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Senate Republicans Continue Their Work To Pass Conservative Solutions to Texas’ Challenges

July 21, 2017

Senate begins public hearings on legislative priorities and will continue to work through the weekend AUSTIN – Texas Senate Republicans continued their work to pass conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges in the special session by conducting multiple public hearings throughout the day on several of Governor Abbott’s legislative priorities today. The Senate Committee on Health and Human […]

ATTEND: Special Session Hearing Saturday July 22 at the State Capitol

July 20, 2017

Senator Bettencourt released the following press release detailing the Senate Republican’s approach to tackling Property Tax Reform in the current Texas Special Legislative Session. The hearing on this matter will take place Saturday July 22, 2017 at the Texas State Capitol.  We urge you to attend the hearing and show your support.  Details on attending the […]

Texas Medical Board Sunset Bills Leave Senate “Station”

July 20, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate unanimously passed the Texas Medical Board’s, and other related agencies, sunset bills, SB 20 and SB 60, in a midnight session early this morning. The bill’s author, Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), who also serves as the Treasurer of the Senate Republican Caucus said, “This is the fastest bill I have […]

Senate Republicans Vote to Proceed Quickly With Texas Medical Board Sunset Legislation

July 19, 2017

AUSTIN – In a series of 20 to 11 party line votes, the Texas Senate suspended the rules to allow the Legislature’s sunset bills, SB 20 and SB 60 to be heard in the Business and Commerce Committee, chaired by Senator Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). The bills were then voted out unanimously back the Texas […]

Legislation to Ban Sanctuary Cities Heading to Governor Abbott’s Desk

May 5, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 4, legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Texas, was sent in final form by the Legislature on May 4th to Governor Abbott for his signature. The bill was authored by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), and co-authored by every member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, and has been a long time […]

Texas Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Law to End Cyberbullying

May 4, 2017

AUSTIN – With a unanimous 31-0 vote, the Texas Senate passed SB 179, known as “David’s Law”, to put a stop to cyberbullying in Texas. “David’s Law” is named for David Molak, a San Antonio area teen who tragically committed suicide after relentless cyberbullying. “The Senate passed SB 179 in David’s memory and in honor […]

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Stands United For Unanimous Budget & Answer Critics

April 5, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus issued a letter to Texans explaining the perfectly appropriate transportation transfer in the Senate budget – a stance supported unanimously by the Texas Senate in a vote of 31-0. This transfer recognizes Texans 83% vote for the Transportation Proposition 7 ballot measure passed after the legislative session. “We […]

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 […]

Texas Senate Votes for Parental Choice in Educational Opportunities for Our Children

March 30, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 3, authored by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 18-13 today. The legislation begins school choice for Texas schoolchildren through two opportunities – an Education Savings Account (ESA) program and a Tax Credit Scholarship program. These programs would be available to 17 million people within […]

Texas Senate Passes Fiscally Sound Budget with Bi-Partisan Support

March 28, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), unanimously passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 31-0 today. The Senate budget is fiscally responsible, funds border security, and places a strong emphasis on our children’s futures. The approved budget is $106.3 billion for FY 18/19, 0.5% below the estimated general […]

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