Senate Bill Train Leaves Ahead of Schedule to the Other Side of the Texas Capitol

July 26, 2017

Two days of debate and record votes yield results for all Texans

AUSTIN – Two days of intense debate in the Texas Senate and record votes, led by members of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, have seen eleven important pieces of legislation passed by the Senate and sent to the Texas House. These eleven bills are in addition to the sunset legislation, Senate Bills 20 and 60, that the Texas Senate has previously passed.

“Texans continue to expect that their elected leaders show up and vote in a timely fashion on the issues that they face every day,” said Texas Sunset Author Van Taylor (R-Plano). “The Texas Senate, under the leadership of Lt. Governor Patrick has done exactly that.”

The eleven bills that have been passed by July 25 are the following:

Senate Bill 1 – Property Tax Reform and Relief
Senate Bill 2 – Tax Credit Scholarships for students with disabilities
Senate Bill 3 – The Texas Privacy Act
Senate Bill 7 – Limiting Union Check Off Deductions
Senate Bill 9 – Lowering the Constitutional Limit on Appropriations
Senate Bill 10 – Strengthen Health and Human Services Abortion Reporting Requirements
Senate Bill 11 – Requirements for Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
Senate Bill 16 – Commission to Study School Finance
Senate Bill 17 – Continues the Maternal Mortality, Post-Mortem Commission
Senate Bill 19 – Classroom Teacher Bonuses and Retired Teacher Insurance Premium Assistance
Senate Bill 73 – Physician Reporting Requirements on Abortion

Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood): “This has already been a great session for grassroots Texans!”

Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) on the Texas Privacy Act: “This is the women’s issue of my lifetime.”

Senator Brian Birdwell – 9/11 Pentagon attack survivor – (R-Granbury): “As someone with first hand experience with Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders (DNR), Texas families need the reforms we just passed.”

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston): “This is really strong property tax reform and relief for all Texans.”

Senator Kelly Hancock (R- North Richland Hills): “Texans have always supported fiscal responsibility and we have just strengthened that.”

At the close of business on July 25, 2017, after seven days into the special session, the Texas Senate has spent a total of 83 hours and 55 minutes of work on this legislation. 27 hours and 4 minutes of that was spent on the floor and 56 hours and 51 minutes was spent on legislative work in various committees. This breaks downs to roughly 12 hours a day.

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Vice-Chair Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) commented, “The Republican and Democrat members of the Senate are averaging about 12 hours a day in the first week on the floor and in committee which is why these senate bills left ahead of schedule.” Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) quipped for all the Caucus members when he said, “…I really enjoyed the 4 plus hours of sleep we got per night, and seriously, these bills make a difference for all Texans.”

Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt concluded, “This proves the Texas Senate is passing conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges.”


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