Texas Lawmakers Had Two Crises to Address. They Ignored Them in Favor of Sideshows.

Texas Lawmakers Had Two Crises to Address. They Ignored Them in Favor of Sideshows.

texas legislature end of sessionOn the day the Eighty-seventh Legislature convened in January, 360 Texans died of COVID-19 and another 14,106 were hospitalized with the coronavirus. The House and Senate were in extreme pandemic lockdown. Lawmakers were required to wear masks and senators to take tests for the virus; reporters and lobbyists had limited access to the Capitol, and members of the public were excluded unless they were testifying before a committee. Lawmakers expected that the state budget—which must pass every session—and only a few other bills would be voted through. Then, a month later, the main Texas electric grid failed, leaving thousands freezing in the dark for days and as many as seven hundred dead. If ever there were a Legislature with the opportunity to address the most…View Original Post

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