By Rebecca Montgomery, senior vice president, Advocacy, Fort Worth Chamber

The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off this week at our State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) was elected the new Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, elected unanimously elected by his peers.  Speaker Bonnen and members of the House took their oath of office.  The House consists of 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats.

Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) presided over the Senate in Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s absence (Patrick was called to the White House to discuss critical issues impacting our state).  Senators took their oath of office, which includes 19 Republicans and 12 Democrats.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar shared the state is projected to have approximately $119.1 billion available for the 2020-2021 biennium.  This is an 8.1% increase from the last biennium.  With many areas of the state awaiting financial support there is an added priority from state leadership to address public education funding along with the reduction of property tax.

With almost 1,000 bills filed there is plenty to follow as we move through the process.  We are here to keep you informed.  

Important Legislative Dates

Tuesday, January 15          Inauguration Day for the Governor & Lt. Governor

Friday, March 8                 60th Day; Final day to file unrestricted bills

Monday, May 27               140th Day, Session Ends

Sunday, June 16                Deadline for governor to veto a bill

Sunday, September 1        General effective date for most new legislation    


For more information please contact:

Rebecca Montgomery, Senior Vice President Advocacy


Office: (817) 338 – 1807  


Maribel Gallardo, Advocacy Specialist


Office: (817) 338 – 3322