It always interesting how there’s the pomp and circumstance of the beginning of a legislative session and then….it takes three weeks for anything really significant to happen.
Here’s the gist of a memo sent from Texas Speaker Joe Straus to House members on what the schedule for the next couple of weeks will be.
Monday, January 14 – The House will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following adoption of the House Rules,committee preference cards will be placed in each Member’s mailbox, along with notice as to when thecards are to be returned to the Chief of Staff’s Office.
Tuesday, January 15 - The House will convene at 10:00 a.m. We will honor former Representative andSenator Mario Gallegos and welcome his family to the Chamber. Additionally, the Legislative BudgetBoard is scheduled to transmit to the House and Senate their proposed budget bills. Following this day’ssession, Chairman Pitts will meet with the House Republican and Democratic Caucuses to discuss theintroduced budget.
Wednesday, January 16 through Tuesday, January 22 – In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day aswell as the Presidential Inauguration, the House will not meet during this period.
Wednesday, January 23 – The House will convene at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 24 - The House will convene at 10:00 a.m.
As a reminder, the House will convene at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 29. At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will join us in the Chamber for a joint session to hear the Governor’s State of the State address.
Bills will not be read the first time and assigned to committees, until committees chairs are assigned. So we’re still several weeks away from The Lege getting down to any serious business.