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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Legislative Update: Ethics Reform, House Tax Relief Package, and Final Month of the 84th Lege

With just four weeks left in the 84th regular legislative session, bills that members want passed need to be headed across the rotunda.  This time of session always inspires lively debate, as priority legislation hits the floor of the respective chambers.  This week was no exception, with ethics debate on the Senate floor, tax measures…

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Legislative Update: Senate and House Battle over Key Legislation

With only five weeks left in the 84th Regular Legislative Session, we heard the first series of cannon fodder between the two chambers of what had been a relatively harmonious session – both bodies pointing fingers and lobbing accusations across the rotunda that the other is slow-playing passage of their respective legislation.  Yes, the House…

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