BILL TRACKING ACTIVITY
CONTENT OF YOUR PAPER
BILL TRACKING ACTIVITY
Access information about the bills in the reports section of the Texas Legislature Online (TLO) at https://capitol.texas.gov/Reports/General.aspx When you are looking for information on the TLO website, make sure that you are looking for your bill in the 86(R)-2019 list. This represents the 86th regular legislative session.
THIS IS THE BILL YOU NEED TO WORK ON:
HB 63: Relating to the criminal and licensing consequences of certain marihuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession offenses; imposing a fee.
- Clearly state your position about this bill in both your introduction and conclusion. Do you support this proposal or not?
- Details About the Issue – Use the following prompts to guide your research and writing. Due to the variety of bills that are being researched, not all of this information is readily available about all of the bills. You can add additional information if you find something interesting and relevant about your particular bill.
- What will the proposed legislation do?
- Provide some background or history as to why this bill might have been proposed. Why did this issue rise to the point that it needed to be proposed as legislation in the Texas state legislature?
- Explain how this bill relates to larger state or national issues.
- All bills have proponents and opponents. Discuss those who support the proposal and those who are against it and explain the positions of the different sides. (Sponsors, special interests, opponents, etc.)
- What are the political pressures for or against the legislation?
- In class, we identified several court cases that have challenged Texas laws. Consider the constitutionality of the proposed bill. If the bill passed, might the state have to defend the resulting legislation in court? Look the issue up, it might already be involved in litigation.
- Details About the Bill Process –
- Provide an overview of the history of the bill from the “Bill Stages” tab. Where did the bill end in the legislative process by the time you submit your paper?
- Was there a companion bill introduced in the other chamber?
- Provide a conclusion that brings together your research to support your position.