The 86th Legislative Session: Key Action

Updated on Thursday, April 4, 2019

  • The House passed HB 3, its comprehensive school finance reform bill, on April 3 by a 148 to 1 vote.
  • The House passed HB 1. It includes $251 billion in appropriations, a 6.5-percent increase from 2018-19. The Senate passed a budget bill the closely mirrors the House bill.
  • The Senate approved SB 406, which would let school marshals carry concealed handguns anywhere on campus.
  • The Senate Business and Commerce Committee took up SB 943, related to public-private partnerships and the Texas Public Information Act. This is the companion to HB 2189.
  • HB 720, which would allow an aquifer storage and recovery project to use multiple water sources and expedite the procedure, was left pending. 
  • HB 807, which would require the Interregional Planning Council to adopt a new state water plan every five years, is on the calendar for Monday.
  • HB 360, related to the renewal of Chapter 312, and HB 2129, related to renewal of Chapter 313, passed out of committee.
  • HB 1577, which would allow Irving to create a Tourism Improvement District, was heard in committee and left pending. SB 642, the companion, is on the Senate Intent Calendar.
  • HB 1367 was scheduled to be heard in committee on Tuesday. It would significantly impact the High-Speed Rail project’s ability to negotiate with landowners.
  • SB 1076, which would impose an additional fee for registration of an alternatively-fueled vehicle, was scheduled to be heard in committee on Wednesday.

News courtesy the Austin American-Statesmen Legislative Report and Texas Tribune Report


Chamber leaders make impact in Austin

April 4, 2019

More than 200 miles separates Coppell from Austin. That didn’t stop local leaders, including the Coppell Chamber of Commerce’s leadership, from making their way to Austin in February to do some advocacy work.

Local leaders met with State Representative Julie Johnson, State Senator Nathan Johnson and State Senator Jane Nelson’s chief of staff. Representing the Chamber were Board Chairman Jeff Varnell, Chair-elect Kevin Nevels, vice chair of Government Affairs Christi Greene, vice chair Angie Huff, board member Ramesh Premkumar, past chair Ricardo Roberto and CEO Ellie Braxton-Leveen.

The Chamber and State officials discussed our legislative priorities, including reform of the school finance system and the issue of sales tax rates based on origination vs. destination. In addition, Rep. Johnson read a resolution officially declaring Feb. 27, 2019, “Coppell Day.”

The Chamber will continue to advocate for our members and community. You can read our public policy agenda here. For more information, email Ellie Braxton-Leveen or call 972-393-2829.


Survey of business leaders finds optimism slipping

Courtesy Dallas Business Journal – March 26, 2019

More business leaders are worried about the U.S. economy this year amid uncertainty over trade spats and fallout from the recent government shutdown, according to a recent survey conducted by Dallas-based Texas Capital Bank.

Roughly 45 percent of those polled by the bank are optimistic about the national economy in 2019, nearly half of the 83 percent who were confident about last year’s outlook, the study found. Just one in three respondents were confident about the forecast for 2020.

Business leaders are “focused on many of the same things we are in order to develop the most successful business of the future, not just look in the rearview mirror about how they’ve achieved success in the past,” Texas Capital CEO Keith Cargill said in a statement.

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