Update from the Legislature

May 16, 2017

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.

Update From This Week In The Texas Legislature

May 5, 2017

This week, the Texas House of Representatives passed very important legislation removing impediments to your right to bear arms.

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

April 20, 2017

In the 10th edition of Rich States, Poor States that was published this week, Texas is ranked #9 in Economic Outlook in the country.

Budget Update!

April 5, 2017

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.

Legislative Highlights and Rainy Day Fund

March 29, 2017

Yesterday, my committee heard two constitutional carry bills that allow the unlicensed carry of a holstered handgun where licenses are now required.

Ethics Reform, School Finance Update and Ban on Sanctuary Cities

March 18, 2017

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.

Filing Deadline, Flat Stanley and Committee Hearings

March 12, 2017

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 undecided matters.

Emergency CPS/Foster Care Legislation and Voter ID

March 3, 2017

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

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.

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

February 11, 2017

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.