Legislation Recap – Special Session

 

As of Tuesday evening … when the House ended the Special Session a day early.

From the Dallas Morning News

1. Sunset legislation to keep state agencies open

Signed into law.

2. Increasing teacher pay

Senate: Passed and sent the House a bill parceling out annual longevity bonuses of $600 for teachers with six to 10 years of experience and $1,000 for teachers with 11 years or more of experience.

House: Considered in a committee but no vote taken.

3. Creating a school finance commission

*Abbott added school funding reform to the agenda in July.

 Senate: Passed by the full chamber.House: Passed by the full chamber.

4. School vouchers for special needs children

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Considered by a committee but no vote taken.

5. Limiting growth of local property taxes

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Tentatively passed by the full chamber.

6. Capping local government spending

Senate: Heard by the full chamber but a vote was postponed.

House: Passed by a committee.

7. Capping state government spending

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Considered by a committee but no vote taken.

8. Limiting local tree regulations

Awaiting governor’s signature to become law.

9. Speeding local government permitting process

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Referred to a committee but not yet considered.

10. Preventing construction permit rule changes

Senate: Considered by a committee but no vote taken.

House: Referred to a committee but not yet considered.

11. Restricting cities’ ability to annex property

Signed into law.

12. Pre-empting local texting and driving regulations

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Considered by a committee but no vote taken.

13. Restricting transgender Texans’ bathroom usage

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Referred to a committee but not yet considered.

14. Prohibiting union dues payroll deduction for public workers

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Referred to a committee but not yet considered.

15. Prohibiting tax money from going to Planned Parenthood

Senate: Passed by the full chamber.

House: Considered by a committee but no vote taken.

16. Limiting abortion coverage in insurance plans

Signed into law.

17. Increasing abortion reporting requirements

Signed into law.

18. Strengthening do-not-resuscitate protections

Awaiting governor’s signature to become law.

19. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud

Signed into law.

20. Extending the maternal mortality task force

Awaiting governor’s signature to become law.