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Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, Student Loan Repayment Assistance for Peace Officers and Targeted Property Tax Relief

April 22, 2019

HB 16 – Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act  This week the Texas House passed an important bill that protects infants who survive abortion procedures, ensuring they receive the same care given to any other child born in a hospital. HB 16 creates causes of action for the surviving child or their parent / legal guardian […]

Property Tax Reform and Ending Forced Annexation

April 14, 2019

Property Tax Reform  The House will be debating HB 2, the property tax reform bill tomorrow on the House Floor.  I have filed several amendments for targeted property tax relief.  Repealing ClawbackCurrent law imposes a substantial penalty on landowners when they decide to change the use of his or her land from agricultural uses to […]

World Down Syndrome Day, East Parker County Day and Aledo ISD Recognition

March 23, 2019

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day, East Parker County Day and Aledo ISD Recognition

School Finance Reform, Legislative Highlights and Capitol Visits

March 17, 2019

Legislative Process This Monday marks the 70th day of the 140 day legislative session.  The deadline for bills to be filed has passed and a total of 7,281 bills were filed.  This week we will have our first floor calendar where bills will be debated and, if passed, sent over to the Senate for consideration.  […]

Dates of Interest, Parker and Wise delegation visits, and Redistricting Hearing

March 2, 2019

Important Dates of Interest  On March 8th, the legislature will be in its 60th day of the 140 day legislative session.  This is a significant for two reasons.  This day makes the last day for bills to be filed and it also means we are able to start hearing legislation on the floor.  The Texas Constitution […]

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 […]