House Culture, Recreation & Tourism met on May 10 to take up a full agenda. This report covers SB 1155. The witness list can be found here, the minutes can be found here, and the archive can be found here.


This report is intended to give you an overview and highlight of the discussions on the various topics taken up. It is not a verbatim transcript of the discussions but is based upon what was audible or understandable to the observer and the desire to get details out as quickly as possible with few errors or omissions.


SB 1155 (Nelson) Relating to the eligibility of certain events for funding under the Major Events Reimbursement Program

  • King – Bill updates major events reimbursement program definition of Texas Motor Speedway to reflect capacity changes
  • Holds many large events every year
  • Speedway is currently undergoing big changes so bill reflects that
  • Would allow Texas Grand Prix to count in 2021, would be first time a NASCAR race ever happened on F1 track
  •  Israel – Is it under the major events reimbursements?
    • Because it’s the first race there’s a coda


Rob Ramage, Texas Motor Speedway – For

  • Bill has two elements
  • Was SB 2182 in 86th Session, but fell in conference last minute
  • This is a major event
  • Israel – When is the first event?
    • May 23rd
    • Will go into 2022 with same event, but bigger
  • Israel – Sounds very exciting, hopes they can help
  • Krause – Thanked for his leadership with this and vaccine distribution

Voted out to local and uncontested (6-0)