85th Texas Legislature
The Texas Legislature meets in a regular session every two years, convening on the second Tuesday in January of every odd-numbered year. These biennial sessions are limited to 140 days. The governor can also call additional special sessions as necessary, which cannot exceed 30 days. The 85th Legislative Session is January 10 through May 29, 2017.
TCDD Summary of Final Budget
Find out how people with disabilities could be impacted by the 85th Texas Legislature’s final budget. The budget includes no funding to address attendant wages, interest list reductions, or State Supported Living Center (SSLC) diversion. To learn more, visit the 85th Texas Legislature Final Budget Summary webpage.
House and Senate Budget Comparison
The House and the Senate each approved their versions of the 2018–2019 biennial budget. At six percent below 2016–2017 spending levels adjusted for population growth and inflation, neither budget adequately addresses the health and human services needs of Texans with disabilities. Check out TCDD’s House and Senate Budget Comparison.
Health and Human Services Budget
Prior to the start of each legislative session, the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Governor’s Office of Budget, Policy and Planning jointly issue instructions to each Texas state agency regarding how to develop their Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR). An LAR is the agency’s budget request for money to operate their programs over the next two-year biennium — Fiscal Years (FY) 2018–2019. An LAR usually includes exceptional item requests for priorities that the agency considers of great importance in addition to the base budget. At the beginning of the legislative session, the House and Senate propose budgets for Texas state agencies that may include exceptional item requests as part of the base budget.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) released its FY 2018–2019 LAR to the public on Friday, September 16, 2016. Go to the links below to learn about HHSC’s LAR:
At a Senate Finance Committee (SFC) hearing on January 30, HHSC submitted an LAR with just 22 exceptional items. Funding for interest list reduction, community attendant wages, and Intensive Behavioral Intervention for children with autism were among the original exceptional items that were not included in HHSC’s LAR submitted on January 30. Read more in the HHSC Submits Exceptional Items to Senate Finance Committee blog post.
On February 20, HHSC submitted its exceptional items request to the House Appropriations Committee’s (HAC) Subcommittee on Article II. There were differences between the exceptional items submitted to the HAC Subcommittee on Article II and the exceptional items submitted to SFC in January. Read more in the HHSC Submits Exceptional Items to House Appropriations Committee blog post.
Legislative Bill Tracking Reports
The 85th Texas Legislature held a Special Session from July 18 to August 17, 2017. TCDD tracked bills filed during the Special Session that could impact people with disabilities in Texas. To learn more, visit the Special Session Bill Tracking Report webpage.
During the 85th Texas Legislature, TCDD tracked bills that could affect people with disabilities and their families. The bills that could have the most impact have been separated into different Bill Tracking Reports. To access the reports, visit the Legislative Bill Tracking webpage.
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