As this legislative session winds down, time is not on our side. We are working diligently with House and Senate members and their staffs on bills of importance, including the baccalaureate bills HB 971, HB 4092 and SB 2118. This week, SB 2118 was referred to the House Higher Education committee, which held a formal meeting and voted to send it on to the Calendars committee. SB 2118 contains an amendment which includes early childhood education among the bachelor’s degrees that specific community colleges would be allowed to offer.
ACTION ALERT: We are asking you to please contact the Calendars committee members and ask them to support SB 2118 and to schedule it for a vote on the House floor.
At the same time, a push was in the works for HB 971 and HB 4092 to be scheduled for a full House vote before that chamber’s deadline. (For information about deadlines, read more below.) HB 971 was scheduled for a vote on May 10; unfortunately, the heavy workload in the Texas House prevented members from taking any action. As a result, HB 971 and HB 4092 died before the full House took a vote.
Deadlines, deadlines. As you know, barring a special session, the last day of the 85th Texas Legislative session will occur on Monday, May 29. (There goes the day off our legislative advocacy staff!) Even though that date is two weeks away, deadlines which have an impact on House bills began this week. For example, Monday was the last day that a House bill could be voted out of a House committee, and Thursday was the last day the House chamber could pass a House bill on second reading. If you recall from our previous legislative lessons, in many Capitol Updates past, a bill must be read three times on the floor for it officially to be voted out of the chamber. Many House bills met their fate on Thursday.
If you would like to track other deadlines, several are listed below; here’s the link to a helpful calendar here.
This is the last day for the House to consider House bills and House joint resolutions on second reading on the Daily or Supplemental Calendar.
This is the last day for the House to consider consent House bills on second and third readings plus all third-reading House bills or House joint resolutions on the Supplemental Calendar.
This date is the deadline for the Texas House to distribute its last House Local and Consent Calendar with local house bills.
This date is the last day for the House to consider local House bills on second and third readings. It’s also the first day that the Senate can consider bills and resolutions on the first day they are posted on the Senate Intent Calendar.
On Thursday, HB 108 by Rep. Carol Alvarado – otherwise known as Recruit Texas – passed the House. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. The House vote was 115-30.
After the initial committee hearing, Rep. Alvarado offered a committee substitute that removed the fiscal note and included a “claw-back” provision.
You now know the deadlines and are familiar with the legislative process. It’s crunch time. As one state representative noted, “We’ll be working 24/7.” Darn it, that Starbucks gift card just ran out – time for the download.
The bills on the local and consent calendars that died Friday, with signatures of the State Representatives.
With so much going on at the capitol, all we can say is: “Are you not entertained?”
Listed below are bills of importance to DCCCD. We track these and other bills that may have an impact on our district during the legislative session. You can view those House and Senate bills by visiting our site.
Interested in learning more about other bills? Visit our legislative bill tracker to learn the status of several bills. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions.
We haven’t intentionally skipped the D.C. update. Because this week’s report is jam-packed with Austin news, we have taken the extra space to provide you with more information about what’s happening in the state Capitol. Of course, there’s plenty of action in D.C. as well. Hello, Comey! However, as the session winds down, we want to share news about bills that may have a direct impact on DCCCD faculty and staff members as well as our students.