86th Texas Legislative Session

Legislative Agenda

The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off on January 8, 2019. During the session, the DRC advocates on behalf of North Texas businesses to ensure that region continues to be the best place to live, work, and do business.

Legislative Priorities At-a-Glance

Budget Priorities

  • Establish a sustainable and effect public school funding system
  • Maximize federal matching funds for Medicaid
  • Fund the Texas Enterprise Fund

Economic Development

  • Maintain economic development programs, like Chapter 312
  • Oppose discriminatory policies and legislation

Education & Workforce

  • Increase core research funding for Texas Institutions of Higher Education
  • Support Texas’ 60x30TX Plan to increase post-secondary attainment in working-age adults
  • Improve alignment of Career & Technical Education and Industry certifications
  • Full funding for existing residence slots in Texas

Infrastructure

  • Protect local prioritization of transportation projects
  • Enable private investment for public private partnership project
  • Support for the Texas High Speed Rail project

Health Care

  • Increase funding for behavioral health care
  • Support stable, adequate and predictable health care funding, including trauma care funding and LPPF

Supporting Business Through Collaboration

The DRC Public Policy team advocates for business priorities through issue advocacy, member education, and collaboration with our regional partners, including other Chambers in North Texas and the METRO 8, which is comprised of the eight largest Texas chambers and the DRC chairs.

Accountability in North Texas

In 2019, the DRC will again produce a Pro-Growth Legislative Accountability Index. The index will track how North Texas legislators vote on issues critical to our business climate. We will also produce House and Senate district “heat maps” to visually translate the index results.

Legislative Contacts in Dallas, Austin, and Washington, DC

During this legislative session, you can stay up to date with key local, state and federal offices; including the City of Dallas, Texas House & Senate, US House and Senate, and Texas Legislature online.

 

UPCOMING PUBLIC POLICY EVENTS

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Dallas Regional Chamber
Monday, December 9, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Thursday, December 12, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Fairmont Hotel