State Representative Andrew Murr was in Eldorado on Wednesday, August 1st where he met with a gathering of local citizens as well as electric cooperative representatives from across the area.

Murr led a wide-ranging discussion about the upcoming legislative session slated to begin on January 8, 2019.

Murr noted that the first order of business will be the election of a new Speaker of the House. The retirement of Speaker Joe Staus means the powerful position will be up for grabs. He said he didn’t expect to see strong candidates emerge until after the November 6th election.

Murr noted that a few items of business are easy to predict with school finance being chief among them. He said that the question of property tax relief and ground water rights will always be an issue when the Texas Legislature convenes.

Murr also noted that a few wild-cards could crop up once the 140-day session begins. He noted that no one predicted the “bathroom bill” that dominated discussion during the 85th session.

The state representative addressed questions ranging from water rights to casino gambling and driver’s license offices to the possibility of a statewide sales tax.

A question was raised on the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing for the collection of sales tax on Internet sales. So did a question of about the possibility of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Texas.

Murr explained to the group that with the shift in population away from the rural areas more and more political clout is congregating in the metropolitan and urban areas. He noted that two-thirds of the state’s house districts are clustered around the state’s 10 most populous counties.

Murr is a Junction native and the former County Judge in Kimble County. He represents House District 53 which is takes in Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton Counties.

The Eldorado meeting was held in the historic 1907 First National Bank Building and was hosted by the Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative and Golden Spread Electric Cooperatives.