Episode 1:

Texas Scorecard Capital Correspondent Jeramy Kitchen previews what to expect this week from the Texas Legislature.

Monday, 3/8

  • House of Representatives
    • 10AM: Hearings
      • Ways & Means (Posting)
        • HB 59 (Murr): Elimination of School M&O Taxes & Creation of Joint Interim Cmte. on their elimination
        • HB 457/HJR 25 (Shaheen): Property Tax exemption for physicians who do not seek Medicaid reimbursement.
      • Defense & Veterans’ Affairs (Posting)
      • Juvenile Justice & Family Issues (Posting)
        • HB 451 (Moody): Changes to persons able to conduct marriage ceremonies
        • HB 567 (Frank): Procedures for terminating parent/child relationship
    • 2PM: Hearings
      • Environmental Regulation (Posting)
        • Organizational Hearing
      • Culture, Recreation & Tourism (Posting)
        • COVID-19 impact on the tourism industry in TX
      • Criminal Jurisprudence (Posting)
        • HB 873 (Collier): Dog tether regulations
  • Senate
    • 9AM: Hearings
      • State Affairs (Posting)
        • SB 12 (Hughes): Social media censorship prohibition
        • SB 26 (Paxton): Prohibition on suspending laws protecting religious freedom and prohibition on closures for places of worship
        • SJR 27 (Hancock): Constitutional amendment to prohibit the government from stopping or limiting any religious service
        • SB 155 (Perry): Use of jury service list of citizens/non-citizens for voter registration rolls
    • 10AM: Hearings
      • Finance (Posting)
        • Article IX – General Provisions
    • 1:30PM: Hearings
      • Local Government (Posting)
        • Organizational Meeting
      • Nominations (Posting)
        • Various nominees to appear
Tuesday, 3/9
  • House of Representatives
    • 8AM: Hearings
      • Business & Industry (Posting)
      • Corrections (Posting)
        • Organizational Meeting
      • Public Education (Posting)
        • HB 547 (Frank): ‘Tim Tebow’ bill – Homeschool students participation in UIL athletics
        • HB 759 (Harless): Threat assessment teams in public schools and establishment of a student threat assessment database
      • Human Services (Posting)
        • HB 484 (Shahen): Direct Primary Care Pilot Program for Medicaid
        • HB 682 (Minjarez): Notification of ability to review alleged child abuse or neglect
        • HB 892/HJR46 (Frank): Designation of an ‘essential’ caregiver for in-person visitation to nursing homes (PANDEMIC Response)
      • Natural Resources (Posting)
        • Organizational Meeting
    • 10AM: Hearings
      • Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence (Posting)
        • HB 19 (Leach): Procedure, evidence, and remedies in civil actions.
    • 10:30AM: Hearings
      • Insurance (Posting)
        • HB 573 (Oliverson): Operation of Healthcare Sharing Ministries
    • 2PM: Overall House Convenes
    • 2PM: Hearings (Or Upon Final Adjournment)
      • General Investigating (Posting)
        • Organizational Meeting
  • Senate
    • No Committee Hearings Scheduled
    • 3PM: Overall Senate Convenes

 

Wednesday, 3/10
  • House of Representatives
    • 8AM: Hearings
      • Corrections (Posting)
      • Public Health (Posting)
      • International Relations & Economic Development (Posting)
        • HB 7 (Button): Replenishment ratio used to determine unemployment compensation tax rate
      • Pensions, Investments & Financial Services (Posting)
        • Organizational Meeting
    • 10:30AM: Hearings
      • Urban Affairs (Posting)
        • Organizational Meeting
      • Licensing & Administrative Procedures (Posting)
  • Senate
    • 8:30AM: Hearings
      • Health & Human Services (Posting)
        • SB 25 (Kolkhorst): Designation of an ‘essential’ caregiver for in-person visitation to nursing homes (PANDEMIC Response)
Thursday, 3/11
  • House of Representatives
    • 8AM: Hearings
      • Ag. & Livestock (Posting)
      • Elections (Posting)
      • State Affairs (Posting)
        • HB 3 (Burrows): State & Local government responses to pandemic disaster and authorities of the governor.
    • 9AM: Hearings
      • Homeland Security & Public Safety (Posting)
  • Senate
    • 9AM: Hearings
      • Special Committee on Redistricting (Posting)
        • Focus on Austin Region
Friday, 3/12
  • House of Representatives
    •   No Committee Hearings Scheduled
  • Senate
    • 10AM: Hearings
      • Special Committee on Redistricting (Posting)
        • Focus on El Paso Region
Saturday, 3/13
  • House of Representatives
    •   No Committee Hearings Scheduled
  • Senate
    • 9AM: Hearings
      • Special Committee on Redistricting (Posting)
        • Focus on all regions of the state
NUMBERS & THINGS:
# of Days Left in Session: 86 (Monday, May 31)
# of Days Until Bill Filing Deadline: 6 (Friday, March 12)
# of Bills Filed: 4,097 Total
  • House of Representatives: 2,995 Total
  • Senate: 1,102 Total
# of Bills Referred to Committees: 1,768 Total
  • House of Representatives: 1,487 of 2,995 total bills (50%)
    • Compared to previous sessions on the same legislative day: 86th – 51%, 85th – 46%, 84th – 53%, 83rd – 72%, and 82nd – 77%
  • Senate: 281 of 1,102 (26%)
    • Compared to previous sessions on the same legislative day: 86th – 70%, 85th – 73%, 84th – 83%, 83rd – 77%, and 82nd – 73%
Time Spent on Floor:
  • House of Representatives: 13 Hrs Total (Convened 17 times)
    • Compared to previous sessions on the same legislative day: 86th – 40 Hrs, 85th – 49 Hrs, 84th – 45 Hrs, 83rd – 47 Hrs, and 82nd – 70 Hrs
  • Senate: 7 Hours Total (Convened 7 times)
    •   Compared to previous sessions on the same legislative day: 86th – 24 Hrs, 85th – 37 Hrs, 84th – 22 Hrs, 83rd – 24 Hrs, and 82nd – 58 Hrs
MISCELLANEOUS COMMENTS:
  • Bill filing deadline is Friday, 3/12 marking 60 days of session and also allowing for each chamber to consider bills that are not just ’emergency items’ from Governor.
    • There are still some Gov. emergency items that have yet to be filed.
    • There are still some Lt. Gov. priorities that have yet to be filed.
    • Both omnibus Election Integrity bills have yet to be filed in either chamber (HB 6 – Cain/SB 7 – Hughes)
  • HB 3 is up in a public hearing on Thursday this week in House State Affairs
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