January 25, 2018

2018 Election Update

Texas Lobby Group 2018 Election Update: Emerging from the lull of the holiday break, the 2018 election cycle is in full swing with the March primaries less than two months away. The cash on hand semiannual reports were due for […]
December 21, 2017

2018 Election Update

The 2018 election cycle is looking to be a busy one, with 7 congressional retirements and numerous State House retirements, including the Speaker of the House, Joe Straus. As such, the Legislative deck is being shuffled. Early voting for primaries […]
October 27, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus Announces Retirement

This morning, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced he will not seek re-election next year to the Texas House – thus giving up his role as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Despite a number of retirements […]
October 24, 2017

Interim Charges Released

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the full list of House interim charges on Monday, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released his first wave of Senate interim charges on Monday as well. The Lt. Governor is expected to release the […]
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 […]