Capitol Update: Passing a Balanced Biennial Budget

April 29, 2021

Last week, the House passed the only bill that we are constitutionally required to pass, the state budget.  While the Legislature addresses many important issues each session, the budget is the only legislation that we are required to pass or come back for a special session. The House continued its commitment to Texas taxpayers by […]

Capitol Update: Constitutional Carry and Healthcare Reform

April 21, 2021

Last week, we welcomed the National Champion Baylor Bears men’s basketball team to the Capitol. It was great to celebrate these young men’s accomplishment! Celebrating Texans who have accomplished great feats is one of the biggest aspects missing from this session. I for one am looking forward to getting back to normal in all aspects of life. Last […]

Capitol Update: Passing the Heartbeat Bill and Constitutional Carry

April 12, 2021

Last week was a busy one in Austin, with House debates heating up and committee hearings running late. Last week saw movement on three bills which are important many East Texans. HB 1515, the Heartbeat Bill was heard in the Public Health Committee on Wednesday, with the hearing going well into Thursday morning.  The Heartbeat […]

Capitol Update: Passing ERCOT Reform and Help for Small Businesses

April 5, 2021

I hope you got to spend sometime with your families last weekend as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ! The House took Good Friday off so the members could return home and spend some time with their families, but we are back this week as we enter the final sixty days of the 87th Legislative […]

Capitol Update: Cutting Red Tape and Supporting Constitutional Carry

March 26, 2021

Last week saw another the marathon hearing in the State Affairs committee and the House passed its first bills of the session.  Last week also represented the half-way point of the 87th Legislative Session. One of the first bills to pass in the House reflects one of the most well-known changes made during the pandemic:  […]

Capitol Update: Helping Small Businesses and Reforming ERCOT

March 22, 2021

Last week, House committees continued working on several important pieces of legislation.  I laid out several bills, including the Texas Small Business Recovery Act and several of the electric reform bills that I wrote about earlier this month. One of the bills that I laid out is HB 570, the Texas Small Business Recovery Act.  […]

Capitol Update: Bill Filing Deadline

March 15, 2021

Last week marked one of the first important procedural deadlines of the 87th Legislative Session: the bill filing deadline. Friday (March 12th) was the last day that members of the Legislature could file bills for consideration.  As you can imagine, that resulted in a flurry of bill filings. The previous week, I filed several bills […]

Capitol Update: Reforming ERCOT

March 5, 2021

While this legislative session started out slow due to COVID concerns, it is now in full swing with last month’s winter storm bringing a flurry of action to Austin this week. After the 25 hour joint hearing of House Energy and State Affairs committees, the committees tasked both themselves and the industries that testified to […]

Capitol Update: Energy infrastructure hearings

February 27, 2021

These past several days have been trying for all Texans, from those losing power and heat to those that found themselves without water, or boiling water from previously safe sources, and many who experienced all of these conditions simultaneously. There have been billions of dollars in property damage from weather related instances and burst pipe […]

Capitol Update: Passing a Balanced Budget

February 12, 2021

While the Legislature addresses many important issues every session, there is only one bill that is constitutionally mandated: every legislature must pass a balanced budget that funds state government for the next two years. This year, the budget will originate in the Senate and will be Senate Bill 1. Origination of the budget rotates between […]