It was a short week at our state capitol, but never a dull moment.

Both the House of Representatives and Senate announced their committee appointments, which included chairmen and chairwomen assignments. A shakeup occurred in the Senate, where Senator Kel Seliger from Amarillo was removed from his previous leadership role as chair of the Higher Education Committee and reassigned to lead the Agriculture Committee.

Following a rather public exchange of words between the Senator and the staff of Lt. Governor Patrick, Mr. Seliger was stripped of his chairmanship altogether. This is an unusual action while a legislative session is underway.  The Lt. Governor has since announced Sen. Bob Hall as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Apart from this political scuffle, North Texas fares well in regards to committee announcements.  Several local members were named to chair various and impactful committees.

Sen. Kelly Hancock returns as Chair of Business & Commerce, Sen. Jane Nelson continues to lead the state budget as Chair of Finance Committee, and our new Sen. Beverly Powell has been appointed to the Education Committee, Higher Education Committee, and the Health and Human Services Committee.

Our North Texas House delegation fared well with leadership appointments.  Chairs include Rep. Nicole Collier for Criminal Jurisprudence, Rep. Charlie Geren continues to lead House Administration, Rep. Stephanie Klick with Elections, and Rep. Chris Turner leading Higher Education.  Other notable committee assignments include Rep. Giovanni Capriglione to Appropriations and Rep. Craig Goldman to the Calendars Committee.

For complete Senate and House of Representatives committee assignments:

86TH House Committee Appointments

86th Senate Committee Appointments

Approximately 1800 bills have been filed as of last week.  Now that committee assignments have been made, bills will begin to move through the legislative process.  Let the fun begin!

 

Chamber’s 86TH Legislative Agenda

 

Important Legislative Dates

Thursday, February 7                      1st day House hearings may begin

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

Thursday & Friday March 6 & 7     Tarrant County Days at the State Capitol

Monday, May 27                                140th Day, Session Ends

Sunday, June 16                                Deadline for governor to veto a bill

Sunday, September 1                        Effective date for most new legislation

 

 

 

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For more information please contact:

Rebecca Montgomery, Senior Vice President Advocacy

Email: Rmontgomery@fortworthchamber.com

Office: (817) 338 – 1807

 

Maribel Gallardo, Advocacy Specialist

Email: MGallardo@fortworthchamber.com

Office: (817) 338 – 3322