Eleventh Week of the Session

It’s halfway through the 86th regular legislative session – and the state’s leadership are still putting on a unified front. But there are policy divergences on property taxes and school finance that must be resolved before the end of the 140-day session. So as the regular legislative session passes the midway point, lawmakers are going…

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Tenth Week of the Session

Week 10 Update – 86th Session   Over 4,630 bills filed in House, 2,440 filed in Senate as of last Friday.  Not counting resolutions, over 7,000 bills filed.  With the bill filing deadline passed, the legislature is in full swing with committees posting full agendas and bills beginning to be debated on the floor. So…

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Fifth Week of the Session

Week 5 Update – 86th Session   Governor Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address Tuesday, staying away from past controversial topics like sanctuary cities and instead focusing on what he hopes will be unifying priorities for the Legislature.    The Governor’s Emergency matters presented to the Legislature were: School finance reform Teacher…

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First Week of the Session

The first week of the 86th session ended with a new budget estimate, a new Speaker and a no committee announcements:   86th Texas Legislature Biennial Revenue Estimate According to the Comptroller’s “cautiously optimistic” revenue estimate, the 86th Legislature will have an estimated $119.12 billion available for general-purpose spending in the 2020-21 biennium, 8.1 percent more…

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