Thursday, August 10, 2017

#TXLEGE: How house leadership attempts to kill pro-life bills....


"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Matthew 18:6

This is a very revealing exchange between Stickland and Straus; we were actually in the gallery when it happened and we're glad he pulled the video:



Highlights:

  • Byron Cook's committee was meeting about an unrelated bill.
    • "Could we ask him to come up front, for the benefit of the public?!?"
    • "Mr. Stickland, that question is not in order."
  • HB 14 has been sitting in limbo between state affairs and calendars for two weeks.
    • "The paperwork has not made it to the calendars committee."
  • "What can the members do to make Chairman Cook get the paperwork to the calendars committee?!?"
  • "Are you aware that, on average, it takes about a day and a half to get paperwork from one committee that meets in this building to another committee that meets in this building.
    • "Mr. Speaker, do you think that's acceptable?!?"
  • "Is there any procedural move that we can do to get Chairman Cook, of state affairs, to act on this bill and do his duty?!?"
    • "Mr. Stickland, I would advise you to speak to the chairman."
  • "Mr. Speaker, what do we do when the chairman makes it very clear he does not want to work with us?!?"
  • "Mr. Speaker, is there any procedural move that we could remove a chairman?!?"
    • "No."
  • "Mr Speaker, is a committee chairman removable at will by the speaker at any point?!?"
    • "Not by this speaker, no."
  • "Do the rules permit you to do it if you so choose, Mr. Speaker?!?"
    • "Mr. Stickland, I think we've had enough of this conversation."
  • "Did you appoint Chairman cook to chairman of state affairs?!?"
    • "I think clearly the answer is yes."

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