Governor Rick Perry delivered his State of the State speech to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate yesterday. He discussed various priorities including job creation, support for the state’s infrastructure, and limiting state spending. Follow this link to read the entire speech: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/18095/#.UQgHua0qS8A.twitter.
Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) was elected Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) will serve as Vice-Chair.
Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) will meet in a runoff for the Senate District 6 seat. Garcia received about 45.4 percent of votes and Alvarado received 41.7 percent in last Saturday’s election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Mario Gallegos. The date of the run-off election between the two Democrats will be announced by Gov. Rick Perry once an official vote count is complete.
The current rumor is that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will issue committee assignments tomorrow. If that prediction is true, we will send you a link to that list as soon as it is released. Once committee assignments are released, we expect the number of bill filings to increase.