Capitol Comments August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

In the past week the Texas House of Representatives has acted on many of Governor’s priorities placed on the call for a special session. The 30 days allowed for a special session will end on Wednesday, August 16th- unless the Governor calls for another special session. Legislation filed by my office has been gaining traction and interest- including my special needs school choice bill being heard in the House Committee on Public Education this past Tuesday.

Capitol Comments July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017

Last week the Texas House considered dozens of bills on a variety of special session items – including property tax relief, public school funding, abortion restrictions – in 6 different committees, assuring Texans have an opportunity to add their voices to these issues. The House filed, referred, and heard the Governor’s highest priority – The Sunset Bill that protects Texans medical and therapy care – at the first opportunity.

Capitol Comments July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017

Tuesday marked the first day of the first called special session. At the forefront of the duties of the legislature are authorizing the continuation of five different state agencies- the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

Capitol Comment July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

Last month, Governor Abbott announced his plan to call the Texas Legislature back for a special session. Special sessions may be called at the Governor’s discretion and may last for up to 30 days- and further special sessions may be called as the Governor sees fit. The legislative topic(s) that may be discussed in the special session are determined by what the Governor puts on the “call” for a special session.

Capitol Comments May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017

The Texas Legislature was built for small government. We meet only every other year to enact new laws. On top of that, the legislative process is designed to kill bills- only about 20% of the bills filed actually pass into law. This is due to the barriers at every step of the process, including deadlines. At midnight last Thursday, all House bills not heard on second reading on the House floor would not become law.

Capitol Comments May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

As of today, there are 10 days left in the 85th Legislative Session. Tomorrow is the last day for bills to be sent out of House and Senate committees. After that, there will be 3 days for bills to be debated on the House floor. I am optimistic about the progress the Legislature is making this session.

Capitol Comments May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

The Texas Legislature was built for small government. We meet only every other year to enact new laws. On top of that, the legislative process is designed to kill bills- only about 20% of the bills filed actually pass into law. This is due to the barriers at every step of the process, including deadlines. At midnight last Thursday, all House bills not heard on second reading on the House floor would not become law.

Capitol Comments May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Texas had a painful week this week, as we experienced an attack on innocent civilians and first responders in Dallas, death and damages due to tornadoes in East Texas, and a stabbing attack at the University of Texas at Austin, killing the best friends of one of my interns. Lisa and I will keep these hurting families in our thoughts and prayers.

Capitol Comments May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

With April in the rearview mirror, the legislature is in full swing as legislators continue to do all they can to get their bills passed in the 29 days we have left in the 85th Legislative Session. The House debated on the floor until 3:30am Wednesday night on SB 4, banning “sanctuary city” policies.

Capitol Comments April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

This week was when the rubber meets the road down in Austin! Starting Wednesday morning and going through early Thursday morning, I was in committee, on the floor, or in my office for 36 hours straight!