PRE-FILING OF BILLS BEGINS IN NOVEMBER
Bill filing for the 2011 legislative session begins on Monday, November 8.
The 2009 session was characterized, first and foremost, by the volume of work. Lawmakers filed 7,609 bills and proposed Constitutional amendments. That’s an increase of 19 percent over the 2007 figure and 29 percent more than 10 years ago. According to the trend, it is likely that even more bills will be filed in the upcoming session.
As always, the Legislative Update will feature summaries of city-related bills. During the upcoming legislative session, the legislature will have several major issues to address. Voter identification legislation, which caused a significant “bottleneck” of bills at the end of last session, will be back. In addition, legislators will review several important state agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Commission on Environmental Quality, the Railroad Commission, and many others.
Throw in redistricting and a huge state budget deficit, and some argue that those in Austin will be too busy with state-level issues to file and pursue legislation that would erode municipal authority. Unfortunately, the League’s experience is that such an assertion hasn’t proved true in the past.