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Friday, February 8, 2013

Bonnen Files Bills for Local Economy and Veterans

Vol. 9 No. 5

As a legislator, my job is to ensure that I effectively address the needs of my constituents and the businesses in our community. This week, I filed two bills that benefit Matagorda and Brazoria Counties, as well as our disabled veterans.   

The first bill I filed, HB 994, will ensure that STP units 3 and 4 remain viable options for our community by extending the deadline for license applications for new nuclear reactors in the state until 2033. Currently, the deadline is 2013. It was an honor to work with Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald and Bay City Chamber President Mitch Thames, and STP leadership on this issue. This opportunity for economic growth and development is vital to our area, and the prospect of retaining and attracting the top local talent and growing our local economy through new jobs and investment is something I am honored to be part of. I look forward to hearing from and working with more of our community as this legislation advances though the process. 

I also filed HB 1008, which revamps the way property taxes are administered for our 100 percent disabled veterans. For too long, the process has been burdensome and confusing for our disabled American heroes. Ms. Ro'vin Garrett, Brazoria County's Tax Assessor Collector, noticed this oversight, brought it to my attention, and came up with a solution. Under current law, a disabled veteran is only able to benefit from their exemption starting on the date it becomes effective. This bill would extend the benefit for the entire year to them. I am honored to answer the call in assisting the most deserving in not just our community, but throughout the entire State of Texas. Our heroes deserve to have a streamlined and equitable exemption program. 

The session is young and this is only the beginning of the process.  I will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the Texas Legislature in the coming days and weeks.