In addition they used last-minute stalling ways to efficiently kill two different payments within the Home that had been priorities for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the presiding officer within the Senate who later criticized his Republican colleagues within the Home for not working exhausting sufficient.
When the speaker of the Home, State Consultant Dade Phelan, was stopped at an entrance to the Senate final month as a result of he lacked a required wristband exhibiting he had a unfavourable coronavirus take a look at, it began an intraparty debate over whether or not he was denied entry to the chamber. The incident solely heightened the notion that the 2 Republican-led chambers that Democrats accused of advancing such a divisive conservative agenda have been themselves divided.
“There’s at all times some degree of factions simply because we’re like every household,” stated Mr. Murphy, the Republican caucus chairman. “There’s those which have cheese pizza and those that need pepperoni. However we’re all going to take a seat down for dinner.”
It has been a long time since Molly Ivins, a sharp-witted liberal author identified for mocking the political establishment, famously known as the Legislature “the best free leisure in Texas.”
In 1979, in a transfer not not like what the Democrats pulled off this weekend, a dozen Democratic senators known as the Killer Bees hid offsite to forestall the Senate from reaching a quorum on election laws. State troopers have been dispatched to spherical them up. Officers thought they nabbed State Senator Gene Jones however found, after flying him to Austin in a helicopter, that they as a substitute had his brother Clayton. When Clayton Jones was requested why he went together with the mix-up, he stated he had by no means been in a helicopter earlier than.
Many years in the past, throughout one in all his epic filibusters — by which lawmakers should hold talking besides when allies ask questions and never go away the ground even for restroom breaks — State Senator A.R. Schwartz, often called Babe, was surrounded by his Democratic colleagues in a nook throughout an extended query. He urinated right into a wastebasket. His allies then cleared out, taking the wastebasket with them.
Molly Ivins-style moments of levity nonetheless happen, although not as regularly.
Throughout a current dialogue over a measure that might prohibit the breeding of unlicensed canine and cats, pet banter and chuckles flowed. The invoice’s sponsor, State Senator José Menéndez, a San Antonio Democrat, known as the second bittersweet, and fleeting.
“It was one of many few gentle moments we’ve had,” Mr. Menéndez stated. “All the things else has been very contested, heated tradition wars.”
Simon Romero and John Schwartz contributed reporting.