Texas Legislative News: June 1, 2021

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The 87th regular session is over. But after a weekend of tension over a controversial bill related to state election rules, Texas lawmakers are expected to return for a special session.

Bill of the Week: HB 159

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HB 159 would improve training and staff development for educators to serve all students. The bill was authored by Rep. Mary González.

Bill of The Week: HB 1535

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HB 1535 would expand the eligibility for medical use of low-THC cannabis. The bill was authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick.

Texas Legislative News: May 17, 2021

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With 14 days left in the session, both the House and Senate are winding down their consideration of bills. Still, there are several important hearings this week on disability-related legislation.

Bill of the Week: HB 4571

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HB 4571 would establish a statewide coordinating council for intellectual and developmental disability services. The bill was authored by Rep. Toni Rose.

Texas Legislative News: May 10, 2021

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In the session’s waning days, lawmakers will discuss some proposed bills in formal meetings rather than public hearings, making it an important time for advocates to contact their legislators.

Bill of the Week: SB 54

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SB 54 would study the best practices for assisting higher education students with autism. The bill was authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini.

Texas Legislative News: May 3, 2021

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With the regular session concluding at the end of the month, learn what lawmakers mean when they refer to a “vehicle” or a “Christmas tree.” Also, see some of the hearings we’re monitoring this week.

Bill of the Week: HB 2309

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HB 2309 would provide an educational parking course as a penalty for accessible parking violations. The bill was authored by Rep. Alex Dominguez.