The Legislature adjourned sine die (not another day) one month ago, and the veto period for Gov. Abbott has come and gone. It was one of the busiest sessions and yet fewer bills passed than have passed since the late 1800s – not necessarily a bad thing!
Below are some articles of interest from the final days of session; as well as a list of the session’s major bills sent to the Governor and those killed. Keep reading for the list of TLDA Bills as well.
News of interest:
- After months of controversy and question, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley resigned without being approved by the Senate Nominations Committee.
- From the Texas Tribune, Ross Ramsey’s opinion piece on the session.
- Speaker Bonnen ends session with warning for those who would challenge party unity.
- The two biggest bills of the session – school finance and property tax – dominated the debate.
- Remember the feud that began last election cycle between the Lt. Gov. and my hometown Senator Kel Seliger? Here’s how that has played out this session.
- The Legislature could not agree on a new source of revenue funding—looks like that will be the work of the interim.
- Governor Abbott has signed a bill that changes the rollback period on ag taxes from 5 to 3 years. It goes into effect on September 1st.