FLOOR PLAY BY ABBY RAPOPORT Unlike the rest of Gov. Perry’s emergency items that are well on their way to his desk, it took two and a half months just for a sanctuary city bill to be voted out of committee. As Melissa del Bosque writes in her guest column, writing and passing immigration policy is tougher than Texas lawmakers might think.
BEST OF THE REST Sen. Jane Nelson and her finance subcommittee assigned to cut $9.9 billion from Medicaid have suddenly been given greater responsibility. The Austin American Statesman reports that Nelson and her team have been tasked with finding all $16.1 billion in cuts from health and human services. Yikes. Good luck with that.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING After the governor’s office never showed up at his House Appropriations Committee hearing yesterday to show public support for his supplemental and Rainy Day Fund bills, chair Jim Pitts has said he needs committee votes by today to make a printing deadline. Let’s hope Perry’s people can make their date this time.