Capitol Update

12 May 2017

Capitol Update: Buy American

With Mother’s Day upon us, I hope you’ll take some time to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to the wonderful mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers, in our lives. While we should always be thankful to the women in our lives, Mother’s Day provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for the way they help shape and nurture us into the men and women God has called us to be. With that said, here’s an update on what’s happening in Austin…


Buy American

The Texas House recently passed a bill that would require large state projects – such as buildings, roads and bridges – to purchase iron and steel made in America. While this provision is already in effect at the Department of Transportation, the bill would expand the requirement to all state agencies. I am a proud joint-author of this bill, as I believe this legislation will encourage reinvestment in the U.S. and revive manufacturing jobs not only in my district, but across the state.


CPS Reform

I was pleased to see the House overwhelmingly pass House Bill 7 — a bill that would bring comprehensive Child Protective Services (CPS) reform. This bill brings necessary changes, which address court procedures for child abuse cases and also includes provisions that  improve the existing functions, policies, and procedures for the Department of Family and Protective Services. This is yet another bill that demonstrates our commitment to meaningful reform of a  system that helps protect children in Texas and I am proud to have supported this legislation.


High Speed Rail

As many of you know, Texas Central Rail is in the early stages of a project proposal that would run a high-speed rail across Texas between Dallas and Houston. Further, the entity has maintained that the project would not require government assistance and can be completed using only private funds. Given the nature of this project and its effect on rural landowners in my district, I have filed a bill that would hold Texas Central to their commitment to using only private funding. The bill, HB 2172, is the result of the many conversations I’ve had with concerned constituents whose taxes would go towards funding a project they never asked for. I am pleased to announce that this bill has passed out of the Transportation Committee and will soon be considered on the House floor.



The mobile office is back on the road in May and looks forward to seeing you around the district! Here’s this month’s schedule: May 17th from 9am – 11am at the Houston County Courthouse Annex in Crockett. You can also visit us at the San Augustine County Courthouse on May 24th from 9-11am. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can help you in any way. My district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762, or you can call my Capitol office at (512) 463-0508.


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