Effort to curb governor’s pandemic emergency powers falls short at Texas Legislature

The proposal’s low bill number signaled it was a priority of new House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Beaumont Republican who referred to the legislation as “the House’s blueprint for pandemic response.”

By Cassandra Pollock

When the legislation passed the House and went to the Senate for consideration, Birdwell overhauled it with language that largely mirrored his two proposals.

The House declined to agree with those changes and sent the legislation to a conference committee, where lawmakers from both chambers tried to hash out an agreement behind closed doors. That committee ran out of time to do so after running up against a midnight Saturday deadline.

This story originally published by the Texas Tribune.

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