By: Rudy Koski
The topic for debate Tuesday morning in the House Chamber was pretty straightforward. HB 1818, which re-authorizes the Texas Railroad Commission, was up for what should have been a quick discussion. That didn’t happen Tuesday morning. The agency currently regulates the oil and gas industry and no longer deals with trains.
The name has caused some confusion, which is why the debate opened with attempt at renaming the commission. The idea was tabled and left for another day, but it didn’t stop a different attempt to sidetrack HB 1818.
The political maneuvering that took place involved trying to force a floor debate on SB6. The legislation would regulate access to bathrooms by a person’s gender at birth. Earlier in the session the controversial legislation quickly moved out of the Senate but it currently remains in limbo on the House side. Supporters of SB6 spent the morning urging lawmakers to force the issue, by bringing it up through the amendment process.
“It is clear that everybody is talking about this issue so why can’t the house members talk about it on the floor and so I don’t think anybody should be surprised by this and this is a part of the process,” said Jonathan Saenz with Texas Values.