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Don’t worry. Your Capitol Update team hasn’t lost it — yet. It’s a new month, and we have the same bills trying — trying really hard — to get out of committees, get onto the House or Senate floor and be signed by the governor. It’s a process. Here is a friendly reminder. Remember way back last week when we discussed HB 2, also known as the property tax bill? After a couple of postponements, the House finally debated the bill. Well ... the House actually debated SB 2, which was substituted in place of HB 2 (subs happen). So, what happened? Did we protect our exemption? (Taking a couple of aspirins here.) Let’s share a brief overview, and, of course, we’ll share a few articles. On Tuesday, the House voted out SB 2. The record vote was 107-40. The city tax collectors cannot, without an election, increase tax revenues more than 3.5% over the previous year. Neither can the county tax collectors. Publicans are on notice. It’s important to note that community colleges are included in SB 2. However, a special thanks goes to Rep. Chris Turner, Higher Education Committee chairman, and Rep. Dustin Burrows, House Ways and Means Committee chairman. Before full debate began, Chairman Turner had a friendly exchange with Chairman Burrows, in which they confirmed that community colleges will remain in the same position they are today – at an 8% cap. (Click here and then watch the archived video, “4/30/19 85th Legislative Session - Part 1,” at approximately 1:53:00.) But … the debate isn’t over. Because some differences exist between what the House and Senate passed, a conference committee will be appointed. Those members will reconcile any differences between the two bills. And yes, they usually meet behind closed doors.
Before debate begins, Chairman Chris Turner addresses the community college rollback rate.
Chairman Dustin Burrows, at the podium, states, ‘We don’t want to see tuition go up at community colleges.”
Speaking of those bills trying really hard to get onto the House floor ... Well, try harder. Next week, deadlines begin to work against House bills. For example, Thursday, May 9, is the last day House bills can receive a second reading on that chamber's floor. Here are a few related articles:
When we visit with House and Senate members, Chancellor Joe May and DCCCD staffers have one primary goal: to advocate for our students and colleges on issues of importance. A few of those issues include:
Throughout the session, we will track the issues and bills that affect DCCCD as they make their way through the legislative process. We also will share more details about the issues listed above. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions. You can now email us at GovtAffairs@dcccd.edu or follow us on Twitter @DCCCDGovt.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Wait. Say it isn’t so. The Capitol Update team asks for a moment of personal privilege. RIP Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca, aka the Wookie. It is a period of legislative war. Partisan spaceships, striking from a not-so-hidden base, have won their first legislative victory against their partisan foes. This can only mean one thing. Grab your Wookie mask, favorite Wookie snacks and do your best Wookie sound because it’s time for the #TXLege Download. You know the disclaimer, and "May the 4th" be with you.
One more time. Yes, we promise to change the topic next week. Until then, it’s easy.
Did you know that during early voting, only 6% of registered voters actually voted? Official, critical races are going on here, including elections for the new mayor of Dallas, Dallas City Council, DISD school board and the DCCCD bond election. This Saturday, May 4, is the last day to vote. In Dallas County, you must vote at your precinct. Your vote counts. Be heard. Vote.