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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

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