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We drive economic growth by attracting and growing local businesses and investing in entrepreneurship.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

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We engage business leaders, public officials and the community to foster an environment that will help grow and strengthen our economy.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

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(F) 956-687-2917

We are dedicated to bringing you the resources and connections you need to grow your business today.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

We create productive public and private partnerships while serving as a reliable source for McAllen’s tourism industry to boost the economy.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

Stay up to date on what’s happening in the McAllen business community. The Chamber keeps you informed and puts a spotlight on the events and activities of our partners.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce helps local businesses thrive by creating economic momentum, accelerating connections and enhancing the quality of life in the region.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

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Texas Legislature 101: Understanding the state government and how it passes laws

Here’s a rundown of how a bill becomes a law, how the Texas Legislature works and the power players who keep things moving under the Pink Dome.

A visitor of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the House floor on May 5, 2021.

What is the Texas Legislature?

Most bills are referred to a committee, but many are never considered or are left pending in a committee, according to the state’s handbook on the legislative process.

After debating on a bill, the majority of lawmakers in a chamber have to approve the bill twice in order for it to pass. While the Senate usually takes both votes on the same day, the House normally doesn’t.

A poison pill would be an amendment that changes a bill’s intent, making it ineffective or less palatable for lawmakers to pass.

Who are the power players? 

How can I keep up with bills and meetings?

Can I really help lead to change in the Legislature?

So how can I participate in the Legislature?

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