See what bills Katy and Cypress's Rep. Mike Schofield filed for special session

With Gov. Greg Abbott officially declaring a special session for the Texas Legislature on Monday, lawmakers may now file bills session, which kicks off next Tuesday. District 132 Rep. Mike Schofield, whose district includes Katy and Cypress, has filed multiple bills to be considered in the coming weeks. Some bills tackle mail ballot fraud while others aim to limit state spending.

At the Capitol: Updates from your local legislators Rep. Mike Schofield[/caption]

“Limiting state spending increases will encourage the Texas economy to continue growing and prevent Texans from giving a larger proportion of their dollars to state government,” Schofield said in a statement.

During the session, the legislature must only address issues of Abbott's choosing, including sunset legislation that could keep several state agencies afloat, and an unfunded mandate raising teacher salaries by $1,000. School finance reform, school bathroom use for transgender students, municipal annexation reform and abortion report requirements and other issues are also among the governor's priorities.

Schofield's bills for the session include:

House Bill 41 would keep the state’s budget from increasing more than necessary when accounting for population growth and inflation.

House Bill 47 would give the signature ballot board more resources in an attempt to cut down on mail ballot fraud.

House Bill 55 and House Joint Resolution 17 would convert property tax exemptions to 13 percent or $25,000—whichever is greater.

House Bill 56 would require HOAs to allow permanent religious decorations that “meet reasonable size and material standards,” limiting their power to regulate private property.

House Bill 57 would allow residents of a large municipality’s ETJ to file a petition to a smaller municipality requesting annexation.

House Bill 63 would allow property owners to leave a city’s ETJ if that city does not provide police and fire services.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.