Full days and much action Thursday and Friday

Initial action on several key bills of this special session took place Thursday, with the Senate Education, Senate Finance, and House Appropriations committees all taking testimony for several hours in public hearings.

More harmful "deregulation" bills filed in special session

As expected, a number of bills similar to HB 400 from the regular session have been filed:

SB 8 by Shapiro allows districts to implement unpaid furloughs and salary reductions (down to the state minimum salary schedule), and moves the date for notifying term contract employees of a nonrenewal to 10 days before the last day of instruction (current law is 45 days).

Special session begins at 8 a.m. Tues.; agenda announced

8:50 p.m.

Gov. Rick Perry has officially announced a special session to begin on Tuesday, May 31, at 8:00 a.m. The scope of the session is somewhat limited, but the proclamation laying out the agenda includes worrisome language.

Senate, House to "sine die" soon; special session expected

4:45 p.m.

After hours of waiting on Monday to see if the Senate might have enough votes to suspend the rules to bring up SB 1811 (the fiscal matters/school finance bill filibustered to death on Sunday), Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced that the votes were not there and the Senate would gavel the session to a close shortly.

School finance/fiscal bill triggers filibuster, potential special session

1:00 a.m.

Although the legislative session will end on Monday, midnight Sunday marked the official deadline for consideration of legislation.

House, Senate pass state budget

10:30 p.m.

The Texas House and Senate both adopted the final state budget today, sending it to the governor for his review. Passage of the budget is the primary "must-do" on the legislature's agenda this session, but there are other crucial proposals still up in the air.

HB 1 agreement

The House and Senate are expected to take a final vote on HB 1, the state budget, on Saturday. At over 900 pages, there is a great deal of complexity in the budget document, but we can provide a little more information about what legislators will be considering as they take action:

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Post-5:00 p.m. update

5:35 p.m.

Although no official announcement has been made, several news sources are reporting unofficially that the House and Senate have reached a general agreement on school finance. Such an agreement would help avert a summer special session on school finance.

5:00 p.m. deadine for school finance deal


Upon questioning from a House member on the floor today, House leaders indicated that the likely time by which a school finance deal must be reached is 5:00 this afternoon (Friday, May 27). The House and Senate have been trading proposals and counter-proposals for several days.

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