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

April 09, 2021| Legislative News

With 51 of 140 days remaining, House and Senate committees are considering full agendas, the first Friday meeting of the Senate is set for today, and a general sense of urgency pervades as stakeholders jockey for position on competing proposals that must continue to progress or face a quiet demise with key procedural deadlines looming.

Criminal Jurisprudence Holds Marathon Hearing on Bail Reform and Marihuana Possession Offenses

April 09, 2021| Legislative News

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence began a hearing on 26 bills at 1 p.m. The hearing wrapped up over 17 hours later, slightly past 6 a.m.

Join the TAC Core Legislative Group

April 09, 2021| Legislative News

Help make a difference for counties across the state by joining our Core Legislative Group this session.

Register Now for the 2021 TAC Legislative Conference

April 09, 2021| Legislative News

The 2021 Legislative Conference, set for Sept. 1-3 in Austin, offers county officials and staff an in-depth analysis of the 87th legislative session. Registration for the conference is now open.

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

April 09, 2021| Legislative News

"Anticipation" was the word Tuesday morning as this week's breakfast participants looked ahead to the day's hearing on Senate Bill 10 by the Senate Committee on Local Government. SB 10 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), chairman of the Local Government Committee, would prevent county and other local officials from effectively participating in the legislative process. 

AG Opinions and Requests

April 09, 2021| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent Attorney General Opinions and Requests for Opinions of interest to counties.

What We're Reading

April 09, 2021| Legislative News

This week, the activities of the 87th Texas Legislature continued with committee hearings and both chambers convening. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.

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

April 01, 2021| Legislative News

At the close of today’s proceedings, 81 days will have elapsed in the legislative session. That leaves just 59 days for the 87th Texas Legislature to complete its business.

Senate Finance Committee Adopts Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1

April 01, 2021| Legislative News

The Senate Finance Committee adopted the Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1 on Tuesday, March 30. CSSB 1 expends $250.7 billion in all funds, and $124.3 billion in general revenue-related funds, with most of the latter amount subject to the constitutional “pay-as-you-go” spending limit.

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence Meets to Discuss Legislation Changing Criminal Procedure

April 01, 2021| Legislative News

The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence met Monday to discuss a large number of bills, many dealing with changes to criminal procedure. The slate included the following bills.

House Appropriations Committee Completes Mark-Up of House Bill 1

April 01, 2021| Legislative News

The Texas House Appropriations Committee completed its mark-up of House Bill 1 and issued instructions for the Legislative Budget Board to prepare the committee substitute, CSHB 1.

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

April 01, 2021| Legislative News

This week's virtual breakfast meeting opened and closed over the course of a brisk 20 minutes — unlike last week's House State Affairs Committee hearing, which ended around 5 a.m. March 26, after 21 hours of testimony! House Bill 749, which would prohibit counties, cities and school districts from using public money to advocate for their interests at the Legislature, was among the two dozen bills State Affairs considered. 

Register Now for the 2021 TAC Legislative Conference

April 01, 2021| Legislative News

The 2021 Legislative Conference, set for Sept. 1-3 in Austin, offers county officials and staff an in-depth analysis of the 87th legislative session. Registration for the conference is now open.

What We're Reading

April 01, 2021| Legislative News

This week, the activities of the 87th Texas Legislature continued with committee hearings and both chambers convening. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.

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

March 26, 2021| Legislative News

The 2020 Unfunded Mandates Survey report, The Cost of County Government, was released online this week in a new, easier to use format. Thanks to the many county auditors, treasurers, judges and staff who researched and reported their data for use in this publication – it would not have been possible without your support!

Senate Finance Committee Completes Budget Markup

March 26, 2021| Legislative News

Moving at a record pace, the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) completed its final markup of Senate Bill 1, taking up and adopting SFC workgroup recommendations on Wednesday, March 24.

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence Meets to Discuss Changing Criminal Penalties

March 26, 2021| Legislative News

The Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence met on Monday to discuss 16 bills, many dealing with penalty changes for certain offenses. The slate included the following bills.

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

March 26, 2021| Legislative News

The legislative effort to prohibit local governments from using public money to advocate for their interests has garnered the most attention at each of this session's Tuesday Morning Breakfasts. Attention was doubly focused on the issue this week, with the House State Affairs Committee set to hold a hearing on House Bill 749 on Thursday, March 25.

What We’re Reading

March 26, 2021| Legislative News

This week, the activities of the 87th Texas Legislature continued with committee hearings and both chambers convening. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.

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

March 19, 2021| Legislative News

The House Elections Committee met on Thursday and heard 12 bills on a variety of subjects. Of the bills heard in committee, House Bill 25 by Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Spring), prohibits the distribution of official application forms for ballot-by-mail to a person by an official or employee of a state agency or a political subdivision. In addition, the committee heard House Bill 1382 by Rep. John Bucy (D-Austin), which requires the early voting clerk to establish an electronic system that would allow a voter to track an application for a ballot-by-mail and their voted ballot-by-mail.

Priority Bail Reform Legislation Is Underway

March 19, 2021| Legislative News

Bail reform is a top priority for both the House and Senate as Senate Bill 21 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and House Bill 20 by Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction) are on the move. On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence heard public testimony on SB 21.

Criminal Jurisprudence Meets to Discuss Asset Forfeiture

March 19, 2021| Legislative News

On Monday, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence met to hear testimony on 15 bills, including four which concern the state’s civil asset forfeiture system. Those four bills are House Bill 132 by Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg), House Bill 251 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), House Bill 667 by Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), and House Bill 1441 by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler).

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

March 19, 2021| Legislative News

This week's Tuesday Morning Breakfast got underway a few minutes ahead of its scheduled 7:30 start time when several county officials began discussing the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The exchange demonstrated a deep interest in the pandemic relief measure's $5.6 billion in direct, flexible aid for Texas counties.

AG Opinions and Requests

March 19, 2021| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent Attorney General Opinions and Requests for Opinions of interest to counties.

What We’re Reading

March 19, 2021| Legislative News

This week, the activities of the 87th Texas Legislature continued with committee hearings and both chambers convening. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.


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