OBSERVED In his latest blog post, Dave Mann looks at a bill by state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, that would increase access to DNA testing for inmates who say they’ve been wrongfully convicted. Inmates could seek testing if they’re never been tested or “if new, more modern testing techniques have since been developed.”
BEST OF THE REST The House Appropriations Committee approved a House version of the budget early yesterday morning. House Bill 1 cuts $23 billion from current spending levels, drastically reducing some crucial programs. The San Antonio Express-News reports that while the House likely has the votes to pass such a draconian budget, the Senate may be a a different story.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING While the House has sent its budget to the printers, members of the Senate Finance committee will continue working today of its version. Subcommittees on public education and Medicaid, as well as the full committee, are scheduled to meet this morning.