Well the Texas Legislature has officially adjourned Sine Die, bringing to an end the 83rd Legislative Session. Governor Perry has, however, brought us back for a Special Session for redistricting to adopt the final maps for the Legislature and Congress.
This past Sunday, the legislature considered two of the most important bills of the Session, SB 1 and HB 1025, which put in place a budget for the 2014-15 biennium. I unfortunately had to join 30 of my colleagues (including senior members like Phil King (R – Weatherford) and Chairman John Smithee (R – Amarillo) in voting no.
While I supported the initial version of the budget in April, I could not support a budget that increased spending by an additional $3 Billion and additionally tapped the Rainey Day Fund for another $1.75 Billion in recurring spending. Please click here to read more about the budget and the reasoning behind my opposition.
In the final weeks of Session, my bills continued advancing through the legislative process with several ending up on the Governor’s desk. I would like to give special thanks to Senator Estes, Senator Duncan and Senator Seliger for making sure these bills made it through the Senate.
This past Saturday morning, the Legislature paused to host a joint Session to honor the men and women from Texas that had died in combat the preceding biennium. It was truly humbling to honor these heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country and speak with their families and offer our condolences. Thankfully no soldiers from House District 68 were killed this biennium.
In the past few weeks there has been a lot of sever weather in HD 68 and surrounding areas. While we are thankful for the much-needed rain, our thoughts and prayers have been with all those impacted by the tornadoes that struck North Texas and Oklahoma.
The Session might be over, but that does not mean I am done working for you. Please continue to contact us with all of your questions and concerns. If you haven’t already, be sure to ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook and ‘FOLLOW’ us on Twitter to receive realtime updates on everything happening in House District 68.
Be on the look out for our next ‘Weekly Session Update’ where I will summarize everything that happened this Session!