This session, the House and Senate filed a total of 6,276 bills. Of those, 1,323 bills were sent to the Governor. Sunday, June 21 was the last day Governor Abbott could sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session.
Gov. Abbott vetoed 42 bills and line-item vetoed items in the budget and supplemental budget bills, totaling $233 million in discretionary reductions and almost $295 million in overall reductions. To read a complete list of vetoed bills with explanations, click here.
I successfully passed 18 bills. Many of those bills are highlighted on the chart below. If you are interested in viewing these bills or other pieces of legislation, click here.
Additionally, 4 other bills of mine were rolled into additional pieces of legislation.
- Tuition Revenue Bonds (HB 100): For the first time since 2006, Prairie View A&M University will see $28.6 million in tuition revenue bonds for campus-wide capital improvements and new construction in the Nathelyne Archie Kennedy School of Architecture.
- Rail Notice (HB 1): Texas Department of Transportation will be required to report all new applications for passenger rail projects and toll road projects to each impacted senator and representative.
- Rodeo (SB 633): Brings one of the premiere rodeos, the Elite Rodeo Association National Finals, to Dallas for five years by making them eligible for reimbursement from the Major Events Trust Fund.
- Voluntary Annexation (HB 1949): Allows a property owner within a city’s ETJ to request voluntary annexation to be able to work with the city together to provide an extension of city services like water and sewer utilities.
Unfortunately, there were bills I authored that failed to pass this session, many of which I intend to continue working on in the interim to prepare for next session. Those include improved access to health care through expanded scope for advanced practice nurses, full access to pharmacies and fair reimbursement for pharmacists, reducing our property tax burden and ensuring veterans receive exemptions available to them, and increasing dual credit options for high school students.
|HB 181||Removes the requirement that a high school diploma contain a student’s endorsements and achievements, correcting an error from last session and saving school districts time and money.|
|HB 389||Aligns the election date for the Montgomery County Hospital District to run concurrently with November elections for other offices and aligns the district’s competitive bidding threshold with other hospital districts.|
|HB 479||Moves the Emergency Medical Dispatch Resource Center located in Conroe to the Commission on State Emergency Communications, where the intent of the program is better aligned with the agency. An amendment added creates a 9-1-1 telemedicine medical services pilot program.|
|HB 480||Provides the Montgomery and Waller County District Attorneys and all prosecutors across the state the ability to retain trained reserve investigators.|
|HB 2583||Allows the Tri-County Fire Department in Hockley and fire departments across the state to receive free background criminal checks on potential firefighters.|
|SB 2049||Removes a provision that exempted the Board of Directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation from abiding by normal conflict of interest rules pertaining to local governments.|