By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The campus carry bill passed the last hurdles in the Texas House and Texas Senate today, 31 May, 2015.
The bill was significantly altered during the debates in the House and in the conference committee, primarily because it was held up in the House calendars committee until near the end of the legislative session.
This gave the minority of House Democrats leverage to insert restrictive amendments as a trade off to running out the clock.
House Speaker Joe Straus is widely given responsibility for control of the Calendars committee; he appointed the members, who are seen as Straus loyalists. In 2013, Straus gathered 11 Republicans and at least 65 Democrats to seize the Speaker’s position. In 2015 Straus was elected to the Speakership with only 19 opposing votes, though Wikipedia states that it was the first recorded vote for speaker since 1976. Speaker Straus has great control over what bills pass, and what bills die in committee. In his first term as speaker, it is reported that more Democrat bills become law than Republican bills.
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