Weekly Session Update 9 — Process Speeds Up Around The Capitol
March 20, 2013

It is hard to believe we are three days into our tenth week of Session. We are now officially past the half-way mark, so as you can imagine things are starting to escalate and really pick up.

On Monday, I laid out my first bill, HB 697, before the Ways & Means Committee. HB 697 would make booster clubs across the state no longer have to charge sales tax at concession stands or on spirit merchandise at school sponsored events. The hearing went well, so hopefully the legislation will continue to move through the legislative process in the coming weeks.

Yesterday was Gainesville Leadership Day at the Texas Capitol. I was honored to recognize the City of Gainesville for being both the Medal of Honor Host City and for being honored by Rand McNally as the “Most Patriotic City in America”. I am always proud to recognize the citizens of HD68 for their celebrations and accomplishments. Please continue to let us know as things come up in your local area.

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) Sunset Bill, HB 1600, will be discussed on the House Floor today. All agencies of the State of Texas come before sunset review every 12 years. This allows the state to evaluate the agency and decided if it should be continued in its present form, altered through legislation, consolidated with another agency or abolished completely.

I will be laying out two more bills before committee this week as well, one tonight and one tomorrow. Both bills help loosen the strings of government and preserve the liberties of Texans.

As always, I am honored to represent you in the Texas Legislature. Please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected], if you have any questions or concerns about the things happening in the Texas House or in our district.

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