June 14, 2019      11:32 AM

People on the Move

A notable retirement, some honors, plus staffer and lobby moves

No, we are not all plumbers now. And you’re free to fully plan vacations with absolutely no threat of a special session because of the Plumbing Board meltdown. Whew.

Bad precedent? Yup. Does anyone care? Well, yes but almost none of them would have to come to Austin for a special session about it.

Meantime, there’s a notable retirement, some honors, and staffer and lobby moves to tell you about. The only way I know about them is:

1. Paying close attention and;

2. You emailing your career moves to ksbraddock@gmail.com and putting POTM in the subject line. That helps me keep it all straight in the overstuffed inbox.

Thanks so much.

Here’s the latest edition of People on the Move:

By Scott Braddock

June 13, 2019      4:36 PM

Abbott issues executive order to extend Plumbing Board

Relying on disaster declaration after Hurricane Harvey, Abbott says “a qualified workforce of licensed plumbers throughout the state, including from areas not directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, will be essential as those (federal) funds are being invested in crucial infrastructure…”

Relying on the disaster declaration for the region of the state ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced he has signed an executive order to extend the life of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

In announcing the executive order, Gov. Abbott pointed to the “the magnitude of what still must be rebuilt is reflected in the more than $10 billion of federal funds that are newly or nearly available to Texas for areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

June 12, 2019      7:00 PM

SB: Retirement watch

No big news on that front yet and there may be a historically significant reason

Who’s leaving?

That question keeps coming up, naturally, at this point in the cycle and who could blame those who decide to call it a career? This session was particularly exhausting for the members. No, it wasn’t emotionally taxing like 2017 when illegal immigration and restrictions on a minority’s use of public facilities dominated the news. Instead it was tiring because members were doing heavy lifting on broad policy initiatives including school finance, property taxes, mental health care, and more.

Yes, just like the Super Bowl it was lopsided – state government versus local governments – and some complained of boredom.

Texas House and Senate members who have been through the slog of the last decade may want to fully return to the private sector. But why do that when you can leave your imprint on the next generation of legislators?

By Scott Braddock

June 12, 2019      6:50 PM

Morath: No more using SAT or ACT scores to meet state accountability requirements

This comes as newly-approved significant changes to the STAAR await implementation

Texas high school students will no longer be able to substitute the SAT or ACT scores to meet the state’s accountability requirements, Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education during its meeting this morning.

The decision, which will go out in correspondence to school districts next week, was the result of a federal monitoring visit, Morath said. The Department of Education informed the state last December, by letter, that substitute assessments would have to cease, Morath said.

“It was not widely done, and it wasn’t even done universally in districts,” Morath said.

By Kimberly Reeves

June 12, 2019      10:22 AM

Sen. Bettencourt reportedly not invited to the signing ceremony for SB2

Author of the rollback rate bill wasn't present at Wally's Burgers in Austin for the signing ceremony this morning. Also wasn't at the Big Three's final news conference of the session after he spoke out against their failed tax swap proposal

June 11, 2019      5:07 PM

KR: Big three praise school finance reform but omit metrics to determine effective use of increased dollars

We can put more dollars into education. But if we can’t also remove it – understanding whether it worked, if it’s a problem of spending or concept – we can never move forward

The Big Three had nothing but praise this morning for a school finance bill that will funnel more than $11.5 billion toward property tax reduction and school finance reform.

“This is a labor of love, but a long-term labor that came to fruition this session,” Gov. Greg Abbott said at the signing of House Bill 3 this morning in Austin, surrounding by lawmakers. “This is something that we’ve been working on for years, and it just so happened that everything was able to come together this particular year.”

By Kimberly Reeves

June 10, 2019      4:40 PM

Sen. Cornyn doubts Cucinelli can win confirmation as head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

“He’s made a career of attacking other Republicans and frankly attacking President Trump…”

Via The Hill:

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said on Monday that he doesn’t support Ken Cuccinelli’s appointment as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and that Cuccinelli likely wouldn’t be able to win confirmation for the role on a permanent basis. “He’s made a career of attacking other Republicans and frankly attacking President Trump, so I doubt he’ll have the support to get confirmed,” Cornyn said. Asked if he supported Cuccinelli atop the immigration agency, Cornyn said no.

June 10, 2019      1:48 PM

Braddock on radio: Scott and Chad Hasty discuss Abbott choosing not to campaign against incumbents

On KFYO in Lubbock, your editor and conservative host Chad Hasty tackle Abbott's announcement plus plumbers, Texas GOP House members at risk, and more

June 9, 2019      8:49 AM

People on the Move

The first female ED of Sunset, a new head of TMA, staffer moves, and exporting another one of our own to DC

Walked out to the truck on Friday afternoon to leave a lunch and the temperature on the dash said 108. The long hot days of summer have arrived and, as far as I know, I haven’t been banned from the beach. So, I’ll find my way to the shore soon enough.

But back to writing about the Capitol Community. That’s what this publication is all about.

That’s even more pronounced when we publish People on the Move after you’ve passed along career news to ksbraddock@gmail.com. Feel free to do so anytime and please use “POTM” in the subject line so I’ll see it no matter where I am covering the news, which I will always do.

Here's the latest edition of People on the Move:

By Scott Braddock

June 8, 2019      9:58 PM

Johnson elected Dallas mayor

Rep. Eric. Johnson has maintained a steady 57-42 lead over Councilman Scott Griggs for open mayoral seat.

June 8, 2019      9:28 PM

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg wins reelection

Nirenberg defeats challenger Councilman Greg Brockhouse 51-48

June 8, 2019      9:26 PM

Abbott-backed city council candidates win in Plano

Challenger Shelby Williams defeats incumbent Ron Kelley, 53-47. Lily Bao defeats Ann Bacchus, 57-43.

June 8, 2019      7:07 PM

Dallas' Johnson, San Antonio's Nirenberg lead challengers in mayoral run offs.

Rep. Eric Johnson leads Councilman Scott Griggs 57-42 for open Dallas mayoral race. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg leads Councilman Greg Brockhouse 52-48.