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Texas Ranks #9 in Economic Outlook, Money for Public Schools and Protective Vests for Law Enforcement

April 20, 2017

Texas Ranks #9 in Economic Outlook In the 10th edition of Rich States, Poor States that was published this week, Texas is ranked #9 in Economic Outlook in the country. That’s the best ranking for Texas in the decade of this report being published – and an improvement of 10 spots. (from 19th in 2010). Check out […]

Budget Update!

April 5, 2017

Appropriations Update  The approved budget and supplemental budget are up for consideration before the full House of Representatives this Thursday, April 6th.  Over 400 amendments were pre-filed and will be debated.  We expect to be on the floor until the early hours on Friday – possibly working through amendments and amendments to the amendment for over 18 consecutive hours. […]

Legislative Highlights and Rainy Day Fund

March 29, 2017

LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS  Firearms  – Yesterday, my committee heard two constitutional carry bills that allow the unlicensed carry of a holstered handgun where licenses are now required.  We had over 300 attend to testify.  Those who registered a position were almost equally distributed “for” and “against”.  The hearing began at 8 am and concluded at about […]

Ethics Reform, School Finance Update and Ban on Sanctuary Cities

March 18, 2017

Ethics Reform Legislation Our republican form of government is founded on the principle that public servants represent the interests of their constituents, serving as their voice in government.  To that end, the Texas House has laid out an impressive ethics reform package to advance public trust in our elected bodies. For more information about each […]

Filing Deadline, Flat Stanley and Committee Hearings

March 12, 2017

Filing Deadline Today! Marks the 60th Day of Session Today marks the 60th day of the 85th session which is also is the last day to file all non-emergency bills.  For the next 30 days of the regular legislative session, the committees of each chamber will be holding hearings to consider all bills, resolutions and other […]

Emergency CPS/Foster Care Legislation and Voter ID

March 3, 2017

HB 4 & HB 5 – Emergency CPS/Foster Care Legislation Passes the Texas House  Without a single no vote cast, HB 4 and HB 5 passed the Texas House this week.  The bills will now be considered by the Texas Senate.  This legislation will implement critically needed reforms of our CPS and foster care systems. […]

CPS and Foster Care System Reform Legislation, East Parker County Chamber Day and Constituent Meetings

February 19, 2017

CPS and Foster Care System Reform The House is making child protection the top priority of the 85th Legislation Session through funding and comprehensive reform of the system. I am fully committed to taking the necessary steps to protect children in Texas.The proposed House budget will allocate additional funding to improve salaries and hire more […]

Committee Appointments, Stand With Israel Day, Meeting with Gov. Abbott

February 11, 2017

Committee Appointments, Stand With Israel Day, Meeting With Governor Abbott This week the House members received committee appointments for the 85th session and interim. I am honored to serve as the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety and continue to serve on the Energy Resources Committee. Committees will be up and […]

85th Session Begins – Weekly Legislative Update

January 28, 2017

85th Session Begins & Swearing In Ceremony January 10th kicked off the first day of the 140 day session.  On that day, accompanied by my wife and friends, I took the Oath of Office and was sworn in as your State Representative.  Through that oath, I promise to uphold and champion the conservative values that […]

Texas Rep to File Anti-BDS Bill by Aaron Howard

November 11, 2016

Texas rep to file anti-BDS bill By AARON HOWARD | JHV• Thu, Nov 10, 2016 In the battle of ideas, one Texas legislator is taking on the BDS movement’s attempt to get state universities and other governmental entities to cut ties with Israel. State Rep. Phil King, R-District 61, will file a bill against the […]