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Rep. Mark Strama D-Austin, speaks during HB5 debate on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and the debate is expected to go well into the night.
Rep. Mark Strama D-Austin, speaks during HB5 debate on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and the debate is expected to go well into the night.

Hopefuls Taking Aim at Mark Strama's House Seat

Texas Weekly

While members of the Legislature are eyeing Memorial Day and Sine Die with increasing anticipation, a growing field of candidates looking toward 2014 has emerged, including four — so far — in Austin's House District 50, an open seat.

Lindsey Sunflower serves drinks at The Parish, a popular music venue in Austin, Texas. State Rep. Mark Strama is pursuing a bill that would cut the tax on mixed beverages charged to bars if they prove they are using the savings to present live music.
Lindsey Sunflower serves drinks at The Parish, a popular music venue in Austin, Texas. State Rep. Mark Strama is pursuing a bill that would cut the tax on mixed beverages charged to bars if they prove they are using the savings to present live music.

Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears

A bill in the House would cut the tax on mixed beverage sales for clubs that use the savings to present live music. Supporters say the bill would benefit a struggling music industry. But critics say it would rob city and county coffers of much-needed tax revenue.