Two years ago, I joked that “Sine Die,” the official phrase for the last day of the session, is really Latin for “see youtomorrow.”
That’s starting to not be funny.
Yes, for the second session in a row, we’re still going. It seems that some of those in control of the Capitol didn’t get quite enough partisan red meat, so they’re heading back to the buffet. The Special Session – and it is special – started last night, less than an hour after the regular session ended.
So far, the only item on the agenda is a needless round of redistricting (which sets state and congressional district lines), though other items have been requested and more are expected. One way or another, it’s likely to be very partisan and divisive. And there will be plenty of time to weep and gnash teeth over it.
But today, the day after the REAL end of the session, let’s at least take a second to think about what we’ve accomplished.
Actually, I’ve got a better idea: Let’s talk about it.
Get on the phone – TONIGHT!
Tonight, at 7 p.m., I’m holding a tele-town hall where we can talk about the what’s been going on at the Capitol for the last four-and-a-half months.
RSVP for the call right here.
There’s plenty of good to go over – we accomplished a lot this session (see below). There was some bad, too, especially when you think about the missed opportunities on health care coverage, transportation funding and, yes, even schools. And, naturally, there was some ugly – it is politics, after all.
Sure, Texas can still do better. The good news is that, over the past 140 days, Texas has done better; we close out this regular session leaving Texas in better shape than we found it.
Get on the phone tonight and we’ll talk about it.