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he House has announced their permanent committee schedule for this session. Appropriations (budget) will meet at 7:30 a.m. in their usual room located in the Capitol Extension E1.030. House Public Education will meet on Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. in the Capitol Extension Auditorium, E1.004 or in the John H Reagan Building in room 140. Committees may choose to post and announce hearings for other times during session, but these times are their permanent schedule.
This week, the Senate Finance Committee met to hear a report from the Comptroller and Legislative Budget Board for discussion around budget and revenue estimates and SB1 (Senate budget bill). In closing, Chairwoman Nelson shared that the top goal for the final biennium budget from each Senator on committee was maintaining commitments made last session to education.
On Monday evening, Governor Abbott presented his State of the State. In true COVID style, it was held virtually instead of on the House floor in a joint Session of the Legislature. Gov. Abbott began by discussing the sweeping education reforms from last Session but fell short of making education finance one of his emergency items. However, he called on the Members of the 87th Legislature to fund education and teach our children civics by stating, "This Session, we must continue to fund education as we promised. Also, if we expect the next generation of Texans to keep Texas the best state in the nation, we must teach them why we are so exceptional. We must educate them on what it means to be an American and what it means to be a Texan. We must bolster civics education in our classrooms and ensure that every child learns the values of freedom, good governance, and patriotism."
3/23/2021 to 6/8/2021 CDT
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM CDT