Texas House minority seeks to change rules

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House leadership on one party's priorities could hurt Texas economy

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Some members of the Texas House want to pick their leader the way the U.S. Congress does — by party. A proposal by members of the Republican caucus seeks to let only the majority party choose the speaker of the house, as opposed to the entire chamber.

If that happens, watch out for Texas’ increasingly ugly politics to get more like Washington, D.C.

We disagree with our Republican friends here in Gillespie County who called for the ouster of Speaker Joe Straus. Straus is the leader who has to work with all sides — Conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats — so he’s an easy target for those who only want the first group’s concerns considered.

Consider, however, the bathroom bill and how it might have affected our tourism-based economy. We are surprised more people here aren’t alarmed by this bill, which could cost the state billions in travel and convention-related dollars. This is a direct attack on Gillespie County’s “golden goose.”

 

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