The new Texas Legislative Session starts on Wednesday, January 8th at noon. You can watch a live video feed of the Senate Chamber at: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/bin/live.php and the House Chamber at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/
To find who represents you go to this link: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
Contact Information for Senators is at: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/assets/pdf/Senate_Phone_List.pdf (use 210-46 as the prefix to all phone numbers unless noted)
Contact Information for Representatives is at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/
Senate Committee Chairs have been appointed (http://www.senate.state.tx.us/assets/pdf/TXSen_Cmte_Chairs_Oct_2012.pdf) but committee members have not been assigned yet. No committee assignments will be made for the House until the Speaker race is finished.
Bills filed by the Senate as of January 5th: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?LegSess=83R&ID=senatefiled
Bills filed by the House as of January 5th: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?LegSess=83R&ID=housefiled
You can set up an account on the main website under MyTLO and then select committees and specific bills you want to track through the Legislative process this session. You will get email alerts of your selected committee meetings and minutes and of any bill movement.
Current Voucher Bills
**SB115- (Voucher program for Special Education) http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB115
If you look at the Senate/House Filing lists there are over a dozen bills filed about STAAR and EOC and more will be filed once the session begins. I will be tracking them from the first reading. Those being read in chamber first have the best chance of moving into committee.
MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS/LEGISLATIVE RALLIES
Texas PTA Rally Day- http://www.txpta.org/events/rallyday/ Thursday, February 21st
Save Texas Schools March and Rally- http://savetxschools.org/. Saturday, February 23rd