Texas Tribune reporter / Wellesley alum / 7th generation Texan / Grackle enthusiast
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@GovAbbott tells @ChrisSalcedoTX property tax bill #SB1 with House changes "really wouldn't have provided any meaningfu…
@DanPatrick doesn’t say whether he’ll ask @GovAbbott for second special session, says it’s gov’s decision to make. #TxLege
“The speaker said it was horse manure and he treated it like horse manure” @danpatrick says of @GovAbbott’s special session agenda #txlege
“It was the speaker’s personal politics” in almost every case that stopped special session priorities from passing @DanPatrick says #TxLege
@DanPatrick: what I’m most upset about is the House quit tonight… w 27 hours to go they walked off the job. #TxLege
“We accomplished a lot in this special session,” @DanPatrick says in post-adjournment presser. #TxLege
Texas Legislature closes out special session without passing tax bill. By @MorganSmith & @PatrickSvitek texastribune.org/2017/08/15/tex… #txlege
RT @PatrickSvitek: but is expected to do so once the special's over! #TX03 twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/…
Texas Senate gavels out Sine Die. #TxLege
RT @pfikac: 'It was literally a decision made on the fly' -- @SpeakerStraus re House sine die expressnews.com/news/local/art… @expressnews w/@Morr…
Bettencourt urges @GovAbbott to call a special session as soon as possible to address property taxes. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
@TeamBettencourt: we aren’t going to accept take it or leave it proposal from House, & we are going to live to fight another day #TxLege
RT @brandonformby: If #txlege falls apart over prop taxes, worth noting: House passed bills that actually would have lowered tax payments f…
RT @brandonformby: INBOX: Ahead of Senate returning to work tonight, @DonHuffines says property tax bills dead, asks @GovAbbott for 2nd spe…
House Sine Dies, tells Senate like it or lump it on property taxes: trib.it/2wNF0lR #TxLege
BAM — with that, @danhuberty motions that the House adjourns SINE DIE #TxLege
if we appointed conferees now, it would kill the bill bc there is not enough time #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
Bonnen update on SB1 conferees: I'm not declining a conference committee, I'm trying to keep the bill alive #TxLege
@moodyforelpaso has inquiry on removing confederate monuments on Capitol grounds. Told to speak w/ preservation board, House admin #TxLege
With disappointment, resignation, House votes 94-46 to concur w/ Senate on school finance #txlege #txed twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
@DanHuberty: This is it. I’ve been trying for 7 mo. And I’m standing here today asking you to please support this bill. #TxLege #TxEd
RT @PatrickSvitek: Friendly reminder that the House hasn't appointed conferees yet for key property tax bill #SB1. #txlege
@DonnaHowardTX: “What we have now is not even a bandaid. This is a pretend school finance fix” #txlege #TxEd
Rare quiet in the chamber as Ms. T speaks. “I will tell the Senate take back this crap and FIX IT.” #TxLege
Dutton: Senate keeps telling House to either "like it or lump it" on #txed... when are we going to tell Senate...to… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
House members pretty upset about Senate changes to school finance. Phillips: bill came back “$1.5b skinny” pointing to stripped $ #txlege
@DanHuberty: The system is broken, we know it's broken. Clearly Senate does not have the appetite for bill that ca… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
@DanHuberty on school fin: To say I’m disappointed is an understatement…I feel like I let you down…we’re going to move to concur #txlege
Rep. Harold Dutton’s prayer to open Tx House: “Dear God, let the devil find out about this meeting 30 minutes after it’s over” #TxLege
What #txlege did last night: 1. school finance compromise? trib.it/2fGcmyR 2. tree bill compromise? trib.it/2wLiAlh
RT @Cary_Cheshire: House Republican Caucus meeting is being moved to Wed at 8:30am #txlege
RT @RobertTGarrett: .@joanhuffman's amdt on grants for dyslexic and autistic students - same as @DanHuberty's HB 23- accepted by Sen on voi…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: .@SpeakerStraus rep: "The House will consider the [health care] deferral if the Senate will do something meaningful to hel…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: .@SenLarryTaylor accepts @joanhuffman to put $212M into TRS-CARE, in HB 21 on school finance. #txlege #txed
RT @AliyyaSwaby: .@joanhuffman wants to add TRS-CARE funding bill to HB21. Tues, House will consider SB 19, using Rainy Day Fund. #txlege #…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: I think math should be $563M for this bill. $212M for TRS-CARE, 40M for dyslexia/autism, $311 for ASATR/facilities. #txleg…
RT @PatrickSvitek: "I think I just broke some news there," Taylor said. #HB21 #txlege twitter.com/roberttgarrett…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: Senate taking up HB 21 on school finance now. #txlege #txed
RT @JohnnieMo: Meet in @GovAbbott is over but nobody's telling us nothing that moves the ball downfield #txlege
RT @JohnnieMo: Am told @SpeakerStraus and Dan Huberty are in with @GovAbbott, LtGov & Larry Taylor #txlege https://t.co/QxZT4JnRE5
@RaneyForTexas: Sharp cancelled bc of "hate messages" on Facebook "& people who’ve said they were coming & bringin… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Announcement on House floor: per voicemail from @tamu’s John Sharp, nationalist rally on 9/11 has been cancelled. #TxLege
RT @JohnnieMo: Asked @SenLarryTaylor if there'll be a vote on #HB21, school finance. Replied: "Today's the day. But I don't know what time.…
SB 16, school finance study bill, loaded up w/ amendments, get initial passage in Tx House #TxLege
Recipe for #txlege fun: Senate has bill House wants. House has bill Senate wants. Mix in school finance & property taxes. Let simmer.
@moodyforelpaso just called pt of order on entire school finance study bill. #TxLege
RT @MWatkinsTrib: Texas House calls on Texas A&M chancellor to halt white nationalist rally texastribune.org/2017/08/14/tex…
House lawmakers have LOTS of instructions for potential school finance commission — bill now collecting amendment after amendment. #TxLege
RT @RobertTGarrett: “Back in '06, there was a gubernatorially created commish. It didn’t have any legislators-@PhilKingTX, on @GovernorPerr…
But @RepMattKrause & @chrispaddie are no longer getting in each other's faces at back mic surrounded by giant scrum… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Close, tense talking in tight groups on House floor as debate begins on school finance study bill. #txlege
RT @madlinbmek: After tense exchange -- Stickland: “Welcome to the Texas House, right? Bonnen: “No, not really.” #txlege
Vote on calling the question #txlege https://t.co/MrK94vCGok
“Calling the question” is a tactic to force vote on amended property tax bill, prevent consideration of any further amendments. #TxLege
Here comes SB1, postponed property tax bill, on House floor. #TxLege
@PaulWorkman: Aggie alums in Tx House will send letter to @tamu asking university to ban Sept 11 white nationalist rally. #TxLege
RT @madlinbmek: Huberty on #txlege ed deal "I thought we were close tonight, but we've got time. We didn't blow it up...you keep talking or…
Bc of House/Senate negotiations, SB 16, school finance study, also postponed to 8am tomorrow. #txlege
RT @snajmabadi: Senate is in recess until 4pm tomorrow … Not brought up tonight? School finance legislation #txlege
TX House remains at standstill, waiting for amendments to be drafted, presumably for SB16, school finance study bill. #TxLege
RT @viaAlana: House gives #SB17 – bill to extend #maternal mortality task force – initial OK on voice vote. #txlege
It really is impossible to hear in the House chamber right now. #TxLege
@SarahforHD134, asks for order in noisy chamber: “perhaps nobody else cares about the number of women who are dying .. but I do” #TxLege
@DanHuberty, @SenLarryTaylor et al currently in meeting on fate of education measures. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
House now on to maternal mortality bill, SB 17. #TxLege
House moving fast. Sb16, school finance bill dear to Senate, gets postponed to 8:15 pm. #TxLege
House passes SB 11, do-not-resuscitate bill, 3rd reading. Will head back to Senate, which will either concur or head to conference. #TxLege
Lawmakers overwhelmingly side w/ Bonnen. SB1 postponed. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
Things already heated in Tx House. @RepMattSchaefer fighting Bonnen’s move to postpone property tax bill, an Abbott/Patrick priority #TxLege
Final vote on SB1 wld “jeopardize negotiations” on # of bills, Bonnen says, “if you think for a second you can figure them out” #TxLege
Bonnen wants to postpone 3rd reading on SB1, property tax bill, citing ongoing negotiations btw House & Senate on many issues…#TxLege
Spotted: @SenJaneNelson, @SenLarryTaylor & @DanHuberty heading into hallway behind House chamber. #TxLege
Tx House now gaveling in. Senate still in recess. #txlege
And now Tx Senate recessing again. Until 7:30pm. #TxLege
Local annexation clears TX Senate on 21 to 10 vote. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
Tx Senate back in. First up is vote to concur w/ House amends on SB6, local annexation bill. If approved, heads to @GregAbbott_TX. #TxLege
Senate recessing until 6pm, for a caucus “to discuss schedule” #TxLege
Senators—set to take up edu, abortion, transparency issues tonight—trickling into chamber, warning press not to make dinner plans…#TxLege
RT @PatrickSvitek: "I'm not going to let go of any of these items yet," @GovAbbott tells WFAA on all-but-dead bathroom bill. https://t.co/B…
@SpeakerStraus gavels out, “hoping to see some good faith efforts from our friends in the Senate” before coming back 7:45pm tmrw #TxLege
And House Aprops committee meeting in 10 min to vote on Senate version of bill. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
Here's the vote breakdown on state spending cap bill pt of order #txlege https://t.co/icdZOnYLse
SB11, do-not-resuscitate bill, passes on voice vote. #TxLege
Pt. of order sustained. 70 to 52. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
This’ll be an interesting vote — it’s @tparker63 (anti) v @charliegeren (pro) on whether to uphold pt of order. #TxLege
And here’s @MattRinaldiTX challenging ruling on pt. of order #TxLege
HB 208, state spending cap bill, goes down on a pt of order. #TxLege
2 bills that #txlege approved today: 1. Restricting abortion insurance: trib.it/2vtA9rp 2. Property tax: trib.it/2vtt5L9
House currently at a standstill over pt of order on HB 208, state spending cap bill. #TxLege
RT @RobertTGarrett: House Calendars sets SB 16, school finance study commission, SB 17, maternal mortality panel, for General State cal. Su…
Calendars Committee mtg @ 7:40 pm tonight … #TxLege
@SenatorLucio was not present for vote. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
Tx Senate gives initial nod to HB214 restricting insurance coverage of abortion, 20 to 10 vote. #TxLege
Tx Senate now taking up Hb214, which restricts insurance coverage of abortion. If unchanged, will advance to governor. #txlege
RT @pfikac: 'I don’t know about you but I sure don’t want to come back for another special session' --Bonnen, moving to table amendment #my…
RT @alexazura: Hey politicos — They are white supremacists. You're OK to say racism instead of hate.
@brandonformby’s paying attention so you don’t have to: folo him for updates on Tx House property tax reform debate this afternoon #TxLege
RT @KarinaKling: Thanks for coming in @BenPhilpottKUT @MorganSmith @James_Barragan! #txlege twitter.com/TXCapTonight/s…
RT @PatrickSvitek: This @pfikac piece reminds us @DanPatrick has been eerily quiet on #txlege stuff as special session winds down: https://…
@RepMattSchaefer asks whether House will be in session Sunday. Speaker: “chair is not advised” #TxLege
 
 
 
 
 
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