Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved several pieces of key legislation addressing disaster recovery and emergency preparedness. In the wake of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, House Republicans made these issues a top priority to address during the 86th Legislative Session.
The Texas House has made it clear that the state is ready to devise long-term planning that will assist in the management of future emergency situations. With the passage of more than a dozen bills on the subject, the Texas House has initiated the development of a disaster recovery task force, provided debris management and disposal planning, created a flood infrastructure fund for state planned flood resiliency projects, and addressed many other issues related to emergency preparedness.
Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved House Bill 3 by House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty. This comprehensive legislation fundamentally transforms how the state funds the public education system in Texas.
Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed the proposed state budget for the 2020-21 biennium. The committee substitute for House Bill 1 spends $251 billion and also includes approximately $2 billion of items funded by the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF).
House Bill 1 is responsive to the necessary and immediate needs of Texans by funding items critical to the state, such as education, mental health, property tax reform, sexual assault prevention and victim services, disaster relief, and public safety. The state budget is fiscally conservative spending taxpayer dollars efficiently and effectively to provide significant government services, while coming in well below all four Constitutional spending limits.
Today, House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty filed House Bill 3, legislation that will comprehensively overhaul the public school finance system in Texas and provide fundamental transformation to classrooms across the state. During a historic press conference this morning, Chairman Huberty was joined by House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and dozens of House colleagues at a bipartisan press conference in support of House Bill 3.
“During Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address to the Texas Legislature today, the Governor provided strong guidance on what both chambers should prioritize during the 86th Legislative Session. Each of the emergency items set forth by the Governor are issues that citizens across Texas have asked for and want to see addressed by their lawmakers. By the Legislature addressing school finance reform and teacher pay, school safety, mental health care, property tax reform, and natural disaster preparedness and response before this session ends, we will provide meaningful change in the lives of all Texans. Texas House Republicans are ready to take up the Governor’s call and get to work on these priority issues.”
Today, House Bill 2 was filed by Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows, which is the first step in the legislative process to accomplish meaningful reform of the property tax system in Texas. During a historic press conference this morning, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Property Tax Committee Chairman Paul Bettencourt, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows agreed property tax reform is a top priority of the state and identical companion bills have been filed in both chambers.
Today, Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows announced the appointment of Representative Jim Murphy as the Caucus Floor Leader for the 86th Legislative Session. Representative Murphy will be joined by the following members who will serve as Deputy Floor Leaders: John Raney, Kyle Biedermann, Cole Hefner, Justin Holland, Tony Tinderholt, and Bill Zedler.
Today, the Texas House Republican Caucus is pleased to announce that Representative Scott Sanford has been selected to serve as Chairman of the Policy Committee and Representative Andrew Murr has been chosen to serve as Vice-Chair.
Together, these sixteen members of the Texas House Republican Caucus will make sound policy recommendations throughout the session to assist the membership on the House floor as they cast their votes on the many critical issues that will be addressed by the Legislature.
“Today, Speaker Dennis Bonnen delivered committee assignments to the Texas House and the Texas House Republican Caucus is excited to see the leadership of the committee process consists of 22 of our Republican members serving as Committee Chairs. We are confident our members will succeed in providing Texans with the best platform to have their voices heard in their committees and we thank our new Committee Chairs for their impending service over the 86th Legislative Session.”
(Austin, Texas) -- Today, the Texas House of Representatives elected Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) to serve as the Speaker of the House during the 86th Legislative Session. As required by the Texas Constitution, members of the Texas House elected their new presiding officer from their membership after the 86th Legislature convened earlier in the day.