The Senate Special Committee on Redistricting met every day this week to solicit input on the 2021 legislative redistricting process. The hearing provided the public an opportunity to share details about their local communities and other information relevant to the process. Census redistricting data is now expected to be released after July 30th.
Both the House and Senate met briefly on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and have adjourned until February 9th.
Liability Protections for Businesses
In public events this week, Governor Greg Abbott reiterated he would like to see the Legislature protect individuals and businesses operating in good faith from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
Gov. Abbott also emphasized the need to improve statewide broadband internet access, stating “Another thing that the pandemic has taught us is that broadband access is not a luxury.”
The state of Texas offers several economic development incentive programs to encourage business investment in the state. The Texas Economic Development Act, codified as Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code, was created to incentivize businesses to operate in and expand in Texas. Bills to extend chapter 313 have been filed, which is a priority issue for TAB this session. The Texas Comptroller issued a report reviewing the benefits of Chapter 313 that can be found here.