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NPT Capitol: Goin round the Gov

sos09-headerThe Dallas Morning News commented earlier today the following on a House concurrent resolution that suspends the Legislature’s prohibition on passing bills in the first 60 days of a session:

“If the Senate follows suit, which will take 25 votes, today’s action sort of makes unnecessary Gov. Rick Perry’s proclamation today about emergency legislation. Perry’s proclamation covers bills on topics ranging from state schools for the mentally disabled to hurricanes. But the House resolution, by Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, opens the door to floor action on ALL bills and resolutions. Since 1930, the first 60 days prohibition has been suspended in all but three regular sessions.”

I find this interesting in light of the Clayburn Amendment to Congressional bill HR 1, which allows federal stimulus aid to come to Texas around the Governor.

That amendment has already inspired two concurrent resolutions (viewed here and here) that more-or-less bypass Perry vis a vis the stimulus package. Though passed with bipartisan support, Eiland resolution could might have a “warning shot” element to it.

Eiland, a Democrat might be saying through the resolution, “Hey Rick, thanks, but we’ll decide what is and isn’t an emergency when it comes to legislation.”

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 3, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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