Since the beginning of the 85th Texas Legislature, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) has been sharing information via email and social media about legislative committee hearings. The hearing information we’ve been sharing included the disability-related bills to be considered during the hearings and TCDD’s analysis of how the bills could affect Texans with disabilities and their families. Up until now, committees met on a semi-regular basis, so hearing information was shared in a timely manner with a few days’ notice.
With the conclusion of the legislative session less than three weeks away, a series of end-of-session deadlines will restrict the actions that can be taken on legislation. One of the results of the tightening of the legislative process is that hearings may be posted with less notice. Due to the speed at which legislative activities will occur, in some cases, TCDD may share information about hearings via social media instead of email. To stay up-to-date, like the TCDD Facebook page or follow the TCDD Twitter account to get information about hearings that will address bills that could impact people with disabilities.
Some important upcoming dates:
- Monday, May 29, 2017 (140th day) — Last day of 85th Regular Session
- Sunday, June 18, 2017 (20th day following final adjournment) — Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session
- Monday, August 28, 2017 (91st day following final adjournment) — Date that bills without specific effective dates (that could not be effective immediately) become law
For more important legislative session dates and information on the legislative process in Texas, see the Legislative Reference Library of Texas’s webpages: