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NPT Capitol: Chairman Joe Moody

moodyState Rep. Joe Moody may only have been at the Capitol for a few weeks, but he’s obviously got in somebody’s good books. Not only did he get the committee assignments he asked Speaker Straus for, he just landed his own mini-gavel.

“I am humbled that Chairman Gallego has given me the honor of chairing the Criminal Jurisprudence Subcommittee on Criminal Procedure,” said Moody in a press release. “We have more bills referred to our subcommittee than any other and I am anxious to get to work.”

Read the full press release after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm

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NPT Capitol: Marquez gets a turn with the Gavel

mar-gavelmar-gavel1State Rep Marisa Marquez got a hold on the Speaker’s gavel, this morning. It is common practice that when the Speaker has other business to attend to , his fellow state Reps will take a turn up front. You may remember that State Rep. Joe Moody got a little rough-housed by Craig Eiland a few weeks ago when he took to the podium. [link] So far though, senior members haven’t caused Marquez any trouble. (In fairness, she does wield the gavel with more pizazz than Moody did.)


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February 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

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Ben Wright: NPT Capitol: Speaker Moody

A sign of things to come…?
Moody described it is both an “honor” and “nerve racking.”

No wonder. More senior members of the House decided to have a little fun with Moody, demanding he bring down the gavel in a less girly way. Here’s a clip:

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January 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

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NPT Capitol: Committee assignments preview

collage-of-legislatorsCommittee assignments will be announced later on today. You can follow NPT’s coverage on our twitter page here and on our homepage here. One thing to look out for with the El Paso delegation is how seniority plays out. With the loss of Moreno and Haggerty, the El Paso delegation lacks this rather important commodity. (Moreno had been around for 40 years and Haggerty for 20.)

Pickett has served for 14 years, which makes him the joint 25th most senior member of the House. Chavez has served for 12 years, Quintanilla for 6, while Marquez and Moody are both newcomers (which means they’ll get what their given.)

Seniority aside, it is worth noting that all five members of the delegation were part of the original 76 members who supported Straus against Craddick for the Speaker’s  gavel. In a pretty evenly divided chamber, with all the talk being of bi-partisanship, that may tip things back in the delegation’s favor.

Below is a list of Committee assignments from the last session. Stay tuned!

Appropriations (Sp)
S/C: General Government
Calendars (VC)
Financial institutions (CBO)

Border and International Affairs (Sp)
Land and resource management (Sr.)

Corrections (Sp.)

Criminal jurisprudence (Sp.)
Defense Affairs and State federal relations (Sp.)

Licensing and administrative procedures (Sp.)
Local government ways and means (Sr.)

Sr=Seniority pick Sp=Speaker pic

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February 12, 2009 at 10:07 am

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