The Texas House committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism is holding a public hearing on Rep. Hilderbran's bill to fully fund our state parks system via the sales tax on sporting goods. The meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 20 at 2:00 PM. "Or," as the schedule states "upon final adjourn./recess."
Meanwhile, Hilderbran's bill (HB 6) is up to 118 co-authors in the House, giving it a huge majority of 79%. Its companion in the Senate (SB 252), authored by Sen. Estes is up to 16 co-authors, giving it a slight majority of 17 out of 31—four short of the 2/3 typically required to get bills through the Senate.
Since the Lieutenant Governor, who presides over the state senate, and the Chair of the Finance Committee considering the bill still are not on board, though, our work is far from done. We need to keep the pressure on Lt. Gov Dewhurst and Sen. Ogden, as well as the other state senators, and not give them any excuse to bury this bill.