January 13, 2021      7:01 PM
SB: Anything but consensus about proposed Texas House Consensus Calendar
At first blush, it’s a proposal to streamline the legislative process for the sake of limiting personal interactions on the floor during COVID. But while the other pandemic-related additions to the rules may not be agreeable to all the players, they do not systematically change how easily a bill is passed like this would
On the eve of the rules
debate in the Texas House, both Republican and Democratic caucuses
apparently spent considerable time this afternoon discussing a proposal to create
a new calendar aimed at speeding legislation along when COVID-19 has created
concern about members spending long periods of time on the floor.
Democrats and some
Republicans tell QR that there isn’t any
accusation of a power grab. But there is some concern that certain bills might be
sped through the process when there should be more time spent actually debating them – pandemic or not.
this actually about?
By Scott Braddock