At the Capitol


Sen. Paul BettencourtDistrict 7

Elected: 2014
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Top bills filed:

  • Authored Senate Bill 182 to recalculate the ad valorem rollback tax rates for certain taxing units. The bill was left pending in the Senate Finance Committee after an April 9 public hearing.

  • Authored SB 1215 to abolish the property tax assistance division from the Comptroller of Public Accounts and transfer duties to a newly created tax board. The Senate passed the bill, which was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee on May 4.


At the Capital

Sen. John Whitmire District 15

Elected: 1982
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Top bills filed:

  • Authored SB 135, relating to the organization of a grand jury. The bill  was referred to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. A report was sent to the Calendars Committee on May 4. 

  • Authored SB 308, which would place private university police under the Open Records Act. Passed in the Senate in March, the bill was recommended to be sent to the House Local & Consent Calendars Committee on May 5.


At the Capitol

Rep. Patricia HarlessDistrict 126

Elected: 2006
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Top bills filed:

  • Authored House Bill 152, which would allow Harris County commissioners to regulate fireworks. The bill was left pending in the County Affairs Committee on March 26.

  • Authored HB 399 and HB 401, which would increase the gasoline tax and vehicle registration fees, respectively. The bills were referred to the Transportation Committee in March and February.


At the Capitol

Rep. Allen FletcherDistrict 130

Elected: 2008
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Top bills filed:

  • Authored HB 937, which expands gun rights on public
    colleges to allow concealed handgun license holders to conceal carry inside campus buildings. The bill was considered by the Calendars Committee on May 7. 

  • Authored HB 121, which allows drivers with warrants for unpaid traffic tickets to pay fines via debit or credit card without going to jail. The bill passed in the House on May 4 and was sent to the Senate on May 5.


At the Capitol

Rep. Debbie Riddle  District 150

Elected: 2002
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Top bills filed:

  • Authored HB 372, relating to the monitoring of Internet access of certain sex offenders. The bill was referred to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on April 30.

  • Authored HB 416, which requires personnel at abortion facilities to complete human trafficking training. The bill was placed on the general state calendar on May 6.

By Matt Stephens
Matt Stephens joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012. A Tomball native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Matt joined as a reporter for The Woodlands team before being promoted to help launch the Spring | Klein edition in spring of 2014 and later to North Houston managing editor in late 2015. He has served as managing editor to the Phoenix and Nashville papers since August 2020.


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