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The bill faced incredible odds. House Public Education Chair Jimmie Don Aycock, would have had to find enough votes, debated dozens of amendments, and staved off multiple attempts to kill his bill. So Aycock backed off and took down his proposed legislation. “I don’t think it’s fair that we leave this bill pending and kill everything else that’s up, when we know that the Senate will almost certainly kill the measure, if we pass it,” Aycock explained.

But before doing that, Aycock managed to stress the importance of his bill, which would have pumped $800 million into the school finance system, and changed how much some school districts receive per student.  

Aycock attempted to discuss the bill on the House floor with Finance Chair John Otto. “I have received notices from members in my district, they want the money we’ve set aside to deal with this issue. But in some cases, the things you are changing in your bill, they would rather leave it as is, but if we leave as is currently, do we ever achieve equity?” asked Otto.

Midnight, Tonight, Deadline Looms Large For Texas House Votes

May 14, 2015
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AUSTIN — Hundreds of closely watched proposals, including a key conservative push to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized, hang in the balance as work in the Texas House has slowed to a crawl — even as the chamber’s last chance to pass its bills looms.

Democrats are outnumbered nearly 2-to-1 in the lower chamber but have been stalling all week.

They ask every imaginable question on the floor to draw out debate on as many bills as possible, then use parliamentary tactics to further slow things down.

Known as “chubbing,” the effort comes because midnight Thursday is the deadline for House bills to get their first vote by the full chamber.

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 House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, a Republican from Killeen, introduced a bill that would provide most school districts with more money in per pupil spending. Aycock said that coming up with an appropriate formula and then getting members of the Legislature to agree with it has been a near impossible task.

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AUSTIN — The Texas House has approved allowing the sale of fireworks on holidays that mark Texas independence.

The measure approved Tuesday would allow counties to permit fireworks sales for Texas Independence Day on March 2 and San Jacinto Day celebrations in April.

It also would allow fireworks sales for Memorial Day in May. Counties would be allowed to place restrictions in case of drought.

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A fight between the Texas House and Senate over competing tax cut plans goes on despite attempts at a compromise.

The continued standoff resulted in a sit down between Senate Finance Chair, Jane Nelson, a Republican from Flower Mound, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Dennis Bonnen, a Republican from Angleton, to determine if there was any way the two chambers could find a tax plan they agreed on.

Bonnen said the House has always been open to a compromise. “The only way that I’ve ever, in my 10 terms up here, seen major issues resolved, is that we compromise. And so I’m more than open, but I am not the king of how to cut taxes in Texas,” Bonnen explained.