Your afternoon reading:
- "Speaker Joe Straus kicked off the afternoon session making note of the stressful, 15-hour days that had just passed. … Straus urged members to 'collaborate whenever possible, and when it is not possible to communicate openly and civilly when you disagree.'" — Joe Straus: Play nice, Trail Blazers
- "Wednesday could make or break the legislative session. The House is scheduled to take up two major budget-related bills that could be key to balancing the state budget." — Key budget bills to land on House floor Wed., Postcards
- "It might be a minor measure sailing through the Legislature without opposition, but the 'Heimlich poster bill' underscores a long-simmering if little-known controversy over the best way to treat choking victims." — Bill highlights dispute over first aid for choking victims, Austin American-Statesman
New in The Texas Tribune:
- "The Texas Senate approved a $3.97 billion draw on the state's Rainy Day Fund to cover a deficit of the same size in the current budget, but not before rejecting efforts to add on a larger amount to help balance the 2012-13 budget." — Senate Votes $4 Billion From Rainy Day Fund for Deficit
- "Don't stub out the statewide smoking ban bill yet. The bill's House and Senate authors say they've got a vehicle for the measure to be passed, and they're still hopeful Texas will be the first southern state to outlaw the habit in restaurants, bars and most public places." — Statewide Smoking Ban Not Stubbed Out Yet
- "Republicans should beware of the backlash cuts to higher education could bring, members of the Texas College Democrats said at a press conference today." — College Dems Warn Republicans of Budget Backlash
- "Candidates in next year’s U.S. House and Senate elections in Texas raised more than $5 million in the first quarter from individuals. Most live in Texas. But a significant portion came from outside the Lone Star State, according to the Federal Election Commission. California led the way, followed by Virginia, Washington, D.C. and New York." — On the Records: Fundraising Outside Texas
- "As a Christian and a lawmaker, biblical stories form something of a lens through which I try to find focus when making public policy decisions — particularly as anti-immigrant bills have gained a disturbing momentum in Austin over the last few weeks." — Guest Column: Mary and Joseph Were "Undocumented"
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