February 19

Week in Review: A Digest of What Happened This Week at the Capitol

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

COVID-19, delays with the 2020 Census and the election of a new speaker made for a slower than normal start to the session. Now inclement weather, record breaking in some parts of the state, is forcing the Legislature to slow down even more than they already had – rolling blackouts and icy roads make any attempts to meet in Austin challenging and make even virtual meetings difficult.

Bills of Interest

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff has highlighted some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

Coming Feb. 23: Counties at the Capitol Virtual Legislative Day

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

An interview with Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) and remarks by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, headline this year's Counties at the Capitol Day. Events begin Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 8:30 a.m.

Plans Set to Investigate Electricity Outages

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

Plunging temperatures, ice and snow across Texas led to swaths of electricity outages throughout the state. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, approximately 4.4 million Texas customers were without power as the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) struggled to keep up with the extreme levels of demand.

What We’re Reading

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

The week’s activities of the 87th Texas Legislature were limited by severe winter weather conditions statewide. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.

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