San Antonio lawmaker wants Texas Legislature to meet annually

Bill filed by Texas Rep. Lyle Larson would require annual 70-day legislative sessions

State Representative Lyle Larson. District 122. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A state lawmaker from San Antonio has filed a bill that would require the Texas Legislature to hold annual legislative sessions instead of every two years.

HJR 52 would require the legislature to meet for 70 days each year from mid-March to May instead of the current schedule of 140-day meetings in odd-numbered years.

“The cost to run the Legislature would be the same, and we would be light years ahead from an effectiveness and efficiency standpoint,” Larson said in a statement.

The Republican who represents District 122 said meeting annually would allow lawmakers to address urgent issues and events.

“With the passage of HJR 52, the Legislature could have real-time votes of confidence with regard to its leadership if any controversy arises,” he said. “Revenue projections could be made for a 12-month period, instead of 24, making our budgeting process significantly more accurate. Oil price fluctuations and other events that impact the state budget could be monitored and addressed in a more timely way.”

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