Topics on Governor’s Call for the 4th Called Special Session and Bills to Watch for Each Item:
Legislation relating to primary and secondary education, including the establishment of an education savings account program, the certification, compensation, and health coverage of certain public school employees, the public school finance system, special education in public schools, measures to support the education of public school students that inclu...
Governor Abbott Announces Fourth-Called Special Session
Tuesday, 07 November 2023
The House and Senate adjourned the third-called special session this afternoon and Governor Abbott immediately announced the fourth-called special session will start today at 5 p.m. on the following agenda items:
Legislation relating to primary and secondary education, including the establishment of an education savings account program, the certification, compensation, and health coverage of certain public school employees, the public school finance syst...
Third Special Session Ends Tomorrow with a Fourth Special Session Coming Soon
Monday, 06 November 2023
The third called special session of the Texas legislature will officially conclude tomorrow with only two items on the Governor’s call passing:
PASSED as Senate Bill 7 - Consider and act upon legislation prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates by private employers.
PASSED as Senate Bill 4 - Consider and act upon legislation to impede illegal entry into Texas by increasing the penalties for certain criminal conduct involving the smuggling of persons or th...
Governor Abbott Expands Third Special Session Agenda
Tuesday, 31 October 2023
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding the Special Session #3 agenda for universal school choice to include additional school finance, such as teacher pay raises, school safety, and special education.
The Governor said he expanded the special session agenda following discussions with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan that lead to an agreement between the three on an education package that includes school choice and increase public education spendi...
Update on Legislation Related to the Governor’s Call for the Third Called Special Session
Monday, 30 October 2023
These are the bills related to the Governor’s call that are currently advancing in the legislative process:
Legislation providing education savings accounts for all Texas schoolchildren.
Related bills to watch:
Senate Bill 1 - Relating to the establishment of an education savings account program.
Status as of Noon on 10/30/2023: Passed the Senate 18-13 and was referred to the House Select Committee Educational Opportunity & Enrichment on October 13, but has not been s...
DPS Partners with Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to Offer New IPC Program
Wednesday, 18 October 2023
AUSTIN – On Sept. 25-29, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) again partnered with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to offer a five-day Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) Train the Trainer
Course. IPC is a crimes against children class that includes human trafficking. IPC trains front-line officers to recognize indicators that a child may be a victim, at risk of victimization or missing, as well as recognizing high-risk threats to children.
“DPS is honored to once a...
Governor Abbott filed an amendment
to his call for the third-called special session as follows:
• Amending second subject in proclamation of October 5, 2023, to: Legislation to do more to reduce illegal immigration by creating criminal offenses for illegal entry into this state from a foreign nation and illegal reentry or presence following denial of admission, exclusion, deportation, or removal; authorizing all licensed peace officers to remove illegal immigrants from Texas;...