This Week in Austin: September 16th, 2020

Posted September 16, 2020 in The Mignon Memo

What do we want? BROADBAND! When do we want it? NOW!

On Friday last week, a bipartisan group of 88 state lawmakers asked Governor Abbott to develop a plan to expand broadband access in Texas. COVID-19 has highlighted the urgency of access to broadband across the state and the lawmakers say the need cannot wait until the 2021 legislative session.

Your 2020 November ballot

It’s the final countdown! The November 3rd general election is right around the corner. Are you ready? Early voting in Texas is October 13th-30th. Here are all the candidates who will be on the ballot and how to find your ballot based on where you live.

H-Town update

On Friday, State District Judge R.K. Sandill rejected AG Paxton’s request to halt Harris County’s mail ballot plan. 2.4 million registered voters could be receiving mail ballot applications soon. AG Paxton appealed the decision Friday afternoon. Mail ballots have become the focus of fierce debate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the pink dome

Conversations are well under way about how the 87th Legislative Session will be conducted starting in January 2021 during the current pandemic. We could be seeing temperature checks upon entry to the Capitol, required face masks, and limited cafeteria grub (no more ice cream sundae Thursdays?!).

We are staying as busy as ever here in Austin, ZOOM-ZOOMing away while legislators are hosting receptions and fundraisers virtually. We are ready for anything in 2021!