Capitol Update: First 60 Days of the 88th Legislature
On January 25th, 1839, the Republic of Texas adopted the iconic flag we know and cherish today. A simple but bold design that features a single five-point star surrounded by a blue field with two horizontal stripes, the upper stripe white, and the lower red. Colors in the flags of both the United States and Texas mean red for courage, white for purity and liberty, and blue for loyalty. Among the several designs considered for our state flag, the Lone Star stood out as particularly meaningful to those who created it. I am proud that Texas still serves as a beacon for all who believe in personal freedom, limited government, and family values. Texas has prevailed and cemented itself as representing the American Dream and the land of opportunity.
With that, here’s an update from your State Capitol…
With the 88th Legislative Session underway, House members are eagerly awaiting for the Speaker to appoint members to their respective committees. Members generally serve on two to three committees of varying jurisdictions, often based on their expertise or relevance to their district. To ensure a well-balanced approach to public policy, Speakers have historically worked to include members from diverse backgrounds, encompassing all regions of the state. In the next few weeks, I look forward to sharing my newly appointed committee assignments with the residents in House of District 9.
Members of the Legislature are also waiting on orders from the Governor, which he will deliver in his upcoming State of the State Address. The Governor’s “emergency items” allow the Legislature to begin conducting public hearings immediately and consider bills on these specific topics. This process, outlined in the Texas Constitution, enables members of the Legislature to focus solely on those most pressing issues at the start of a session. During the first sixty days of a legislative session, members may only act on the governor’s emergency items.
These past couple weeks, as members continue to stand by for orders, our days have consisted of meetings with constituents, holding stakeholder meetings, and filing legislation. Once legislation begins to make its way through the committee process, I want to encourage all to reach out to my Capitol or district office to let us know your thoughts. Its important to highlight that I serve as your voice in Austin, and input from folks back home is critical to ensure I am properly representing your views and interests.
The mobile office is on the road again and looks forward to seeing you on the following dates, in the following locations: February 1 at the San Augustine County Courthouse from 9:00-11:00am; February 8 at the Polk County Commissioner’s Court Room in Livingston from 9:00-11:00am, or at the Tyler County Courthouse in Woodville from 1:30-3:30 pm; February 15 at the Houston County Courthouse Annex in Crockett from 9:00-11:00am, or at the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton from 1:30-3:30pm.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can help you in any way. My district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762. Additionally, I welcome you to follow along on my Official Facebook Page, where I will post regular updates on what’s happening in your State Capitol and share information that could be useful to you and your family: https://www.facebook.com/RepTrentAshby/.