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The 85th Legislative Session came to a close just after noon on Monday, May 29, 2017. Later in the week, Governor Abbott called a Special Session, to begin on July 18, limited to those items he put on the call.

The 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature will convene on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. It will adjourn 140 days later on Monday, May 29. Between those dates, thousands of bills will be filed. A few will pass. Many will die. What happens during that session will affect us all – hopefully in positive ways. It is in the interest of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and its members to do all we can to make sure that is the case.

Hiring the right employee for a job can be stressful. Employers may have no idea who they are hiring and must rely on the application and interview process to choose the right candidate. Unfortunately, these concerns don’t go away once the worker is hired. In many cases, employers feel even more pressure to make sure the employee is not doing anything that could hurt the company.

The Texas Transportation Commission voted January 26, 2017 to give final approval to designation of 25 miles of US 190 freeway in Bell County as Interstate 14 (I-14). This is the first segment of I-14 to be designated in Texas, and will run jointly with US 190 from the intersection of US 190 and Business US 190 E in Copperas Cove to Interstate 35 in Belton.