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to author legislation that will create the Texas Commission on Public School Finance which will begin to rebuild our outdated school finance system.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

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.