What’s Happening in Texas Politics? Battle over the Appointment of Democrat Chairmanships
Many Texans may be unaware of the current policy in Austin for the Speaker of the House to award committee chairmanships to both the majority and minority parties. Even though Republicans held the majority during the last legislative session, Democrats in Texas were put in charge of 40% of House committees. This is a policy that has been in place for numerous years, but this past year, 81% of Republican voters asked Republicans in the Texas Legislature to end this practice. The vote on this rule change will be happening in Austin this next Thursday, January 12.