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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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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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