IEC of Texas Legislative Report

January 2021

The 87th Texas Legislative Session began today, Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Representative Dade Phelan was elected to be the new Texas House Speaker and Senator Brian Birdwell was elected President Pro Tempore in the Senate. According to Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Texas will end the biennium with $1 billion shortfall; $112.53 billion will be available for 2022-23 biennium, a slight decrease from the past session. Hegar said “The forecast, however, remains clouded with uncertainty. The ultimate path of the pandemic and the behavior of consumers and businesses during a resurgence are difficult to gauge. It’s also unclear how they’ll respond once the pandemic is fully under control.”

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 during the TDLR Sunset Process, lien law reform, education reform and workforce development, business tax issues, and maintaining chapter 133 funding for apprenticeship.

This should be another exciting, but very different and challenging Texas legislative session. With Covid restrictions impacting Capitol access, we are having to operate in a political environment we have never experienced before. 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