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Seliger, Price and Smithee Stay Quiet During Special Session

Amarillo's three state legislators have been quiet on the lawmaking front since the beginning of the Texas Legislature's special session.

According to general reports from the legislature's session, Four Price has by far filed the most bills out of Amarillo's legislators, filing 48 bills. The majority of Price's bill are simple resolutions congratulating the valedictorians from area high schools. None of Price's bills have been taken up in committee.

For John Smithee, the long-time legislative veteran has only co-authored one bill during the special session. Smithee's HB 214 is "Relating to health plan and health benefit plan coverage for elective abortion," according to the Texas Legislature's website. Smithee's bill was left pending in committee on its last action.

As 2018 opposition begins to form, Senator Kel Seliger has not filed any heavily contested bills. Seliger co-authored SB 48 and SB 49. Both bills are relating to appraisals on agricultural land.

The three legislators have been active in supporting different items on Governor Greg Abbott's special session agenda. While the three have cast several votes for different pieces of legislation that have flown through the chambers, none of the three have sponsored any legislation.

To see full legislative reports, visit the Texas Legislature's general reports website.

Photos by MRT, Four Price, Texas Tribune

Photos by MRT, Four Price, Texas Tribune

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