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Patrick also criticized the 25 House Republicans who voted against SB 29, calling it unbelievable. #txlege
Did anyone out there see lobbyists cheering this bill's defeat? #txlege
 
I was there and saw no one cheer.
With a vote of 58-85 #SB29 fails to pass. #TXLege
But remember @mayes_middleton argues these lobbyists lobbied against decreasing the rollback rate. He says cities and counties used taxpayer dollars to lobby against taxpayer interests. #TXLege
Because of the amendments, #SB29 only applies to 21 counties. So the largest counties in the state couldn’t have lobbyists but all the other counties in the state could. #TXLege
But not everyone is heeding the plea, there are more amendments
Rep @EddieLucioIII pulls down his amendment & asks his colleagues to do the same so the House can get on with the business of the day. He mentions this would go over well w/ the Senate which is in recess right now. Some Senators aren’t happy with the pace of the House #TXLege
But that was an amendment to the amendment. And another amendment was added to the amendment so now @mayes_middleton is asking lawmakers to vote against his own amendment. But the amendment passes. (read it slowly and it will make sense lol) #TXLege
RT @alexazura: At the state Capitol, we're in amendment to the amendment as amended world after someone tried to pull down an amendment but…
With a vote of 90-54 the amendment passes.
Point Of Order is overruled. Lawmakers now debating an amendment by @TrentAshbyTX to exclude cities and counties with populations of 250,000 or less. Reps from rural communities say those areas can’t afford to hire an employee who is solely dedicated to following the #TXLege
The House is back from its lunch break and taking up #SB29 to stop cities and counties from using taxpayer dollars to lobby at the Capitol. Before it’s laid out, a Point Of Order is called against it. https://t.co/W2PGzxGiLB
RT @lmcgaughy: Rep. @GFColeman, who has repeatedly authored bill to add "gender identity" to Texas hate crimes law, issues statement on dea…
Meanwhile, the Senate is taking up #HJR38 proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit a state income tax. #TXLege
With a vote of 79-62 #SB1978 passes to third reading #TXLege
Republican @SarahforHD134 is also standing with this group. #TXLege
 
says he doesn’t want to downplay what the members of the LGBTQ Caucus has said, but says #SB1978 ensures no one is discriminated against.
Nearly all of the Democrats gather around @RepMaryGonzalez as she speaks against #SB1978. Dems say this bill will prevent cities from taking actions against or choosing not to work with people who support groups that discriminate against LGBTQ Texans. #TXLege https://t.co/XadRQMGzVv
Austin Rep @CeliaIsrael fights back tears as she speaks against #SB1978 and the impact it will have on LGBTQ children in Texas #TXLege https://t.co/NCw4G7W7x2
Rep @jessicafortexas mentions this murder as she introduces an amendment to #SB1978. twitter.com/lmcgaughy/stat…
It took a while, but the Point Of Order is overruled. Debate on #SB1978 begins. Rep @RepMattKrause is laying it out. Remember, the House LGBTQ caucus killed his version of the bill when it came to the floor. #TXLege
Okay Tweeps, it’s about to be a busy week for the #TXLege. Just 7 days til #sinedie. I’m starting in the House where lawmakers are taking up #SB1978 the “Save @ChickfilA Bill” Rep @RafaelAnchia calls a Point Of Order before it was even laid out. https://t.co/aTECvlSAov
RT @PamKeithFL: Fun fact: Gambling is illegal in Hawaii but totally legal in Nevada. Question: Should Hawaii be able to prosecute Hawai…
RT @GonzalesKristie: Austin billionaire Robert Smith tells Morehouse graduating class he'll pay off their student loan debt https://t.co/n6…
RT @lmcgaughy: @Menendez4Texas @DanPatrick Now senators are blasting the House for not passing enough of their bills. "As of yesterday, th…
Members of the Senate express frustration that some of their bills haven’t been voted on in the House. @DanPatrick says he especially would have liked to see #SB11 (school safety) be voted on in honor of the #SantaFe HS victims today. Senate is adjourned until 4pm Sunday #TXLege
Rep @jamestalarico begins the explanation of his amendment to exempt sex education by saying he didn’t think he’d spend his 30th Birthday talking about abortion. #TXLege
Rep @GinaForAustin offers amendment that would exclude clinics that provide services for community college students. Rep @CandyNobleHD89 says there are 46 amendments & she wasn’t able to see any of them before today, so she intends to move to table (oppose) all of them #TXLege
Debate on amendments continues and Rep @CandyNobleHD89 is refusing to take questions from Rep @RafaelAnchia on why she’s against amendments. This is not the norm. #TXLege
RT @JohnnieMo: Debate on #SB22 is emotional. When @DonnaHowardTX accused bill backers of endangering overall women's health in the effort t…
Rep @DonnaHowardTX offers an amendment that basically says if a clinic can show it is cost neutral it can still partner with cities. She tells her colleagues they shouldn’t sacrifice the health care of thousands of women. The amendment fails
It is withdrawn. There are 40 amendments so we’ve got a while to go.
And now ladies and gents, the Senate is in recess until 5pm. #TXLege
RT @lmcgaughy: @SenatorBobHall @Menendez4Texas @RepStickland #Breaking: Texas Senate gives FINAL APPROVAL to red light camera ban by vote o…
RT @lmcgaughy: @DanPatrick A little more from Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick, who says @RepDennisBonnen is NOT to blame for whaat Patrick says is the…
I told y’all there is good tea being served at the #TXLege twitter.com/lmcgaughy/stat…
Meanwhile in the Senate, they are taking up #HB1631 by @RepStickland to ban red light cameras #TXLege twitter.com/lmcgaughy/stat…
RT @KoltenParker: @SophieNovack Healthy Texas Women program cited by #SB22's author as adequate replacement for Planned Parenthood. Conside…
The point of order is withdrawn but @moodyforelpaso just raised another.
RT @JohnnieMo: On the #sb22 point of order, the most important people in this photo aren’t the reps gathering. It’s Hugh Brady, between the…
RT @TumaTime: CEO of Heidi Group stated at the time: "It's not as easy as it looks because we are not Planned Parenthood.” #txlege #SB22 ht…
Rep @Victoria4Texas raises a point of order that the bill analysis is inaccurate. #TXLege
With vote of 78-65 @SarahforHD134 amendment fails to pass. #TXLege
Rep @ChrisGTurner & @SarahforHD134 further discuss failures of the Healthy Texas Women Program. Saying nearly half the providers didn’t help any of the women in need. They also discuss @theheidigroup which the state gave $6M but they only used $1.3M of it and helped 2,300 women
She also says there is not another program in the state that can help provide these services to women. Her amendment basically voids the bill.
Republican @SarahforHD134 presenting an amendment but first speaks abt bill. Says this #SB22 is not abt preventing abortions but will reduce access to health care for women, including cancer screenings. Davis says this is especially important to her, a breast cancer survivor. https://t.co/RepXriOo9o
Rep @CandyNobleHD89 says the state helps women through the Healthy Texas Women Program. When this bill was debated in the Senate, @Menendez4Texas spoke about how hard it is for women to qualify for the program #TXLege
Rep @EddieforTexas is pointing out all of the educational, STD, family planning and other services @PPTXVotes provides across the states. #TXLege
Austin Rep @EddieforTexas asking the sponsor of this bill Rep @CandyNobleHD89 if she is targeting the Planned Parenthood Clinic on E. 7th Street that @austintexasgov partners with by offering a lease of $1. That clinic does not perform abortions https://t.co/cUSbByjCI0
The TX House is now taking up #SB22 to prohibit states and cities from giving taxpayer dollars to abortion providers or their affiliates. #TXLege
During a brief break, the House Elections Committee voted out #SB9 with a vote of 5-4 #TXLege twitter.com/texastribune/s…
An hour after the notice of the meeting was sent, a new notice was sent saying the meeting is cancelled. #TXLege twitter.com/ashleyg_kvue/s…
The House Committee on State Affairs is meeting at 7:45pm tonight to consider “referred business”. The “Save @ChickfilA Bill” was referred to the committee this afternoon. #TXLege
#SB1978 finally passes the Senate with vote of 19-12. Now heads to the House. #TXLege
Both Rs & Ds speak for/against the bill. The Dean of the Senate @whitmire_john expresses frustration that the Senate is wasting time on a bill that he says discriminates against LGBTQ Texans instead of property tax relief, public school funding or grand jury reform. #TXLege
 
says people should read the words of the bill and they will see it doesn’t discriminate against anyone. #TXLege
The amendment is withdrawn and the bill is passed to 3rd reading #TXLege
Amendment by @CeliaIsrael would let people register to vote while renewing their licenses online. #TXLege
RT @lmcgaughy: @Menendez4Texas “We’ve seen more and more anti-#LGBT bills that have come out of here," says @BorrisLMiles. "I ask my collea…
RT @lmcgaughy: "We’ve come up with a sort of reverse money laundering system for discriminatory behavior," @NathanForTexas says. "You’ve g…
Meanwhile the House is taking up #SB616 to make some changes to DMV policies #TXLege
RT @lmcgaughy: @beverlypowelltx @ChickfilA @SenBryanHughes @GodHatesFagsWBC Sen @beverlypowelltx says the bill "could tie the hands of our…
RT @lmcgaughy: Q from @beverlypowelltx: Would this bill mean San Antonio could NOT have booted @ChickfilA from the airport b/c of their don…
Senate is taking up final vote on #SB1978 the “Save @ChickfilA Bill” #TXLege
RT @scottbraddock: Rep @moodyforelpaso notes for the Texas House that we've reached the 10 days left mark in the session; all speeches are…
The #TXHouse finally approved #SB1511 to enter a memorandum of understanding to transfer the Battleship Texas to a nonprofit foundation. Apparently upkeep has become a challenge for the State. But there was some opposition because this means the ship could be moved. #TXLege
RT @lmcgaughy: @SenBryanHughes @JoseforTexas FWIW, reporters are chatting about whether this bill was actually debated by the public. My c…
RT @lmcgaughy: @SenBryanHughes @JoseforTexas Okay all of sudden, Texas Senate is voting on #SaveChickfilA bill. It passes to engrossment by…
RT @lmcgaughy: NEW: Bill to legalize #hemp, #CBD products in Texas passes final hurdle. Story with @rebekahallen. dallasnews.com/news/texas-pol…
RT @lmcgaughy: @AshleyG_KVUE @MillerForTexas @MayorAdler I don't know what they're paying you but I can easily say it's not enough! This gi…
RT @lmcgaughy: @Menendez4Texas @SenBryanHughes Sen @Menendez4Texas says the Westboro Baptist Church of "God Hates Fags infamy "still had it…
Just chatted with @MillerForTexas about this. On @MayorAdler’s decision to attend the dinner, Miller says, “He’s a big boy, he can make his own decisions. I think it would be the just and right thing to do not to go or to uninvite her.” twitter.com/kvue/status/11…
RT @lmcgaughy: Sen @Menendez4Texas just raised a point of order against further debate of the #SaveChickfilA bill, saying the amendment is…
Sen @Menendez4Texas pointing out the no one was in attendance at the public hearing for this bill because it wasn’t posted. Sen. Hughes says there was hours of testimony in the House on the identical version of this bill. #TXLege
Senate now taking up #SB1978 by @SenBryanHughes, the so called “Save @ChickfilA Bill”
 
explains the bill garnered the nickname after the San Antonio City Council rejected a contract to let @ChickfilA have a location in its airport. Hughes says the council wasn’t happy with organizations the restaurant donates to
RT @CapMetroCEO: Thx ⁦@KVUE⁩ ⁦@AshleyG_KVUE⁩ for hosting an important transportation townhall #Boomtown2040 Agreement from ⁦@DGarzaforD2⁩ ⁦…
RT @MHeiligenstein: Great Discussion at last night’s #BoomTown2040 Transportation Town Hall with some of Austin’s transportation leaders @C…
Bill passes 31-0 on all readings #TXLege
Sen @electcharles “We’re changing hump day to Hemp Day!” TX Senate now taking up HB1325 related to the production and regulation of hemp #TXLege
RT @TerriG_KVUE: On our way to DC for meetings about #MedicalDeviceDangers. @KVUE @KonnerBarrick Look for stories from us at 6 and 10. http…
RT @lmcgaughy: "My wife is not here. I always wish I had a wife, actually," @SenPaxton, who is married to Texas AG @KenPaxtonTX, jokes. S…
Sen @joanhuffman jokes when she became a Senator her husband thought he would get to be a member of the Senate Ladies Club.
So...is there a Senate Gentlemen Club? 🤔
Lt. Gov @DanPatrick puts all the male Senators “on the spot” and asks them to say something nice about their wives. Pretty sure Sen @Menendez4Texas wins by telling his wife he is where he is because of her. #TXLege
RT @lmcgaughy: Wives of senators have entered the Senate. Looked like @Menendez4Texas' wife handed him her purse. Nice. #txlege
The Senate Ladies Club is being honored on the floor. These are the wives of Senators & former Senators. @SenJaneNelson calls them the most powerful women to be on the Senate floor. @GovAbbott’s wife is also here with the ladies. #TXLege https://t.co/Tg2dKGtJi0
The House is taking a lunch break, in recess until 1:45 #TXLege
Point of Order is withdrawn. #SB21 passes House with vote of 110-36. It now goes back to the Senate to consider the amendments made. #TXLege
Quite a few Point Of Orders are being raised against the consideration of the bill. So far, none have been sustained. But another is being heard now. #TXLege
Oh to be a Delta Girl! I love seeing the members of MY sorority, @dstinc1913 in the Senate gallery this morning. #TXLege “When you are looking for a woman of distinction, you need look no further than Delta Sigma Theta” —@SenRoyceWest #DeltaSigmaTheta #DST #1913 🐘💃🏽🐘 https://t.co/M7vJLa67Ex
RT @lmcgaughy: #Breaking: Brass knuckles, kitty keychains ban lifted by Texas lawmakers, heads to @GovAbbott's desk. https://t.co/Fozjy5my5…
RT @scottbraddock: Earlier in the session, the Texas House voted 138 to 3 to require local government bodies like city councils to hear the…
The TX House is now taking up final vote on #SB21 to raise the age to buy all tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 #TXLege
ICYMI: In the most recent The Last Word, I discuss what it feels like to walk around in my shoes. #TXLege Link: kvue.com/video/news/pol… https://t.co/iDaqUGizbg
The secretary of @TexasAFLCIO says there is no voter fraud in Texas, there is voter suppression #TXLege https://t.co/CWU9maACiJ
The groups have collected dozens of signatures of people who oppose #SB9 #TXLege https://t.co/yhw0PFSw6G
The groups also point out the committee hearing started at 8am and the registration to testify was cut off at 8:30. They say hundreds of people have traveled from across TX to weigh in on this bill. They are calling on Chair @StephanieKlick to open registration back up. #TXLege
Alex with Move Texas says the people they work with, many first time voters, say the registration and voting processes are already difficult and #SB9 makes common mistakes criminal. #TXLege https://t.co/LtaLUf6Z7q
Happening Now: the @TXCivilRights and others holding a news conference opposing #SB9 which is being heard by the House Committee on Elections today. #TXLege https://t.co/nWqBN6SMok
 
 
 
 
 
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