The Texas Legislature is arguably the most powerful arm of the government in Texas due to the ability to control spending and direct the activities of state government. The legislature meets in regular session, the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year. Per the Texas Constitution, the regular session is limited to 140 days. The Governor may call the Legislature into special sessions for thirty days to address specific issues and may call as many sessions as he wishes. January 2017 will mark the beginning of the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.
The EMAT Legislative Committee will monitor the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature and disseminate information to its members on bills of interest.
The Emergency Management Association of Texas is dedicated to the advancement of the field of emergency management both statewide and nationally. To that end, EMAT engages in an array of efforts to advance a statewide emergency management agenda and to promote the professional growth of the emergency management practitioner.