Texas Senate Committee Hearings Spree; House Takes Four Day Break

While the Texas House takes a four-day weekend break, the Texas Senate plans a flurry of committee hearings on Governor Greg Abbott’s special session agenda. Sunday will not be a day of rest for this session.

The Texas Senate has set 13 committee meetings to hear public testimony on 31 bills as of now. Some committee hearings have been announced but without any bill numbers attached. A calendar has been listed below with the date, time, committee, and location. Click on the time to see bills on the committee’s docket and click on the committee to see which senators are on the committee.

Friday
July 21, 2017
8:00 AM Senate Committee on Health & Human Services               Capitol Extension, Room E1.016
Friday
July 21, 2017
9:00 AM Senate Committee on State Affairs                                      Capitol Extension, Room E1.036
Friday
July 21, 2017
10:00 AM Senate Committee on Education                                         Capitol Extension, Room E1.012
Saturday
July 22, 2017
8:00 AM Senate Committee on Health & Human Services         Betty King Committee Room, 2E.20
Saturday
July 22, 2017
9:00 AM Senate Committee on Business & Commerce                      Capitol Extension, Room E1.016
Saturday
July 22, 2017
11:00 AM Senate Select Committee on Government Reform Capitol Extension Auditorium, E1.004
Saturday
July 22, 2017
1:00 PM Senate Committee on Finance                                                Capitol Extension, Room E1.036
Saturday
July 22, 2017
1:00 PM Senate Committee on Finance                                                Capitol Extension, Room E1.036
Sunday
July 23, 2017
1:00 PM Senate Select Committee on Government Reform   Capitol Extension Auditorium, E1.004
Sunday
July 23, 2017
1:00 PM Senate Committee on State Affairs                                                         Senate Chamber, 2E.8
Sunday
July 23, 2017
1:30 PM Senate Committee on Finance                                                Capitol Extension, Room E1.036
Sunday
July 23, 2017
2:00 PM Senate Committee on Business & Commerce                      Capitol Extension, Room E1.016
Sunday
July 23, 2017
4:00 PM Senate Committee on Education                                           Capitol Extension, Room E1.028

The committees with the most hotly contested bills will be heard are the Senate Committee on State Affairs which will hear the Privacy Act/ “bathroom bill” legislation; the Education Committee which will discuss school finance and school choice; and Health & Human Services Committee which will hear many of the pro-life bills related to abortion.

If all bills can be heard then they will likely all be passed early next week. Those bills will then be sent to the Texas House of Representatives. The Texas House has held the public hearing on HB 1 which is the Texas Medical Board sunset bill and passed it out of committee favorably without amendment, but so far no other hearings have been set.

The Texas House is adjourned until 2:00 P.M. Monday

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