Energy grid, well being care did not get sufficient consideration this session

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Howard and Nena Mamu are shown eating dinner at their Hutto home on Feb. 16, in the midst of a days-long power outage for millions of Texans.

Lawmakers began with crises on two fronts: COVID-19 instances and deaths had been hovering because the legislative session started in January, and some weeks later Winter Storm Uri triggered extra deaths, widespread energy outages and one of many costliest disasters in Texas historical past.

Texans anticipated the Legislature would take up these urgent points. And to an extent, lawmakers did — however we want they’d achieved extra.

With the 87th session now behind us, we’re taking inventory of the Legislature’s motion (or inaction) on points addressed by the American-Statesman’s editorial board. That is the primary installment; look ahead to a second package deal on elections and prison justice points on Tuesday. 

Shoring up Texas’ energy grid

The problem: The February storm that triggered a near-collapse of Texas’ energy grid left tens of millions with out energy for days in subfreezing temperatures; the demise toll doubtless reached 700, based on an evaluation by BuzzFeed Information. Too many energy vegetation, fuel pipelines and wells had been unable to operate within the excessive chilly — a widely known drawback lawmakers beforehand failed to repair.

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