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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Jan. 17, 2017
The Texas Senate and House of Representatives returned today from the long holiday weekend, though little substantial business is scheduled. Bill filings will continue, and both chambers will take up resolutions, which often honor individuals and causes important to members and their constituents in their home districts.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Jan 13, 2017
The 85th Texas Legislature convened on Tuesday. Watch this TMA Legislative News Hotline video featuring Darren Whitehurst, TMA’s vice president of advocacy, laying out some top legislative priorities and key challenges for this session.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Texas legislators got down to business Wednesday, adopting procedural rules to govern proceedings in their respective chambers. The Texas Senate passed rules for the 2017 session that largely mirror the 2015 version, including a provision requiring support from just 19 senators before a bill can get a vote on the Senate floor (the “three-fifths rule,” requiring three-fifths of members’ approval). The Texas House adopted its parliamentary rules as well, House Resolution 3, considering many amendments before doing so. One that drew considerable attention and debate...
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Today members of both chambers are establishing rules to guide them through the session. We don’t expect many substantive changes, but there could be a number of interesting proposals submitted. On the horizon is the naming of House and Senate committee members. If history is any indication, the Senate committees likely will be determined in the next week or so. The House likely will take longer to sort out as the speaker works to account for the preferences of his 149 colleagues.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
They’re baaaaack: The 85th Texas Legislature starts at noon today. Senate and House members, led by Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, kick off the biennial lawmaking session. House members likely will select veteran Rep. Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) to serve in the House Speaker role again for a record-tying fifth session. Collectively, the three state leaders will guide colleagues under the rotunda for the next 140 days.