Rep. Jonathan Stickland spikes colleagues’ bills

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland wasn’t making any friends on the floor of the Texas House.

Stickland, R-Bedford, appeared to have begun a crusade Thursday to kill bills on the local and consent calendar.

To spike bills on the calendar — ones that are supposed to have no opposition or deal only with issues affecting single districts — any member can talk for ten minutes.


And a slow-talking Stickland did just that. By the end of the day’s business, he successfully torpedoed proposals by state Reps. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, and Travis Clardy, R- Nacogdoches. He spared a measure by state Rep. Mary González, D-El Paso, after considering a move to kill it.

Stickland appeared to have a list of other bills that he was planning to knock of the calendar, but he seemed happy with killing just two.

Stickland said from the floor that the bills were neither local nor have broad consent of the members of the chamber.

“I am concerned that we are passing bills that many members are not aware of,” Stickland said during one of his ten-minute soliloquies.

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, said he was told that Stickland may have been seeking some kind of retribution.

“That’s where one person can be a wrecking crew,” Coleman said.

Bills on local and consent can be revived and later approved on the general calendar. Gutierrez said his measure to ban electronic cigarettes at schools should pass later in the session.

Author: Tim Eaton

Tim is a reporter on the State Desk at the Austin American-Statesman. He covers the Texas House and several topics, such as immigration, insurance and any other issue that starts with an "i."

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