The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Test
Governor Greg Abbott announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Learn more by clicking here.
Expiration Extension for Texas IDs, Driver’s Licenses,
Commercial Driver’s Licenses, and Election Identification Certificates
The Texas Department of Public Safety will grant extensions for Texas IDs, Driver’s Licenses, Commercial Driver’s Licenses, and election identification certificates if:
- The expiration is on or after March 13th AND
- The current date is within 60 days of the end of the State of Disaster.
- Learn more by clicking here.
Waiving Certain Vehicle Registration, Titling, And Parking Placard Regulations In Texas
Texas is waiving certain rules relating to vehicle registration, parking placards for persons with disabilities, and titling to aid the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19. These suspensions will allow Texans to avoid penalties for failure to timely title or register a vehicle, or renew a parking placard. Learn more by clicking here.
Ensuring Students In Work-Study Programs Receive Critical Funding During School Closures
The State of Texas has waived regulations to ensure students who are enrolled in work-study programs will continue to receive critical funding while campuses close due to their response to COVID-19. As campuses across the state move instruction online, critical work-study programs that ensure students receive the financial assistance they need to pay their bills would have been put at risk without this waiver. Learn more by clicking here.
Fast-Tracking Licensing For Out-Of-State Medical Professionals
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) and the Texas Board of Nursing (TBN) are fast-tracking the temporary licensing of out-of-state physicians, physician assistants, certain retired physicians, nurses, and other license types to assist in Texas’ response to COVID-19. Today’s announcement is among the actions Governor Abbott is taking under the State of Disaster declaration. Learn more by clicking here.
Certain State Trucking Regulations To Expedite Delivery Of Resources Around Texas
The State of Texas is waiving certain regulations related to commercial trucking in the state of Texas. The suspensions will expedite commercial vehicle delivery of more supplies in each truckload as Texas works to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state. Learn more by clicking here.
Allowing Trucks From Alcohol Industry To Deliver Grocery Supplies
The State of Texas has waived state laws that prohibit trucks from the alcohol industry from delivering supplies to grocery stores. This will provide grocers with another private-sector option to keep their shelves stocked. Learn more by clicking here.
Governor Abbott Allows Virtual And Telephonic
Open Meetings To Maintain Government Transparency
As Texas works to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Governor granted the Office of the Attorney General’s request for suspension of certain open-meeting statutes. This temporary suspension will allow for telephonic or videoconference meetings of governmental bodies that are accessible to the public in an effort to reduce in-person meetings that assemble large groups of people. Learn more by clicking here.