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79th 1st Called Session
June 21, 2005 - July 20, 2005

Leadership

Governor: Rick Perry -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: David Dewhurst

Speaker(s) of the House: Tom Craddick  - (Proclamations)

Special Session Topics

 Proclamations

  • Address educator compensation, benefits and certification. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Charter school funding and reform. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Establish indicators of college readiness and higher levels of student achievement in the public school accountability system. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Fund textbooks and create the instructional materials allotment for public schools. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Funding for the public school finance system and the continuation of the Texas Education Agency. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Increased accountability and intervention for schools failing to meet state standards. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Local property tax rate compression and voter approval of local property tax rates. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Modifications to the recapture provisions of the public school finance system. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Performance-based incentives to educators and schools that attain higher levels of student achievement. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Provide for November elections for public school boards of trustees. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Provide for public school financial accountability and increase transparency in school district financial reporting. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Providing for end-of-course examinations to be used in public schools. [Sat Jun 18, 2005]
  • Limitation of ad valorem tax rates of certain taxing units. [Tue Jun 21, 2005]
  • Legislation and a constitutional amendment to increase the homestead ad valorem tax exemption. [Mon Jun 27, 2005]
  • Legislation to provide ad valorem tax relief and protect taxpayers. [Mon Jun 27, 2005]
  • Limiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for private parties or economic development purposes. [Fri Jul 8, 2005]
  • Authorization, issuance, and funding of tuition revenue bonds. [Mon Jul 11, 2005]
  • Increase the compensation of judges, including salary and retirement benefits. [Mon Jul 11, 2005]
  • Competition in the telecommunications market. [Tue Jul 12, 2005]
  • Issuance of state-issued certificate of franchise authority for cable and video services. [Tue Jul 12, 2005]
  • Provision of broadband over powerlines. [Tue Jul 12, 2005]
  • State of Texas' goal for renewable energy. [Tue Jul 12, 2005]

Journals

The House Journal and Senate Journal for the 79th 1st Called Session are available online.

Rules
House Rules (79th R.S.)
Senate Rules (79th R.S.)

Bill statistics for the 79th Legislature, 1st Called Session

Status HB HCR HJR HR SB SCR SJR SR Total
HB & SB
Total
Filed 118 22 16 437 84 1 11 144 202 833
Passed 1 20 0 428 1 0 0 141 2 591
Vetoed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0