Texas Legislature Reaches The Home Stretch After Another Procedural Deadline
State lawmakers can go into the final weekend stretch of their legislative session now that they’ve cleared a procedural deadline this week for considering bills.
Ross Ramsey, executive editor of The Texas Tribune, talks about which bills did and did not make the cut.
Highlights from Ross Ramsey’s interview:
Some of the bills that didn’t make this week’s deadline: “I tell staff nothing’s actually dead until the Legislature goes home. But it looks like there was a ban on insurance policies if they were sold through the Health Exchanges. There was in-state tuition that would have, you know some Republicans wanted to repeal in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants. There was an effort to regulate sanctuary cities that never went anywhere.
What’s left from the Governor’s wish list: For the most part, what the Governor has said he wanted has gotten done. There was a police and sheriff’s department objection to something in the open carry bill that said they couldn’t check people unless they had probable cause. That’s gone now. The last issue (with campus carry) that needed to be resolved is whether to require private campuses like SMU and TCU to follow the same rule on campus carry that public colleges follow.