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Well, the elections are over.
Which means it’s time to get to work. The 83rd Texas Legislature got off to a start yesterday with bill pre-filing, which means legislators are getting their top priorities in the hopper for consideration (h/t to our friend Michele Samuelson, who is always on top of all things Texas Lege-related).
The shortness of the legislative session has led to the practice of pre-filing bills before the legislative session begins. On the first business day in the week following the November general elections current members and those just elected but not yet seated may begin pre-filing bills.
On the first day, there were already 257 bills pre-filed by your state Reps and Senators.
Of course, not every Representative and Senator filed a bill. While some Reps and Senators filed an entire sessions worth in a single day.
- Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D, HD-116) filed 7 bills
- Rep. Lyle Larson (R, HD-122) filed 15 bills
- Sen. Rodney Ellis (D, SD-13) filed 28 bills.
- Sen. Judith Zaffirini, (D-Laredo) filed 30 bills.
- Not to be outdone, Rep. Richard Pe?a Raymond (D, HD-22) filed a ridiculous 37 bills.
Expanded gun-rights were a hot issue last session (campus carry, the right for employees to carry their guns in their cars and onto their employers’ parking lots, open carry, etc.). Not a single one of the pre-filed bills addresses either campus carry or open carry.
I’ll get into a few of the more laughable bills in separate post (especially just about everything filed by the clown Rodney Ellis).
But for now, go check out what your state reps and Senators regard as their priorities heading into the 2013.