There are 35 days left in the Texas legislative session.
Texas House of Representatives:
- Convenes at 10 a.m.
- Will consider 42 bills (CALENDAR)
- The deadline for committees to vote out House bills or House joint resolutions is Monday, May 10 (14 days away)
- HB 1925 – State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R–Southlake) – Public camping ban
- HB 2000/HJR 2 – State Rep. Dan Huberty (R–Humble) – Would create the State Utilities Reliability Fund and State Utilities Reliability Revenue Fund to provide financial support for projects that enhance the reliability and resiliency of water, electric, and natural gas utilities, broadband providers, and power generation resources in the state
- HB 3023 – State Rep. Ken King (R–Canadian) – Would allow the Professional Bull Riders World Finals to receive funding from the Major Events Reimbursement Program
- House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee is taking up HB 803 – State Rep. Mayes Middleton (R–Galveston) – Equal Parenting Act
- House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee is hearing HB 446 – State Rep. Steve Allison (R–San Antonio) – Would increase the criminal penalty for damaging or causing destruction to a public monument (RPT Legislative Priority – Monument Protection)
- Convenes at 4 p.m.
- Has several bills on INTENT CALENDAR
- SB 69 – State Sen. Borris Miles (D–Houston) – Prevents the use of chokeholds or neck restraints by law enforcement
- SB 609 – State Sen. Carol Alvarado (D–Houston) – Establishes the TX Music Incubator Program, gives eligible music venues and music festival promoters the ability to apply for a rebate of up to $100k from sales tax receipts
- SB 912 – State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R–Lakeway) – Increases criminal penalties for people who engage in riots while also requiring restitution for property owners who had property damaged as a result of the riot
- SB 1675 – State Sen. Donna Campbell (R–San Antonio) – Prohibits governor, local governments, and state agencies from making changes to vote by mail laws without the approval of the Legislature
State of Legislative Priorities
- [10:46 p.m.] Constitutional carry – Three different bills are in three different committees in the Senate, leaving many activists puzzled.
- SB 1646 – State Sen. Charles Perry (R–Lubbock) – Would prevent the administration of puberty blockers or any gender transition surgeries on minors. It is on the Senate Intent Calendar. (RPT Legislative Priority – Children & Gender Modification)