Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Governor Perry sets Emergency Calendar

Today Governor Perry Put items on the Emergency Calendar which means these items can be debated in the House and Senate immediately. The Texas Constitution states that legislation cannot be debated the first 60 days of session. The declaration of an Emergency Calendar allows for items that the Governor deems important to be considered before the 60 day no debate period is over. Items that Governor Perry placed on the Calendar include:

- Supplemental appropriations to state agencies for hurricane recovery and response

- Assistance to private and public entities to help with the recovery

- Reform of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the Catastrophe Reinvestment Fund

- Improvement of state schools

- Provide the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with screening and detection devices for cell phones


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