This week the DRC dropped a card in support of HB 3314, which will help streamline the water rights amendment process. We dropped cards against HB 2104, which requires a high speed rail operator to file a bond, HB 2167, which requires the state to acquire a lien on any high speed rail operators, and HB 2163, which requires high speed rail tracks to be elevated in certain counties.
The Metro 8 Chambers, including the DRC, sent letters advocating for a total appropriation of $108 million to the Texas Enterprise Fund. The Enterprise Fund has a proven record of bringing businesses to Texas through offsetting Texas’ otherwise high tax rates on businesses, bringing jobs and investment to our state which would otherwise locate elsewhere. The Metro 8 also sent letters advocating for moderate use of the Rainy Day Fund.
The DRC’s Public Education team made 15 legislative office visits to improve the status of four bills. The DRC secured support for HB 2039, creating an optional Early Childhood – third grade (EC-3) teaching certificate, and it passed the House on Tuesday. The DRC successfully advocated for passage of HB 22 to refine and update the A-F academic accountability system, while also raising concerns about amendments that would weaken the statewide system. The DRC shared concerns regarding HB 515 and the reduction of statewide student testing, and secured an amendment by the bill author. Finally, the DRC advocated for passage of SB 22 and began recommending the inclusion of a Dallas business representative on the statewide P-TECH Commission that the bill will create.
This week the DRC also sent out Legislative Accountability Index notifications for SB 2039, HB 2861, HB 2697, and HB 108. HB 2039 creates an additional early childhood certification for teachers specializing in Pre-K through 3rd grade. HB 2861 provides a Comprehensive Development Agreement for transportation projects in the North Texas area. HB 2697 expands access to telehealth and telemedicine services across the state, and HB 108 creates the “Recruit Texas” program to provide turnkey workforce training to help make Texas the number one place in the nation for economic development workforce training.
Learn more about the DRC’s legislative agenda and priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.
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