"The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools."
Oh good grief:
The most controversial provisions of the Texas Senate’s property tax bill — the thresholds for when cities and counties must get voter approval for their tax rates — were stripped from the legislation in a House committee Friday.This is pathetic. On a committee that has a 8-3 Republican supermajority, you "didn't have the votes"?!? Seriously?!?
The House Ways and Means Committee on Friday amended and passed an already reworked version of SB 2 to remove the provisions, which have drawn ire from city officials, county leaders and first responders for months.
“We didn’t have the votes to move the bill out of committee with them in the bill,” said Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton.
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
Bottom Line: The opportunity still exists to fix this bill via floor amendments, but the fact that that process will even be necessary speaks volumes.