• November 9, 2020

Phelan creates working group led by Rep. Tom Oliverson …

Phelan creates working group led by Rep. Tom Oliverson …

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Phelan creates working group led by Rep. Tom Oliverson and Rep. Senfronia Thompson to focus on legislative operations during pandemic

Phelan said the point is to “determine how best to protect the health and safety of legislators, staff, and the public while providing for meaningful public participation in the legislative process”

Presumptive Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan on Monday afternoon appointed a bipartisan workgroup to “review and make recommendations on legislative operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Per his office, it will be chaired by Rep. Tom Oliverson with Rep. Senfronia Thompson serving as the vice-chair.

Other members appointed to the workgroup include:

–        Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park)

–        Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth)

–        Donna Howard (D-Austin)

–        Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth)

–        Joe Moody (D-El Paso)

–        Chris Paddie (R-Marshall)

–        John Smithee (R-Amarillo)

–        Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie)

–        John Turner (D-Dallas)

–        Armando Walle (D-Houston)

“The goal of establishing this workgroup is to determine how best to protect the health and safety of legislators, staff, and the public while providing for meaningful public participation in the legislative process,” Phelan said. “With the input from these members, we look forward to developing a plan that allows us to carry out a safe and successful legislative session.”

Originally posted on Quorum Report.