This Week in Texas: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Posted April 17, 2019 in The Mignon Memo

Happy Easter!

The Texas Senate is suspending their regular order of business for Easter break. They’re meeting today but won’t be back in Austin until next Tuesday, April 23, while the House is in session tomorrow but taking Friday and Monday off. Happy Easter, everyone!


After some drama, property tax reform gets preliminary OK in the Senate

There was plenty of drama this week at the lege while both chambers looked to see what the other would do regarding property taxes. Eventually, the Senate broke the stalemate and after a lively debate passed SB 2, which would make cities and counties get approval from voters to raise 3.5% more property tax revenue than the year before. Read more here.


Bushes in the News

The Bush Dynasty lives on in Texas… George P. Bush was recently profiled by the Atlantic, while his cousin Pierce Bush has recently hinted that he might run for Congress in his grandfather’s old district in West Houston. U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher currently holds the seat. Read the stories here and here.


Only in Austin…

Rep. Zweiner’s daughter Lark has been a constant fixture at the Capitol this session. The cutie has had fun exploring the House floor.