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:
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!
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
Join us at Tarrant County Days at the State Capitol
For more information please contact:
Rebecca Montgomery, Senior Vice President Advocacy
Office: (817) 338 – 1807
Maribel Gallardo, Advocacy Specialist
Office: (817) 338 – 3322