25-year reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Legal issues, Texas Senate, criminal justice, politics. Father of 2, husband of 1, fool for poker.
Senate adjourns until 11 am for the 140th and final day of the regular session ... amid looming threat of special session. #txlege
Midnight. Sen. @Menendez4Texas filibuster of annexation bill ends after almost 2 hours, 20 minutes. Bill is dead. #txlege
Sen. @KirkPWatson says SB715 would nullify annexation contracts Austin has entered into with municipal utility districts. #txlege
Watson: If the purpose is to give people the right to vote, why is there a distinction if you live near a smaller c… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Sen. @KirkPWatson says SB715 treats cities inconsistently, applies annexation votes only to cities of 500,000 or more. #txlege
At 90-minute mark, with 48 minutes till midnight, Sen. @Menendez4Texas still going strong on annexation bill filibuster. #txlege
RT @brandigrissom: Filibuster funnies: @Menendez4Texas: I'm not a lawyer. @CarlosUresti: You sound like one. Menendez: Thanks, I think. Ha…
SB 315. Started with Medical Board renewal. Left Senate ... no Medical Board. twitter.com/BonnieBruce/st…
RT @VirtualCapitol: Bill scaling back the way the state grades schools goes to Gov. Abbott atxne.ws/2rb4Nlq
Filibuster hits 1-hour mark. Sen. @CarlosUresti questions @Menendez4Texas about San Antonio growth, annexation.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
"Filibuster in progress" Before he started, @Menendez4Texas said he didn't arrive today expecting this, isn't weari… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
House has passed SB715, so if annexation bill is going to be stopped, it's up to @Menendez4Texas and his voice. 100 minutes to go #txlege
@Menendez4Texas filibuster at 30 minutes. Says if annexation is limited, current city residents “will bear the burden" of growth. #txlege
"All right, let's see what you got," Sen. @loiskolkhorst . And we're off. 9:42 pm. Has Menendez got 2 hours, 18… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
He's up at the president's desk, getting filled in on rules. Can't touch/lean on desk, walk around, sit. No help. S… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Looks like filibuster will be done by Sen. @Menendez4Texas, who has a lot of reading material printed out. #txlege
Senate votes to suspend rules to bring up SB715. Vote is 21-10. Filibuster-er saved a few minutes. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Sen. @JoseforTexas calls point of order, saying SB715 brought up before it's eligible. Meeting now at president's d… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
"It kinda makes me break out in a rash when I see some pink tennis shoes on one of my colleagues," Sen.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Sen. @whitmire_john understands there may be filibuster, asks why Campbell has pink sneakers on. Sends wrong messag… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Senate taking up SB 715 annexation now. It's 9:39 pm. Midnight is the deadline. Filibuster? We'll know soon. #txlege
We may have a Senate filibuster to kill SB715, annexation vote bill. @DonnaCampbellTX has donned pink sneakers (it's her bill) #txlege
Senate adopts HCR129, supporting Sam Houston Republic of Texas Presidential Library in Huntsville. Would be 4th pres lib in Texas. #txlege
RT @VirtualCapitol: Major child protective services reforms head to Gov. Abbott’s desk atxne.ws/2qqvZQ3
After bill to keep recorded 911 calls private w/o permission, House/Senate approve HCR140, resolution to study matter in interim. #txlege
Senate OKs SB27, increasing access to mental health care for veterans, particularly suicidal vets. On to the governor. #txlege
RT @JulieChang1: House passes conference cmte version of SB 11, the major CPS bill that will expand privatization. This heads to Gov. Abbot…
Abortion-related amendment removed, pet-cruelty bill passes #txlege - statesman.com/news/abortion-…
House, Senate squabble points to special #txlege session: statesman.com/news/state--re…
Senate approves animal cruelty bill after abortion-related amendment gutting punishment was removed. Next stop, the governor. #txlege
Patrick: "The gap between the real truth and what (House members) said is about as wide as the Grand Canyon."… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
"The House under the Speaker’s leadership has been slow" in sending sunset bills, and the last-minute fix can't han… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Dan Patrick: The fixes the House sent us don't work. The only way to keep 5 agencies functioning is with a special session. #txlege
Dan Patrick announces a 4 pm press conference. #txlege
Senate breaks until 4:30 to meet privately. #txlege
RT @VirtualCapitol: Texas House members to Senate: Do your job atxne.ws/2qpKVOo
Missed this: House returned HB 3124 to Senate for non-germane adds, incl ban on abortion insurance coverage. #txlege journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/85r/pdf/…
Gov. Abbott says he will sign the ride-hailing bill that will bring Uber/Lyft back to Austin tomorrow at 10 am. #txlege
Senate approval sends SB 1329 to the governor. Will create 2 new district courts - 1 civil, 1 criminal - for Travis County. #txlege
The political climate in two tweets: https://t.co/bfckh0AH72
Senate adjourns until 1 pm for last day of action on bills, conference reports. Will be a busy day. #txlege
Senate OKs SB30, teach students in school, police cadets in academy the responsibilities of cops/citizens when they interact. 31-0 #txlege
SB 5 conference report adopted 21-10. House has not yet considered it. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Senate taking up voter ID update, SB5, conference report. #txlege
@SenatorSylvia Garcia, D-Houston, explains her no vote on the #txlege budget: https://t.co/dboJkOr8mB
Dan Patrick says we have about 15 minutes of work to do before Senate adjourns. Some are skeptical. #txlege
Look at that. With a 30-1 Senate vote, we have a 2018-19 Texas state budget. No vote was @SenatorSylvia. #txlege
@KonniBurton asks if SB1 can be divided for separate vote on rainy day fund. Dan Patrick says report must be voted on as a whole. #txlege
Senators yelling VOTE! VOTE! Feels like the House in here. Budget vote imminent. #txlege
Hey look, other things are happening that have nothing to do with #txlege. Weird. twitter.com/Katie_Statesma…
RT @JimVertuno: This has gone on so long, there's even jokes the Senate is filibustering its own budget .... which means .... #txlege
RT @SeanCWalsh: Did the House adjourn without appointing conferees on SB669, which now carries the SB2-lite prop tax language? #txlege
House adjourns until Sunday, 2 pm. #txlege
House just named conferees. Now we see if Medical Board renewal stays. It was key part of Dan Patrick's reason for… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
RT @JohnnieMo: The human trafficking bill, #HB2552 by @RepSenfronia, goes to the governor now that #txlege House accepted Senate amendments…
RT @JimVertuno: They don't call it the greatest deliberative body in the history of mankind for nothin'! #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Senate still talking. #evergreentweet #txlege twitter.com/RobertTGarrett…
RT @SeanCWalsh: The No votes were all Democrats twitter.com/SeanCWalsh/sta…
RT @SeanCWalsh: There it is. House approves #txlege budget 135-14 https://t.co/MfEcnmSn8R
20 years ago, I left for Jarrell. Got to Cedar Park minutes after tornado collapsed a grocery store ceiling, spent the night there reporting
RT @Menendez4Texas: After year & 1/2 long journey #SB179 #DavidsLaw passed 31-0. Thank you to partner Rep @vote4ina. Standing In honor of t…
RT @ralphhaurwitz: A primer of sorts on campus sexual assault reporting measures likely to become law. mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
"This was not an easy budget to balance. We are a growing state with growing needs,” @SenJaneNelson says. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Senate now taking up conference comm report on SB 1, the budget. #txlege
After rare, complete roll call, Senate votes 31-0 to approve SB 179, David’s Law, to combat cyberbullying in schools. #txlege
Senate begins work on SB 179 conference report on the school cyberbullying bill. David's Law. #txlege
Correcting tweet: Conference committee makes it a state jail felony to lie on the declaration, compromise from H an… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Most changes made by the Texas House are kept in SB5 voter ID bill by conference committee. #txlege statesman.com/news/most-texa…
Bottom line: HB 21 is dead without House approval by midnight tonight. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Taylor says school districts worried about losing money w/o HB21 are starting to contact legislators, add pressure.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Taylor: Conference not really for negotiation but to give time for House to agree to Senate changes. Odds of that h… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Sen. Larry Taylor says he agreed to go to conference on HB21 to give the process more time, but w/o school choice, no deal. #txlege
RT @BonnieBruce: I say, I didn't hear no fat lady sing!!!! @DanHuberty @SenLarryTaylor twitter.com/juliechang1/st…
Gov. Abbott signs Judge Julie Kocurek Act into law with the judge at the Governor's Mansion. #xlege https://t.co/LQTaTuGEe7
Conference REMOVES section requiring Secretary of State to develop voter turnout strategic plan. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Conference report: also keeps House version allowing voter ID w/o matching current address, documents expired 4 yea… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
SB5 voter ID: Conference comm KEEPS class A misdemeanor for perjury on declaration of reasonable impediment. lrl.state.tx.us/scanned/85ccrs… #txlege
Senate just voted to recommit the bill to conference to make the change. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Senate conference: Larry Taylor, Bettencourt, Lucio, Hughes, Campbell. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Senate also appoints conferees for HB21 school finance. #txlege
Lack of passage of Medical Board sunset provision was cited by Dan Patrick as the reason a special session is neede… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Senate just voted to go to conference on SB1929, one of 2 bills with Texas Medical Board continuation added by House. #txlege
Preparing to deliver 33,000+ names opposed to bathroom bill to Gov Abbott: HRC, TFN, Equality Texas. #txlege https://t.co/zijKXHeiG6
With 3 #txlege days left, here's your session in a snapshot by the Legislative Reference Library: https://t.co/yMG7XZnNyL
After alert raised about potential for lawsuits, bill will be changed to restore language, senator says. #txlege statesman.com/news/fear-laws…
BREAKING: Sen. Perry says limiting language will be restored and a new conference committee report issued. #txlege twitter.com/TML_Texas/stat…
RT @SeanCWalsh: .@SpeakerStraus and @danpatrick, the morning after their back and forth over #bathroombill #txlege https://t.co/ejHEU866cY
RT @TML_Texas: BREAKING: Last minute sneak attack could put a bar or strip club next to your home #txlege tml.org/tml-press-rele… https://t…
I feel like #txlege asked, "Shall we play a game?" And Dan Patrick chose Global Thermonuclear War. And Joe Straus s… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Patrick: Straus used left-wing language to oppose bathroom legislation. "He is simply trying to take the ball and g… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
"Thanks to Joe Straus, we’re going to have a special session that he created," Patrick says. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
And, Patrick added, since we'll be here anyway, he's going to push hard to have Gov add bathrooms, property tax cha… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Patrick: House failed to pass sunset bill on Texas Medical Board. That will require a special session. #txlege
Dan Patrick: Joe Straus has caused a special session. #txlege
You too can watch Lt Gov Dan Patrick's #txlege press conference by clicking here: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph…
House Speaker Straus says House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation: #txlege statesman.com/news/state--re…
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will deliver his response to Straus on bathrooms at 7:30 in the Capitol. #txlege
Recap: House will not go to conference on bathroom bill. Senate can agree to House language or drop the issue. No n… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
 
 
 
 
 
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