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Dave Mann

Day 66 of the 82nd Texas Legislature

“I don’t see any low-hanging fruit. It is a tough job.”
Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, to the San Antonio Express-News on his assignment to find more non-tax revenue to help close the budget gap.

“Which is scarier? Gun-toting college kids or Sid Miller naked?” So asks Alexa Garcia-Ditta in her post on yesterday’s emotional House committee hearing on whether to allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Most people would probably say the latter. And indeed the committee approved the controversial guns-on-campus bill last night. 

The Senate unanimously passed Sen. Rodney Ellis’ eyewitness ID reform bill yesterday. Witness misidentification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions. Ellis’ bill would reform police lineup procedures. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal has more.  

We expect to hear a lot of talk about the 10th Amendment when the House Select Committee on Sate Sovereignty meets this afternoon to hear several bills opposing national health care reform. This should be a fun hearing.

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Dave Mann is a former editor of the Observer.