Legislative Action Center
The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce is not a PAC (Political Action
Committee), but the organization uses its relationship with local,
regional,state and national elected officials to inform the business
investors on issues that impact their operations and bottom line daily.
Working with other area leaders and organizations, the goal for the staff
and Board of the Grapevine Chamber is to provide relevant updates and
notifications on current legislation or actions of our elected officials
so that our businesses can let their voices be heard as a part of the process, rather than mere observers.
GUIDE TO THE 85TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE
The Texas Legislature reconvenes on January 10, 2017 for its 85th Regular Session. The session will
last for 140 days in accordance with the Texas Constitution, which calls for a citizen legislature to
meet every odd-numbered year, pass a budget and then go home to live under the laws they pass.
Below are some key dates and resources to help you follow all the action at the State Capitol this session.
Key 2017 Dates
January 10 - Legislature convenes
March 10 - Deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations and bills declared an emergency by the Governor
May 29 - Legislature adjourns
June 18 - Last day governor can sign, veto or allow bills to become law without signature
August 28 - Date that bills without specific effective dates become law
Keep Up With The Legislature
Texas Legislature Online
Texas Senate Online
Key Legislative Terms to Know
Interested in familiarizing yourself with legislative lexicon? Learn about terms such as omnibus, caucus, germaine and many more by following along with this glossary of terms.
Grapevine Chamber Board Support
May 7, 2016 Election
November 4, 2014 Election
Support for Proposition 1
Proposed Constitutional Amendment (described as Proposition 1)
November 5, 2013 Election
Support for Proposition 3
Support for Proposition 6
Support for Congressional Action on Marketplace Equity Act
6/22/15: Attorney General Paxton: Texas Will Fight the EPA’s Carbon Rule
10/22/15: Potential Transportation Impacts of EPA Ozone Regulations
2015 State & Federal Legislative Action Plan
Download the 2015 State & Federal Legislative Action Plan