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June 21 and 22: Senate “To Protect All Texans” Special Committee

The special committee appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick following the Uvalde mass shooting and chaired by Sen. Robert Nichols will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, to hear invited and public testimony on school safety, police training, and social media.

See the hearing posting. 

Watch the hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 21. 

The special committee will meet again the next day, Wednesday, June 22, at 9 a.m. to hear invited and public testimony on mental health and firearm safety.

See the hearing posting. 

Watch the hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 22.

June 23: House Homeland Security & Public Safety

The House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee will meet jointly with the Select Committee on Youth Health & Safety, with invited testimony only, on Thursday, June 23, at 10 a.m. to consider the following joint charges on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety:

  • Charge #1: Study the implementation and impact of Senate Bill 11 (86th Legislature, Regular Session) and any other pertinent laws. Identify additional policies, protocols, and strategies that will help create a safer environment in schools and local communities.
  • Charge #2: Examine strategies to prevent acts of violence, including measures to enhance firearm safety in Texas.
  • Charge #3: Evaluate the preparedness of and coordination between state and local agencies, non governmental entities, and law enforcement for the prevention of and response to mass violence, including the content and efficacy of active shooter response training.

The Committee will hear Charges 4 and 5 at a later date.

Electronic public comments will be available for:

  • Senate Bill 11 (86th Legislature, Regular Session)
  • Firearm Safety
  • Mass Violence Preparedness

Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so until the hearing is adjourned by visiting: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c420

See the hearing posting.

Watch the hearing at 10 a.m. June 23.

June 28: Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee will meet Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. to hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charge:

Mental Health Service Delivery: Examine the state mental health service delivery system. Study the state’s Comprehensive Plan for State-Funded Inpatient Mental Health Services and the Statewide Behavioral Health Strategic Plan and evaluate the existing state investments in mental health services and state hospital capacity. Review current forensic and civil mental health service waitlists, and recommend ways to improve coordination and outcomes to reduce waitlists. Explore and report on options for additional mental health service capacity, including building state hospitals in the Panhandle and Rio Grande Valley areas.

Public testimony is limited to two minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 40 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.

See the hearing posting.

Watch the hearing at 10 a.m. June 28.

July 11: Senate Finance Committee

The The Senate Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 11, 2022, at 10 a.m. to hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charge:

Federal Funds: Report on the state use of federal COVID-19 relief funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts, and similar federal legislation. Examine local use of federal relief funding, including funding provided to school districts through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Evaluate the overall fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state agencies, including costs incurred due to federal mandates. Identify barriers to the effective utilization of funds and make recommendations on the expenditure of unappropriated funds. In addition, evaluate and report on the spending by state agencies that have been utilizing “one-time” federal funding (temporary enhancements, e.g. FMAP and ESSER) sources, where federal funding will likely be significantly reduced in future biennia.

Public testimony is limited to two minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 40 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.

See the hearing posting.

Watch the hearing at 10 a.m. July 11.