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Legislation by Walking Around

Last week we addressed the committee process and this week we look at what happens at the next step, when we convene in the House floor. Anybody observing the House members when we convene on the floor will see lots of movement. Representatives don’t simply sit at their desk and vote. We’re working and this…

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How You Can Influence Legislation

People are often surprised when I tell them that I hear from about 1% of my constituents. It seems that the prevailing attitude is one of leaving it up to somebody else. While that sometimes presents a challenge for me to know what our neighbors think, it is a real plus for you as it…

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For More Information, Click Here

The Internet has transformed the way we get information. There is so much available and this is especially true for the world of politics. The mainstream media does not give much coverage to the State Legislature so if you want to learn more, it has probably never been easier. It is easy to get overwhelmed…

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Budget Update

Last week, the Texas House of Representatives passed legislation that addresses the state’s current and future fiscal situation. These bills, which I authored, close the state’s current budget shortfall of $4.3 billion and reflect that the state will have less money to spend over the next two years. The current shortfall exists because our state…

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Amendments — The Legislative Wild Card

Making changes to bills happens throughout the legislative process. Once the bill is drafted or introduced, these become formalized and follow specific structures. They vary in type and timing and in their impact on the proposed bill. Some are helpful and others, be design, can be devastating. The committee substitute stage provides a the greatest…

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A Day in the Life

Now that our committees have been appointed, our schedules will become more regular and busier as we work towards our May 31 adjournment. The 38 committees will begin hearing bills; some will pass out of committee and be considered before the full House (aka “going to the floor”). And Senate bills will also start coming…

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