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Glenn Rogers offers information about Texas House of Representatives in December column

Glenn Rogers offers information about Texas House of Representatives in December column
December 04
10:00 2020

I ended last month’s column by alluding to conversations at the Graford Café, (particularly at the round table) about the role of the Texas Legislature. Most of the gentlemen having breakfast with me weren’t entirely sure of some of the roles and responsibilities of our state legislature, so I found myself giving a bit of a Texas history and civics lesson.

I know that there are many others who have the same questions, so I want to use this month’s column to share a bit of information about the Texas House of Representatives.

To begin, I’ll go back to my deep Texas roots. My great-great-grandfather, Dr. Edwin Clay Rogers, was a Representative in the 5th Congress of the Republic of Texas, representing Fannin County. Our state legislature is the constitutional successor of the Congress of the Republic of Texas.

The Texas House consists of 150 elected members, who serve a two-year term. Each House District has roughly 167,500 constituents. The Texas Senate, on the other hand, consists of 31 members, each elected to a four-year term and represent about 806,000 constituents. With Texas growing at the rate of1,000 people per day, the number of citizens represented by state representatives and senators will rise substantially with the 2020 census.

In some urban areas like Houston and Dallas, there are numerous House Districts in a single city. In rural areas, a single House District can span multiple counties. For instance, House District 60 consists of eight counties: Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens.

The House is called into regular session at noon on the second Tuesday in January for 140 days in odd-numbered years (the 87th Texas Legislature will be called into session next month on Jan. 12). The regular session generally runs through the beginning of June. If the legislature has not completed all of its business, the governor may call for a special session that can last for 30 days. The governor can call for as many special sessions as he deems necessary throughout the two-year legislative session, but the sessions must deal only with topics designated by the governor.

Once the House is called into session in January, the members of the House officially select the Speaker of the House. The Speaker has many responsibilities, including appointing committee chairpersons and assigning each member to various standing committees. It is also at this time that the Speaker directs the other members to decide on the rules that will govern the session. For example, in this next session there will likely be rules to allow certain virtual components to the session due to the COVID-19 concerns. Once these rules are adopted, the House can officially begin their legislative duties.

There will be considerable challenges as I head to Austin, but I am excited about the opportunity to serve this district. I look forward to communicating with as many of you as possible, and I look forward to addressing your concerns, ideas and feedback.

As we head toward the end of the year, I hope that you all enjoy the Christmas season with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas and God Bless Texas!

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BRUSH PICKUP The City of Breckenridge and Stephens County will be picking up brush with a woodchipper inside the corporate limits of Breckenridge the week of Oct. 18. Residents need to have brush that they would like chipped and hauled off at curbside by Friday, Oct. 15. For questions about the disposal, please call the City Offices at (254)559-8287.

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT The Breckenridge Lions Club will host its second annual Scholarship Cornhole Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Trade Barn in the Breckenridge City Park. For more information click here.

ARTIST MEET-AND-GREET BRECKENRIDGE FINE ARTS CENTER The artistic quilts of Maynard Westlake are on exhibit at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center through Nov. 2. The BFAC will host an artist meet-and-greet for Westlake from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the BFAC, 207 N. Breckenridge Ave.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT The Breckenridge Police Department will host a local National Night Out event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Law Enforcement Center, 210 E. Dyer St. National Night Out is an annual, national event that focuses on growing the partnership between law enforcement and the community in the fight against crime.

MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE The annual Sloan Everett Pure Country Pedal Memorial Bike Ride is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Breckenridge City Park. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will feature five routes. For more information, visit the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce’s website.

COMMUNITY-WIDE SIDEWALK AND GARAGE SALE The Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce is looking for garage sales and sidewalk sales to add to its list for the annual event on Saturday, Oct. 9. For more information, call 254-559-2301.

CREATION VS EVOLUTION PRESENTATION International speaker and author Jay Seegert will give a presentation, Creation vs Evolution, at the National Theatre, sponsored by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the National Theater at 116 E. Walker St.

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