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Ending Forced Annexation and Governor Abbott State of The State Address

February 10, 2019

Ending Forced Annexation for All Texans  In November, Parker and Wise counties approved a ballot measure to become a Tier-2 county – ending all forced annexation by home rule cities in our district.  Right now, only 16 counties in Texas are Tier-2.  This leaves 238 counties without protection!  Many others are collecting signatures to be […]

Remembering the Holocaust and Property Tax Reform

February 3, 2019

This week I was honored to carry HR 129 commemorating the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp.

Legislative Update and Committee Assignments

January 28, 2019

This week committee assignments were announced. I am honored to now chair the House Committee on Redistricting. This is two term commitment in which our committee will redraw Texas’ electoral maps based on data from the 2020 United States census.

100 Pro-Life Scorecard Rating, Parker County I-20/Center Point Road Project, Hurricane Harvey Update

September 30, 2017

This week Texas Right to Life announced their pro-life scorecard to inform Texans on where legislators stand on various life issues. I am proud to have received a 100.

Preserving Texas’ Voter ID Law

August 25, 2017

Since passage in 2011, Texas’ Voter ID Law has been under continual attack in federal courts. In an effort to preserve a Voter ID law in Texas elections, earlier this year Senator Joan Huffman and I authored SB 5. This legislation was skillfully constructed to ensure that every eligible Texan who wishes to vote can […]

The Real Way To Reduce Your Property Taxes

August 25, 2017

I’m disappointed that a handful of people successfully blocked passage of property tax reform this summer. However, the greatest frustration to me was that the proposed legislation–had it even passed–would have provided little true relief in Parker and Wise counties.

New Protection Against Forced Annexation

August 23, 2017

Last week the Legislative Special Session concluded. We passed some very important measures that are great for Texas.

Special Session Update: Property Tax Relief and School Finance Reform

July 5, 2017

Governor Greg Abbott has asked me to author legislation that will create the Texas Commission on Public School Finance which will begin to rebuild our outdated school finance system.

Special Session Update

June 12, 2017

Abbott announced last week that the Legislature will be reconvened in a special session beginning July 18th. Unlike “regular” sessions which last 140 days and convene each odd number year, “special” sessions are called in 30 day increments. And unlike regular sessions, only topics put on the “call” by the governor may be considered.

Legislative Session Nearing the End

May 22, 2017

Tomorrow is the final day for the House to pass Senate bills. After that, the remainder of the session is focused on rectifying differences on bills that did not pass in identical form in each chamber. This last week has been crunch time with very long hours and we have passed some of the most important legislation of session.