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Texas Senate Republicans Author and Pass Six Pieces of Major Legislation in Just One Day

March 31, 2017

AUSTIN – Thursday, the Texas Senate, over the course of seven plus hours in one calendar day, passed the following major public policy bills, authored by Republican Senators from around the state. All five bills were priorities of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and the vast majority of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus.

“What we are doing is passing conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges,” said Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt. “I am proud to work with Lt. Governor Patrick and all my Senate Republican Caucus members that authored and co-sponsored these important public policy bills,” he added.

Senate Bill 3 – School Choice – Authored by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), provides school choice for Texas children through two opportunities – an Education Savings Account (ESA) program and a Tax Credit Scholarship program. This bill passed 18-13, with numerous Republican co-sponsors and one Democrat.

Senate Bill 9 – Spending Cap – Authored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), strengthens the state’s spending formula to a limit based on inflation and population. The bill passed 20-11.

Senate Bill 13 – Resources of Union Check Off – Authored by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), ensures taxpayer funds are not used to support the collection of union dues for many state and local employees.

Senate Bill 28 – Texas Port Expansion – Authored by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), enhances connectivity to ports and invests in port infrastructure so Texas remains the number one exporting state.

Senate Bill 151 – Pension Bond Reform – Authored by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), requires voter approval for a municipality to issue Pension Obligation Bonds for a pension fund. The bill passed 21-10.

Senate Bill 258 – Fetal Burial Remains – Authored by Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas), guarantees that human fetal remains are properly and respectfully disposed through burial or cremation. The bill passed 22-9.

“It was an amazing day to see the hard work of six Republican authors all come to fruition in just one day,” said Caucus Vice-Chairman Brandon Creighton. Caucus Treasurer Senator Van Taylor quipped, “What a great day, and we still have 59 more days to go.” Senator Taylor is the only Senator that keeps a running clock of how many days and minutes remain in the 85th legislative session.

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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) accepted the Faith in Action Award from the Texas Pastor's Council on behalf of Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) for her work in the 85th Legislative Session.

Watch the video below and read the letter from Senator Kolkhorst here: bit.ly/2tynO1V
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