AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – KRLD’s Austin Bureau chief Robert wood has a look at what’s making news around the capitol during the early days of the 82nd Legislature.
Voter ID Bill Likely
There appears to be no doubt that a voter ID bill will finally pass this legislative session.
The Senate approves rules that mean a two thirds vote is needed to consider any bill, except a bill to require people show an ID to vote.
Democratic State Senator Mario Gallegos has been fighting that bill for years. “We don’t want to be partisan like Washington, but that’s exactly what we’re doing here when we are changing the rules on voter ID.”
With a Republican two thirds majority in the Texas House and only a simple majority needed to pass the bill in the Senate it doesn’t look like there’s anything that would stop it from becoming law.
Cuts = Lowered Expectations?
A State Senator worries that the budget situation will cause education standards to slide.
Plano Republican State Senator Florence Shapiro tells the State Board of Education that budget cuts shouldn’t mean cuts in education standards, “One of the things that this budget situation will bring to us, and I’m fearful of, is that people will use this budget crisis as an excuse, an excuse to abandoned some of our high expectations.”
Shapiro says it’s essential that Texas continue to raise education standards and not lose sight of all the progress that’s been made.