McKinney Chamber provides updates on Texas legislature

Three of the emergency items submitted by Gov. Greg Abbott have passed through Senate committees and two have passed the Senate.   File photo

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce recently posted updates for the legislative session to its blog.

Legislators have filed nearly 2,700 bills and joint resolutions, putting it on track to exceed the numbers filed in 2013 and 2015, according to consultant Angela Hale. The filing deadline is March 11.

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is also preparing for the Collin Country Days Capitol Day. The annual event is scheduled for March 28-29.

Three of the emergency items submitted by Gov. Greg Abbott have passed through Senate committees and two have passed the Senate. Items regarding the first emergency item, Child Protective Services (CPS) reform, were heard by the House Human Services Committee Monday. With the deaths of 100 foster children in 2016, the governor's goal is to reform the foster care system to by hiring more workers, providing additional training and increasing CPS accountability.

The third emergency item, the Convention of States, was passed to the full Senate by the Senate State Affairs Committee with a 6-2 party-line vote. Abbott has called for a Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution and prevent the federal government "from usurping state power."

Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) said that Senate Joint Resolution 2 would limit the convention to amendments “to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and to limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress.”

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