Sen. Charles Schwertner • District 5
R-Georgetown • Elected: 2012 • 512-463-0105
- Passed Senate Bill 8, relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax, out of the Senate 24-7. It aims to provide businesses with tax cuts by eliminating the state franchise tax for more than 52 percent of all businesses.
- Passed SB 239 out of the Texas Senate, which aims to offer student loan assistance for mental health professionals who agree to treat underserved patients.
Sen. Kirk Watson • District 14
D-Austin • Elected: 2006 • 512-463-0114
- SB 585 and SB 586, co-authored by Watson, would force lobbyists to disclose when they spend $50 or more per day on politicians and their families. Both bills cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee on April 27.
- SB 1032, co-sponsored by Watson, would allow state employees to work flexible hours or from home or an alternative work site in order to ease rush-hour traffic congestion. The bill passed the Senate on April 22. It now heads to the House for consideration.
Rep. Marsha Farney • District 20
R-Georgetown • Elected: 2012 • 512-463-0309
- House Bill 2794, which passed out of committee, would make it easier for a person to get a delayed birth certificate and would make it a Class A or B misdemeanor for parents who continue to refuse to give their child an affidavit of personal knowledge. The bill was filed in response to a Williamson County resident difficulty in obtaining identifying documents because she was born at home and her parents did not file for a birth certificate or Social Security number.
Rep. Dawnna Dukes • District 46
D-Austin • Elected: 1994 • 512-463-0506
- Dukes sustained injuries during an August 2013 car accident that have resulted in her absence at the Capitol for about a month, she said. “My injuries began to seriously deteriorate to a level inconveniencing my ability to be fully mobile ... without excessive amounts of medication and pain management,” she said in an April 28 Facebook post. “I am fully in communication and interfacing with my staff to do the people’s business.”
Rep. Celia Israel • District 50
D-Austin • Elected: 2013 • 512-463-0821
- Co-authored HB 76, which relates to electronic voter registration. It garnered four joint authors and 50 co-authors.
- Co-authored HB 594, which relates to incentivizing semitrailers to use SH 130. The bill passed out of the House Transportation Committee April 22. It also received the endorsement of the Austin City Council.
Rep. Larry Gonzales • District 52
R-Round Rock • Elected: 2010 • 512-463-0670
- Gonzales is chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, which drafted a proposed two-year, $210 billion state budget.
- On April 27, Gonzales was also appointed to the Conference Committee to discuss and combine the House’s and Senate’s separately proposed budgets.
Rep. Tony Dale • District 136
R-Cedar Park • Elected: 2012 • 512-463-0696
- On April 13 the House passed HB 1447, which Dale co-authored. The bill allows victims to file earlier protective orders against convicted rapists.
- Dale authored HB 4030, which passed the house May 1. The bill requires private security companies to prevent new employees from working unless they pass background checks.