The 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature commences at Noon on Tuesday. It will consume all of my time over the next five months, but I will have a front row view from the galleries above, and lobbies adjacent to, the House and Senate floors. This blog will provide selective thoughts and observations of mine regarding what is occurring, and will share my "View from the Gallery." All observations and opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone, and not those of my law firm, colleagues or clients.
Even though the Legislature does not convene until Tuesday, Monday will be a momentous day. Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay's punishment phase and sentencing begins at 9 a.m. Monday before Judge Pat Priest in Austin. Whatever sentence is rendered will add fuel to the partisan fires that are already burning brightly in Austin.
Comptroller Susan Combs will release her revenue estimate for the remainder of FY 2011 and the upcoming FY 2011 - 12 biennium. Estimates of the deficit have recently ranged from $18 to $25 billion. On Monday, we will know.
Finally, the House Republican Caucus is scheduled to meet in the Reagan Building at 1:30 p.m. They will consider whether the Caucus should take an official caucus position and endorse a Republican member for Speaker. Stay tuned!