STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - May 2019
* The current Texas Legislative Session ends in less than three weeks, on Monday, May 27.
* On Monday, May 6, the Texas Senate passed the education spending bill known as HB 3. The bill is now going to conference committee between House and Senate members. If you have yet to make your voice heard on the education spending bill, time is running short.
* There continues to be much debate about property taxes and the state budget. Texas Public Policy Foundation economist Vance Ginn wrote for the organization's website this past Saturday a synopsis of many of the spending bills in the Texas Legislature right now. Mr. Ginn wrote: “Texans pay too much in property taxes because of excessive government spending." If you have yet to do so, your voice on spending and the role of government needs to be conveyed to your elected representatives in the next three weeks.
* State Rep Valoree Swanson put forward a bill, HB 2446, that has passed the House and now goes to the Senate, and this bill might be of interest to many of our members. Rep. Swanson said this about HB 2446: “Current law protects the privacy of law enforcement officers by exempting their home addresses from public information requests. Firefighters and EMS personnel, however, are left out of that protection. Having their home addresses publicly accessible threatens the safety of our first responders and their families. House Bill 2446 will extend the same privacy protections to firefighters and EMS that police officers currently enjoy." If you feel compelled on this one, please contact your State Senator.
* As fighting human trafficking is a priority issue this session for TFRW membership, Senator Joan Huffman recently joined our U.S. Senators Cornyn and Cruz for a press conference about border issues. Senator Huffman tweeted she wanted to join the press event “to bring attention to the humanitarian & security crisis at our southern border. We must do more to end human and drug trafficking in TX. Enough is enough. Please, urge your representatives to stand with us." If you are not sure where your representatives stand, please engage with them immediately.
* Senate Bill 11 has passed the Texas Senate and is up for public hearings. According to Senator Larry Taylor, SB 11 "seeks to strengthen school security in the aftermath of the Santa Fe shooting." If you support this bill or have ideas on how to strengthen it, contact your representatives before May 27.
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