Weekly Session Update 5 — GOP Caucus Policy Committee
February 11, 2013

This past week, I had the honor of being chosen to be one of just two West Texas Legislators to join the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee. This position is great news for the citizens of District 68, because I will be able to use my experiences and principles to help influence the party’s agenda for the 83rd Session. As always, I will advocate to scale back regulations and unfunded mandates to make life easier for our rural communities, businesses and schools.

Many of you have contacted me about ‘CSCOPE’ with fears of what its unchecked curriculum is teaching our students in Texas. There have been reports that this curriculum contains pro-socialism activities and lessons that describe conservative political groups as terroristic organizations. I have been following the issue closely and have signed onto HB 760 by Rep. Toth (R – Woodlands) to give the State Board of Education oversight over the curriculum.

I was privileged this week to host several groups of constituents from across District 68 to discuss their unique priorities for the Session.

On Tuesday, I met with both North Central Texas College and Vernon College as part of community college day at the Capitol. We discussed ways to improve technical training and vocational education to get more citizens work-force ready in fields with high demand. It was very encouraging to see so many young people with aspirations to enter a career field they enjoy and have a positive influence on their communities.

On Wednesday, I started my day by having breakfast with more than a dozen educators from Floydada ISD to discuss ways the state can give more autonomy to classroom teachers. Unsurprisingly, testing was a large concern that many felt should be scaled back drastically and returned to local communities and school districts.

Wednesday was also 4-H day at the Legislature and throughout the day I met with students from groups across the district. These programs provide an enormous benefit to rural Texas, passing on our values and traditions to the next generation.

Please continue sending your questions and suggestions for the session to [email protected], the feedback helps me better represent the district’s needs!  Also, if you haven’t already, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for realtime updates on the 83rd Session.

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