This Week’s News

Sunset Commission Cancels Upcoming Meeting COVID-19 has affected many typical interim legislative activities. Recently, it has caused much consternation for the Sunset Commission. The Sunset Commission conducts reviews of state agencies during every legislative interim, which include public hearings and legislative recommendations that must be finalized before the 87th Legislative Session. Chairman John Cyrier has…

This Week’s News

Texas Comptroller Provides Update on State’s Fiscal Situation On Monday, July 20, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar provided an update on Texas’ fiscal condition at two meetings. At the Cash Management Committee meeting, Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, and Comptroller Hegar discussed the cash flow forecast for fiscal…

Gov. Abbott Announces Additional Openings

Governor Abbott Expands Reopened Services. On May 26, Gov. Abbott issued executive order GA-23 expanding additional services and activities allowed to open under the second phase of Texas’s reopening plan: Effective immediately, driver education programs can resume operations. Effective immediately, food-court dining areas within shopping malls can resume operations. Effective May 29, water parks can…

COVID-19 & Special Elections Updates

Coronavirus Updates Governor Directs COVID-19 Testing in all Nursing Home Facilities. On May 11th, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to test all residents and staff in Texas nursing homes. The Governor instructed HHSC,…