Legislative Roundup: May 15


The 86th Texas Legislature will be in session from January 8 through May 27. It meets biennially, and the budget that the Texas Legislature sets is in place for two years.

The Senate passed its version of House Bill 3 with 40 amendments to the version passed by the House. Now, House Bill 3 has moved to a conference committee that includes five Senators and five House members who will negotiate the details of the final bill.

Among some of the most controversial amendments are: providing bonuses to schools based on third-grade STAAR scores, providing merit pay for “top-rated” teachers, and including additional reading/writing components to STAAR tests for grades 3-8 to create a language arts test.

The members of the conference committee are:

  • State Representatives: Dan Huberty (R-Humble), Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), Ken King (R-Canadian), and Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint)
  • State Senators: Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Royce West (D-Dallas), Kirk Watson (D-Austin), and Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels)

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