Mar 3, 2017
As immigration and foster care collided in the Texas House, the state Senate was arguing over whether to send rogue lawmakers to prison.
This is a wild political season in Texas, for sure, and the debate over legislation to fix the state's long-broken foster-care system took an unexpected and ugly turn when an amendment was proposed to prohibit non-U.S. citizens from getting support.
After angry pushback by some House members, amid accusations of racism, the amendment was dropped -- but the tone had already been set, on the chamber's first day of approving bills, perhaps for the entire session.
As it debated a resolution asking Congress to call a constitutional convention to considering reining in federal powers -- yes, they have to ask the Federal Power to do so -- some conservative Republicans were insistent they wanted a stern punishment for any convention delegates who might go rogue and try to broaden the list of topics the convention might seek to change.
Remember that the delegates will be Texas senators and representatives. Some advocates wanted rogues to go to prison for up to 10 years. The Senate settled on two.
Wrap into that week of legislative drama an announced plan to push ahead to pass the so-called "bathroom bill," otherwise known as Senate Bill 6 or the Texas Privacy Act, despite strong opposition and some news for our indicted attorney general, Ken Paxton.
Last was a developing political showdown over school choice -- with a state senator dressing down a group of school students for being "selfish" because their parents do not support diverting taxpayer funds from public schools to pay for charter schools.
What else could happen? Stay on the edge of your seats.
Get the low-down on that and all the other intrigue going on beneath the state's Pink Dome on this week's Texas Take: The Podcast -- the leading political podcast in the Lone Star State -- where you get the inside scoop on the Legislature in simple language every Texan can understand -- unvarnished straight talk, as they say.
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