Guns, police and the national anthem: Dan Patrick priorities sail through Texas House

Guns, police and the national anthem: Dan Patrick priorities sail through Texas House

The House Chamber at the Texas Capitol is pictured during the 87th Texas legislature on Friday, May 7, 2021, in Austin. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News) AUSTIN — Monday was a great day for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the Texas House. After hours of contentious debates, the House voted along mostly partisan lines to approve several of Patrick’s priority bills, including legislation supporting the national anthem and barring hotels from prohibiting guns in guests’ rooms. “I think the House has had a very productive day passing a number of important priorities,” Rep. Tom Oliverson, a Cypress Republican and vice chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus, told The Dallas Morning News . “We will finish strong over here.” Patrick, a staunch Republican who sets the Senate’s legislative agenda as its president, designated 31 priority bills this year. The House passed nine of them on Monday, delaying debate on two more for one day, on top of those they’ve already greenlighted. Tuesday is the deadline for the House to take up Senate bills. Monday’s votes marked the beginning of the end of a tough session for Democrats. With a week left until the lawmakers adjourn, the minority party says the state Legislature — following Patrick’s lead — has passed more high-profile, red meat bills this year than any other in recent memory. Abortion, guns, voting rights: Everything has been on the table. Rep. Chris Turner, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Republicans are emboldened after a good […]

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