[TACRAO] Listserv 86th Legislature Update week of January 7, 2019

Debbie Gilchrist debbie.gilchrist at utrgv.edu
Tue Jan 15 07:51:30 CST 2019

Good Morning,

Comptroller Glenn Hegar updated state lawmakers on Monday, January 7 on the states biennial revenue estimate.  He is still cautiously optimistic and estimates the lawmakers will have almost $120 billion to use in shaping the state's 2020-21 budget.

On Tuesday, opening day, members were sworn in at noon and Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) was elected Speaker of the Texas House.  The speaker of the House is selected by a majority of the representatives at the beginning of each legislative session. The speaker may appoint all chairs and vice chairs, refer bills, break ties, recognize people in debate, decide questions of order, appoint and direct committees and control the flow of bills by appointing the members of the calendars committees. The Lieutenant Governor does the same for the Senate in addition to succeeding the Governor and a few other duties.

On Wednesday, Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick and  House Speaker Bonnen held a joint news conference in which they pledged to work together "....on a very bold agenda that will be transformative for the state of Texas."  Governor Abbott has stated that his top priorities are to reform public school and property taxes

Governor Abbott has not designated an emergency items for the session yet.  State Representative Terry Canales D-Edinburg has asked Governor Abbot to declare Health Care for current and retired teachers as an emergency item but no action has been taken at this time.

Below is a list of dates of interest that can be found at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__tlc.texas.gov_docs_legref_Dates-2Dof-2DInterest.pdf&d=DwIFAg&c=oqyuZuih6ykib6aKiBq22_bich4AVfYGoLertJN0bEc&r=5cwyr3ZZzjmRsIsXglBYqQ&m=7pooaequlqKZssXXDX2rQqHtB9wow33LD_x5rT0-bxo&s=zumr-w83-w0mVowAJqOW1x25Q-sV9yQmzLfWC_kieww&e=:

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Attached is a list of 6 bills proposed since the last report dated 12.30.2018.

Your Legislative Issues Committee

Debbie Gilchrist, Chair - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Chris Reed, Chair-Elect - Texas A&M University
Dr. Bobbye Fry - University of the Incarnate Word
Sheila Gray - Texas Tech University
Madeline Tolliver - Victoria College

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