Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House crossed another major deadline at midnight Wednesday morning, shutting down the ability for any more Senate Bills to be heard on 2nd Reading. There is still legislation moving through the final Local & Consent calendar today, as well as taking up "items eligible" throughout the remainder of this week. These are bills that have previously passed out of the House and Senate that have come back for consideration.
This session has already brought several policy victories for Texas Republicans, and many more are still to be delivered to Governor Greg Abbott's desk in these last few days of session.
Sine Die is on Monday, May 31st – Memorial Day – when the 140-day Regular Session officially adjourns.
Bills Signed by the Governor this Session
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- As of Tuesday, the Senate and House had sent a combined 381 bills and joint resolutions to the governor's desk or Secretary of State.
- In Texas, a bill can become state law with or without the governor's signature.
- Click here to look at some of the bigger bills that have already been signed into law by Governor Abbott this session.
After a flurry of activity over the weekend, the Texas House and Senate have worked hard to send policy solutions to the Governor's desk. While a handful of bills have already been signed into law, many more are either waiting for Governor Greg Abbott's signature or in the very last stages before being sent to his desk.
The Texas House is now in its final stretch of the session, where lawmakers begin to wrap-up official business and hash out final bill details in conference committee debates. There are still some key bills that are being worked out in conference committee meetings as well. Others are about to reach the fork in the road where lawmakers either concur with the Senate's changes to House Bills or request a Conference Committee to work out the differences.