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June 2, 2017

Budget Certified - No Announcement for Special Session

The 85th Regular Session had a record-breaking number of bills filed (6,631 HBs &SBs) and one of the lowest total number of bills passed since the 74th session. Although it is not unusual for far fewer bills to pass, still a greater percentage of bills in the 85th compared to previous sessions did not make it to the finish line:
85th Regular Session*
Filed: 6631 total HBs & SBs
Passed: 1211 (June 18th veto deadline)
 
84th Regular Session+
Filed: 6276 total HBs & SBs
Passed: 1323 (41 of those were vetoed)  
Source: TLO Legislative Statistics 
32 HBs & SBs bills have been filed without the Governor’s signature & 405 HBs & SBs have been signed by the Governor to date.
 
Gov. Greg Abbott's office has office confirmed he won't have any announcement about a special session today or over the weekend.
 
Comptroller Glenn Hegar has certified Senate Bill 1, the budget bill for the upcoming biennium. The bill will now head to the Governor’s desk. The press release from the Comptroller can be found below. 

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Certifies 2018-19 State Budget

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced his certification of Senate Bill 1 on 6/1, the general appropriations bill that was approved by both chambers during the 85th Regular Session. The bill will now head to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.
 
SB 1 appropriates $216.8 billion in total spending for the state's budget during the 2018-19 biennium.
 
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Texas Water Development Board - May 31, 2017

On May 31, The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved financial assistance totaling $355,456,454 for water and wastewater system projects and a water supply project. Of this funding, $23,171,454 was approved for rural projects. The report below details these discussions.

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