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Capitol Update: Last Days of the 86th Legislative Session

May 31, 2019

This session was a productive one, producing property tax relief, additional and reformed funding for public schools, raises for public school teachers, and a 13th check for retired teachers.

Capitol Update: HB 3 – Property Tax Relief and School Finance

May 25, 2019

This is the last week of session, which ends this coming Monday, May 27th.  This has been a busy and productive session and we are starting to see the big pieces come together after weeks of negotiation. One of the biggest goals of this session has been to overhaul our broken school finance system while […]

Education And Business Leaders Praise Representative Chris Paddie’s Legislation To Reform School Finance And Property Taxes

May 24, 2019

“Legislators showed their commitment to public school students. Our state leaders and legislators showed their commitment to public school students, teachers, and Texas taxpayers.”

Capitol Update: Standing with Law Enforcement

May 18, 2019

This week the House passed SB 16 which will create a student loan repayment assistance program for law enforcement officers. We have a growing shortage of law enforcement officers across the state and this program will be instrumental in helping attract new men and women into law enforcement.

Capitol Update: Banning State Income Tax

May 10, 2019

One of the measures that I am proud to is a constitutional amendment that would allow you, the voters, to constitutionally ban Texas from having a state income tax. While we have been working to rein in and reform property taxes this session, it is important to remember that one of the biggest draws to Texas is our lack of a state income tax.

Capitol Update: The Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act

May 4, 2019

Every homeowner deserves to know why their property taxes increased, and this piece of legislation will ensure property owners have the tools they need to make informed decisions about their property taxes. 

Capitol Update: Help for Retired Teachers

April 26, 2019

SB 12 passed the House almost unanimously, demonstrating the widespread support for keeping the promise made to our retired school teachers. I am proud to support this legislation and am proud of the legacy that the Legislature has of fighting for our retired teachers.

Capitol Update: Help for Law Enforcement and the Rural Jobs Act

April 20, 2019

The days, hearings and debates get longer as more and more legislation comes before the House. In fact, Wednesday this week, the House conducted its normal debate, finishing around 6:00pm at which time the House State Affairs Committee began a hearing on many important bills, which lasted until almost 7:00am on Thursday morning, hearing from over 400 witnesses.

Press Release: Chris Paddie Appointed to Executive Committee of the Energy Council

April 17, 2019

“As Chair of the House Energy Resources Committee, there is no one more prepared and qualified to represent our state’s robust energy sector at the national level than Representative Paddie,” said Speaker Bonnen. “Rep. Paddie has been at the forefront of championing policies that have kept Texas the top state in the nation for energy production, and his breadth of knowledge on these issues will be invaluable to The Energy Council. He has been an effective leader for the people of District 9, and I have no doubt he will be an effective voice for Texas on The Energy Council.”

Capitol Update: Preparing Texas for the Next Storm

April 12, 2019

One of the most pressing issues facing the 86th Legislature is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and working to prepare for future storms. We took a significant step in the rebuilding efforts in the budget process with the House proposing to spend $2.7 billion to assist with funds needed to not only rebuild […]