Get the latest news for Texas' 86th legislative session.
You know that time in the game … when it feels late because it is late. You look up at the clock and realize time is running out. Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Welcome to the 86th legislature’s fourth quarter. We have a few bills on the goal line that need to make it into the end zone. SB 25 — the transfer bill — was voted out by the full Senate and sat in the House Higher Education committee for about a week. However, great news! On Tuesday, SB 25 was voted out of the House committee (8-0). Sen. Royce West attended the House hearing and agreed with the committee substitute. SB 25 now awaits scheduling for a second reading by the full House. HB 1 — the budget — was voted out by both chambers and now is in conference committee to reconcile the differences between the chambers. So far, committee members announced that they have come to an agreement on six of the ten articles for the state budget (I, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII). Higher education is in Article III. (Fingers crossed!) SB 2 — the property tax bill — is in conference committee. So what does all of this mean? There’s still time, isn’t there? Your Capitol Update team is glad you asked. The reason why we’re in the fourth quarter is because time is running out. Here are a few of the deadlines:
As of today, nearly 400 bills – out of slightly more than 7,000 bills filed – have been voted out by both chambers. There are plenty of bills being discussed, debated and remain in committees. But the time to consider a Hail Mary pass to get those bills on the governor’s desk is quickly approaching.
When we visit with House and Senate members, Chancellor Joe May and DCCCD staffers have one primary goal: to advocate for our students and colleges on issues of importance. A few of those issues include:
Throughout the session, we will track the issues and bills that affect DCCCD as they make their way through the legislative process. We also will share more details about the issues listed above. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions. You can now email us at GovtAffairs@dcccd.edu or follow us on Twitter @DCCCDGovt.
Let’s sing: "The stars at night, are big and bright…deep in the heart of Texas!" This week, several stars visited the Texas Capitol. Spotted were Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Cowboys great Jay Novacek and Houston rapper Paul Wall. Oh, wait … Did we mention Ronald McDonald was also at the Texas Capitol? All this star power has me in the mood to put on my grillz, grab a Big Mac with two all-beef patties, rock my #41 jersey and, of course, relive the 90’s! Time for the #TXlege download. You know the disclaimer – and grillz on after the Big Mac.
Gov. Greg Abbot and members of the Dallas delegation pose with Dirk Nowitzki. (Photo courtesy of the Dallas Mavericks)
Rep. Toni Rose and Dirk Nowitzki (Photo courtesy of Rep. Rose)
Rep. Ana Maria Ramos and Paul Wall (Photo courtesy of Rep. Ramos)
House Higher Education committee chairman Chris Turner and Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek (Photo courtesy of Rep. Turner)
Your Capitol Update team meets Ronald McDonald.(Because we knew you wouldn’t believe us!)
Some say, "all good things come to an end." When it comes to Brookhaven President Dr. Thom Chesney and DCCCD Director of Media Relations Ann Hatch, I’d like to think good people come and go. Thank you both for your service and dedication to our students and faculty. Dr. Chesney, you should know the TABC Sunset bill you asked about is still pending in the Senate. However, it should pass, and Texans soon will be able to buy a case of beer each day, to-go, from craft breweries. Ann, thank you for sharing stories; without you, the Capitol Update newsletter would be riddled with errors. Thank you for your patience and help, even when the newsletter was sent to you at 5 p.m. for review. Good people come and go. No doubt these good people will do more good things in their next life’s chapter. Now, grab your favorite craft brew — or cold (coffee) brew – and cheers to these two wonderful individuals.