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Legislative Update

Governor Abbott announced February 1, 7 p.m. as the date of his State of the State address, where he will outline his priorities for the 87th Legislative Session and update Texans on the COVID-19 response.

This week in the Legislature, the Texas Senate is conducting hearings on Redistricting and Finance. Both chambers will reconvene on February 9. Also, the Speaker of the House is working on Committee assignments, expected to be released mid-February.

Legislative Update

  • The House enacted a new section of the rules that applies to times when we are in a declared disaster. As of right now, these rules will apply to the 87th Session.
  • Committee testimony will be different this year. Each Committee will include instructions for each of their hearings and committees have the option of allowing public testimony (with a mask) or electronic comments only. The rules approved in the Texas House will allow videoconference testimony only for those invited by a committee chair.

2020 Annual Report

As we reflect on 2020 and what we hope for in 2021, these words come to mind: courageous… tenacious… heroes. These words describe you, educators and parents who have risen to a challenge none of us saw coming. Heroes who have taught and parented, or parented and taught, through crazy conditions, through screens and masks and partitions and space, to ensure that your students continue to grow and learn something new every day.

Legislative Update

The first week of the Texas Legislature began on Tuesday in a somewhat normal pomp and circumstance – though the floors and galleries of the House and Senate looked different as family, constituents, and lobbyists followed along virtually.

87th Legislature’s Regular Session News

On Tuesday, January 12, the Texas Senate and House of Representatives will convene and newly and re-elected Senators and Representatives will be sworn in. The Senate will elect the President Pro-tempore and then they will elect their Speaker. The Speaker will appoint the Speaker Pro-tempore during the first or second week of session. Both the House and Senate will adopt their own rules on Wednesday or Thursday. Over the next few weeks the Lt. Governor and the Speaker will put their committees together and should announce them late January or early February.

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