Day 92 of the 82nd Texas Legislature
LINE OF THE DAY
“I’m hopeful this is just a bump in the road. I don’t have a very clear crystal ball.”
FLOOR PLAY BY ABBY RAPOPORT
After weeks of in-fighting, a deal with Sen. Carlos Uresti appears to have paved the way for the contentious pre-abortion sonogram bill. The latest version of the bill includes a stringent 24-hour provision —and the carveout Uresti got for rural areas.
When it comes to Planned Parenthood this session, some lawmakers and pro-life groups would rather let ideology rule than facts. In her latest post, Alexa Garcia-Ditta looks at some questionable testimony that could lead to trouble for the Women’s Health Program.
BEST OF THE REST
At a House Ways and Means committee yesterday, representatives took up four bills that would extend the small business tax exemption. As the Austin American-Statesman reports, such an exemption will cost the state $150 million over two years, something opponents argue we just can’t afford right now.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
Is three times the charm for the concealed carry on campus bill in the Senate? We’ll see today, as bill author Jeff Wentworth will give it another go on the Senate floor. He’s not the only one looking for votes—Sen. Dan Patrick will try again to bring up his legislation that would require a two-third votes for any tax bill.