Two weeks ago Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick handed out his committee assignments, and, this week, House Speaker Joe Straus did the same. That means the sounds that now fill the House and Senate chambers – of lawmakers giving congratulatory resolutions – is about to change.
Bills often make the news only to quickly disappear from public discourse. Some, like one that moved in the Legislature this week on open carry, gain attention and momentum. Why do some bills fade away while others don't? The answer sometimes lies with House and Senate committees.
How to Pass a Bill
The journey from bill filing to governor's signature is a long and, about 70 percent of the time, unsuccessful journey. First up, bill referral, when bills are read for the first time in either the House or Senate and then sent to a committee.