August 6, 2013 •
Yesterday, the Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session sine die.
Governor Rick Perry had called the special session to consider legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects. According to KVIA.com, the Legislature passed a constitutional amendment boosting transportation spending with money coming from oil and gas revenues diverted away from the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The amendment will be voted on next year by the state’s voters.
May 10, 2013 •
House Bill 1422
A bill requiring lobbyists to disclose work as campaign consultants passed in the Texas Legislature on May 9.
House Bill 1422 requires individuals registering as lobbyists with the state to include the full name and address of each person who compensates or reimburses the registrant, or person acting as an agent for the registrant, for services, including political consulting services, rendered by the registrant from:
- A political contribution;
- Interest received from a political contribution; or
- An asset purchased with a political contribution.
The legislation has been sent to Governor Rick Perry. If not vetoed, the bill will become law with or without his signature.
December 14, 2012 •
January 26, 2013
Texas Governor Rick Perry announced a special election for the currently vacant district six state senate seat. The position was held by Senator Mario Gallegos, who died last October but was nonetheless reelected posthumously in November.
The Governor has set the election for Saturday, January 26, 2013.
In the event a single candidate does not receive a majority of the votes in the January election, a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates receiving the most votes.
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