If you don’t know what’s wrong with Austin, a recent article in the Dallas Morning News should give you a few clues:
AUSTIN — As lawmakers scramble to pass thousands of bills during the legislative session’s final weeks, one House committee wields the power to decide which legislation will see the light of day on the floor and which will die an unceremonious death.
Once a committee advances legislation, the filter of the full House’s work — the Calendars Committee — must then schedule it for floor debate. And this week, with a key House deadline looming, committee members are at the height of their power.
To outsiders, the powerful 15-member group largely works in the shadows, shrouded by its esoteric proced