Conservative Results

 

Passed Positive Legislation for Texas

Budget and Tax Cuts

Passed two conservative, fiscally responsible budgets that shrunk the per capita real size of government, kept the rainy day fund intact, increased border security funding to unprecedented levels and increased public education funding by $1.5 billion over enrollment growth. (85(R), SB1; 84(R), HB1)

Cut property taxes by raising the Homestead Exemption for school taxes from $15,000 to $25,000. Co-sponsor, passed into law. (84(R), SB1)

Fought to limit skyrocketing property taxes by limiting increases in assessments or rates without a taxpayer vote. Co-author. (85(R), HB15)

Fought to repeal the franchise tax. Joint author. (84(R), HB321)

Fought to end corporate welfare in Texas. (84(R) HB1 amendments)

Immigration/Border Security

Prohibited local government entities from adopting “sanctuary policies” that shield criminal aliens from federal law enforcement authorities. Co-sponsor, passed into law. (85(R), SB4)

Increased Texas DPS troops on the border. Co-author, passed into law. (84(R), HB11)

Required state contractors to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify. Author, passed into law. (85(R), SB312 amendment)

Fought to revoke public benefits and services from illegal immigrants. Co-author. (84(R), HB306)

Education

Fought to repeal Robin Hood school finance system and restore local tax dollars to our public school districts. Author. (85(R), HB286; 84(R), HB945 / HB1411)

Fought to eliminate high-stakes testing in public schools. Co-author. (85(R), HB1333)

Fought for school choice. Co-author. (84(R), HB1043)

Fully funded our Teachers Retirement System health care fund and appropriated nearly $700 million to cover shortfalls and reduce premiums and deductibles for retired teachers. Passed into law. (85(R), SB1; 85(1), HB21; 84(R), HB2)

Fought to eliminate the bilingual education mandate on our public schools. Author. (85(R), HB1367; 84(R), HB3848)

Life

Passed the nation’s strongest prohibition of taxpayer funding of abortion providers and their affiliates. Auhor, passed into law. (85(R), SB1 amendment)

Strengthened the legal barriers prohibiting minors from obtaining an abortion without the consent of their parents. Participated in stakeholder meetings, passed into law. (84(R), HB3994)

Prohibited physicians, without the consent of the patient or family member, from withholding food or water from a patient undergoing life sustaining treatment. Co-author, passed into law. (84(R), HB3074)

Second Amendment

Passes the “Church Security Protection Act,” which allows volunteers to provide security services at places of worship. (85(R), HB937/SB11)

Expand Second Amendment rights to college campuses. Co-author, senate companion passed into law. (84(R), HB937/SB11)

Personal Liberty and Limited Government

Passed the “Pastor Protection Act,” protecting pastors from being forced to provide same-sex weddings against their religious objections. Co-author, senate companion passed into law. (84(R), HB3567/SB2065)

Allowed patients with terminal illnesses to access certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials. Co-author, passed into law. (84(R), HB21)

Protected franchisors from frivolous lawsuits. Joint sponsor, passed into law. (84(R), SB652)

Protected state oil and gas operations from excessive regulation. Co-author, passed into law. (84(R), HB40)

Fought to ban red light cameras in Texas. Co-author. (84(R), HB142)

Deregulated the barber school industry. Author, passed House as amendment. (84(R), HB4081/HB4069)

Government Transparency and Operation

Prohibited officeholders convicted of felonies from receiving a government pension. Co-sponsor, passed into law. (85(R), SB500)

Required Government agencies to repeal a regulation and study the impact on government growth before adopting a new regulation. Co-author, passed into law. (85(R), HB1290)

Amended House rules to ensure agency and department heads have a duty to serve the best interests of the people of Texas and not the best interests of the government agency. Amendment author, passed the House. (84(R), HR4)

Required that local governments and school districts make recordings of their meetings available on the Internet. Joint author, passed into law. (84(R), HB283)

Fought to prioritize construction of freeways over toll roads. (84(R), HB20 amendment)

Removed the Public Integrity Unit from the control of the Travis County DA. Co-author, passed into law. (84(R), HB1690)

Doubled the death benefit paid to the survivors of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Co-author, passed into law. (84(R), HB1278)

Protecting Our Children

Prohibited educators convicted of sex crimes against students from receiving a state pension. Author, passed into law. (85(1) SB7 amendment)

Appropriated $80 million for additional CPS caseworkers and over $40 million to support our foster care system. (85(R), SB1)

Restructured DFPS to allow it to make quicker decisions and be more responsive to children and their family’s need. Co-author, passed into law. (85(R), HB4)

Provided additional monetary assistance for Kinship Care placements based on a family’s need. Co-author, passed into law. (85(R), HB4)

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