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84th Legislative Session a Success for Texas Conservatives

June 1, 2015

Texas Senate Republican Caucus passes key legislation

AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Senate Republican Caucus marked the conclusion of the 84th Legislative Session.

“I can confidently report that this has been a solid, conservative session,” said Caucus Chairman Kelly Hancock (District 9 – North Richland Hills). “We addressed critical issues like border security and transportation funding while still finding $3.8 billion in tax relief for Texas families and businesses. I would call that a big win for all Texans.”

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Major legislation passed during the 84th Legislative Session includes:

  • Tax CutsSB 1 cuts property taxes by increasing the Homestead Exemption to $25,000. HB 32 provides a permanent, across-the-board 25% franchise tax cut for Texas businesses.
  • TransportationSJR 5 allows Texas voters to consider a constitutional amendment that dedicates a portion of the motor vehicle sales tax to road funding and addresses critical infrastructure needs.
  • 2nd AmendmentSB 11 allows licensed and trained students, faculty, and staff, ages 21 and older, to carry firearms on public college and university campuses. HB 910 allows licensed and trained firearm owners to openly display and carry a holstered handgun.
  • Veterans AffairsSB 55 creates a grant program to support community mental health programs for veterans and their families. HB 115 ensures victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting will be awarded the Texas Purple Heart Medal.
  • Religious Freedom – SB 2065 protects a pastor’s right to decline to perform same-sex marriages.
  • Border SecurityHB 11 is an extensive border security bill that will increase manpower, ramp up training, and crack down on crime. Additionally, the 2016-17 Texas budget doubled border security funding.
  • Budget HB 1 is a fiscally responsible budget that meets our state’s growing needs while remaining well under the constitutional spending cap.

For more information about the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, visit texassenate.gop.

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Tremendous victory tonight for Pete Flores who will become the 21st member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus! This gives the Republicans in the Texas Senate a 2/3rds supermajority.

This victory shows the unified support from Texas Republicans all the way from US Senators Cruz and Cornyn, to Governor Abbott, to Lt. Governor Patrick, all 20 Texas Senate Republican Caucus members and many others. Despite what some pundits might say Republicans can win in 2018!

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) added: "With no straight ticket voting in 2020 I predict that Pete Flores can hold this seat in 2020."

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