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Presumptive Speaker Phelan Names Policy Staff

Presumptive House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Orange) has announced his policy team for the 2021 legislative session. Rep. Phelan will be formally elected to the Office of Speaker of the House when the Legislature convenes on January 12. Rep. Phelan previously named...

Update: TCJL Pandemic Tracker

Please stay tuned to the TCJL Pandemic Tracker for updates on legislation arising from or related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. We have added five bills to the TCJL Pandemic Bill Tracker since our last report. They concern business interruption insurance,...

TCJL Files Brief in Rule 91a Case

TCJL has filed an amicus curiae brief in a mandamus case before the Texas Supreme Court arising from HB 274 from the 2011 legislative session, In re Southwestern Energy Company, et al. (No. 20-0197). As you may recall, HB 274 was spearheaded by then-Governor Rick...

TCJL Tracker: Employment Law Legislation to Date

Each session legislators file dozens of bills affecting the rights and duties of employers. TCJL has regularly tracked these bills and taken action on them at the request of our membership. This session TCJL, in cooperation with other business and industry...

TCJL Files Brief in Paid or Incurred Case

TCJL has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Texas Supreme Court that concerns the availability of discovery of reasonable and customary medical expenses in a personal injury action. The case, In re K&L Auto Crushers LLC and Thomas Gothard, Jr., Relators (No....

TCJL Pandemic Tracker

The following joint resolution was filed earlier today: HJR 42 by Toth: Proposes a constitutional amendment to require the governor to convene a special session of the legislature if the governor seeks to extend or renew an initial 30-day disaster declaration. The...

TCJL Pandemic Legislation Tracker: Bills Filed to Date

This session TCJL will monitor bills and resolutions relating the pandemic response, including changes to civil liability, workers' compensation, employment law, and the Governor's authority to issue emergency declarations and orders. The following is a list of...

Bill Filing Under Way for 87th Legislative Session

With the prefiling period for the 2021 legislative session only 10 days old, legislators have already filed more than 800 bills and resolutions. Bills filed so far indicate a broad range of policy priorities from both sides of the aisle, including pandemic...

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