86th Texas Legislature Updates: May 14, 2019

The 86th Legislature House and Senate have been assigning bills to committees, holding public committee hearings, distributing reports on bills, and voting on legislation. Activities are described below.

The deadline for House committees to report House Bills and House Joint Resolutions was May 6, 2019. For bills or joint resolutions that did not get out of committee May 7, then it was the end of their legislative journey. Similarly, bills or joint resolutions that made it out of committee but not onto the House’s agenda are finished. And the bills and joint resolutions that did not come to a vote in the full House by midnight May 9, 2019 have also died in the House.

The last day for Senate committees to report Senate and Senate Joint Resolutions is May 18, 2019. The session will end May 27, 2019.

A number of bills related to the environmental have made it out of committee and have been sent to the governor, including bills related to promotion of recycling materials, groundwater conservation, fees for municipal solid waste committees, quarantines for ticks, and beneficial use of waste related to drilling or production of oil or gas. 

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More information about the 86th Texas Legislative session can be found at capitol.texas.gov.

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86th Texas Legislature Updates: May 7, 2019

The 86th Legislature House and Senate have been assigning bills to committees, holding public committee hearings, distributing reports on bills, and voting on legislation. Activities are described below.


The last day for House committees to report House Bills and House Joint Resolutions was May 6, 2019. The last day for Senate committees to report Senate and Senate Joint Resolutions is May 18, 2019.

We’d love to know what bills you are watching. Send an email [email protected]

More information about the 86th Texas Legislative session can be found at capitol.texas.gov.

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86th Texas Legislature Updates: April 23, 2019

The 86th Legislature House and Senate have been assigning bills to committees, holding public committee hearings, distributing reports on bills, and voting on legislation. Activities are described below.

Bayou Land Conservancy is a conservation group that works to permanently protect wetlands and other ecologically valuable habitat through partnerships with willing landowners. This session, they have closely been following Senate Bill 2126. This bill is in relation to taking sand, gravel, marl, shell, and mud-shell for Texas rivers. The Conservancy is concerned that this bill would allow in-stream mining without permit or payment of royalty and that no additional over site or safeguard language is included. This would be of particular concern in the San Jacinto River watershed and in most of the bayou systems in and around Houston. For more information on Bayou Land Conservancy go to bayoulandconservancy.org.


The last day for House committees to report House Bills and House Joint Resolutions is May 6, 2019. The last day for Senate committees to report Senate and Senate Joint Resolutions is May 18, 2019.

We’d love to know what bills you are watching. Send an email [email protected]

More information about the 86th Texas Legislative session can be found at capitol.texas.gov.

Now that the regular deadline for filing bills in the Texas Legislature has passed, the focus is on committee work. If a committee approves a bill, it is then set back to the legislative chamber for consideration. If approved, it is sent to the opposite chamber. If a bill makes it to a vote and is passed by both the House and Senate, it is sent to the Governor who will either sign it into law, allow it to become law without a signature, or veto it.

Read more about activities- including filed bills and committee assignments- of the legislature