This Week in Texas: Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Posted November 11, 2020 in The Mignon Memo

Presumptive Speaker of the Texas House Dade Phelan

Chairman Dade Phelan, a Republican from Beaumont, announced last week that he has the votes needed to become the next speaker of the Texas House. He soon after released a bipartisan list of 83 members supporting his candidacy.

On Monday, Chairman Phelan appointed a bipartisan workgroup to review and make recommendations on legislative operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Representative (Dr.) Oliverson was named chair of the workgroup and Chairwoman Senfronia Thompson was named vice-chair. Other members of the workgroup include: Briscoe Cain, Charlie Geren, Donna Howard, Stephanie Klick, Joe Moody, Chris Paddie, John Smithee, Chris Turner, John Turner, Armando Walle.

Bill Filing has begun for the 87th Texas Legislature

Bill pre-filing began on Monday, November 9th, and hundreds of bills have already been filed in the House and Senate for the upcoming 87th Texas Legislature.

Several bill numbers have been reserved. The House has reserved 20 lower number bills and the Senate has reserved 31. HB 150 and SB 31 have been reserved, presumably for the redistricting maps.

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension of Emergency SNAP Benefits For November 2020

Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will provide approximately $202 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of November as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas Tribune: The Future of Rural Texas

Watch these conversations with educators from rural public and higher educations institutions across Texas discuss the future of rural Texas here:

Deer & Turkey Season is Upon Us!

White-tailed deer general season opens Nov. 7

Rio Grande fall turkey season opens Nov. 7

Mule deer season opens Nov. 21 in the Panhandle and Southwestern Panhandle regions, Nov. 27 in the Trans-Pecos region and Brewster, Pecos and Terrell counties.

Happy Veteran’s Day and Thank You to All Veterans!

Members of The Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans carry a large American flag in the annual Veterans Day parade on Congress Avenue on Thursday Nov. 11, 2010. Photos by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman