May 18, 2023      5:06 PM
Speaker Phelan surprisingly cites US Congressional rules as authority to change a bill analysis without Texas House approval
In an after the fact effort to legitimize unauthorized changes to a bill analysis, the Chair makes vague reference but offers no specific citation so Texas House members can understand the real rules of the road
In my recent column I
raised serious concerns about a “corrected” bill analysis on the controversial SB
14 (prohibiting gender affirming treatments) distributed to the members
at 3:21 AM on the day of the actual debate.
Again, the column was not
about the substance of the bill but rather, the process. SB 14 was a must pass
bill for leadership and GOP members in their primaries. The outcome was never
We reported that nothing
in Texas House Rules permitted a “corrected” bill analysis
without the traditional House approval allowing either recommittal to committee
or the actual change to a government document.
By Harvey Kronberg