Get the latest news for Texas' 86th legislative session.
OK, stay with your Capitol Update team here. Last week, we announced that HB 1 had been passed by the Texas House after a marathon session. Something similar happened in the Senate Finance committee — but slightly different. Kind of like Texas winning the NIT Tournament, but it’s different because it’s not the tournament.
Back to the Texas Legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Finance committee passed HB 1, using a committee substitute (PDF - 6.96MB) ... thus similar, but different. What does this all mean? For starters, legislators are closer to fulfilling their one constitutional obligation — pass a state budget. The next step is for the full Senate to consider the bill, which it will most likely do and pass next week. Then a conference committee will be convened to iron out the budget differences between the two chambers. Let’s hope that committee is better than the NCAA Selection Committee which decides who plays in the tournament … right, TCU? (Ouch! — too soon?)
Bonus Picture … Because I haven’t shared one.
This week Dr. Justin Lonon, DCCCD’s executive vice chancellor, was in D.C. to advocate for students and community colleges. Dr. Lonon joined other leaders from community colleges across the country to discuss workforce needs, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and short-term or workforce Pell Grants.
Dr. Justin Lonon (third from left) shares time with other community college leaders after a meeting at the White House.
When we visit with House and Senate members, Chancellor Joe May and DCCCD staffers have one primary goal: to advocate for our students and colleges on issues of importance. A few of those issues include:
Throughout the session, we will track these issues and bills that affect DCCCD as they make their way through the legislative process. We also will share more details about the issues listed above. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions. You can now email us at GovtAffairs@dcccd.edu
Let’s taco-bout it. There is a movement to make tacos the official food of Texas. Yummy, yes! On flour, corn or puffy (yes, I said puffy) … either way, they’re tasty. OK … let’s drop some salsa on this debate and spice it up. You can track HCR 57 to the very last bite. Don’t worry. Texas’ other official snacks (tortilla chips and salsa), dish (chili), cobbler (peach), crustacean (shrimp) and more are there for you to enjoy! With all this taco-talk, it’s time to grab a “pirata” from Taco P and kick off a filling weekend with the #TXLege download. You know the disclaimer: careful with the red salsa, my friends, and the other disclaimer, of course.
Maybe you heard about a few campaigns in Dallas. This week, I want to share an article about Robocalls. You know … those sometimes-frequent calls that sometimes are inconvenient. Is there a way to stop them? Maybe. Check out this article from The Washington Post.