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Capitol Watch Alert Archive

Senate Committees Announced for 87th Legislature

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Senate committee assignments for the 87th Legislature on Friday, January 15. They include: Senate Committee on Education Larry Taylor, Chair Eddie Lucio, Jr., Vice Chair Paul Bettencourt Bob Hall Bryan Hughes José Menéndez Angela...

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Day 1 of the 87th Legislative Session

The 87th Texas Legislature convened at noon January 12, 2021, with Department of Public Safety troopers in heavy attendance and full gear outside and throughout the Capitol and rapid COVID-19 testing tents set up at the north (the only public) entrance. After working...

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Post-Election Look at Texas Legislature and SBOE

Although the winner of the presidential election is still unknown, we do have some definitive answers as to who won legislative races in the Texas statehouse. The party makeup of the 87th Legislature will look very similar to that of the 86th. The Senate will have 18...

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News & Information Related to COVID-19

The following is a compilation of information and resources related to COVID-19 collected from state and federal sources, followed by a list of event changes/postponements/cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is updated daily. Also see our Remote...

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SBOE Vetoes 3 Charters, Allows 5

At the State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting Friday, September 11, 2020, the board took final action on Commissioner of Education Mike Morath's list of proposed Generation 25 Open-Enrollment Charter Schools. By taking “no action” on any of the eight proposed...

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