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The Insider's Report

The Insider's Report

Stay informed on the issues that affect you. The Insider's Report brings you the latest happenings from the Texas Legislature and Texas House District 25.
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 21 Voter ID opponents running out the clock Democrats have spent the last five days bringing all business on the House floor to a standstill, hoping today’s midnight deadline will pass without debate on a number of bills. By spending hours upon hours debating local…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 20 As a result of a bill that I helped pass in 2007, certain Energy Star approved items will be exempt from sales tax beginning at 12:01 AM on Saturday, May 23 and ending at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 25. There is no limit…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 20 As a result of a bill that I helped pass in 2007, certain Energy Star approved items will be exempt from sales tax beginning at 12:01 AM on Saturday, May 23 and ending at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 25. There is no limit…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 19 Legislature approaches end-of-session deadlines The end of this week marks a major procedural deadline in the House of Representatives. Thursday, May 14, was the last day to consider any House bills, except those of local substance, on second reading and today is the last…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 18 Protects businesses from delayed highway projects On Thursday, the House of Representatives began consideration of HB 300, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) sunset bill. With over 180 proposed amendments to the bill, I was on the House floor until midnight, and debate continued…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 17 Grants students greater flexibility in class selection Last week, I joined fellow House members in passing a massive school reform bill, which was the result of two years of research on school accountability and curriculum. Unanimously passed by the House of Representatives, House Bill…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 16 Reiterates stance on appraisal caps Since its inception, I have been extremely skeptical of the planning and implementation of the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). The footprint of this proposal would be of great detriment to small communities, inflict irreversible damage upon the landscape of rural…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 15 House adopts fiscally-conservative budget The House of Representatives convened at 9:00 a.m. last Friday to debate the appropriations bill, and after nineteen hours of deliberation, we adopted the state budget shortly after 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. I am proud of our efforts to reduce…