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Legislative alert: 3/5/21

Legislative update 3/5/21
Of note this week in the Texas House, Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) filed House Bill 5. This bill will focus on broadband: creation of a state office and creation of a long-term statewide plan. It will also require a grant program for broadband infrastructure investment, especially in rural areas. Our own Bill Sproull will be involved as he was appointed last year by Gov. Abbot as chair of the Governor’s Broadband Development Council.
More than 4,500 bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature. The legislative process is in full gear as bills are being assigned to appropriate committees and hearings begin.
In D.C., the Senate is beginning debate on the proposed Covid-19 relief bill.
The latest on Biden executive orders, cabinet nominees: Click here to view TRP's comprehensive tracking document. Click here to view the hearing schedule for the President's cabinet nominees.
Public Policy Briefing- RISD bond issue
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. March 8
Join the Policy Committee for a conversation about the upcoming $750 M bond program for the RISD that will be called for a vote at the May election. Featured guest will be RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone and moderator will be Liz Morse, Government Affairs and Civic Engagement Liaison for the RISD.
If approved by voters this spring, $694 million will go toward school buildings, buses, and safety, with the other $56 million to be used for technology devices.
This new bond program comes with the upcoming expiration of the 2016 Bond Program, so no new tax increase would be necessary.
Annual Meeting
March 11
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is slated to be the keynote speaker for this year’s Annual Meeting. The 2020 Richardson Citizen of the Year also will be announced at the annual meeting.
See all the details about the event on the Annual Meeting page.
Full list of sponsorships and benefits
Email or call 972-792-2819 if you have questions.
Here are some additional resources for in-depth coverage:
Richardson Chamber of Commerce Public Policy
Texas Legislature Online
Legislative Reference Library
LegiScan Texas
Texas League of Women Voters
Texas Tribune: The Legislature Explained - YouTube
Texas Tribune: 2021 Texas Legislature

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