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Category Archives: 84th

Relieving our Transportation Crisis

This legislative session was billed as “the transportation session” and in the end, we did make strides towards relieving our transportation crisis: Transportation funding: The state still faces significant budget challenges, even after voters approved Proposition 1 last fall. The Legislature has proposed directing $2.5 million more in sales tax revenue towards transportation funding in […]

Improving our Criminal Justice System

Although many needed efforts to establish the rights of Texas prisoners failed to move this session, there were several successful ones. Here is a rundown of these bills: HB 1083 requires the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to perform a mental health assessment of an inmate before confining them to administrative segregation. Placing mentally ill […]

Fighting to Improve Public Education

There is no issue more important than public education. The manner in which we deal with this issue dictates the trajectory of our future economy and the viability of our Texas middle class. Unfortunately, the state chose to continue to underfund public education, approving a budget that leaves over 30% of Texas schools still receiving […]

Equality for All Texans

We addressed several LGBT issues this session, and I certainly did not shy away from standing up for equality for all Texans. Below is a summary of the more high profile bills we addressed: HB 537, which would ensure accurate birth certificates for adopted children of same-sex couples, passed the State Affairs committee. Unfortunately, time […]