Since passing the budget out of the House, the pace of the session has increased significantly. This past week several committees debated legislation late into the evening, and the House members debated a greater number of bills on the floor.

This week the House took up the first Local, Consent, and Resolutions Calendar. The Local & Consent Calendars Committee prepares the Local, Consent, and Resolutions Calendar, which consists of local and usually uncontested legislation. For a bill to be sent to Local & Consent, it must pass out of committee unanimously and everyone on the committee agree that it should be sent to the Local & Consent Calendar. This week I will talk about a couple of bills that were passed by the House and sent to the Senate for consideration.

HB 1128 would amend Section 51 of the Property Code requiring if the first Tuesday of the month occurs on January 1st or July 4th the public sale of property under contract lien must be held on the first Wednesday of the month between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

HB 1545 would amend the Occupations Code to require the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to adopt rules to establish a procedure under which credit hours earned for the successful completion of high school courses that directly relate to law enforcement can be counted toward the hours of training required of an applicant for a peace officer license.

HB 846 amends the Education Code to prohibit a public institution of higher education from imposing additional fees, obligations, or burdens concerning payment or registration on certain students in Texas who have attempted to use financial assistance for veterans and their families, but have faced additional hurdles in using that assistance to pay for college courses. HB 846 seeks to help these students by implementing assistance programs for veterans and their families.

Larry Phillips of Sherman represents District 62 in the Texas House of Representatives. His telephone number in Sherman is 903-891-7297. His telephone number in Austin is 512-463-0297. His address in Austin is P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX78768-2910. His email address is