Johnson said she and her colleagues in the newly formed Texas House LGBTQ Caucus worked hard to formulate different ways to kill the bill once they realized it had a good chance of being debated by Thursday, the deadline for representatives to pass House bills and resolutions.
First, she offered a point of order arguing the amended bill improperly expanded its scope. That was shot down. Then, Johnson said an analysis of the bill's effects was inaccurate. That point of order was valid, parliamentarians said.
As the bill died, a handful of lawmakers cheered its demise. Somewhere on the House floor, someone played a recording of "Taps."
Johnson, a freshman lawmaker, ousted Irving Republican Matt Rinaldi last year. She tapped into her experience as an attorney Thursday, Johnson said, but added that while she brought the successful point of order, killing the bill was a "group effort." [Read More]
Published @ May 9, 2019