AUSTIN, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – Lawmakers have a big challenge ahead of them. The 87th Texas Legislative session meets on Tuesday.
The biggest challenge they have is how to pass laws this session while protecting themselves and fellow Texans from COVID-19.
“Well we’re following by the day the distribution of vaccines to make sure that there’s as much vaccines possible is getting to every town and every health institution in the state of Texas,” said State Senator Kel Seliger.
As the Texas Legislative session meets Tuesday, Senator Kel Seliger hopes fellow lawmakers can
help slow the spread of COVID-19. But, Seliger said everyone has to take part.
“We need to continue to still to wear masks and social distancing because people can still get infected by this disease just cause we have a vaccine that’s out there, doesn’t mean that this over,” said the senator.
Seliger is also urging all Texans to get vaccinated.
“Take the vaccine. It’s what I intend to do and I’m urging people here to do and we can put this behind us,” said Seliger.
While COVID-19 is the big talking point, there are other key issues like our state’s budget.
“Well the budget of course, that is a piece of legislation within itself and we need to get it passed at the end of May,” said Seliger.
One of Seliger’s top priorities is also education.
“I have a bill that makes permanent on what are called individual graduation committees, which is a mechanism for young people, is that if they don’t pass all the STAAR tests, they can still graduate from high school,” said Seliger.
The 87th Texas Legislative session will run until May 31st.