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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.
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.

The Governor will announce his emergency items during the first few weeks of session. One of the reasons to watch these is to know what items will make it at the top of the calendars in each Chamber. They are given priority once bills start to be heard on the floor. Redistricting and COVID relief and recovery will be at the top of everyone's list. The budget writers will be very busy this session as they will revisit school finance, transportation, and COVID recovery in the budget along with the usual items. So far there have been bills to legalize gambling, expansion of broadband, and increase who would qualify for medical marijuana. As of January 7, 2021, there have been 1,312 bills and joint resolutions filed and there are no mentions of gifted and talented education at the time of this update. Last session there were more than 7,500 bills filed by session's end. 

In a typical session, the month of January is busy with constituent and advocacy visits. This session will be different in that there will be limited capacity in the Capitol. You are still welcome to visit, it just might require more patience than a usual year. All floor and committee action will be streamed on the House and Senate websites. Senate Opening Day Protocols and COVID Considerations for House Members were published this week.

Education News: 
  • Speaker-elect Phelan will hire Daniel Warner to be his Higher Education and Public Education Policy Advisor. Daniel previously worked for Senators Larry Taylor and Jane Nelson, where he covered higher education, public education, and finance.

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