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Chamber sets goals for legislative interim charges

The 86th Texas Legislature was both a historic one and a very successful one for San Antonio. All session long, your Chamber staff worked tirelessly to advance the Chamber’s State Legislative Agenda. The Chamber supported efforts to increase funding for the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG), reauthorize Chapter 312, and protect our military bases from encroachment. Most importantly, your Chamber strongly advocated for the passage of meaningful school finance reform. And, our work for 2021’s 87th Texas Legislative Session has already started.

Since the end of the legislative session, we have analyzed bills signed into law, as well as bills that either died or were vetoed by the Governor. Many of the bills signed into law directly align with the Chamber’s state legislative priorities and have implications for San Antonio and the surrounding region.

Earlier this month, Chamber staff began identifying goals for the interim, laying the groundwork for interim charges.  Our team worked with various committee members to draft interim charges that align with the Chamber’s state legislative priorities. Many of the interim charges submitted to the House address the overarching goal of keeping San Antonio competitive and open for business. Examples of interim charges include potential new funding mechanisms for transportation projects, aid to our military installations, workforce development partnerships that promote postsecondary and career readiness, and evaluating the benefits of economic development incentives in attracting capital investments and jobs to Texas.

The Chamber is committed to working with our elected leaders on legislation that helps foster economic growth and business expansion. We would like to thank all eleven of the Chamber’s various committees and councils for their efforts in developing interim charges. You can count on your Chamber to provide you with updates on key hearings and events during the interim, and we will work closely with our Bexar County delegation to ensure our legislative priorities remain on the forefront during this time.

For any questions about the interim charges, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice Preside of Public Policy at 210 229 2162 or at sreyes@sachamber.org.

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