House members kill more Senate bills as revenge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Members of the Texas Houses have expanded their retaliation against the Senate for failing to move their bills.

A Republican lawmaker joined the fray Wednesday by targeting minor bills by Granbury Republican Sen. Brian Birdwell. Rep. Debbie Riddle announced she would filibuster each of his proposed laws unless Birdwell moved forward on bills affecting Harris County.

Houston Democratic Reps. Senfronia Thompson and Sylvester Turner joined Riddle in threatening other Senate bills with filibusters. The senior lawmakers said senators were not showing proper respect for the work done by the House of Representatives.

Democratic Rep. Ruth McClendon began filibustering bills by Houston Sen. Joan Huffman on Friday, because she is blocking a House bill to set up a commission to investigate false convictions.

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Any bills not voted on by midnight expire.