LEGISLATORS SHATTER BILL-FILING RECORD
In the final three days before the March 12 bill-filing deadline, Texas lawmakers went into a bill-filing frenzy and introduced roughly 2,900 bills and joint resolutions, to bring the 60-day total to an unbelievable 7,340. At this point two years ago, 6,089 pieces of legislation had been filed; this years total is more than 20 percent higher. And there will be more; legislators can still file bills if they can persuade their colleagues to suspend the rules on a bill-by-bill basis.
This volume of bills virtually guarantees that: (1) at the end of the session, hundreds of bills will die in a massive logjam; and (2) in the final days, many lawmakers will be voting on bills they have not read and do not understand.
As is always the case, hundreds of bills are city-related and would do great harm to cities. Given this history-making deluge of bills, not all city-related bills are included in this issue of the TML Legislative Update; some will appear in the next two issues. In addition, some bill summaries will, of necessity, be brief. Future editions of the update will expand on the most important bills if and when they progress through the legislative process.
Finally, bills are not always printed and distributed in numerical order. This means that some bills summarized this week have higher numbers than bills summarized in upcoming issues.