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The 87th Legislative Session is upon us! What has happened so far? Glad you asked!

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Texas House and Senate gaveled in the 87th legislative session. All 31 Senate members and 149 out of 150 House members were sworn in. Dade Phalen (R-Beaumont) was formally elected and sworn in as the next Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

The Senate convened on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 to adopt the rules. The House convened the following day to adopt the rules. How will both chambers be conducting business during the COVID19 pandemic? Click here to read more.

On Thursday, January 21st, the Texas House and Senate proposed similar spending amounts in the preliminary budgets. However, these proposals are about $7 billion over the amount of general revenue Comptroller Glenn Hegar said lawmakers have budgeted to spend this session. Also, add in that the legislature must pass a balanced budget. What does this mean? Read more here.

The January 23rd special election will be heading to a runoff to fill the seat for House District 68 previously held by Drew Springer (R-Muenster). The race will be between David Spiller, an attorney from Jacksboro, and Craig Carter, a businessman from Nocona.

NAIFA-Texas is looking forward to working with our legislators during the 87th legislative session. We started an exclusive, monthly member-only newsletter that will provide exclusive updates on NAIFA-Texas’ legislative priorities and more! Interested in being in the know? Become a NAIFA-Texas member today!