Economic Committee Prohibits Rinaldi From Asking Questions or Testifying During Tomorrow’s Hearing
November 15, 2017

Economic Committee Prohibits Rinaldi From Asking Questions or Testifying During Tomorrow’s Hearing

“Clearly they aren’t confident in their ability to defend their position” stated Rinaldi

(Irving, TX) Wednesday morning, Representative Matt Rinaldi reacted to his office being told that he was not allowed to ask any questions during the hearing for the Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness held today. Since it is an invited testimony only hearing, departing from the usual practice of allowing House members not on the committee to ask questions will deny millions of Texans the courtesy of a voice in the legislative process through their elected representatives.

Rinaldi notified the committee of his intention to attend and ask questions of those testifying weeks ago, immediately following the publication of the committee meeting. The committee never informed Representative Rinaldi that he would not be allowed the historically legislative courtesy of asking questions on the committee. But upon Representative Rinaldi’s office reaching out to confirm attendance they were informed that the representative and his views were not welcome in this process.

Rinaldi commented on the unprecedented actions saying, “Being told by a committee that my district would not be extended the basic courtesy of a voice in this process is disappointing, but not unexpected, given the past practices of House leadership. I tried to give this committee the benefit of the doubt, but it is clear that they already know what their findings will be, and there is no intention of deliberation or a pursuit of the facts. I wish we had a real opportunity to discuss all perspectives on important economic drivers for our state, but this committee has made it clear that a diversity of views is not welcome. They have the result planned, now it’s just a matter of putting on a show to publish those results.”


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