This week, the First-Called Special Session of the 85th Legislature convened in Austin. Both chambers immediately began work on the only issue on the call—legislation continuing the function of several state agencies. Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.” These agencies were up for Sunset review during the regular session, but the legislation providing for the continuation of these agencies failed to pass.

As of this writing, the House Committee on State Affairs passed its version of the Sunset Bill, HB 1, and it will be debated on the House Floor next week. The Senate passed its version of the bill on Thursday. Also on Thursday, the governor expanded the Call to include many other issues, including funding for the Teacher Retirement System’s health care plan, teacher salaries, a study on school finance, property taxes, limited school vouchers, and legislation prohibiting certain local ordinances from being imposed on property owners. The official proclamation can be viewed here:

A few weeks ago I wrote a column regarding the Texas Armed Services Scholarship for college-bound students who will participate in the ROTC. If you or someone you know is interested in this scholarship, please contact my Austin office at 512-463-0297.

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, TX 78768-2910. His email address is