Topic: Legislation

Bills Pre-Filed for July 18 Special Session: Good, Bad, Ugly

State lawmakers have been quick to take Gov. Greg Abbott up on his invitation yesterday to start filing bills for the special session he has called for July 18. Only a couple of the pre-filed bills relate to the one must-pass item formally placed on the Legislature’s agenda by Abbott thus far:  extension of the “sunset” expiration date for the Texas...

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Governor Formally Calls Special Session, Says Vouchers, Pay, School Funding Are Among Potential Topics

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a formal proclamation today calling the Texas Legislature back into session for up to 30 days starting July 18. The formal proclamation addressed the only must-pass bill on the governor’s wish list for the special session—a “sunset” bill to extend the expiration date for the Texas Medical Board and several other licensing boards that otherwise would...

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Summer Reading to Get You Ready for a Hot Special Session of the Legislature

An opinion piece published last month in the Big Bend Sentinel explains why friends of public education will be coming to Austin to put some heat on state lawmakers when the Legislature convenes July 18 for a special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott. The op-ed by one Lonn Taylor belongs in the “minces no words” category, and we quote...

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Why Is Messing with Your Freedom to Use Payroll Deduction on the Governor’s Agenda?

Gov. Greg Abbott has yet to follow up on his informal announcement of a special session of the state Legislature starting July 18 with the issuance of a formal proclamation that would allow bill filing to begin. Nonetheless, Abbott has put out a series of press releases applauding Senate and House members for  announcing their intention to file specific proposals...

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Vetoes and Signings by Gov. Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 15 vetoed a good bill providing for notice to parents when their child's school lacks full-time staffing by a school nurse or nurses. SB 196 by Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) was a simple measure designed to protect children's health by enabling parents to anticipate and make arrangements to address gaps in expected health-care coverage at...

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Setting the Record Straight on the Death of a Good School-Finance Bill in Regular Session

A recent, hard-hitting article from Fort Bend ISD board president Kristin Tassin tells how a poison pill administered by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick killed a good school-finance bill, HB 21 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), in the regular session of the Texas Legislature that ended last month. We reprint Tassin’s widely published article here for your edification as we head...

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Changes Coming in TRS-Care Health-Plan Options for Retired School Employees

Under HB 3976 as passed last month by the Texas Legislature, significant changes will occur next year in the health-care options available to TRS retirees. The governor has not yet acted on HB 3976, but on June 2 the Teacher Retirement System of Texas trustees went ahead and adopted new premium rates and benefits for the retiree health-care programs that...

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Governor Calls Special Session Starting July 18 With Up to 20 Wish-List Items

  Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday afternoon that he is calling the Texas Legislature back into session on July 18, first and foremost to enact what he termed a must-pass “sunset” bill continuing the existence of the state medical board, but after that to consider 19 other disparate items on his legislative wish list. A special session can go on...

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