13 Days til Sine Die
Paid sick leave bills revived
Several bills that would prevent cities and counties from adopting local paid sick leave ordinances have advanced out of committee. The bills now include protections for LGBTQ workers that were originally in the bills but later removed by the Senate. The bills are expected to go before the full House soon. Read more here.
“Save Chick-fil-A” bill gets Senate fast track
Another reminder that nothing is really dead until session is over… After the House bill was killed on a point of order last week, the Senate’s version was quietly advanced out of committee on Monday. The bill would prevent the government from penalizing an individual or business for actions based on religious beliefs or moral convictions, but opponents see the bill as opening doors for discrimination. Read more here.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make the Capitol go ‘round
Check out the latest in the Tribune’s documentary series “Under the Dome” – this one is about Capitol staffers. Fun fact: everyone at MM&A has been a staffer at some point! Click here to watch the video.
Only in Austin…
The House and Senate honored legendary Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki on Tuesday, and, of course, everyone posted a picture to Twitter, including Rep. Briscoe Cain (shown here).