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Day 91 of the 82nd Texas Legislature

LINE OF THE DAY
“I see other Ana Hernandez Lunas out there, that given the opportunity to excel, I think they will.”
Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna, D-Houston, on immigrant rights and the looming sanctuary city bill.

OBSERVED
An amendment to the state budget proposed and passed by Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, would require some Texas universities to allocate money for “Traditional and Family Values” centers. As Eileen Smith writes in her latest column, “Such centers would hopefully counter the already existing militant campus organizations promoting “alternative sexual practices,” otherwise known as fraternities.  

BEST OF THE REST
Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, has a proposal that would provide an additional $200 million to Texas public schools without raising taxes. Sound too good to be true? It might be. As Peggy Fikac of the Houston Chronicle reports, Orr’s proposal to take money from the $25 billion Permenant School Fund, is likely to provoke some fierce opposition from some Texas lawmakers. 

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, will try again today to pass his bill to allow guns on college campuses. Wentworth was forced to take the bill down last Thursday after two Democrats pulled their support. The Senate is scheduled to convene at 1 p.m.

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