With just two weeks left in the 2023 Legislative Session, floor action kicks into high gear at the start of the week ahead of Wednesday’s opposite house cutoff. On that day, the Senate has until 5 pm to consider and pass House policy bills or else they can no longer be considered this session. The House and Senate will transition to concurrence floor action on Thursday, meaning that each body will either concur with the changes made to bills by the opposite chamber, or vote to not concur, and negotiations will continue until an agreement can be reached, or until time runs out.
In some cases, if an agreement cannot be reached on changes, the bills could go to a formal conference and the House and Senate will appoint negotiators to try and find agreement.
PROTECTING REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
Monday, April 10
The Ways & Means Committee will hear public testimony on Senate Bill 5768, which authorizes the Dept. of Corrections to distribute mifepristone. This policy is a proactive step to get ahead of an anticipated ruling from a Texas judge that could force the legal, safe abortion drug off the market after decades of use. You can learn more about this plan here. Watch on TVW.
Monday, April 10-Friday, April 14
The Senate will return to the floor Monday and debate House bills until Wednesday’s 5 pm opposite house cutoff deadline. Starting Thursday the concurrence process begins. The schedule is below: