Straus names budget conferees; Dunnam wins instruction for public meetings

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No big surprise: Pitts, Raymond, Otto, McClendon, Zerwas. Dunnam moved to instruct the conferees to meet publicly, in accordance with House rules. The motion was adopted without objection. I asked Chisum, the previous chair, what he thought the Senate would do. “Pend everything,” he said. Too bad. It was high drama when the meetings really were public. The Senate lineup is missing two of its heavy hitters from previous years, Duncan and Zaffirini. The House does not have a conferee who served on its education subcommittee.

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