Texas’ Biennial Legislature – Benefits and Drawbacks

Attorney Jake Posey
Attorney Jake Posey

Attorney Jake Posey practices government relations and business law from his private practice in Austin, Texas. In his daily work, attorney Jake Posey helps companies develop government relations solutions to advance their legislative goals in the state.

The Texas Constitution outlines guidelines for the state Legislature in Article III. These provisions say that the Legislature shall meet every other year, skipping even-numbered years.

Legislative sessions begin at noon on the second Tuesday in January all other years. These sessions are short and limited to 140 days.

Texas is one of just four states that operates in this biennial manner, along with Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota. There are several arguments for biennial sessions in these states.

The biennial structure can act as a safeguard against excessive legislation in states where there are already many laws. The structure also allows for time to study proposed legislation and interact with constituents.

Shorter and less frequent legislative sessions help keep government costs down. However, there are also some drawbacks.

Political outsiders such as business owners and interest groups find it hard to understand legislative proceedings when they occur infrequently. This shifts power toward lobbyists, who are better able to learn the hierarchies and subtle power structures within the Legislature.

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Texas’ Biennial Legislature – Benefits and Drawbacks

Top Fishing Spots in Texas

Guadalupe River pic
Guadalupe River
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Jake Posey provides government relations, business, and insurance law assistance to clients as an attorney at the Posey Law Firm, PC, in Austin, Texas. Over the course of his career he has earned recognition from a number of sources, including being selected to Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars seven years in a row. Outside of his work as an attorney, Jake Posey enjoys coastal fishing.

Given the size of Texas, fishing enthusiasts can find plenty of top fishing options. The Texas Coast offers world-class saltwater fishing year-round. For the nearshore fisherman there are 1000’s of square miles of shallow bays and hundreds of miles of Gulf beach. For the offshore fisherman, the Texas Coast provides easy access to the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to coastal fishing, Texas also offers some fantastic freshwater opportunities as well. One of Jake Posey’s favorite spot is fly fishing on the Guadalupe River. Just a short drive from Austin, Guadalupe River gets a healthy stock of rainbow trout from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department every winter. Since most of the trout won’t survive the warmer temperatures after spring, fishers are encouraged to catch what they can. The area’s forested valleys and hills also add to the experience.

Top Fishing Spots in Texas