UPDATE: A LOOK AT BILLS STILL BEING CONSIDERED
The Texas House is now in its final stretch of the session, where lawmakers begin to wrap-up official business and hash out final bill details in conference committee debates.
At midnight Wednesday morning, the Texas House reached its final deadline to consider Senate Bills on 2nd Reading. The result is any bill that did not get heard -- and was not considered on the final Local & Consent calendar later that morning -- is effectively dead. However, as the saying goes, a bill or policy idea doesn't officially die until the Texas Legislature adjourns the 87th Regular Session on Sine Die (May 31st, 2021).
Fortunately, there are still many important policy debates that will be ironed out in these final days. The Senate and House will be concurring on changes to bills passed, sending those bills to a conference committee, or adopting conference committee reports on previously passed bills. Here's a look at some of the bills on the verge of being sent to the Governor's Desk to be signed into law:
SB 2 & SB 3 sponsored by Chris Paddie provides much-needed reforms to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and creates stricter standards for power generators and producers to weatherize against extreme conditions.
For more policy updates for the 87th Texas Legislature, click the news article links below. To view a list of all the bills sent to the governor so far, click here.