Cutting Through The Noise

March 24, 2020

Friends – This week we’re witnessing the beginnings of real hardship on friends, families, neighbors and local businesses.  We’re also getting way overloaded with information. Myself, I’m on conference call after call with other state officials and receiving new reports with information all the time. It’s a lot for all of us to filter through. […]

Local COVID-19 Update & Help

March 19, 2020

Dear Constituents: Are you still trying to wrap your head around our temporary new norm of social distancing, take-out meals and virtual learning?  We may wonder is this all necessary but given what we know today and what we have learned from our past—the closures, social distancing, staying home and all the caution is the right […]

Facts About Property Tax Appraisals and Protecting 2nd Amendment

April 28, 2019

Facts About Texas Property Tax Appraisal Process  Many of you have called our office to share your frustrations about your recent appraisal.  I completely understand and share your frustrations.  My appraisal for a home I have owned for over 25 years also skyrocketed.  Appraisals are managed and set at the city and county level. Tax […]

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.