Get the latest news for Texas' 86th legislative session.
All good things come to an end. Remember the last episode of M*A*S*H? Or when Norm put down the last beer mug on the Cheers counter? How about the jailhouse as the last stop for Seinfeld? (Intentionally not mentioning Game of Thrones!) Yesterday was the last day of the 86th legislative session. What does this mean? Aside from members recognizing staff, saying they are the best … members recognizing “the best” interns … other members thanking others, saying “good session,” it means both the House and Senate adjourned sine die. That’s fancy Latin for "it’s over."
Speaker Greg Bonnen gavels sine die, saying, “Great session, members.”
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gavels sine die: “See you in about 18 months, or before.”
What does this all mean? For starters, according to Texas Legislature Online, a total of 7,324 House and Senate bills were filed; of those, 1,429 bills were voted out of both chambers. This figure includes the top three priorities – a state budget (HB 1), property tax reform (SB 2) and school finance (HB 3) — for the Big Three, who held a press conference before the final weekend, announcing they were in agreement. Next, Gov. Greg Abbott will either sign or veto the 1,429 bills. We have packed the #TXLege Download with various articles. Now you have a week full of articles to enjoy during your lunch break.
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:
Sen. Royce West concurs with House amendment and final passage of SB 25, sending the bill to the governor’s desk.
Sen. Royce West, accompanied by House Higher Education Chairman Rep. Chris Turner and others, hosts a press conference on SB 25.
Did you miss us last Friday? Your Capitol Update team is still in shock that the legislative session has come to an end (a tear). This is a great time to thank those of you who actually read the newsletter, who send us feedback, both positive and negative (you know who you are), and those who took time to travel to Austin and meet with members or called to express support. Thank you.A special thank you to Chancellor Joe May, who tirelessly advocates for our students, faculty and staff and was instrumental in pushing SB 25 across the finish line. Another thank you to the entire third floor at the District Office for their patience and help with everything from logistics to last-minute one-pagers to editing this newsletter and catching the error in this sentence that you won’t see. And … if I may, I would like to thank my family for not putting my items on the curb or changing the locks after I’ve been away under the dome in Austin for five months. Gracias. (TQM) OK. No need to bust out the aloe vera puffs or start playing hard to say goodbye. It’s time for the #TXLege Download. Warning: Articles below may cause consternation, and, if you don’t know the disclaimer by now, please ask a friend.
Seems like just yesterday we were discussing the first day of the 140-day legislative session. It also seems like just yesterday we were reminding you to vote on May 4 — which many of you did and the DCCCD bond was passed. Here goes one more pitch. Early voting for a couple of Dallas City Council seats and for mayor begins today and runs through June 4. Election Day is on June 8. Visit www.dcccd.edu/votes for more information. Finally, we hope to continue with a monthly newsletter discussing interim charges, hearings and more federal information. Additionally, you can continue to follow us on Twitter for more updates. Have a great summer, and don’t forget the sunblock.
Your DCCCD government relations team.