Following last week’s adoption of the House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1 by the Texas House, both chambers acted quickly to appoint budget conferees. They are listed in the table below. The conferees met on Thursday, April 29, in a brief organizational meeting in which the Legislative Budget Board provided an overview of the differences between the House and Senate versions of SB 1, the state budget for the 2022-23 biennium.
Over the next 30 days, the conferees will iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of SB 1. Based on House and Senate rules, Friday, May 28 is the deadline for the House to distribute copies of a conference committee report on the general appropriations bill, and for the Senate to print and distribute copies of conference committee reports on tax, general appropriations, and reapportionment bills. These rules allow for a 48-hour layout of the state budget prior to its enactment by either chamber. It seems likely the SB 1 conference committee will complete its work well in advance of May 28.
Here are some of the key differences between the House and Senate versions of SB 1 that may be of interest to county officials.
For a more detailed comparison of the House and Senate versions of SB 1, see this worksheet.