This Week in Texas: August 19, 2020

Posted August 19, 2020 in The Mignon Memo

State Representatives filled out a House Member Survey to state their preferences for conducting business during the pandemic.

House Administration Chairman Charlie Geren thanked members of the Texas House for their “thoughtful input” on the member survey concerning how the Texas House ought to conduct business during the coronavirus pandemic which was distributed to all House members. The survey results will help guide the House policies for conducting business this year and the during the upcoming 87th Texas Legislative Session.

Over 80% of the Texas House members support checking temperatures and mask requirements upon entering the Capitol building. Over 60% “oppose permitting outside groups to reserve and use public spaces like committee rooms, the legislative conference center and member’s extension lounge.”

You can read the full survey HERE.

Texas Football: A&M 50% capacity, UT Austin 25% capacity, Texas Tech 25% capacity, Baylor 25% capacity.

Texas A&M will kick off their 2020 football season on September 26th with a home game at Kyle Field in College Station vs, Vanderbilt.

The SEC released the remainder of the 2020 schedule Monday night on the SEC Network.

The complete schedule has now been posted.

Two Dallas Lawmakers spoke at the virtual Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening.

State Rep. Victoria Neave and U.S. Rep Colin Allred were among 17 speakers chosen for the keynote address on Tuesday night.

Although no Texans have scored a solo speaking slot in this year’s virtual Democratic National Convention, these two Dallas lawmakers landed a slot as keynote speakers.

Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner departs.

Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan notified Gov. Abbott that he will resign in September after three years of serving as the head of the TDI.

Only in Austin…

Austin’s own “Minister of Culture” Matthew McConaughey hosted an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci via Instagram Live last week.

You can watch the live interview in full on Instagram @officiallymcconaughey

McConaughey and Dr. Fauci begin their discussion with a round of “myth-busters”. McConaughey is comparable to a football coach on game day as the two discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, emphasizing the necessity to unite across political party lines to defeat the “common enemy”.