We have finally concluded the third Special Session of the Summer, passing much needed transportation legislation without raising taxes or fees.
HJR 1 and SB 1 create a longterm solution for our state’s roads by splitting oil production revenues that are not used for education between the ‘Rainy Day Fund’ (RDF) and the State Highway Fund. There are several protectionary measures included in the bill to ensure the long-term stability of the RDF by requiring the legislature to establish a minimum balance for the fund every two years. Additionally, if the legislature fails to act, the RDF will revert back to receiving the full portion of production revenues. Through this legislation, TxDOT will be required to identify $100 million worth of savings and efficiencies and use that money to reduce the principle and interest on Prop 14 bonds.
Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting town hall forums in Vernon, Paducah, Childress, Quanah and Copper Breaks State Park. We had great turnout at all of the stops, and it was good to finally be able to visit with constituents and discuss the Session. The most brought up issue was the passing of the Pro-Life bill, HB 2. I am happy to report that both Republicans and Democrats joined together to express their deep appreciation for the passage of this bill. If you have a moment, please click here to ‘SHARE’ this post on Facbook to show your support as well!
I was pleased to receive a couple of awards for my conservative voting record this past Session. Texas Eagle Forum designated me ‘Top Rated Conservative‘ and the Texas Conservative Coalition awarded me their ‘Courageous Conservative Award‘. It is an honor to receive this recognition for representing the values of House District 68.
We got some good news this week about jobs migrating from California to House District 68. Valew, a construction truck manufacturer, is moving 200 jobs to Gainesville, Texas in the near future (You can read more on that here). This is just the latest example of the “Texas Miracle” in action. Employers want to be located somewhere with low-taxes, less regulations and a hard-working, skilled workforce.
This week, I was chosen to participate as part of a national task force on, “Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development” at the American Legislative Exchange Council. These Task Forces serve as public-policy laboratories where legislators develop model policies to use across the country. They commission research, publish issue papers, convene workshops and issue alerts, and serve as clearinghouses of information on free market policies in the states.
Now that the Special Session has finally wrapped up, I intend to continue holding town hall forums and office hours across the district to meet with constituents about their ideas and concerns. On August 20th, I will be holding several forums, we will keep you posted on the details of that as soon as they are solidified.