This Week in Texas March 18, 2015

Posted March 18, 2015 in The Mignon Memo

No Spring Break for the Legislature


  • Bills, Bills, Bills. The bill filing deadline has come and gone for the 84thTexas Legislature. The dust has cleared and the final numbers have been tallied. A record-breaking 6,000+ bills have been filed between the House and Senate, the most in recent history.
  • South by Southwest is underway bringing a deluge of musicians, celebrities, business moguls, and tourists to Austin. This year politicians have gotten into the mix, hosting SXSW events of their own. Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a reception at the Governor’s Mansionto pitch Texas to 300 entrepreneurs and CEOs assembled for the SXSW Interactive Festival.
  • After approving legislation for the open carry of handguns yesterday, the Senate looks ready for another partisan shoot-out over gun rights: this time over campus carry, which would allow people on university campuses to carry handguns. The bill will be debated on the Senate floor this afternoon.
  • Top O’ the Morning to ye’! St. Patrick’s Day festivities took place yesterday, with many sporting green and feigning Irish heritage. TheTexas-Irish connection is alive and well in the Capitol City as the 6th Irish consulate in the country officially opened on Sixth Street.

Only in Austin…


Jimmy Kimmel has returned to Austin, for SXSW and is currently taping shows at the Long Center through Friday, March 20. Texas legends and celebrities making an appearance include: Robert Rodriguez, Dale Watson, Spoon, Kanye West, Willie Nelson and the cast of “The Walking Dead.”

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