I spent the better part of Memorial Day weekend at the beach, in what is probably the only part of Galveston without cell phone service or wifi. Needless to say, I’ve been dying to write about quite a lot of things that have happened recently.
In re Scouts
Kuff beat me to the punch in covering the latest on the Boy Scouts membership controversy. Essentially, the organization’s head honchos voted with about 60% to allow openly gay youths–but not adults–into the organization. The original plan had allowed for localities to opt-out, which Houston’s council preemptively tried to do. However, the final policy does not allow for opt-outs, and takes effect on January 1st.
The astute will remember I am an Eagle Scout who loathes what the organization has become, but this vote is most definitely a step in the right direction. Additionally, if this causes some Southern Baptist, hardliner conservative Catholic and other Evangelical affiliated troops and councils to drop out of the organization, that is the greatest silver lining out of this. The more oldguard bigots leave, the more progressive the remainder of the organization is, and the sooner the ill-fated ban on gay adults will be gone as well.
Transparency is dead
The Texas Tribune reports that the big political transparency bill of the session, SB346, has been vetoed by the Governor. The bill proposed by Senator Seliger, colloquially known as the “dark money prohibition,” would require more transparency in in tax-exempt, politically active non-profits, compelling them to disclosure their donors. However, there would be an exemption for labor unions.
The measure passed both houses by very narrow margins, so there is no hope for an override, end of session notwithstanding. In fact, the Senate even tried to recall this bill after they passed it. “Oops.”
Kuff has more.