Longbow Partners’ Legislative Highlights 1.9.2016

Protested Big Bend Pipeline Now Closer to Approval A coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and disgruntled landowners has suffered a major setback in its battle to block a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas beneath 143 miles of largely untouched Big Bend-area land. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff offered a key endorsement of a stretch…

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Longbow Partners’ Legislative Highlights 12.18.2015

Horse Racetrack Shutdowns Loom Across Texas After a tense meeting and a deadlocked vote, the Texas Racing Commission declined Tuesday to repeal its earlier authorization of historical racing, a move that could mean a statewide shutdown for the entire horse racing industry in February. The commission has been on a collision course with several members…

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Longbow Partners’ Legislative Highlights 12.11.2015

House lawmakers taken aback by catastrophic failures in upgrading child support system Earlier this month, the federal government temporarily cut off funding for a high-profile upgrade of the state’s child-support data system (known as the T2 project) that is running far behind and over budget. In their decision, the federal government requests a Corrective Action…

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Longbow Partners’ Legislative Update

Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Transfer of $2.27 Billion Into State Highway and Rainy Day Funds Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today the transfer of $2.27 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF), which is commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund. Each fund received more than $1.13 billion, or 50…

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Longbow Legislative Update

What’s happening in and around the Capitol… House Interim Charges Last week, Speaker Straus released the interim charges assigned to each House Committee. These charges set forth the priorities and preparations for the next legislative session that begins January 2017. House committees will hold hearings regarding these charges in the months ahead and will report…

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Longbow Partners Legislative Outcomes Report – 84th Legislative Session

REGULAR SESSION It was clear after the 2014 elections that Texas voters were sending a markedly more conservative political cohort to Austin for the start of the 84th Regular Session on January 13, 2015. Despite wholesale change in statewide elected officials, the initial political tealeaves foretold of a favorable business session given the anticipated state…

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Legislative Update: Senate/House Legislative Agreements, Final Days of the 84th Lege Session

This week it became clearer that the light at the end of the tunnel might in fact be the end of the 84th Legislative Session, and not a special session headed directly at our summer plans.  With budget negotiations and tax relief proposal agreements now headed to the Senate and House floors for final ratification,…

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Legislative Update: Tax Relief, Emergency Items, and Final Days of Session

This week we passed the first set of end of session legislative deadlines.  Thursday marked the 122nd day of the 84th Regular Legislative Session, which is the deadline for House Bills to be considered on second reading on the House floor.  Along with the deadline, we witnessed the biannual exhibition of legislative chubbing.  Legislative chubbing…

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Legislative Update: Countdown to Session Deadlines, Pre-K Legislation, Tax Relief, and Secret Tapings of Legislators

With just three weeks left in the 84th regular session, we are now headed into the final week for House bills to be passed out of committee.  Monday, May 11th marks the final day for House Bills to be reported out of committee.  Tuesday is the last day for a calendar with House bills to…

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