There are 19 days left in the Texas Legislative session.
Impending Legislative Deadlines: (Reference)
- Today, May 13 – Last day for House to consider House bills/House joint resolutions on Second Reading Calendar
- Friday, May 14 – Last day for House to consider consent bills on Local & Consent Calendar
- Tuesday, May 25 – Last day for the House to consider Senate bills/Senate joint resolutions on Second Reading Calendar
- Sunday, May 30 – Last day for House to adopt Conference Committee Reports
Status of Legislative Priorities: (Reference)
- HB 1927 – State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler) – Constitutional carry was brought back up in the House late yesterday evening. As soon as it was brought up, State Rep. Chris Turner (D–Grand Prairie/House Democrat Caucus Chairman) called a point of order against its further consideration. After a few minutes and what seemed like deals being made behind the scenes, the point of order was withdrawn and the author temporarily withdrew the bill. A few minutes after that, the author brought the bill back up and made a motion to not accept the Senate amendments to the bill and instead appoint a conference committee to reconcile the differences with the Senate. The appointed conferees were State Reps. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler), James White (R–Hillister), Ryan Guillen (D–Rio Grande City), Terry Canales (D–Edinburg), and Dustin Burrows (R–Lubbock). The next step is for the Senate to also appoint five conferees. (RPT priority)
- SB 19 – State Sen. Charles Schwertner (R–Georgetown)/State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R–Southlake) – Prohibited state contracts with companies that discriminate against the firearm or ammunition industries passed the House on second reading yesterday. It will be brought up for a final vote today, whereupon assumed passage it will be sent to the governor. (Lt. Gov. Patrick priority)
- HB 525 – State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R–Plano) – Protections for religious organizations. Designates all religious organizations and their activities as essential at all times, even during declared states of disaster. Passed second reading in the House yesterday. It will be brought up for a final vote today, whereupon assumed passage it will be sent to the Senate for its consideration. (RPT Priority – religious freedom)
Texas House of Representatives:
- Convenes at 10 a.m.
- Has 377 bills on SUPPLEMENTAL CALENDAR
- Convenes at 11 a.m.
- Several bills still on INTENT CALENDAR