Today is the 35th day of the 82nd regular session of the Texas Legislature. The House will reconvene at 1:00 pm, the Senate at 1:30.
Today is also Valentine's Day. Expect several Representatives and Senators to give very sweet statements recognizing their spouses in the chamber galleries. Also expect those statements to be made without any acknowledgment of the irony that they are members of a body that stripped queer Texans of the right to have their relationships legally recognized.
After last week's appointments of House Committees there will be a number of "organizational" meetings this week. In what will likely be the shortest meeting each committee has this session, the chairperson will lay out their priorities and may also appoint subcommittees. I don't expect any hearings on any of the bills we are watching until next week at the earliest.
If you happen to be at the capitol today you might want to check out a show by the Harris County mounted patrol on the capitol grounds at 11:30 am. Don't worry, it's the Harris County mounted patrol, not the Houston Police Department's, which greatly reduces the risk of queer people getting trampled.
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