It wasn’t all bad news on Wednesday, as San Antonio City Council was briefed on the high and low points in the 86th Texas legislative session.
Legislation blocking paid sick leave ordinances missed the deadline to be considered on the House floor. Now businesses are counting on the courts.
House Bill 3 would increase base funding for each student, compress tax rates, and reduce the amounts wealthier districts pay to shore up poorer districts.
Initial estimates show that House Bill 3 could boost San Antonio school district’s revenue per student by as much as $1,188 in fiscal year 2020.
Senate Bill 12 would boost state, school district and teacher contributions over the next six years. Retirees would get one-time “13th” checks of up to $500.
The bill would also nullify mandates some local city councils in major Texas cities have already tried to put in place. The measure is now eligible to be taken up by the full Senate.
Fred Rangel, the lone Republican candidate in the race for HD 125, will face former City Councilman Ray Lopez in the runoff election.
The special election for Texas House District 125 has pulled a predictably low number of voters during the early voting period.
Four Democrats and one Republican are running in a Feb. 12 special election to replace Justin Rodriguez as Texas House representative for District 125.
Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen appointed House members to head more than 30 committees this legislative session.