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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.
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.
 
House Updates:
  • Representative Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont was elected as the Speaker of the House by an overwhelming majority.
  • Members debated their Housekeeping resolution including a heated debate over their operational budgets.
  • At the time of this newsletter release, the House is debating their Rules, which will include how the House floor and committees will work this session. There will definitely be some debate on the newly created "Consensus Calendar," which is a proposal to create a new calendar aimed at speeding legislation along as COVID-19 has created concern about members spending long periods of time on the floor. Stay tuned for next week's update.
  • After the floor debate on Thursday over the House Rules is complete, the House will adjourn until the 26th. 
  • Committees are expected to be announced in early February.
Senate Updates:
  • The Senate elected Senator Brian Birdwell as their President Pro Tempore.
  • The Senate passed a rule that lowered the threshold for bills to be heard on the floor to 18 (also the same number of Republicans in the Texas Senate).
  • The Senate adjourned on Wednesday and will return on January 26th.
  • Committees are expected to be announced by the end of January.

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