There are 29 days left in the Texas legislative session.
Texas House of Representatives:
- Convenes at 10 a.m.
- Will consider 64 total bills for the first time (CALENDAR)
- Several bills were postponed from previous calendars to today, including: HB 2189 – State Rep. Phil King (R–Weatherford) – Tax dollars not being used to promote an agenda that hurts the state’s energy sector and the economy as a whole by prohibiting investments by certain state entities in companies that boycott these energy companies; HB 20 – State Rep. Andrew Murr (R–Junction) – Bail reform (Gov. Abbott & Speaker Phelan priorities); HB 2000/HJR 2 – State Rep. Dan Huberty (R–Humble) – Creates 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 3915 – State Rep. Craig Goldman (R–Ft. Worth) – Requires PUC to establish a process for prioritizing the designation of certain premises as critical load premises and to adopt related eligibility criteria.
- HB 1869 – State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R–Lubbock) – Limits the definition of debt for purposes of calculating property taxes, including being approved by an election
- HB 2169 – State Rep. Scott Sanford (R–McKinney) – Removes tax delinquency as a criterion in determining handgun licensing eligibility
- HB 1776 – State Rep. Keith Bell (R–Forney) – Requires each school district to provide an elective course on founding principles of the U.S., including posting the founding documents in the school building
- HB 957 – State Rep. Tom Oliverson (R–Cypress) – Establishes that a firearm suppressor that is manufactured and remains in TX is not subjected to federal law or regulation under the authority of U.S. Congress to regulate interstate commerce
- Convenes at 2 p.m.
- Several bills still on INTENT CALENDAR
- SB 27 – State Sen. Larry Taylor (R–Friendswood) – Expanding virtual learning options (Lt. Gov. Patrick priority)
- HB 797 – State Rep. Donna Howard (D–Austin) – Vaccine access expansion (Speaker Phelan priority)
- Senate Jurisprudence Committee meeting to discuss several ERCOT/PUC-related bills, including HB 10 – State Rep. Chris Paddie (R–Marshall) – ERCOT/PUC Reform (Gov. Abbott & Speaker Phelan priority); HB 11 – State Rep. Chris Paddie (R–Marshall) – Winterization/preparedness of electric facilities; HB 12 – State Rep. Richard Raymond (D–Laredo) – Statewide disaster alert system (Speaker Phelan priority); HB 13 – State Rep. Chris Paddie (R–Marshall) – Establishment of TX Energy Disaster Reliability Council (Speaker Phelan priority); HB 2586 – State Rep. Shawn Thierry (D–Houston) – Annual audit of the independent organization certified for ERCOT power region