May 10, 2021      8:59 PM
Texas House votes 92 to 45 to rein in the governor and local governments during a future pandemic
In addition to the Pandemic Disaster Legislative Oversight Committee, the amended version of HB3 requires the entire Legislature to meet after 120 days of a declared pandemic to weigh in on the governor's actions
At the conclusion of a
debate that lasted into the evening hours, the Texas House on
Monday voted 92 to 45 to approve a plan to give the Legislature
more of a say in the state’s response during a future pandemic. Many amendments
were offered and added to House Bill 3, authored by Calendars
Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, who accepted quite a few of them with little debate.
But there were some sharp
points of contention including some high drama over who – the governor or the
legislature – should be able to order a mask mandate.
By Scott Braddock