The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature is underway. Here are some of the issues I’m diligently working on for West Texans:
This week, the Texas House proposed the first draft of the state budget for the next two years. It focuses on conservative principles and only increases spending by .2 percent from the previous budget, well below the constitutional spending limit. The House plan will be modified to include tax relief so that Texans can keep more of their hard-earned money.
We continue to be reminded of the growing dangers that drivers face on West Texas roads. It’s unacceptable for collisions to occur at the alarming rate, and I will continue to prioritize transportation issues. I look forward to working with local governments and the Texas Department of Transportation to make our highway system safer and more reliable.
Securing our water future is imperative for our state’s continued economic success and the Permian Basin’s ability to attract new jobs and remain competitive. I look forward to finding creative solutions to ensure a reliable, long-term water supply for West Texas. As a rancher and landowner, I understand the importance of protecting property rights of landowners as we secure our water future.
We must work to strengthen our educational system at every level. I have already filed two bills that will help support our local higher education institutions in their continued mission to deliver top-quality education in West Texas and I will support other bills that are aimed at strengthening educational opportunities for future generations.
Second Amendment Rights
This session will also provide an opportunity to defend and expand our Second Amendment rights. I’m working to answer the call from West Texans to protect our gun rights. I am proud to co-author House Bill 910 which will extend the right of CHL holders to openly carry handguns in Texas.
It is an honor to serve Andrews, Ector, Ward and Winkler counties in the Texas House of Representatives, and I look forward to hearing from my constituents throughout the legislative session. My staff and I are here to serve you and may be reached in our Capitol office at (512) 463-0546.