76.9 F
College Station
Friday, July 23, 2021

Autopsy Report: Taxpayers to Reluctantly Continue to Fund Lobbyists

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

The 87th legislative session has reached its conclusion and though several bills were filed to ban the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, ultimately none of them made it through the entirety of the legislative process.

As the session began, it appeared there might be hope that the legislature would consider and ultimately pass a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying.

Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted against the practice in November, by chastising the city of Austin. The Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan (R), was a joint sponsor of the ban in the 86th legislative session in 2019 and served as chairman of the House State Affairs Committee facilitating its consideration. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced the ban as one of his 31 legislative priorities in February.

The policy was popular with the general public as well. A 2019 poll conducted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and WFAA found that nearly nine out of 10 Texans support a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying. In March of 2020, almost 95 percent of Republican primary voters voted in favor of a ballot proposition in support of the ban. A University of Texas and Texas Tribune poll found that it was largely popular amongst Republicans, Democrats, and Independents with 69% support overall.

The ban took the role of several bills this session addressing the practice at the local, state, and federal levels.

Statewide Bans

The bills seeking to ban the practice statewide were ultimately unsuccessful.

The bill filed in the House by State Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Galveston) was pre-filed before the legislative session even began in December of 2020. It was referred to the House State Affairs Committee on March 1 and later granted a public hearing on March 26 where afterward it would never be considered again.

The Senate version of the bill by State Sen.

Continue reading on Texas Scorecard

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

State News

Choosing Sides

William Travis famously drew a line in the sand, asking his fellow Alamo defenders to join him in putting their lives on the line...

Choosing A Side

In this 50th episode of the Reflections on Life and Liberty podcast, Michael Quinn Sullivan continues from last week his look at the plains...

All Eyes on Texas?

This week Brandon is joined by Texas Scorecard’s Jeramy Kitchen to talk about the week’s news. Catch The Headline LIVE right here this, and...

New Poll Shows Wright Maintaining Double-Digit Lead in Congressional Runoff

In the final days of a congressional runoff between two North Texas Republicans, just-released internal polling shows candidate Susan Wright maintaining a double-digit lead...

Texas Governor’s Race Continues to Get National Attention

As Gov. Greg Abbott attempts to ward off Republican opponents in the 2022 primary election, one of his challengers is boasting a national endorsement...

Continue reading on Texas Scorecard