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