A Look at the Priority Bills for Straus and Patrick
By Aman Batheja, Morgan Smith, and Becca Aaronson, The Texas Tribune
Along with their bully pulpits and control over the legislative process, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have another valuable weapon in their efforts to influence the legislative session: low bill numbers.
While most bill numbers are assigned sequentially based on when they are filed, the speaker and the lieutenant governor traditionally award the lowest bill numbers to measures they view as priorities.