84th Texas Legislature Begins!
January 13, 2015- June 1, 2015
The Texas Legislature meets in a regular session every two years, convening on the second Tuesday in January of every odd-numbered year. These biennial sessions are limited to 140 days. The governor can also call additional special sessions as necessary, which cannot exceed 30 days.
Your Rural Legislative Alert has begun on a weekly basis with a Rural Bill Tracking Chart reviewing the relevant rural bills that have been filed in the areas of community/economic development, environmental, water, transportation and workforce. Lt. Governor Patrick has named the Senate Committees and Speaker Strauss has named the House Committees.
Look for your Rural Legislative Alert on a weekly basis. If you are not currently receiving your Alert, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you would like to receive the Alert!
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Texas Department of Agriculture: Statewide Rural Advisory Council
ARCIT's main initiative of a Statewide Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council was passed in the 82nd Special Session of the Texas Legislature. The Council was placed in the TX Dept of Agriculture. Appointments to the Council have been made by Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples. .
Composition of the new Statewide Rural Health & Economic Development Policy Council:
1 Rural County Judge
1 Rural Local Official
1 Higher Public Education Institute with a specialty in rural health and econ devo
1 Rural State Senator
1 Rural State Representative
4 Public members with expertise in rural health care or economic development
*U.S. and Texas flags flying at the state capitol buildingal photo © Sarah (sarowen) on Flickr - noncommercial use