Capitol Update

28 April 2017

Capitol Update: Legislation

With less than a month remaining in session, mornings are coming earlier and nights lasting longer. On several recent occasions, the Texas House debated legislation well through the night and into the early hours of the morning. While these long nights will only become more frequent, I find motivation by working with my colleagues to advance conservative and responsible legislation that the good people of my district would be proud of. In that regard, here’s an update on what’s happening in Austin. . .


As many of you may know, the House took up SB 4, which requires municipalities to comply with federal regulation as it relates to sanctuary cities. After over 16 hours of continuous debate, the Texas House passed SB 4 by a margin of 94-53. After an overwhelming number of phone calls and letters from the district, I was proud to support this bill.

I also managed to vote several of my bills out of the House recently. HB 777 provides for an agriculture exemption on certain property owned by veterans when they are stationed outside the State of Texas. Secondly, HB 2995, establishes a local provider participation program through which local hospitals can draw down additional federal dollars to assist with previously unreimbursed uncompensated healthcare costs. Next, HB 3536, would designate a portion of I-45 in Leon County as the Sergeant Wade Daniel Wilson Memorial Highway. And lastly, HB 2994, is a priority bill for our community colleges and would support their efforts to expand opportunities for people who desire to participate in workforce continuing education classes.

I am especially proud to have passed all of these bill because of the positive impact they will have in our district. Moreover, all four of these bills were brought to me by constituents, which demonstrates the importance of feedback from my district in passing legislation that will truly make a difference in our community. While all of these bills still require further action on behalf of the Texas Senate and Governor, I am pleased with where we are in the process and will continue working diligently to see these bills become law.



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 3rd from 9am – 11am at the Leon County Courthouse in Centerville or from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at the Madison County Courthouse Annex in Madisonville. You can also come see us on May 17th from 9am – 11am at the Houston County Courthouse Annex in Crocket. Finally, we will be 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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