Dozens of prominent bills died in Texas’ legislative session

SB 191 | Author: Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels| Purpose: Prevent the Alamo from being taken over by any foreign entity, including the United Nations| How it died: Left pending in Senate committee

Ed. Note: In our view, the most prominent bill to die in the 84th Texas Legislature was HJR 77. We are deeply disappointed. Nevertheless, we tip our hats to the following legislators cited by Tamara Colbert, Texas Convention of States Director, for their unwavering support of the bill:

Senate sponsors: Senator Paul Bettencourt (SD-07), Senator Brian Birdwell (SD-22), Senator Brandon Creighton (SD-04), Senator Charles Perry (SD-28), and Senator Donna Campbell (SD-25), who demonstrated a steadfast resolve and commitment to citizen-led self-governance in the face of incredible obstacles placed by fellow senators. House sponsors: Rep. Rick Miller (HD-26), Rep. Allen Fletcher (HD-130), and Rep. Paul Workman (HD-47) added an extra spirit of congeniality and support by actively working to educate other senators on HJR 77. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was invaluable with his support and work behind the scenes, proving himself to be a grassroots hero that Texans hoped he would be.

We must continue our effort to bring the power back to the states and the people with an Article V Convention of States, even if we have to wait until 2017 to get Texas on board. 

The following article is republished from Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2015, by Madlin B. Mekelburg.

AUSTIN – With mere hours left in Texas’ 84th legislative session, more than 800 bills have been sent to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature, leaving nearly 10,000 more in the political graveyard.

Lawmakers will tell you the legislative process is not designed for passing bills. In fact, some insist it is exactly the opposite. The sheer number of bills filed each session does not bode well, as lawmakers struggle for their voices – and bills – to be heard.

HB 2221 | Author: Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston | Purpose: Grant citizens of small communities the right to vote on whether to be annexed by larger cities | How it died: Passed House committee, but died by a point of order on the House floor

For some lawmakers, the death of a bill, or even the suggestion of imminent doom, can be an emotional experience. Security officers had to break up an intense confrontation between Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, last week after one of Stickland’s bills failed to make it onto the House calendar before a decisive deadline.

Emotions may run higher still when a bill once presumed dead is resurrected. After hearing that a point of order that killed one of his bills was reversed, Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, was spotted crying at his desk on the House floor before joining in a prayer circle with a number of his colleagues.

Some see their bills die repeatedly. For the fourth straight legislative session, a bill to ban texting while driving died after Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, could not secure enough votes to bring it to the Senate floor for debate. A bill mirroring the federal Lilly Ledbetter Act was vetoed by former Gov. Rick Perry last session and was killed again this year in a Senate committee.

Sometimes, the filing of a bill is merely the start of a conversation. The bills below [CLICK HERE for slideshow] garnered headlines, but failed to capture enough votes. Some never made it out of committee, others were shot down by a vote on the floor, and some fell victim to parliamentary tactics in the face of end-of-session deadlines.

Ed. Note: Republished from Houston Chronicle. CLICK HERE to read the original and view slideshow.

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