Texas GOP President gives Republican lawmakers a ‘D’ rating
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas legislature is set to pass tougher voting laws, unlicensed firearms and a ban on nearly all abortions in the state in what some political experts described as the most conservative legislative session in recent memory.
But with a key deadline approaching midnight Friday to grant initial approval of bills at Texas House and less than three weeks remaining in the legislative session, Allen West, Chairman of the Texas Republican Party, is giving Republican lawmakers a note. “ D ”. .
âLeaders will have a lot to respond to at the conservative base,â West told KXAN on Wednesday. “It was a session that was a bit long, so I hope these things cross the finish line.”
West said none of the bills associated with the RPT’s legislative priority list were signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, although the Texas House “heartbeat bill” was sent to the governor for. final approval Thursday afternoon.
West slammed Republican leaders for watering down controversial bills to further restrict Texas voting rules and said unlicensed transfer legislation could face procedural problems due to changes made by the Texas Senate – which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s advisers quickly chided on social media.
A proposal to ban taxpayer-funded lobbying by local governments, a legislative priority of the RPT, looked likely to fail in another legislative session.
“Why do we elect Republicans and why do we present these legislative priorities if individuals are making decisions about what they see as a priority?” West said, adding that the RPT plans to launch its own scorecard to assess Republican lawmakers on their support for the party’s legislative priorities.
Texas House Democrats spent Thursday trying to run out of time before a bill targeting transgender children could reach the ground for initial approval. House Bill 1399 would ban surgeries and sex reassignment procedures for anyone under the age of 18 in Texas.
“The side effect is that we end up preventing ourselves from getting other good bills,” said Representative James Talarico, a Democrat from Round Rock, of his party’s efforts to delay votes on bills. controversial legislative texts. “Once you put this poison pill on the agenda, you risk getting passed a bunch of good, harmless bills.”
Craig Goodman, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Victoria, said an ideological push to the right by the RPT conflicts with Texas House’s more moderate desire to rule.
âIt becomes the choice,â Goodman said. “Do you want to be the party of government or do you want to be the party of conservatism?”