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Items on the governor's call:

Sunset Commission review of state agencies.

Average salary and benefits of Texas teachers; and legislation to provide a more flexible and rewarding salary and benefit system for Texas teachers.

Statewide commission to study and recommend improvements to the current public school finance system.

Special education vouchers

Property taxes

Spending limit for state government

Spending limit for political subdivisions

Repealing local tree ordinances

President Trump last Thursday announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a global agreement to cap global temperature rise to 2 degrees C as well as provide poorer countries the means to combat climate change effictively and sustainably. 195 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement and the United States played a key role in negotiations, ultimately signing on in April of last year.

Amy Litzinger

Attendant services help many people with disabilities interact with their community. These services are essential for families and adults with disabilities in order for individuals to reach their full potential. By assisting with daily tasks and helping self advocates reach their goals for independence. In many cases, it is the continued presence of a reliable attendant that allows individuals and their families to maintain employment and otherwise contribute to their wider community.

Monday afternoon, Rep. Tom Craddick (HD-82) offered an amendment to SB 2065, proposing statewide regulations on Texas payday lending businesses. The amendment led to vigorous discussion among members about interest rates, usury laws, and the role of government in regulating financial institutions.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 217-213 last Thursday. The House passed it before the Congressional Budget Office had a chance to score the bill, meaning that legislators voted before they had a full estimate of the AHCA’s effects. Some members admitted that they hadn’t read the whole bill before voting for its passage. Among them was Rep.

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