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April 25 , 2017

Legislative Update - April 25,2017


The House will reconvene on Wednesday, April 26 at 10 a.m.
The Senate will reconvene on Wednesday, April 26 at 8 a.m. for their Local Calendar & then reconvene at 11 a.m.

Conference Committee Update
The SB 1 Conferees met on April 24 for an organizational hearing and received a brief update from the Legislative Budget Board.

  • House conferees Reps.: John Zerwas (R-Richmond)-chair, Oscar Longoria (D-Mission), Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), Sarah Davis (R-West University Place), Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock).
  • Senate conferees Sens.: Jane Nelson (R- Flower Mound) Chair, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D- McAllen), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Charles Schwertner (R- Georgetown), and Lois Kolkhorst (R- Brenham).


Key Dates of Interest Coming Up
Today is the 106th calendar day of 85th
Next deadline: Monday, May 8 (119th Day) – The last day for House Committees to report HBs & HJRs.
Dates of Interest
End of Session Deadlines


Calendars Update Spotlight
Senate Local and Uncontested Calendar for April 26
Senate Intent Calendar for April 26
House Local, Consent and Resolutions Calendar for April 27
Supplemental House Calendar for April 26 will include:

  • SB 4 (Perry), sanctuary city bill – no calendar rule was adopted so there are no “pre-filed” amendments
  • HB 180 (Lucio), review of groundwater conservation districts by the state auditor
  • HB 294 (Walle), revocation of certain water utilities' certificate of public convenience and necessity for major rules violations
  • HB 513 (Davis), relating to the reappraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of property damaged in a disaster.
  • HB 1003 (Capriglione), relating to investment of public funds.
  • HB 279 (Howard), relating to the continuation of the women's health advisory committee.
  • HB 3722 (King), relating to funding adjustments for school districts that annex unacceptable school districts.
  • HB 1704 (Kuempel), Relating to the award of court costs and attorney's fees in actions to determine the applicability of certain local government regulations.

Video Broadcasts: House | Senate

Committee Spotlight
The latest hearing information can be found by visiting HillCo’s “Legislative News from Texas.” Please note that dates and times are subject to change and additional hearings dates may also be added at any time so you will want to re-visit the page frequently to confirm hearings. Formal hearings may not be broadcast.
Upcoming Senate Committee Meetings
Transportation - 4/26/2017
Time: 8:00 AM, Location: E1.016 (Hearing Room)
Health & Human Services - 4/26/2017
Time: 8:30 AM or upon completion of the local calendar, Location: Senate Chamber
Higher Education - 4/26/2017
Time: 9:00 AM, Location: E1.012 (Hearing Room)
Intergovernmental Relations - 4/26/2017
Time: 9:00 AM, Location: E1.028 (Hearing Room)
Veteran Affairs & Border Security - 4/26/2017
Time: 1:30 PM or upon adjournment, Location: 2E.20 (Betty King Cmte. Rm.)

Upcoming House Committee Meetings
Agriculture & Livestock - 4/26/2017
Time: 8:00 AM, Location: E1.010
Transportation - 4/26/2017
Time: 8:00 AM, Location: E2.014
Ways & Means - 4/26/2017
Time: 8:00 AM, Location: E2.012
Insurance - 4/26/2017
Time: 9:30 AM, Location: Agricultural Museum, 1W.14
Defense & Veterans' Affairs - 4/26/2017
Time: 10:30 AM or upon final adjourn./recess, Location: E1.026
Higher Education - 4/26/2017
Time: 10:30 AM or upon final adjourn./recess (Canceled), Location: E2.030
Juvenile Justice & Family Issues - 4/26/2017
Time: 10:30 AM or upon final adjourn./recess, Location: E2.016
Natural Resources - 4/26/2017
Time: 10:30 AM or upon final adjourn./recess, Location: E2.010

Video Broadcasts: House | Senate

Spotlight of Bills on the Move
SCR 24 (Perry), urging the United States Congress to continue joint federal-state funding of Texas Medicaid while transferring administration of the program to the Texas Legislature, was voted out of the Senate (21-9) on 4/24. The bill will now move over to the House for further consideration.

SB 715 (Campbell), relating to municipal annexation, was passed out of the Senate (20-10) on 4/24 as substituted and with three adopted amendments. The bill will now move over to the House for further consideration.

SB 1658 (Taylor), relating to the ownership, sale, lease, and disposition of property and management of assets of an open-enrollment charter school, was voted out of the Senate unanimously on 4/24 as substituted and with one adopted amendment. The bill will now move over to the House for further consideration.

SB 2065 (Hancock), relating to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities, was voted out of the Senate unanimously on 4/24 as substituted. The bill will now move over to the House for further consideration.

SB 295 (Hinojosa), relating to the issuance of certain capital appreciation bonds by political subdivisions, was voted out of the Senate unanimously on 4/25. The bill will now move over to the House for further consideration.

SB 729 (Buckingham), relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects, was voted out of the Senate (25-6) on 4/25. The bill will now move over to the House for further consideration.

HB 31 (Larson), relating to the regulation of groundwater, was voted out of the House unanimously on 4/25 as substituted. The bill will now move over to the Senate for further consideration.

HB 8 (Capriglione), relating to cybersecurity for state agency information resources, was voted out of the House unanimously on 4/25 as substituted and with 5 total adopted amendments. The bill will now move over to the Senate for further consideration.

HB 63 (Davis), relating to the operations of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, was voted out of the House (128-17) on 4/25 as substituted. The bill will now move over to the Senate for further consideration.


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