January 12th is Opening Day of the 2021 Texas Legislative Session

The Senate and the House prepared rules for the day in regards and safeguarding against COVID-19, including the number of guests lawmakers can bring.

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The 87th Texas Legislative Session will convene at noon in the State Capitol, where new senators and representatives will be sworn in at the Texas State Capitol.

The first order of business for the Texas House of Representatives will be electing the next speaker expected to be Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont.

On the House Rules, State Rep. Dade Phelan has asked House Members for recommendations on what changes should be made and seeking ways to conduct business because of restrictions on indoor gatherings because of the coronavirus. The Senate has not publicized what measures will be in place during the session.  

The top on the list of priorities being the budget and redistricting. There will be more Prioritizing of bills, and voting procedures coming from Republicans after a very successful November election.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, responding to some lawmakers who are nervous about a pro-Trump rally that’s planned for the day said it will have additional personnel on Capitol grounds. Lawmakers have also been told that members of the National Guard will be available to assist with security.

Because of the pandemic, the public attending will be required to take a COVID-19 test before entering the Capitol. The Senate and the House prepared rules for the day in regards and safeguarding against COVID-19, including the number of guests lawmakers can bring.
 
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