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Texas Senate Passes Meaningful Legislation to Protect Children

March 1, 2017

AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 11, authored by Health & Human Services Committee Chair Dr. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) and Finance Committee Chair Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), to reform the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

The legislation ensures children placed in care receive timely and appropriate services, increases the capacity of the foster care system through the “Foster Care Redesign” program, strengthens accountability for providers attending to children within the DFPS system, and bolsters the standards for investigating abuse and neglect of children in care.

“The guiding light of our efforts should be what is best for the child,” said Dr. Charles Schwertner. “Today’s vote was an important step in improving the lives of our state’s foster children and ensuring that all children in Texas are kept safe from abuse and neglect.”

“This agency has been in a constant state of crisis despite funding increase after funding increase. We must protect these children, and make sure that this agency is reformed the right way – which is the goal of SB 11,” added Sen. Jane Nelson.

“The Texas Senate is focused on prioritizing our children’s safety and wellbeing. Sen. Schwertner and Nelson’s reform of the Texas DFPS ushers the resources and establishes statewide accountability measures necessary to ensure our children most in need are protected,” stated SB 11 coauthor and Republican Senate Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

Senate Bill 11, one of Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency items, will now go to the Texas House of Representatives for first reading.

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The time to act is now! Everyday Texans are being taxed out of their homes and their business are barely staying afloat with rising property taxes. Senate Bill 2 (by Chairman Paul Bettencourt) recognizes the obvious, that taxpayers cannot take it anymore. Property taxes are rising two to three times faster than Texans' ability to pay.

The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

Taxpayers in Dallas have been crushed with an average 55% increase on their property tax bills in just five years with a 15% increase just this year. That is a pattern that is repeating all across the State.

SB 2 offers hope to Texans and as noted by Senator Flores it gives all Texans hope that they will get to keep their little piece of the Texas sky.

Read Senate Bill 2 here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00002E.htm
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Not sure I have a good handle on this. Businesses are paying taxes that they pass on to their customers. Homeowners are paying taxes, mostly school taxes, of which teachers are getting a very small part. So, the legislation is going to lower those taxes by increasing sales taxes so that everyone is paying these taxes, because the legislators can’t seem to figure out how to give less money to people throw it away or don’t deserve it in the first place. (Pause for breath.) This is either very close to what the socialists are spouting, or some of that new math that none understands anyway. (Scratching my head)

Definition of Relief: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing .... So no “relief” just permission to go up a certain amount on property taxes every year without public vote. 😡

Legalize Marijuana and save millions of tax dollars, won't need to raise home taxes

Nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Presidio county has been doubling and tripling theirs since 2013. Highway robbery

I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00017E.htm

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Mark does Kati likes Margaritas let me know

Will never trust a Democrat! They lie.

Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

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