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85th 1st Called Session
July 18, 2017 - August 15, 2017

Leadership

Governor: Greg Abbott -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick

Speaker(s) of the House: Joe Straus 

Special Session Topics

 Proclamations   Addresses

  • Consider legislation to extend the expiration dates applicable to the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. [Mon Jul 10, 2017]
  • Consider legislation adjusting the scheduling of Sunset Commission review of state agencies. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation continuing the operation and expanding the duties of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to ensure action is taken to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Texas. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation enhancing patient protections contained in the procedures and requirements for do-not-resuscitate orders. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation enhancing the detection, prosecution, and elimination of mail-in ballot fraud. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation establishing a statewide commission to study and recommend improvements to the current public school finance system; and other legislation relating to school finance, including Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR). [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation expediting the issuance of permits by political subdivisions and reforming the laws governing the issuance of permits by political subdivisions. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation preempting local regulation of the use of hand-held mobile communication devices while driving. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation preventing political subdivisions from imposing on private property additional or enhanced regulations that did not exist at the time the property was acquired. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation prohibiting financial transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion provider or affiliate of the abortion provider. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation prohibiting state or local government entities from deducting labor union or employee organization membership fees or dues from the wages of public employees. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation protecting the private property rights of land owners from political subdivision rules, regulations, or ordinances that interfere with, delay, or restrict private property owners’ ability to use or enjoy their property. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation reforming the authority of municipalities to annex territory, to exert control over territory, or to regulate the use of annexed land or land in a municipality’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation reforming the laws governing ad valorem property taxes. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation regarding the use of multi-occupancy showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and changing rooms. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation restricting health plan and health benefit plan coverage for abortions. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation strengthening the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions and abortion complications to the State. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation to empower parents of children with special needs or educational disadvantages to choose an educational provider that is best for their child. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation to increase the average salary and benefits (including TRS-Care) of Texas teachers; and legislation to provide a more flexible and rewarding salary and benefit system for Texas teachers. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation using population growth and inflation to establish a spending limit for political subdivisions. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]
  • Consider legislation using population growth and inflation to establish a spending limit for state government. [Thu Jul 20, 2017]

Journals

The House Journal and Senate Journal for the 85th 1st Called Session are available online.

Rules
House Rules (85th R.S.)
Senate Rules (85th R.S.)

Bill statistics for the 85th Legislature, 1st Called Session

Status HB HCR HJR HR SB SCR SJR SR Total
HB & SB
Total
Filed 386 21 42 502 122 1 10 161 508 1245
Passed 6 2 0 493 6 0 0 161 12 668
Vetoed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0