January 29

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

January 29, 2021| Legislative News

Both chambers are currently recessed until Feb. 9 when the House will meet at 2 p.m., and the Senate will meet at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, two Senate committees, Finance and the Special Committee on Redistricting, have scheduled hearings in the upcoming weeks. Texas Legislature Online includes calendars of upcoming meetings for each chamber.

Bills of Interest

January 29, 2021| Legislative News

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

Budget recommendations released by the House and Senate

January 29, 2021| Legislative News

The Texas Senate and, shortly after, the Texas House released their initial budget recommendations for the 2022-23 biennium last Thursday. These recommendations are the starting point for budget deliberations. Both chambers’ recommendations for general revenue spending total $119.7 billion, an amount $7.2 billion greater than the available revenue Comptroller Glenn Hegar estimates lawmakers will have to spend during the biennium.

Senate Special Committee on Redistricting Kicks Off Virtual Regional Hearings

January 29, 2021| Legislative News

The Senate Special Committee on Redistricting began a series of regional hearings on Jan. 25, giving the audience a picture of what Senate hearings may look like for the 87th legislative session. The Committee is using a hybrid hearing model, with members appearing in-person in the chamber and witnesses appearing via videoconference. Many COVID-19 safety precautions were in place for the Senate members and staff in attendance, such as masks, social distancing and plexiglass shields.

Unable to Attend This Week’s Tuesday Morning Breakfast? Here's What Happened

January 29, 2021| Legislative News

Several members of the TAC Board of Directors as well as a number of legislative staffers joined this week's virtual Tuesday Morning Breakfast, the third of the 87th legislative session series. The online breakfast meetings continue to be popular with TAC members. A total of 170 people participated this week.

Save the Date for Counties at the Capitol Virtual Legislative Day – Tuesday, Feb. 16

January 29, 2021| Legislative News

TAC’s Counties at the Capitol Day will get you up to speed on the most significant issues facing county government during the 87th Texas Legislature. We are responding to calls for slowing the spread of COVID-19 by hosting this event virtually. Your safety is our first priority as we strive to provide you with timely and valuable information.

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