Yesterday, the Court issued briefing requests in Combs v. Texas Entertainment Association, No. 09-0481 (DocketDB), the petition challenging the Third Court’s ruling earlier this year about the constitutionality of the tax colorfully known as the “pole tax”. This briefing request does not mean that the Texas Supreme Court will ultimately grant review in the case. But it is the next significant step in the Court’s internal process, in which both sides and any interested amici can present their full written arguments to the Court.

This briefing request followed the Court’s conference on Tuesday, at which it was considering more petitions held over from its summer recess. The Court also asked for briefing in ten other petitions. The full list of the Texas Supreme Court’s briefing requests can be accessed through this link for the next 30 days.