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01/21/2015


NEW LEADERSHIP SWORN IN FOR TEXAS’ HIGHEST OFFICES

Lt. Governor Patrick was sworn in first by his son Ryan, a state judge in Harris County. Patrick called it a “New Day in Texas” saying he will work to strengthen border security, reduce property and business taxes, improve education and support the Second Amendment.

Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were administered the oath of office yesterday on the south steps of the Texas state capitol.

Lt. Governor Patrick was sworn in first by his son Ryan, a state judge in Harris County. Patrick called it a “New Day in Texas” saying he will work to strengthen border security, reduce property and business taxes, improve education and support the Second Amendment.

Moments later, Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht administered the oath to Governor Greg Abbott.

In his inaugural address, Governor Abbott focused on his aspirations for Texas, calling on lawmakers to do more than just find common ground.

Texas is a land of opportunity, Abbott said, using his own life as a testament to its possibilities. In 1984, Abbott was jogging through a Houston neighborhood when a tree toppled, crushing him beneath it. “Let’s face it, he said, for me this moment was highly improbable.”

Abbott also touched on popular topics like traffic and water before renewing his vow to secure our border. He also pledged to continue to push back against Washington, if they “spend too much, regulate too much or violate our state sovereignty.”

Neither Abbott nor Patrick spoke specifically to the provision of injury benefits as a Texas nonsubscriber but both support the nonsubscriber option.

Getting Down to Work

The House of Representatives welcomes 24 freshman members while the Texas Senate has 8 new senators. Many of these new members may be not fully aware of the nonsubscriber option and the successes employers recognize from a nonsubscriber benefit plan. In the coming days, TXANS will be working to meet with new lawmakers and bring them up to speed on the nonsubscriber option and Texas nonsubscriber benefit plan.

Five bills have already been filed that could adversely impact nonsubscriber benefit plans.

The Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor will assign lawmakers to legislative committees that will then receive and consider legislation. After consideration legislation can be referred back to the full chamber for additional consideration or held for future action. Committee assignments could be announced as early as this week.

The deadline for lawmakers to file new legislation is March 13th so it is likely we will see additional legislation that could impact Texas nonsubscribers and Texas nonsubscriber benefit programs.

The legislative session is 140 days, from beginning to end, and will adjourn on June 1, 2015.

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