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Legislation Filed & Passed

The following table provides a summary comparison of legislative bill activity in the 78th and 79th Regular Sessions.

79th Legislative Session 78th Legislative Session

Type
Filed Passed % Filed Passed %
HBs 3592 876 24.4% 3636 825 22.7%
HJRs 102 5 4.9% 100 15 15%
SBs 1892 512 27.1% 1956 557 28.5%
SJRs 43 4 9.3% 62 6 10%
TOTAL 5629 1397 24.8% 5754 1403 24.4%
Bill Analysis Task Force

A legislative session requires the highest and best efforts of enormous numbers of the A&M System institutions’ faculty, administration, and staff. In addition, because the Texas Legislature meets regularly only 140 days every other year, a session necessarily operates on its own highly compressed clock and takes no prisoners when it demands responses from institutions. One of the principal instruments we have created to respond to the demands of a session is the Bill Analysis Task Force (BATF). The BATF provides a timely synopsis of all legislation that affects the A&M System member universities and agencies. These analyses of key bills are provided to the Chancellor, his Executive Officers, System CEOs and the Governmental Relations Team, so that they will be better prepared to furnish information to and communicate the A&M System’s legislative program to the legislature and governor during the fast-paced session. Of note, all the BATF members serve voluntarily and take on these extra duties while continuing to carry out their regular duties, and without extra compensation.

This session the Office of Governmental Relations tracked and kept watch over some 1,300 plus bills, about 25% of all the bills that were filed. The Task Force members provided in-depth analyses of more than 800 of these tracked bills, or about 60% of all tracked bills.

The subject breakout of analyzed bills reflects that bills affecting the A&M System and its member institutions are classified into the following groupings: legal affairs-119 bills, agriculture related-21, finance/general operations-59, purchasing/HUB-19, real estate-15, treasury/risk management-67, engineering, technology, and transportation-related bills-147, health affairs-61, human resources/EEO-196, facilities and construction-31, academic affairs-48, and student affairs-19.

Without the support and assistance of all the individuals who serve the Bill Analysis Task Force, the Texas A&M University System would not have been able to provide legislators and their staff the information they required during the session.

The names and affiliation of members of the Bill Analysis Task Force may be found in the Appendix.