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Friday, January 11, 2013

83rd Legislative Session Kicks Off

Insider's Report Vol. 9, No. 1.

Along with the blessing of a new year, the 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature is now upon us. Session convened on Tuesday January 8, 2013.  It was an especially poignant day for me, as I now have the honor of serving in the Texas House of Representatives with my brother and friend, Dr. Greg Bonnen. He was elected to his first term in the Texas House in November and represents a large portion of Galveston County. Greg and I were surrounded by our parents and our families on the House floor as we stood together to take the oath of office. It was truly a once in a lifetime moment for the Bonnen family.

It's also outstanding to have my good friend Ed Thompson in Austin representing northern Brazoria County. I know Ed will be a great colleague to work on local issues with, and he'll do a fine job as a new member.  

Soon, all the members will be receiving their new committee assignments and we'll be settled in and getting down to business. We have a lot of work to do in the Bonnen office this session.  I took the opportunity to personally introduce my staff again to many of our local education, community, and business leaders in House District 25 as we spent two days last November hosting roundtable discussions to prepare for the session.  These conversations laid the groundwork for many of my legislative initiatives this session. 

As Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, I will also have the distinct responsibility of guiding important Sunset legislation through the process to ensure that our state agencies are operating efficiently and transparently.  In addition to Sunset legislation, I am already working closely on initiatives to reduce school testing, find solutions to our state's water shortage, support veteran's issues, address illegal immigration and burdensome property taxes, and many other legislative items that could directly or indirectly affect our district.

I have a job for you all this session, too.  I need your help, as I can only be as effective as you enable me to be.  I ask that you stay engaged on what's happening in the Legislature, and let me know your thoughts on these matters. You can also reach out if you need help on any other state matter and my staff will be happy to assist you.  We work for you.