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The 81st session of the Texas Legislature is under way at the Capitol here in Austin. And it’s going to be an exceptionally busy session too.
On the House side, a total of 4697 bills were filed, up 18% from the 2007 session, in which 3,977 made it to the clerk’s office (via Elise Hu). On the Senate side, Senators filed 2,447 bills, up 26% from last session’s 1,944.
That’s a grand total of 7,144, bills for a combined chamber increase of 21%.
The Bill That’s Missing
With all of those bill filed, I’m more than disappointed that one of them isn’t the already-authored Licensed Open Carry bill. The current drafted bill by Representative Debbie Riddle (R) couldn’t find a single member to introduce it. Not even Rep. Riddle.
This bill would give Texans who posses a valid Concealed Handgun License to open carry. For whatever reason, our state lawmakers do not want to give Texans the opportunity to voice their opinions and vote on this law — a right, by the way, that is allowed in some form or another in 44 states.
Second Amendment-related Bills
A number of handgun-related bills were filed by the 81st Texas Legislature, though. Many of them are aimed at expanding the too-narrow rights spelled out in the second amendment.
The second amendment-related bills that I’m tracking (there are many more not listed here) this session are:
Allowing Guns on Campus
Rep. Tommy Merritt (R).
Sen. John Whitmire’s (D) office tomorrow to find out how the hearing went (Whitmire is the chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee).
(UPDATE – March 25) — SB 730 was passed unanimously by the Texas Senate. Next, on to the House for Consideration.
(UPDATE II — March 31) — The bill was read for the first time in the House and has been referred to the Public Safety Committee.
HB 1301 is scheduled for public hearing on March 23.
HB 3777 —
HB 3684 —
SB 1788 —