The special legislative session called by Governor Abbott is well underway. This week, the House again passed legislation needed to keep the Texas Medical Board operating. Many other issues have been moving through the committee process, where House members have worked diligently to listen to public input, build consensus, and get the details right.
The Texas House will be ready to get to work when we convene Tuesday for a 30-day special session.
Governor Abbott has announced that he wants the Legislature to consider about 20 proposals during the special session. As we go about our work, the House will take a rather simple approach to each issue: We will try to act in the best interest of the state of Texas and the communities we represent.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stressed the importance of great public schools during a recent speech to the Texas Association of School Boards in San Antonio. He also encouraged supporters of public education to continue pushing for school finance reforms that would improve public education and reduce the state's reliance on local property taxes. Please see highlights below.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio applauded Wednesday the signing of bills that aim to improve Child Protective Services and the state’s foster care system.
Leading up to this year’s legislative session, high-profile and tragic incidents put a spotlight on problems at CPS. Much of the focus was on high turnover among caseworkers tasked with protecting children from abuse. As a result, legislators approved the hiring of more than 1,400 additional caseworkers and authorized higher salaries in order to reduce turnover and bring stability to the workforce.