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11 Days and Counting!
With just 11 days remaining in the 86th Texas Legislative Session, and deadlines looming in the House, it is crunch time for many bills. Saturday, May 18 is the last day for house committees to report senate bills and senate joint resolutions in order for them to have any chance of being placed on a […]Read More
HB 4181: An Assault on the Public’s Right to Know
Is the Legislature trying to hide something? Last minute amendments to HB 4181 by Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) would make sweeping changes to how official records of the Texas Legislature are handled and make many more records off-limits to the public. With no public hearing or testimony, HB 4181 was set for a floor […]Read More
Library-Related Bills Begin to Move
The March 8 bill filing deadline has passed, and members of the Legislature are turning their attention to moving their bills. It’s a long, convoluted process, with many obstacles along the way. And just when you experience success, that joy is tempered by the realization that you have to go through everything again when the […]Read More
Update: Texas Legislative Session
We are a little over one month into the 86th Texas Legislative Session and the pace is starting to pick up. Legislators have until Friday, March 8 to file bills and joint resolutions. To date, 3,045 House and Senate bills and resolutions have been filed. Governor Abbott gave his State of the State address in […]Read More
86th Texas Legislative Session Begins
Members of the Texas Legislature have returned to Austin the 86th Legislative Session. Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) was elected Speaker of the House on January 9, and Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick were sworn into office on Tuesday, January 15. Comptroller Glenn Hegar provided the revenue estimate for the 2020-2021 biennium. Legislators […]Read More
Sunset Staff Recommends TLSAC Reauthorization
The Sunset Commission staff issued its report on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The Staff Report lists four primary issues, including finding that the State has a continuing need for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and recommending its continuance for another 12 years, and recommends no organizational changes. Other findings relate long-term planning […]Read More
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