IEC of Texas Legislative Report

January 2019

86th Texas Legislative Session Begins

The 86th Texas Legislative Session began today, Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Representative Dennis Bonnen was elected unanimously to be the new Texas House Speaker and Senator Kirk Watson was elected President Pro Tempore in the Senate. According to Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Texas Biennial Revenue Estimate is projecting Texas to have approximately $119 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the biennium. According to Governor Abbott, School finance and property taxes are key issues that will be addressed this session.

I would like to thank Keith Bell for his 22 years of service to the IEC of Texas as our Government Affairs Chair. Keith was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as the State Representative for HD 4 and will now serve in the Texas Legislature. We wish Representative Bell the best in his future endeavors. Tommy Monaco of San Antonio will serve as our Government Affairs Chair for 2019.

IEC of Texas will continue working diligently for Electrical Contractors in Texas. Some of our key issues are protecting the integrity of the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act, lien law reform, education reform and workforce development, business tax issues, and maintaining chapter 133 funding for apprenticeship.

This should be another exciting Texas legislative session and we thank everyone for their continued support of our efforts here in Austin. IEC of Texas mission is to Protect and Promote the Electrical Industry through political action. IEC Legislative Alerts will be sent as needed to update and inform our membership of our actions here in Austin, as well as a call to action when we need your assistance.

Renea Beasley
Executive Director
IEC of Texas