From August 13 through the end of September 2018, the Texas Legislative Budget Board is meeting at the State Capitol in Austin in order to assess the legislative appropriations requests put forward by multiple state departments. These budget meetings will be instrumental to the preparation of the state’s General Appropriations Bill draft for the upcoming legislative session scheduled to begin on January 8, 2019. The hearing dates are listed below, along with links to the budget proposals for many of the departments that might be of interest to the environmental community. More information about how the General Appropriations Bill is developed is available at the Legislative Reference Library of Texas.
The 86th Texas Legislature will formally begin its biennial regular session on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. These dates demonstrate the political process that occurs before, during, and after the legislative session, and provide the structure upon which legislation will be introduced, considered, and amended by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The ultimate goal of this legislative process is the passage of laws that have the support of the majority of Texas legislators and the constituents they represent.
So far, in the first called session of the 85th Legislature, bills have passed through their designated committees and some have even passed in their respective chambers. One bill that has been progressing quickly is Senate Bill 14 which relates to a property owner’s right to remove trees or vegetation. House Bill 7, which would create a tree planting credit to offset a tree mitigation fee, has also moved quickly through the House. Other bills, however, have been filed but not assigned to any committees.
You can read more on the Texas Senate News page and on the Texas House of Representatives News page.
Business and Commerce
- SB 14 – Hall, Bob
- Passed by Business and Commerce Committee- 7/24
- Passed by Senate- 7/26
- Received by House of Representatives – 7/27
The following bills moved out of the Natural Resources Committee on July 31st.
- HB 7 – Phelan, Dade
- Passed by Urban Affairs Committee 7/26
- Passed by House of Representatives 7/28
- Received by the Senate 7/31
- HB 70 – Workman, Paul
- Pending in committee- 7/25
Agriculture and Livestock
The Agriculture and Livestock Committee will hold a public hearing on August 2nd for the following bills:
The following Senate bills have been filed but no further action has been taken: