Hundreds of formerly incarcerated Texans rally at state Capitol

February 3, 2019

On Monday, committees in the Texas House and Texas Senate will continue budget discussions.

LIBERATION RALLY: At 9:30 a.m. hundreds of formerly incarcerated Texans, their families and advocates from across the state will gather at the Capitol to lobby for criminal justice reform. The event, called #kNOwMORE2019, was organized for a second year by members of Texas Advocates for Justice and Grassroots Leadership. Attendees will participate in legislative training, visit with elected representatives and rally on the South Steps of the building at 1 p.m. An art installation created by formerly incarcerated people will be on display in the North Central Gallery, and a spoken word performance will take place in the Main Rotunda at 12 p.m. View the schedule of events here.

SENATE FINANCE: At 10 a.m. the Senate Committee on Finance will meet to hear invited and public testimony on the state budget. The committee will hear testimony on Article VIII of the appropriations bill, concerning regulatory agencies. Government entities such as the Department of Insurance, the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Board of Nursing, the Board of Pharmacy, the Funeral Service Commission and the Racing Commission will be discussed. The meeting will be held in E1.036 (Finance Room) of the Capitol building’s extension. View the agenda here.

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS: At 12 p.m. the House Committee on Appropriations will meet to hear invited testimony on various budget matters. Agenda items include school finance, school safety and the teacher retirement system. The meeting will be held in E1.030 of the Capitol building’s extension. View the agenda here.

SENATE WATER & RURAL AFFAIRS: At 1:30 p.m. the Senate Committee on Water & Rural Affairs will meet to consider and adopt the committee rules, and will hear invited testimony from the following state agencies: the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. The meeting will be held in E1.012 (Hearing Room) of the Capitol building’s extension. View the agenda here.

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