I feel like Dorothy – back from the land of Oz . Only my Oz was the Texas House of Representatives. While there weren’t any REAL flying monkeys – there were definitely challenges. I resisted the temptation to drop a house on top of some of those who disagreed with me, and I opted for the more reasonable solution: work across party lines to get stuff done.
This was my first session as a member of the Texas House. We had 140 days to get as much done as possible. Thanks to my staff who prepared well before and during session, I had 15 hearings, 6 bills passed through the Texas House and 4 bills sent to Governor Abbott.
Since session ended last week, I have already had a couple of visits with constituents and advocates. It felt really nice to be back among people who just want to know ‘what did you all just do?’
Read below to see our summary of what we just did. Thank you for caring about working towards a better Texas.
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This legislative session was billed as "the transportation session." In the end, we made many strides toward relieving our transportation crisis.
Republicans and Democrats came together this session to make conditions in jails better for Texas inmates and their families.
Although we did many good things, I am extremely disappointed in the budget that was ultimately approved. You have probably heard me talk a lot about our big rocks: public education and transportation and infrastructure funding. Instead of taking advantage of a booming economy, we chose to kick the can down the road to make political statements for a small, vocal minority.
There is no area that exemplifies misplaced priorities like the militarization of the Texas/Mexico border. Instead of working with communities to improve education and stimulate local businesses, we are appropriating $800 million in taxpayer funds for additional troopers and surveillance technology. This is where some of those taxpayer dollars are being used.
The Texas Constitution reads, "It shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools." I feel that we failed that obligation this session. Instead of taking advantage of a booming economy to finally support our schools, our teachers remain underpaid. Our classrooms remain over-crowded. And our school administrators continue to be asked to do more with less.
During my first term in the Texas House, it has been an honor to represent the people of House District 50. I am always eager to hear your views, and my office is committed to bringing people together to fix our problems - whether we are in session or not.
Do not hesitate to contact my office at (512) 463-0821 if you ever need anything. Our office is always available to help you and your family.
State Representative- HD 50