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Priorities for the 87th Texas Legislative Session

This year, the world shut down. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in more insecurity, hunger, and learning loss than any child should experience and disproportionately affected children of color. However, we have the power to reverse course, address the systemic barriers and racial inequities preventing children from reaching their full potential, and build a brighter tomorrow for Texas children.

The public policies addressed in the upcoming 87th Texas Legislative Session can either set our children up for success or leave them further behind. With your help, we can pull the levers of power in favor of children.

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Bill Watch List

Early Childhood

STATUS

BILL INFORMATION

ACTION

3/04 – Referred to Human Services 

HB 1003 (Dutton) – Relating to the establishment of the private child care task force.

3/02 – Filed 

HB 2607 (Talarico) – Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Workforce Commission and local workforce development boards regarding the provision of child care and the subsidized child care program.

3/01 – Referred to International Relations & Economic Development 

HB 619 (Thompson) Relating to developing a strategic plan to support the child-care workforce.

2/22 – Filed

SB 694 (Zaffirini) Relating to the evaluation of child-care providers participating in the Texas Rising Star Program. Companion to HB 1792 (Button/Talarico).

2/19 – Filed

HB 1964 (Lopez) Relating to a study on the cost of providing quality child care in this state in comparison to family income.

2/10 – Filed

HB 1792 (Button/Talarico) Relating to the evaluation of child-care providers participating in the Texas Rising Star Program. Companion to SB 694 (Zaffirini).

2/09 – Filed

HB 1695 (Raney) Relating to establishing reimbursement rates for certain child-care providers participating in the subsidized child-care program administered by the Texas Workforce Commission.

1/26 – Filed

HB 1364 (Romero) Relating to referring children to local workforce development boards for subsidized child care services.

Public Education

STATUS

BILL INFORMATION

ACTION

03/01 – Referred to Public Education

HB 823 (González) – Relating to the inclusion of chronically absent students as students at risk of dropping out of school and the collection and reporting of data regarding those students.

Human Trafficking

STATUS

BILL INFORMATION

ACTION

Filed – 11/09/20

HB 390 (Thompson) – Relating to requirements for human trafficking awareness and prevention in commercial lodging establishments; authorizing a civil penalty.

Racial Equity

STATUS

BILL INFORMATION

ACTION

Filed – 01/22/21

SB 399 (Lucio)Relating to the criteria for review by the Sunset Advisory Commission of a state agency.

Filed – 12/02/20

HB 710 (Coleman) – Relating to statements on the impact of legislation on childhood racial disparity.

Filed – 11/09/20

SB 108 (West) – Relating to statements on the impact of legislation on childhood racial disparity.