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Future of Texas – Unscripted: Opening of 87th Legislative Session

Published Jan 15, 2021 by Lindsay Munoz


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In this inaugural edition of our Future of Texas – Unscripted podcast, we discuss the opening week of the 87th Texas Legislative session. Amid the backdrop of COVID-19 and state budget concerns, lawmakers gathered in Austin to kick off what promises to be an unprecedented session. Partnership Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Lindsay Munoz leads a discussion around the start of session with Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Taylor Landin and Director of Public Policy Ben Melson. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The effect of the recent election on the makeup of the Legislature and the election of Speaker Dade Phelan. 
  • How COVID-19 is likely to impact the dynamics of the session.
  • The biennial budget and concerns over what may be difficult cuts to key programs. 
  • The Partnership’s priority issues going into session, including Energy and Access. 
  • Some of the legislators likely to play pivotal roles around those issues. 

To learn more about the Partnership’s legislative priorities and get updates on the legislative session, click here
 

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