FIRST CALLED SESSION OPENS
When the regular session ended in June, the Legislature had not passed bills that would prevent five agencies, including the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) and the Department of Transportation (TxDOT), from disappearing on Sept. 1, 2010.
Governor Rick Perry called the House and Senate back in to deal with this issue, as well as legislation relating to transportation funding.
SB 2, approved by the Senate, provides for the continuation of TDI and TxDOT through 2011, as well as the Texas Racing Commission, Office of Public Insurance Council, and the Texas Affordable Housing Commission. Those agencies will undergo a sunset review, where lawmakers consider changing the scope and operation of an agency, in the next regular session.
The Senate Finance Committee also heard two bills relating to transportation funding. Those bills could come to the floor later this week. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, July 2, at 11 a.m.