December 5, 2020      12:18 PM
Sources: COVID restrictions for the first 60 days of Texas Senate business come into focus
There is talk of voting remotely if a senator is quarantined, media mostly in the gallery, and apparently Redistricting will be the only committee to take testimony virtually
As the legislative session
approaches, the way the Texas Senate will handle its business
during a pandemic is coming into sharper focus following a two-day meeting this
week of the GOP Caucus. Two senators familiar with the talks told
Quorum Report that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is taking as cautious
an approach as possible to keeping senators safe.
All of this, of course, is
sensitive and some of it will raise questions about the ability of the public to
interact with the legislative process. The details of the discussions first
stated to leak out in the form of some notes passed along to QR on Friday
evening. We took the time to vet the information as best we could with folks
who have been involved in crafting this path forward for the upper chamber
during a global health crisis.
When contacted about whether
the details were accurate, one senator simply said, “somebody took really good notes.”
Naturally, much of this could change if the pandemic eases or gets worse. But it
is our best understanding to date about exactly how the Senate will operate
after they gavel in come January.
So, what are the details?
Here you go:
By Scott Braddock