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

September 30, 2017

Texas Right to Life Pro-Life Scorecard 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. We passed several additional pro-life matters during the 85th session including the dismemberment abortion ban, patient consent for DNR orders and […]

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 do so. Under […]

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. The real solution is legislation I carried in the House at Governor Abbott’s request.  Originally filed as […]

New Protection Against Forced Annexation

August 23, 2017

Friends,  Last week the Legislative Special Session concluded.  We passed some very important measures that are great for Texas.  One bill, SB 6, will better protect property owners from involuntary annexation of their homesteads and other property.    When this annexation bill came to the House floor for vote it only restricted cities with a […]

Special Session Update: Property Tax Relief and School Finance Reform

July 5, 2017

Legislation to Create School Finance Commission 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me to author legislation that will create the Texas Commission on Public School Finance which will begin to rebuild our outdated school finance system. This is one of the twenty priority items previously announced by Governor Abbott on the special session agenda that convenes […]

Special Session Update

June 12, 2017

SPECIAL SESSION BEGINNING JULY 18   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 […]

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 […]

Update from the Legislature

May 16, 2017

Freedom To Serve Children Act  The state of Texas is facing a critical shortage of foster homes.  In 2016 over 200 kids spent nights in offices, hotels or hospitals because there are not enough foster homes in which to place them.  With limited capacity, children in foster care suffer from placements that are poorly matched […]

Update From This Week In The Texas Legislature

May 5, 2017

Removing Impediments To Your Right To Bear Arms  This week, the Texas House of Representatives passed very important legislation removing impediments to your right to bear arms.SB 16, a bill I carried in the House, drastically reduced the state fee for a License to Carry (LTC).  I had discovered that Texas had the 3rd highest fee […]

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 […]