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September 16, 2020      4:18 PM

SB: Texas Senate may grind nearly to a halt if pandemic still rages in January

Nothing is set in stone, but multiple sources confirm Lt. Gov. Patrick convened a call of committee chairs in which worst case scenarios were discussed

Over the last couple weeks, there has been significantly more chatter about how the Texas Senate will handle its business during the pandemic if it still looms large in daily life when the constitutionally mandated start of the legislative session arrives in January. Odds are that will be the case.

The Texas House, naturally, has been much more open about its deliberations on how to operate despite the fact there is no long-term hierarchy after the events of the last year. In August, House Administration released the results of a survey of members showing overwhelming support for measures like mandatory masks and temperature checks.

With the Texas Senate, as is longstanding tradition, the code is harder to crack.

By Scott Braddock

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