The 84th session of the Texas Legislature convened almost a month ago on Tuesday, January 13th.
God help us all.
The deceased Judge who was Of Counsel to my law firm always said that neither a person’s family nor property is safe when the Legislature is in session. This is one reason that our forefathers enacted a limitation that the Legislature may not convene more than every other year and for no more than a 140 day regular session.
While Texans are busy this Spring trying to make a living, the Legislature will be debating and deal-making on how to spend our money. Because most people are too busy to keep up with what the Legislature is doing, I intend to monitor and announce relevant bills that are introduced.
Let’s start with a quick ground-rules review.
Friday, March 13, 2015 (60th day) is the deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and bills that have been declared an emergency by the Governor. All bills must be passed by Monday, June 1, 2015 (140th day) which is the last day of the 84th Regular Session.
If it appears that a bill may pass and will affect my readers, I will try to notify them so that they may contact their senator or representative with comments prior to the bill passing if they so wish.
These Legislative articles will be interspersed with my other articles on legal issues which may be beneficial to you. I look forward to sharing this information with you and hope that you will find it useful.
I have observed that Bills are already being filed.
Let the Games begin.
Paul W. Brown