AUSTIN, TX. — Today, Representative Drew Springer’s HB 698 passed the Texas House of Representatives on Third Reading, marking the second bill the West Texas Representative has passed in the last week.
HB 698 makes it easier for citizens in rural areas to receive their concealed handgun licenses by requiring DPS to establish an alternative method of fingerprinting for citizens that live more than 25 miles from an authorized provider.
“This issue was brought to my attention by several constituents, along with the Texas State Rifle Association,” said Springer. “In many areas, citizens are having to drive up to 100 miles to get the required prints to exercise their Second Amendment rights. It is not right to disenfranchise citizens just on the basis of where they choose to live, my bill addresses this inequality.”
HB 698, will move onto the Senate where Sen. Craig Estes (R – Wichita Falls) will carry it through the legislative process.
Last week, Rep. Springer passed HB 697 which exempts booster clubs and other school support-organizations from charging taxes at concession stands and similar fundraising efforts.
“All money from these sales goes directly back into the school,” said Springer. “Until recently, the state has never gone after these support groups. It makes no sense for the government to hassle them just so they can get a couple extra cents out of the sale of a Dr. Pepper. My bill formally puts into statute that these groups are exempt from taxes.”
HB 697 has been referred to the Texas Senate Finance Committee and will be carried by Sen. Robert Duncan (R – Lubbock).
If you have any questions or comments on either of these bills, feel free to contact Rep. Springer at [email protected]