: Disappointing start to 2019 session
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: Disappointing start to 2019 session

I guess I misunderstood or misinterpreted. It sounded to me like if I call or go by my representatives district office and say I'm for xxxx or I'm against yyyy I would be ignored and it would have no impact but if I went to Austin to the office there and said the exact same thing they'd make note of it. I want to be heard and acknowledged no matter where I make contact. If that's what this is then I believe I'm for it. If it's something else then I'll have to learn more.

As to the second one, that may not be the best way to handle it but it seems there should be a mechanism to mandate fair hearings for anything with 75 or more sponsors whether that's in committee or calendars or on the floor or whatever. If this isn't the way to do it then someone needs to come up with the right way.
by LDB415
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Legislative Discussions
Topic: Disappointing start to 2019 session
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Disappointing start to 2019 session

EmpowerTexans.com sends out a daily memo with various interesting bits. Two things in today's interested me. The first seems obvious. Why can you only have your concern registered in Austin and not in your home district? The second I haven't fully thought about but it seems potentially significant.

• The Republican Party of Texas asked the GOP caucus to do two specific things: 1) allow citizens to register support or opposition to legislation from lawmakers’ district offices, and 2) allow legislation with 75 authors to proceed immediately to the floor for debate. No Republican lawmaker brought the second proposal.

• State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) did bring forward the GOP-requested rule that would allow citizens around the state to register their opinion at district offices. He was vocally opposed by State Rep. Drew Spring (R-Munster). The measure was rejected 15-127. It seems Republicans are more interested in the status quo, meaning liberal Austinites have more access to the legislative process than the citizens back home.

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