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This Week at the #TXLege

March 3, 2019
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Where We Are

Our legislative champions are hard at work with 84 days in the regular session remaining. This Friday is the last day to file any legislation, other than local or certain emergency bills. As the filing deadline looms, bills are also being heard in committee.

Committees Overview

Committee membership is primarily determined by seniority and appointments by the speaker or lieutenant governor. A bill is typically referred to committee based on subject matter, and the committee chair decides when the committee will meet and which bills will be scheduled for consideration. Some bills are never reported out of committee or taken action on, this is known as a bill “dying” in committee.

You can find more info on committees and the life and journey of a bill here.

The Rundown

A sampling of bills by Annie’s List champions being heard in Committee hearings, this week at the Texas Lege:

Defense & Veterans’ Affairs
2:00 PM
Monday, March 4 

HB 833 – Rep. Ana Hernandez (Houston)
Relating to the creation of a statewide alert system for missing military members.

HB 620 – Rep. Victoria Neave (Dallas)
Relating to a women veterans suicide prevention public awareness campaign.

Higher Education
8:00 AM
Wednesday, March 6 

HB 60 – Rep. Lina Ortega (El Paso)
Requires public institutions of higher education to share information to students regarding eligibility and enrollment procedures for women’s health programs by the Health and Human Services Commission.

Homeland Security & Public Safety
8:00 AM
Wednesday, March 6 

HB 8 – Rep. Victoria Neave (Dallas)
Relating to the statute of limitations for certain sexual offenses and the collection, analysis, and preservation of evidence of sexual assault and other sex offenses. AKA the Lavinia Masters Act.

HB 616 – Rep. Victoria Neave (Dallas)
Relating to compensation for a portion of a forensic medical examination of a sexual assault survivor and for the evidence collection kit required for the examination. .

Public Health
10:30 AM or upon final adjournment/recess
Wednesday, March 6 

HB 30 – Rep. Gina Hinojosa (Austin)
Helps expand access to birth control for those who receive Medicaid or are enrolled in the Healthy Texas Women program.

HB 800 – Rep. Donna Howard (Austin)
Relating to covered benefits under the child health plan.

State Affairs
10:30 AM or upon final adjournment/recess
Wednesday, March 6 

HB 952 – Rep. Ana Hernandez (Houston)
Relating to the provision of diaper changing stations in restrooms in buildings accessible to the public.

HB 1001 – Rep. Celia Israel (Round Rock, Pflugerville)
Relating to whom certain violations of the law by a state or local governmental entity may be reported.

2:00 PM or upon final adjournment/recess
Wednesday, March 6 

HB 1287 – Rep. Celia Israel (Round Rock, Pflugerville)
Lowers the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph in residential neighborhoods.

**Find the full Texas House Committee Schedule for this week here.

Did you know?

Your voice is vital. Members of the public are invited to provide testimony in favor of or opposition to bills being considered during a House Committee’s public hearing. Learn more about how to participate here.

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