As I write this column, our country is preparing to observe Memorial Day, a day we remember the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. However, did you know that the holiday actually originated after the Civil War to commemorate both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war? Since that time it has evolved to memorialize all Americans who have given their lives in military service. I ask that we all take time this weekend to give thanks for those who sacrificed everything for our nation so that we might live free.
Five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol are:
Last day to vote on bills
Wednesday marked the last day the Senate was able to vote on House bills, and the last day the House was able to vote on Senate bills. Both chambers worked late into the night, attempting to get through as many as possible. Thursday began the few day period at the very end of session in which 10-person conference committees are formed between members of the House and Senate and they attempt to work out slight differences between bills which have passed both sides of the legislature. As the advantages and disadvantages of various amendments are discussed, the hope is that the democratic process will work and the best possible version of each bill will be produced.
Insurance cards on smart phones
The Senate and House both approved legislation recently that would allow drivers to provide proof of insurance on their smart phone or other electronic device. SB 181 adds Texas to a list of six other states that already allow this, and many insurance companies have now developed apps to help speed up the process. The bill has now been sent to the governor and, if signed, should go into effect September 1.