Redistricting Looms
  • For the first time in over 50 years, Texas will not be under additional federal scrutiny called “preclearance.”
  • On Saturday, the Texas Senate made public the proposed Senate District Map for the next 10 years.
    • Notable proposed district changes:
      • Senate District 10 addition of Parker and Johnson counties
      • Senate District 24 losing counties to both Senate District 25 and Senate District 22
  • The Texas House has not yet made their proposed map changes public.
  • Also included on the agenda:
    • Appropriation of federal COVID-19 relief funds passed by U.S. Congress
      • The State of Texas now owes millions of dollars more on debt because they chose not to address the debt with these funds in the previous special legislative session.
    • Youth Sports
    • Vaccine Mandates
    • Dog Restraints
  • Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also prioritized property tax relief in an announcement last week. House Speaker Dade Phelan expressed public support for such an issue just one week prior. The issue is not currently on the special session agenda.
  • House Speaker Dade Phelan created a new select committee last week. The committee is charged with minimizing the negative educational and emotional effects COVID-19 has had on students, an issue not currently on the special session agenda.

 

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