Meet your legislators Sen. Brandon Creighton[/caption]

Sen. Brandon Creighton • District 4

R-Conroe • Elected: 2006
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Recent bills filed:

  • Senate Bill 133 would exempt a firearm or hunting supply from taxes if it was purchased between midnight on the Saturday of the last full weekend in August and midnight on the following Sunday.

  • SB 134 would prevent a governmental entity from entering into a contract with a company for goods or services unless the contract contains verification that it will not and or does not boycott Israel.

Meet your legislators Rep. Mark Keough[/caption]

Rep. Mark Keough • District 15

R-The Woodlands • Elected: 2014
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Recent bills filed:

  • House Bill 939 would allow a municipality with a population of 6,500 or less with at least 800 hotel rooms to use revenue from hotel occupancy taxes to enhance tourism. The bill refers to constructing or maintaining a convention center or sports-related facility, which the city of Shenandoah is pursuing.

  • HB 44 would lower the state’s appraisal cap from 110 percent to 105 percent of a home’s value. 

Meet your legislators Rep. Valoree Swanson[/caption]

Rep. Valoree Swanson • District 150

R-Tomball • Elected: 2016
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Recent bills filed:

  • HB 1050 asks the Legislature to eliminate property taxes. The bill seeks to eliminate property taxes across the state, effective Jan. 1, 2022. The bill allows five years for future legislatures to determine an alternative funding method to property taxes.

  • HB 1232 would prevent a university from charging more than an amount equal to the total amount of tuition it would have charged for the 2015-16 school year.

Meet your legislators Sen. Paul Bettencourt[/caption]

Sen. Paul Bettencourt • District 7

R-Houston • Elected: 2014
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Recent bills filed:

  • SB 542 would create a $100 million school choice tax credit scholarship program to help minimize educational costs so parents can choose an academic option for their child. The bill would allow corporations to receive an insurance premium tax credit from their state tax bill when they contribute to nonprofit agencies that award K-12 scholarships to students with financial and academic need.

Meet your legislators Rep. Cecil Bell[/caption]

Rep. Cecil Bell • District 3

R-Magnolia • Elected: 2012
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Recent bills filed:

  • HB 136 would provide a curriculum for high school students to prepare for a variety of postsecondary activities, such as employment, workforce training and college enrollment. The bill would require the state to assist school districts and charter schools with providing career and technology education and effective workforce training opportunities to students.

Other proposals to watch

  • Education: Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, filed a resolution to amend the constitution to ensure Texas pays half the cost of maintaining public schools.

  • Health Care: Two Republicans filed resolutions to call upon Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act; two Democrats filed bills to expand Medicaid under the ACA.

  • Economy: Bettencourt drafted SB 2, which would require an election if a tax rate increase would result in 4 percent revenue growth.