Apr 23, 2024 - News

Patrick's legislative priorities

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has outlined 57 issues for the state Senate to look into — ranging from border security to innovative power generation — before the next legislative session begins in January.

Why it matters: Patrick has often been at odds with fellow GOP state leaders, but he wields considerable power as presiding officer of the Senate.

What's new: Patrick's priorities for the Senate Education Committee don't explicitly mention school vouchers, which lawmakers have referred to as school choice.

  • But the lieutenant governor has expressed support for reviving the idea, despite opposition from public school officials.

Key issues include…

🔌 Power grid: Examining the state's ability to keep pace with increasing electricity demand as the population increases.

🧑‍🏫 Education: Boosting reading and math skills in students and improving standardized tests such as the STAAR.

📢 Free speech: Reviewing colleges' policies to prevent antisemitism and looking into campus policies protecting free speech rights.

🤑 Housing affordability: Studying the housing supply, homelessness and property rights regulations.

What's next: Senators will examine the topics in committees over the next few months. They will submit policy recommendations by Dec. 1

  • The legislative session starts Jan. 14.

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