Tracking Texas Politics: Thursday, March 26th

FILE - Texas State Capitol (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Texas State Capitol (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Here’s what you can expect at the State Capitol Thursday, March 26.

On the Floor:

Health and Human Services has suffered many scandals in the last few years; from poor quality care to shady contracting. The House will debate tinkering with certain aspects of the embattled policies and department. The House convenes at 10 a.m. The Senate doesn’t meet again until March 30.

In Committees: 

A day after House leaders declared they’re going to attempt revamping the state’s school finance system, a Senate committee will hear ideas that could let some of that state money follow a student to a school of the family’s choice. “School Choice” will be discussed at 8 a.m. in the Senate Education Committee. Whether its the government giving “vouchers” through taxpayer saving’s grants or businesses getting tax rebates for donating so a kid can go to a different school, the debate is expected to be crowded.

The House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development will mull over what exactly can be included in the Major Events Trust Fund: rodeos, Olympic events, political conventions, etc. At the same time, the House Transportation Committee will discuss if we already have too many toll-roads and develop a plan to stop new ones and scale back existing ones. Both Committees begin at 8 a.m.

The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will discuss bills relating to the online solicitation of a minor, sex offenders, and a score of bills that could shift our justice system.

On the Steps:

It’s water day at the Capitol. The Central Texas Water Coalition asks residents to join them from 10:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. to emphasize the problems our constant drought causes and what can be done.

Coming Up:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will join Governor Abbott on a tour of the border Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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