Senate Gavels in Fourth Special Session
AUSTIN - The Texas State Senate began the fourth special session of the 78th Legislature today to address the state's public school finance system as well as property tax assessment reform. The session was called by the Governor on April 15, 2004. The Governor's call permits the Senate to consider legislation relating to public school finance reform and property tax revenues, as they relate to education finances. The call also allows for legislation that would cap property tax increases, redirect tax revenues toward public education,
In session today, the Senate elected Bexar County Senator Jeff Wentworth as president pro tempore. The president pro tempore of the Senate serves as the presiding officer of the body whenever the Lieutenant Governor is out of the state. As president pro tem, Wentworth is third in line for the Governorship of Texas, and assumes that office whenever both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are out of state.
The Senate is in recess until 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 27th.