We started the week quickly at the Texas Capitol. Monday morning, I had House Bill 76 on the floor. I was honored to have the full support of my fellow House members as we passed this important legislation to protect Texas UIL student athletes and remember the Cody Stephens.
Tuesday started early with a full slate of bills on School Safety in the House Public Education committee hearing. We heard more than 20 bills that day, ranging from statewide plans, like Dr. Greg Bonnen’s HB 17, to my own HB 734, allowing school board members to carry firearms when serving in that capacity. It was a long day, but we were grateful to hear from all of the witnesses who came to testify into the late hours.
The House passed HB 1, the general appropriations bill, a little after midnight Thursday morning. The final bill stays below constitutional spending limits and the growth or population-plus-inflation. We funded our state’s highest priorities while remaining responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. I am also very proud that House Appropriations Chairman, Dr. John Zerwas, accepted my amendment to the supplemental budget, SB 500, allocating $30 million to fund the ongoing dredging projects in Lake Houston.
Our team is now busy preparing for HB 3, the school finance reform bill, to be on teh floor for debate next Wednesday. Tune in to watch it by clicking here: www.house.texas.gov.