Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has written the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging them to approve Texas’ pending request for a waiver for the Healthy Texas Women program from certain Social Security Act provisions and restore Medicaid funding […]
For the latest updates on all legislative committee hearings, visit “Legislative News from Texas” frequently to confirm hearings since dates and times can and do change. Standing committee hearings held at the Capitol, live and archived, can be listened to at the following links: House | Senate.
Upcoming Senate Committee Meetings
Business & Commerce – 5/15/2018
Time: 9:00 AM, […]
Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a final strategic action plan for special education. The TEA plans to spend nearly $212 million over the next five years in an attempt to address special education in Texas schools, according to a final […]
The House Committee on Environmental Regulation met on April 25 to hear invited testimony regarding an interim charge related to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) response and clean-up efforts related to Hurricane Harvey as well as to discuss new developments in NAAQS litigation.
This report is intended to give […]
Early voting begins today, February 20th for the March 6th Primary with hundreds of races for statewide, congressional and legislative seats, and the State Board of Education. HillCo will continue to monitor these races and developments. See below for more detail on races including a history of voter turnout […]
The following state agency health care hearings have been scheduled between February 17 and March 9.
Austin-Travis County MHMR Center
February 19, 2018 – 12:00 PM
1430 Collier Street, Austin
Integral Care Finance Committee AGENDA I. Citizens' Comments (Presentations are limited to 3 minutes) […]
Richard Hyde, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Executive Director in March of this year and retiring from state government in April. Hyde joined TCEQ in 1992 and has served as executive director since 2014. […]
General Investigating & Ethics – 2/15/2018
Time: 10:30 AM, Location: E1.010
The committee will meet to hear testimony on employment policies and practices at state agencies regarding misconduct, travel by state agency officials, state agency resources to participate in certain trade associations & groups, and review […]
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.67 billion in January 2018, 9.1 percent more than in January 2017. “Growth in sales tax revenue occurred across all major economic sectors,” Hegar said. “The strong growth in revenue was led by collections from the mining, construction and wholesale […]
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will meet on February at 9:30 a.m. to consider approving construction funds for North Texas Municipal Water District’s Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir. The reservoir will serve as a major water supply source for approximately 1.7 million Texans. TWDB will also consider financial assistance for […]
In this special edition of Fiscal Notes “Hurricane Harvey and the Texas Economy,” the Comptroller’s office examines the effect of Harvey through data modeling.
The report includes the following details:
- Harvey’s total costs have been estimated at about $125 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- As of Nov. […]
Three recent reports have been issued by the Office of Governor Abbott and by the Texans for Greg Abbott Campaign:
Early voting for the March 6th Primaries starts February 20th and the Texas Tribune has published a Texas 2018 Hotlist: The most competitive races in this year’s election noting that overall there are 215 races on the 2018 Democratic and Republican primary ballots.
The following incumbents all have […]
The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met on February 8, hearing from several witnesses. Topics generating significant conversation included campus level expenditures, identifying students in poverty, recapture, funding formula complexities, funding for charters and incentivize student outcomes. The chair of the commission, Judge Brister, also established workgroups in […]
Two members of the Texas Transportation Commission are leaving the board, which governs the Texas Department of Transportation.
Tryon Lewis of Odessa and Victor Vandergriff of Arlington have resigned. Lewis announced that he plans to apply to be a judge in Odessa.
The State Board of Education is working to create a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education, which is expected to establish goals for Texas public schools through the year 2030. Public comments are being solicited which include questions on:
- Desired outcomes of public education;
- Strategies Texas public schools could use to prepare, […]
TEA will be accepting an initial round of public comments regarding the TEA Proposed INITIAL DRAFT Plan US Department of Education Corrective Action Plan Request through Feb. 18. A website has been established providing a copy of the draft, an overview of TEA’s outreach efforts with various stakeholders, […]
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) submitted a revised version of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) based on official feedback received from USDE on Dec. 21, 2017. The major areas of clarification requested by U.S. Department of Education (USDE) […]
March 6 Primary Elections
- Feb. 5 – Last day to register to vote in the Primaries
- Feb. 20 – First day of early voting
- Mar. 2 – Last day of early voting
- Mar. 6, 2018 – Primary Election Date
- May 14 – First day of early voting for runoff
- May 18 – Last day […]
The following state agency health care hearings have been scheduled between February 10 and March 2.
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners
February 10, 2018 – […]
The Texas Commission on Public School Finance will hold their second meeting today. The Commission is officially charged with developing recommendations that would address: 1) the purpose of the public school finance system including the state and local relationship; 2} the appropriate levels of local M&O an I&S tax […]
The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met on February 8 to hear invited testimony and discuss school finance trends and school finance incentives. The report below details these discussions.
- Review the management of the oversize/overweight permitting system and ensure that the state is adequately protecting the driving public and road integrity. Make recommendations to improve operations.
- Study emerging issues in transportation related to technology and evaluate […]
- Review the state's response to Hurricane Harvey and natural disaster preparedness with respect to the transportation system and transportation infrastructure. Make recommendations for improving agency operations related to emergency preparedness and response.
- Monitor the agencies and programs […]
The following state agency health care hearings have been scheduled between February 3 and February 23.
Texas State Board of Pharmacy
February 6, 2018 – 09:00 […]