This Week in Texas: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Posted March 15, 2017 in The Mignon Memo

The bill filing bonanza has come to an end.billsFriday was the 60th day of the Texas legislative session and the last day to file legislation. Nearly 8,000 pieces of legislation were filed in total. Approximately 5,200 bills and resolutions were filed in the Texas House, and more than 2,700 pieces of legislation were filed in the Texas Senate.  To read more…

Best bill caption? We couldn’t pick just one so here are a few of our favorites:

Tired of driving to work in the dark?daylight savingsRep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) has filed House Bill 2400 to end Texas’ annual “spring forward” and “fall back” ritual, which he calls an “outdated practice”. Texas would follow Arizona, Hawaii, and several U.S. territories in eliminating daylight savings time. To read more…

A constitutional right to use bitcoin.BitcoinRep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) has filed House Joint Resolution 89 to amend Article I of the Texas Constitution to protect the right to own, hold and use digital currencies such as bitcoin. If passed, this amendment would be submitted to Texas voters for approval in November 2017. To read more….

Only in Austin…sxswSXSW kicked off this past weekend and runs through March 19th. In addition to music and interactive events, the festival is hosting talks with former Vice President Joe Biden, Mark Cuban, and FBI General Counsel James A. Baker in place of Director James Comey. Celebrities including Seth Rogen, Ryan Gosling, and Melissa McCarthy will take part in the film portion of the festival to promote upcoming productions. For a full schedule