Emergency Powers - Texas Scorecard

Numbers & Things

  • Legislative Day:
    • Monday: Day 91 of 140 (49 Days Left)
    • Tuesday: Day 92 of 140 (48 Days Left)
    • Wednesday: Day 93 of 140 (47 Days Left)
    • Thursday: Day 94 of 140 (46 Days Left)
    • Friday: Day 95 of 140 (45 Days Left)
  • Number of Bills Filed: 6,815 Total Bills
    • House of Representatives: 4,625 Bills
    • Senate: 2,190 Bills
  • Number of Bills Passed Out of Committees: 1,011 Total Bills
    • House of Representatives: 742 Bills
    • Senate: 269 Bills
  • Number of Bills Passed Each Chamber: 143 Total Bills
    • House: 117 Bills
    • Senate: 26 Bills

Priorities Summary

To view the status of the legislative priorities of Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, Speaker Phelan, or the Republican Party of Texas, go here.

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF)

  • Emergency Powers Reform up in Senate this week
  • A Monument Protection¬†Bill (RPT Priority) finally gets a hearing in House Committee this week
  • Several of Speaker Phelan ERCOT/PUC priorities are being heard in Senate
  • Constitutional Carry bills have yet to be set on House Calendar after being passed out¬†of committee last week. Senate has yet to hear any bills related to the subject.

Overall House & Senate

  • House of Representatives:
    • Convenes again on Monday 3/12 at 2 PM, Tuesday¬† – Thursday (likely) at 10 AM, and Friday (likely) at 9 AM
    • Posted Calendars:
      • Monday 4/12 [POSTING]
        • HB 402(Hernandez) – Funds from Criminal Asset Forfeiture¬†to be used to provide services to victims of trafficking¬†(Human Trafficking)
        • HB 2536(Krause) – Prohibits a court from ordering DFPS to take a child based on the parents seeking an opinion of more than one medical provider or transferring to a new medical provider¬†(Wrongful Removal of Children)
      • Tuesday 4/13 [POSTING]
        • HB 636 (Thompson, S.) – TX State Board of Plumbing Examiners continuation/fees
        • HB 1575 (Cyrier) – Establishes standard ‘across the board’ policies in statute and applies them to all agencies under Sunset Review
        • HB 1600 (Canales) – Sunset safety net bill (continues agencies should the legislature fail to enact specific legislation continuing the entity
        • HB 2415 (Meyer) –¬† Facilitates efficient collection of certain taxes related to motor vehicles rented through a marketplace retail provider
  • Senate:
    • Convenes again on Monday 3/12 at 2 PM, Tuesday¬† – Thursday (likely) at 10 AM, and Friday (likely) at 9 AM
    • Intent Calendar:
      • Monday 4/12 – Friday 4/16 [POSTING] (Possible to be brought up)
        • SJR 45 (Birdwell) – Emergency powers reform¬†(RPT Priority)
        • SB 14 (Creighton) – Business Freedom & Uniformity Act¬†(Lt. Gov. Patrick Priority)
        • SB 15 (Nichols) – Ban sale of data from state agencies¬†(Lt. Gov. Patrick Priority)
        • SB 23 (Huffman) – Stop local police defunding¬†(Gov. Abbott Priority) (Lt. Gov. Patrick Priority)
        • SB 29 (Perry) – Fair sports for women & girls¬†(Lt. Gov. Patrick Priority)
        • SB 598 (Kolkhorst) – Auditable voting systems
        • SB 646 (Schwertner) – County approval for proposed purchases or conversions of properties to house homeless
        • SB 1018 (Zaffirini) – Allows for Signature-verification committees or early voting boards to contact voters whose mail-in ballots include correctable technical defects
        • SB 1025 (Birdwell) –¬† Emergency powers reform¬†(RPT Priority)
        • SB 1112 (Bettencourt) – Criminal penalty for a local election official to suspend early voting ballot board requirement for voter signature verification (3RD READING)¬†(RPT Priority – Election Integrity)
        • SB 1113 (Bettencourt) – Authorizes SOS to withhold state funding from local election officials who fail to timely cancel registrations of ineligible voters (3RD READING) ¬†(RPT Priority – Election Integrity)
        • SB 1114 (Bettencourt) –¬† Requires local voter registrars to verify the eligibility of voters identified by TX DPS as noncitizens and remove ineligible voters from rolls. (3RD READING)¬†(RPT Priority – Election Integrity)
        • SB 1234 (Hughes) – Voting paper record backup verification
        • SB 1340 (Buckingham) – Voter qualification and registration
        • SB 1387 (Creighton) – Voting system manufacture requirement in the United States

Committee Hearings

  • Monday 4/12
    • 8 AM: Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs [POSTING]
      • SB 703 (Buckingham) – Sunset Bill for Dep. of Ag., Prescribed Burning Board, TX Bollweevil Eradication Foundation and abolishment of Early Childhood Health & Nutrition Interagency Council
    • 9 AM: Senate Committee on State Affairs [POSTING]
      • SB 1439 (Campbell) – Written consent of a physician, intern, or resident at an educational institution before performing or participating in an abortion
      • SB 1646 (Perry) – Preventing use of puberty blockers or performing gender transition surgeries on minors¬†(RPT Priority – Children & Gender Modification)¬†¬†
      • SB 1675 (Campbell) – Protects elections from last-minute changes by the governor or local government actions by suspending or amending voting laws
      • SB 1699 (Hughes) – Makes changes to the ‘Free Speech Bill” from the Last Session
    • 10 AM: House Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 4243 (Gervin-Hawkins) – For any member of the military who was dishonorably discharged solely based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity consider them honorably discharged with the ability to receive¬†full benefits
    • 10 AM: House Ways & Means Committee [POSTING]
    • 11 AM: House Appropriations¬†Committee [POSTING]
      • SB 1 (Nelson) – Overall Budget
    • 12:30 PM: Senate Committee on Local Government [POSTING]
      • SB 987 (Buckingham) – Prohibitions¬†on camping in a public place
    • 1:00 PM: House Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 2417 (Gervin-Hawkins) – Expansion of who qualifies for incentives under moving image incentive program
      • HB 2978 (Hull) – Requiring games and events that receive funding from TX Economic Development & Tourism Office to post certain signs related to Human Trafficking prevention¬†(Human Trafficking)
      • HB 3584 (Murr) – Ensuring that property under the jurisdiction of the TX Historical Commission can only be changed or altered by the TX Historical Commission¬†(RPT Priority – Monument Protection)
      • HCR 55 (Moody) – Authorizing State Preservation Board to permit and construction of a monument on state Capitol Complex honoring victims of mass shootings
      • HCR 62 (Hunter) – Designating 2nd Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for a 10-year period¬†(Date is also Columbus Day)
    • 1:00 PM: House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 347 (Geren) – Criminal offense for a false or misleading statement when acquiring a handgun
      • HB 624 (Shine) – Increasing criminal penalty for offenses committed against a public servant
      • HB 687 (Lozano) – Prosecution and punishment for human smuggling (Human Trafficking)
    • 2:00 PM (or upon adjournment): House Environmental Regulation Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 351 (Talarico) – Creation of air filtration efficiency standards and regulation thereof¬†of certain childcare and school facilities
  • Tuesday 4/13
    • 8 AM: Senate Committee on Business & Commerce [POSTING[
      • SB 1262 (Birdwell) – Prohibition on energy discrimination by a political subdivision¬†(Speaker Phelan Priority)
      • SB 1606 (Hall) – Electric grid resilience protection (22 Co-Authors)
    • 8 AM: House Business & Industry Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 1569 (Schofield) – Regulation by a property owners association of certain religious displays¬†(RPT Priority – Religious Freedom)
      • HB 3826 (Hunter) –¬†Electronic dissemination of commercial recordings or audiovisual works
      • HB 4415 (Herrero) – Regulation of the display of knives in retail establishments
    • 8 AM: House Human Services Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 1098 (Gates) – Reports of child abuse or neglect and preliminary investigations into those reports
      • HB 2298 (Cason) –¬† Notification of an alleged perpetrator of child abuse or neglect of their rights in an investigation conducted by DFPS
      • HB 3425 (Slawson) – Drug testing of certain people seeking benefits under TANF program
    • 8 AM: House Public Education Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 764 (Krause) – Academic assessment of public school students
      • HB 2391 (Dominguez) – Weighted lotteries for student admission to open-enrollment charter schools for students¬†who use the special education program, limited English proficiency, or educationally disadvantaged
      • HB 2465 (Gervin-Hawkins) – Requiring cultural inclusion curriculum in public schools
      • HB 2800 (Dean) – Limitation on the use and administration of standardized testing
      • HB 3668 (VanDeaver) – Eliminating certain standardized testing
      • HB 3979 (Toth) – Civics instruction¬† in public schools
    • 8:30 AM: Senate Committee on Criminal Justice [POSTING]
      • SB 474 (Lucio) – Dog tether bill
      • SB 576 (Hinojosa) – Prosecution and punishment for human smuggling¬†(Human Trafficking)
      • SB 1544 (West) – Restrictions on the use of ‘no-knock’ warrants¬†(Related to Breonna Taylor Act)
    • 9:00 AM: House Administration Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 1637 (Sherman) – Requirement for ‘implicit bias’ training for all legislators and staff once every two years
      • HB 2982 (Paul) – Creation of a joint interim committee to study the reliability of the ERCOT electric grid¬†(ERCOT)
      • HCR 57 (Hunter) – Requesting Lt. Gov. & Speaker to create a joint interim committee to study human trafficking in TX¬†(Human Trafficking)
      • HJR 114 (Klick) – Constitutional Amendment providing for procedures to fill a vacancy in the office of the Speaker of the House
  • Wednesday 4/14
    • 8 AM: House Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 4307 (Lucio III) – Coverage for low-THC cannabis under certain¬†group benefit plans for governmental employees
      • HB 4474 (Parker) – Control of virtual currency rights of purchasers
    • 8 AM: House Public Health Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 1291 (Bell, C.) – Notice of the right to object to participation in an abortion procedure for health care personnel
      • HB 1399 (Krause) – Prohibition of the administration of puberty blockers or gender reassignment/transition surgery on a minor (RPT Priority – Children & Gender Modification)
      • HB 1424 (Oliverson) – Addition to a health care worker’s right to object to participation in a medical procedure that violates their ethical, moral, or religious beliefs.¬†(RPT Priority – Religious Freedom)
      • HB 2609 (Parker) – Advanced Directives
      • HB 2758 (Smith) – Training for physicians in identification and assistance of victims of human trafficking¬†(Human Trafficking)
    • 8 AM: House State Affairs Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 957 (Oliverson) – Relating to local, state, and federal regulation of firearm suppressors
      • HB 1656 (Murphy) – Perpetuating and codifying executive overreach¬†(Executive Overreach)
      • HB 2025 (Hunter) – Regarding federal census and redistricting and the addition of certain actions¬†(Redistricting)
      • HB 2070 (Huberty) – Regulation of sports wagering; requiring a permit, fee, tax, criminal offenses, and decriminalizing wagering on sports events
      • HJR 97 (Huberty) – Constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to legalize sports wagering in TX
      • HB 2497 (Parker) – Establishment of the Texas 1836 Project; patriotic education and Texas values
      • HB 2796 (Patterson) – Regulation of bulk-power system by PUC preventing equipment manufacture in China¬†(PUC)
      • HB 3460 (Hernandez) – Creation of grant program to provide direct financial assistance to certain residents¬†affected by the winter storm in February 2021
      • HB 3916 (Goldman) – Energy discrimination prohibition
      • HB 4359 (Parker) – Prohibition contracts with certain foreign-owned companies in connection with critical infrastructure in TX
      • HB 4507 (Schofield) – HR1 Trigger Bill¬†(Elections)
      • HJR 111 (Klick) – Constitutional Amendment authorizing the legislature to take any action on a sunset bill at any time during the regular session
      • HJR 133 (Kuempel) – Constitutional Amendment to create the TX Gaming Commission for casino gaming¬†(Gambling Regulation)
    • 8:30 AM: Senate Committee on Health & Human Services [POSTING]
      • HB 797 (Howard) – Allows home care and hospice agencies to administer certain vaccines¬†(Speaker Phalen Priority)
      • SB 1673 (Hall) – Limitation on public health directives¬†during a state of disaster or outbreak
      • SB 1138 (Hughes) – Streamlining¬†public safety net programs to reduce costs and improve outcomes for recipients
    • 10:30 AM: House Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 3057 (Gervin-Hawkins) – Regulation of licensed dog and cat breeders
      • HB 3357 (Landgraf) – Licensing and regulation of child swim schools; imposing penalties and authorizing fees.
      • HB 3718 (Parker) – Requirement that certain businesses post signs with certain human trafficking information¬†(Human Trafficking)
  • Thursday 4/15
    • 8 AM: House Elections Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 3920 (Dean) – Signature verification on early voting ballot by mail; criminal offense¬†(Elections)
      • HB 3970 (Vasut) – Acceptance and counting of early voting ballots by mail¬†(Elections)
      • HB 4498 (Cain) – Compliance with National Voter Registration Act (Elections)
    • 8 AM: House Higher Education Committee [POSTING]
      • HB 1530 (Murphy) – Authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at certain higher education institutions
      • HB 3625 (Parker) –¬†Gives higher education institutions greater flexibility to attract¬†researchers to their institutions using Governor’s University Research Initiative
    • Friday 4/16
      • Nothing posted as of yet.
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