Bad bills resurface as amendments to fiscal matters bills

9:00 p.m.

Wednesday's calendar includes consideration of major legislation that is an essential part of House/Senate budget negotiations. As characterized by several legislative leaders, the proposals are must-pass bills if a special session is to be avoided.

TCTA thanks you for a job well done - HB 400 dies in the House

12:00 a.m.

The House clock struck midnight Thursday, signaling the end of HB 400. Thursday was the deadline for House bills to be considered in the House, and after several delays HB 400 was scheduled for action on Thursday but was never brought up for consideration.

Commissioner rules on timing for second appraisal

A teacher filed a grievance alleging that her school district failed to give her a second appraisal. She requested the second appraisal in accordance with PDAS rules, which state that a teacher may request a second appraisal by a different appraiser if a request is submitted in writing within 10 business days from the date that the appraisal is received.

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Near-end-of-session overview

 

BUDGET

HB 1, the state budget, has passed both the House and Senate, with billions of dollars of differences between the two versions. A conference committee of five House and five Senate members has been appointed and will spend many hours over the next couple of weeks negotiating a compromise bill.

Senators have concerns with the House version of the budget because it cuts too deeply – nearly $8 billion from public schools alone, which is $4 billion more than the Senate version cuts from education.

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HB 400 (temporarily) killed again

11:00 p.m.

As the House nears a key deadline, HB 400 has been delayed once again. When the bill was brought up late Tuesday evening, Rep. Yvonne Davis called a point of order. The point was upheld, and the bill was sent back to the Calendars Committee and reset for the House's Thursday calendar. Thursday is the final day for House bills to be considered by the House.

HB 400 postponed again

12:00 a.m.

HB 400 was again brought up in the House Monday night, and was again postponed. After hours of debate on a controversial "sanctuary cities" bill, HB 400 was laid out at around 11:45 p.m., and immediately postponed to Tuesday morning.

Budget conference committee named

7:30 p.m.

The 10 conferees to negotiate the state budget have now been named and should begin meeting very soon. The House has been postponing some key budget decisions, waiting for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to name the five Senate members.

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