There are 39 days left in the Texas legislative session.
Texas House of Representatives:
- Convenes at 10 a.m.
- Will consider 14 total bills; 12 from yesterday’s calendar and the House’s version of the state budget and supplemental budget (CALENDAR)
- SB 1 – State Sen. Jane Nelson (R–Flower Mound) – House version of the overall state budget for the next biennium (2022-23)
- 246 pre-filed amendments to SB 1
- Amendment by State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) would take away funding from the office of the governor if he fails to convene Legislature 60 days after an emergency order/declaration
- Amendment by State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R–Fredericksburg) that would require all state agencies to submit reports to the Legislative Budget Board on how they would cut their budgets by 1 percent, 5 percent, and 10 percent
- Amendment by State Rep. Jeff Cason (R–Bedford) that would prohibit the use of money to teach “critical race theory” in public schools
- Amendment by State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) that would completely defund the Texas Commission on the Arts and instead give that money to border security to fund the completion of a border wall
- Amendment by State Rep. Armando Martinez (D–Weslaco) that would take $5 million from the Texas Department of Public Safety and provide it instead for “humanitarian assistance for migrant children”
- Amendment by State Rep. Donna Howard (D–Austin) that would strike language in the budget that currently prohibits the use of money on abortions
- Various Medicaid expansion amendments provide for an opportunity for all of the authors/public supporters of State Rep. Julie Johnson (D–Carrollton) HB 3871 to also potentially use the amendments as an opportunity to usher in Obamacare into Texas by getting it on the House’s version of the budget. The list of authors includes nine Republicans for a total of 76, which is enough for passage on the House floor.
- HB 2 – State Rep. Greg Bonnen (R–Friendswood) – House version of the overall supplemental budget for the remainder of FY 2021
- Texas Scorecard will be streaming the House budget debate starting at noon on our Facebook page, where we will attempt to answer questions and provide commentary as the debate unfolds.
- Convenes at 10 a.m.
- Several bills still on the INTENT CALENDAR