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How does a bill move from one chamber to another towards
passage?

Once a bill passes the third and final reading from its originating chamber, it is engrossed and sent to the other chamber.  The bill then goes through virtually the entire process again.  The closer we get to the May 29th sine die deadline, time becomes of the essence to get these bills through that process if they are going to have the hope of passing.

There are a few bills relating to our RPT Legislative Priorities that have been given the nod in the Senate and sent over to the House, but have not yet been assigned to a House Committee.  Without a committee assignment, they cannot begin the process of being heard nor can public testimony be taken.

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From Representative Wayne Faircloth:

Co-author of House Bill 500, this bill protects the public’s trust in our state and local governments by prohibiting a public retirement system from paying a full retirement annuity to an elected official convicted and imprisoned for an abuse of office. Elected officials that violate the public trust should not be allowed to receive full public compensation in the form of a pension while serving time. The bill also provides a clear line for future reference: once a legislator or state officer is convicted of a felony, they are removed from office on the day that conviction becomes final.

From Representative Greg Bonnen:

Author of House Bill 2027 that was filed in response to serious concerns about voting integrity has been set for debate on the House Floor on Wednesday the 22nd of April.  This bill prohibits what is commonly referred to as “rolling polling,” the act of moving voting machines around during an ongoing election in an attempt to target certain voters at the exclusion of others.  The bill passed unanimously out of the House Elections Committee, and he expects the full House to approve the bill without hesitation.

From Representative Dennis Paul:

House Bill 4: Strengthening Kinship Care – Data demonstrates that children who are placed with caregivers who are relatives receive more stability and permanency in their lives than children who are placed in non-relative Foster Care.

  • Currently, qualifying families receive an initial integration payment of $1,000 for the first child and $495 for each additional child to offset immediate expenses plus an annual reimbursement of $500 per child.
  • HB 4 provides additional monetary assistance for Kinship Care placements based on a family’s need.

House Bill 5: Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) as a Stand-Alone Agency   HB 5 makes DFPS a stand-alone agency that would report to the Governor, consolidate Child Protective Services and maintain many consolidated administrative support functions in the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This change will streamline decision-making and accountability at DFPS to help provide the best outcomes for children.

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