This Week in Texas: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Posted June 26, 2019 in The Mignon Memo

Representative Jonathan Stickland Will Not Seek Reelection

On Monday, Rep. Jonathan Stickland announced his intent to retire from the Texas House. “Eight years was enough for George Washington, and it certainly is for me. After much prayerful consideration and reflection, I have determined it is not the Lord’s will for me to seek reelection,” he posted on Facebook. To read more, click here.

Porch Pirates Could Receive Jail Time in Texas

Starting September 1st, Texans who take items from mailboxes and porches face tougher penalties for their crimes. Governor Greg Abbott recently signed House Bill 37 which attempts to deter offenders by increasing the punishment for such crimes. To learn more, click here.

Fun with Bill Captions

A few favorites from a list of the best bill captions of the 86th Legislature:

HB 410 – Relating to the personal use exemption for domestic rabbit meat

HB 1699/SB 1693 – Relating to designating November 7 as Victims of Communism Day

HB 2558 – Relating to prohibited retaliation against state employees for referring to climate change or global warming

HB 2596/SB 86 – Relating to the regulation of raising or keeping six or fewer chickens by a political subdivision

HB 3646/SB 2084 – Relating to operating a motor vehicle while a person is occupying the trunk of the motor vehicle

HCR 123 – Designating the breakfast taco as the official state breakfast item of Texas

SB 1271 – Relating to the issuance of Keep Austin Weird specialty license plates

Only in Austin…

“Would you rather boop that nose or play with those ears? The most difficult question ever asked, probably.”  ZilkerBark photographs some of the cutest dogs in Austin — Oliver, a 7 month old Basset Hound, was featured on ZilkerBark’s Facebook page recently.

Speaking of dog noses, the Memo is taking a break for the month of July so we can boop as many doggos as possible.  See you in August!