Texas House committee takes up education package as Senate squeezes in priority bills

The Texas House of Representatives held a much-anticipated hearing on a sweeping education package bill on Thursday, expected to stretch into the evening. The Senate, meanwhile, held three last-minute hearings with virtually no advance notice to take up priority bills.
Upon publication, the House Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment was still in session, with plans to go as late as midnight before reconvening tomorrow morning.
The Senate Education, Finance, and State Affairs committees each sent Senate Bills 1, 2, 3, and 4 to the full Senate for a vote. Respectively, those measures address school choice, public education financing, appropriations to construct a border wall, and creating a state-level criminal penalty for entering the country illegally.
Those hearings each were given just a few minutes’ notice before the Senate took up those priority bills. Similar versions of those policies were taken up in lengthier public hearings in the previous special session.
Upon publication, the Senate was beginning to take up those measures Thursday evening, with plans to advance each of them out that evening.

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