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Texas Legislative Session

What’s Coming Up in Austin

The DRC sets and advocates for its 2017 Legislative Agenda to keep DFW’s business environment strong and support economic growth. Keeping our members engaged and updated on key developments during the 2017 legislative process plus the involvement in and commitment to our legislative priorities will drive our success in Austin.

DRC’s 2017 Legislative Agenda

Metro 8 Legislative Agenda

Pro-Growth Legislative Accountability Index

During the 85th Legislative Session, the Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce are tracking the voting records of every member of the North Texas delegation on legislation critical to our priorities on our Pro-Growth Legislative Accountability Index. The Index only included bills that are tied to priority issues for both the Dallas and Fort Worth Chambers, and considered on the Senate or House floor.

Because it is our responsibility to keep our chamber members and community partners informed on the legislative issues that impact the North Texas business climate, we are monitoring votes and keeping our members abreast of developments related to pro-growth legislation. As the year progresses, we will update the Index here online and will produce a final printed version following the conclusion of Session.

Legislative Index Bills


HB 21 provides additional financial support for public education and updates portions of the Texas public school finance system.  The Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce are deeply invested in improving educational outcomes for Texas students and developing a sustainable, highly-trained workforce.  Sufficient funding and an effective public school finance system is vital to our state’s education pipeline to ensure that students are not only graduating at higher rates, but are prepared with the relevant skills and training to supply the workforce of today and the future.


The DRC supports SB 226, which exempts certain limited water right amendments from notice, review, and hearing requirements. This would streamline the water right amendment processes for non-substantive changes to an application.

House and Senate Committees

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will announce Senate Committees, and the Speaker of the House will announce House Committees for the 85th Texas Legislative Session in early 2017.

Important Contact Information

Stay up to date with key state offices; including the Texas House, Senate, Governor’s office, Lt. Governor’s Office, and Texas Legislature online.

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