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October 13, 2017

Proposed Constitutional Amendments November 2017 Ballot

Texas voters have approved 491 amendments to the state Constitution since its adoption in 1876. Seven more proposed amendments will be submitted for voter approval at the general election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Listed below are descriptions of the […]
October 9, 2017

Hurricane Harvey – Legislative Update

In early September, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas, which will be led by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. The Commission will oversee the response and relief effort between the state and local governments to […]
September 22, 2017

Governor Abbott Senior Staff Changes

This week Governor Abbott announced several top-level staff changes. Abbott’s current Chief of Staff, Daniel Hodge, is entering the private sector and will be replaced by Luis Saenz. Mr. Saenz previously worked as Governor Abbott’s Appointments Director and before that […]
August 18, 2017

1st Special Session Concludes

The first called Special Session of the 85th Legislature has officially come to a close, one-day short of the 30-day special session period. With less than 36 hours to go, the House agreed to Senate amendments to the public-school finance reform […]
July 27, 2017

Special Session Update 7-27-17

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick continues to move legislation through the Senate, having now sent over ten of Governor Abbott’s twenty special session items to the House. To do so, the Senate worked through the weekend. After a three-hour Republican Senator […]
July 19, 2017

Healthcare Bills Passed

The Regular Legislative Session is over and the Comptroller has certified Texas’ budget that spends over $79 billion on Health and Human services over the next two years. That is about 37% of the total budget and ranks as the […]
July 11, 2017

Governor Abbott Officially Calls Legislators Back for Special Session

The Legislature will be back in session at 10 a.m. on July 18, 2017. Today, Governor Abbott issued the special session proclamation that formally allows legislators to file legislation for consideration during the special session. Although the Governor announced 20 items on the special session […]
July 5, 2017

Business and Commerce Bills Passed

Texas’ 85th Regular Legislative Session has come and gone, and 1,211 bills have been signed into law – slightly below previous sessions’ average number of 1,300 – 1,400 bills. This below average number of effective bills is indicative of the […]
June 7, 2017

Governor Abbott Announces Special Session

Governor Greg Abbott today announced a legislative special session that will begin on July 18th, 2017. In his announcement, Governor Abbott identified 20 items that will be included on the special session call. “Considering all the successes of the 85th […]
May 7, 2017

85th Legislature Bill Movement Chart

As the 85th Legislature draws to a close, a series of end-of-session deadlines begin to take effect. Below is a list of deadlines that occur next week: Monday, May 8: Last day for house committees to report house bills and house joint […]
March 29, 2017

Outdated sales tax system thwarts Texas businesses

By Carlos Uresti, March 29, 2017 at TribTalk. With a grim Texas budget outlook this legislative session, public universities, health care providers and state highways could all see significant cuts. Already, a hiring freeze has been declared across state agencies […]
March 23, 2017

Legislative Bill Filing Deadline Has Passed

As filing deadline has come and gone, this Legislative Session breaks previous records for the number of bills filed! Total Number of Bills Filed this Session= 6,517 (The House filed 4,273 bills; The Senate filed 2,244 bills) Comparatively, the 84th […]