This Week in Texas: May 26, 2021

Posted May 26, 2021 in The Mignon Memo

5 Days Until Sine Die

Only a Few Days Left…here’s Where We Stand

Out of the almost 7,000 bills filed during the 87th Legislative Session, so far only just over 500 have passed (that’s around 7% for you math nerds out there).

To see what’s happening with the biggest priority bills, click here. Negotiations are still in the works for parts of the state budget, which we expect the final version to be voted on by both chambers by the end of this week.

Legislative Deadlines? Pressure?

In the waning days of session, legislators are feeling the pressure of passing important bills as they reach closer to legislative deadlines. 
Today is the last day for both chambers to vote on bills.

See what’s in store at the Texas Capitol for the next few days, check out the deadline calendar.

Bill Capping Out-of-Pocket Cost of Insulin Is Sent to the Governor

A bill is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott‘s desk after passing through the House and the Senate that caps prices at $25 for each insulin prescription per month for those insured and on state-regulated health plans.

SB 827, authored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Katy), was sponsored by Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock), who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2018 during a five-day stint in the ICU after a campaign event where he walked 25 miles.

Only in Austin…

A very clever legislator managed to pull a prank on Rep. Tracy King (D-Batesville) by putting a fake snake inside his desk and startling him. The prank was so successful that it sent some members to the ground erupting in laughter.

Watch for yourself here.