Volume XXX, Number 5
State Budget Moves to Conference Committee
The ten legislators who will write the final budget were named last week to set in motion a busy final six weeks of the 84th Legislative Session.
The members of the Conference Committee on House Bill 1 were named by the presiding officer in each chamber—House Speaker Joe Straus and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
Considered to be one of the most coveted assignments at the Capitol, conferees will begin meeting this week to reconcile the differences between the budgets passed in the two chambers. They are also expected to take up issues the budgets did not address, such as provider rates.
The members of the Conference Committee are:
Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Chair
Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
Joan Huffman (R-Houston)
Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)
Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown)
John Otto (R-Dayton), Chair
Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin)
Sarah Davis (R-West University Place)
Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock)
Sylvester Turner (D-Houston)
THCA is urging all our members to contact their legislators and ask them to make a fully funded Medicaid base rate a priority.
It is especially important that the conferees listed above hear from their constituents. Use the link to see if your company has any facilities or if you have any associates in these districts and ask them to call their legislator today.
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