This week, both the
House Higher Education and the
Senate Higher Education committees held hearings. You can learn more about those
House and the
Senate discussions here.
On Thursday, Chancellor Joe May met with Peter Winckler, legislative director for
Sen. Craig Estes, to discuss House Bill 108, also known as Recruit Texas. Dr. May also was invited to testify before the
House Economic and Small Business Development Committee on Thursday morning. Recruit Texas will keep the state’s miraculous economic momentum moving forward by providing rapid-response workforce development services for employers who want to expand their businesses or move to Texas. The program will help identify any up-front workforce or training needs for prospective employers. Recruit Texas seeks to use current funds within the Texas Workforce Commission and also asks community colleges to invest in the partnership.
After discussion, the bill was left pending in committee.
DCCCD Chancellor Joe May (right) and Houston Rep. Carol Alvarado (center) discuss HB 108 before the House Economic and Small Business Development Committee convenes.
Dr. May testifies before the House Economic and Small Business Development Committee.
The Senate and House both are adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, March 27.
Many of you are familiar with the classic March Madness NCAA basketball tournament. March Madness in the nation’s capital is slightly different, and a very busy week in Washington, D.C., began when FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday. Why is this important? Director Comey stated, “With respect to the President’s tweets....I have no information to support those tweets.” His statement was made in response to President Donald Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by the previous administration. You can read the full transcript
here. Related articles were published in
USA Today and
National Public Radio.
Meanwhile, the Senate
Committee on the Judiciary began hearings on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wait – there’s a job opening? Yes. Judge Gorsuch was nominated to replace former Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016 while he was visiting a ranch just outside Marfa, Texas. Want to nerd out on Supreme Court nomination material? Click
Then legislators started that “little” debate on health care. Yesterday (March 23) marked the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan scheduled a vote to repeal it. Late in the afternoon, the speaker clearly did not have the votes needed to repeal ACA. Today, Speaker Ryan and President Trump huddled and tried to persuade their colleagues to support the repeal and replacement of the law. Late this afternoon, the vote was cancelled. For details, here are a few headlines: “GOP health care bill vote in peril as Ryan heads to White House to debrief Trump” (Dallas Morning News); “GOP health-care bill: Ryan visits White House to say he lacks support for health-care bill” (Washington Post); “White House sounds resigned to defeat of GOP healthcare reform plan” (Los Angeles Times); “Live blog: GOP health care bill teeters as Republican leaders scramble for votes” (Fox News).
Listed below are bills of importance to DCCCD. We will track these and other bills that may have an impact on our district during the legislative session. You can view those House and Senate bills by visiting our
As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions.
We are about halfway through the 85th legislative session. We know that a combined total of 8,410 bills and resolutions have been filed. Committees are meeting regularly, and the one bill which must be passed is the state budget. Both the House and Senate have different ideas about how to fund our state. It’s time to buckle up and stay alert – half of the session may be over, but we still have a long way to go on a road filled with potholes, tricky curves, detours and speed traps. Make my coffee a venti, please!