Updates from your state legislators—May 2015

Sen. Charles Schwertner • District 5Sen. Charles Schwertner • District 5


Recent activity:
SB 133, which relates to mental health first aid training for school district employees, passed the Senate in March. The House version passed out of committee May 12. SB 239, which relates to student loan repayment assistance for certain mental health professionals, passed out of the Senate on April 27.

R-Georgetown
Elected: 2012
512-463-0105
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Sen. Kirk Watson • District 14Sen. Kirk Watson • District 14


Recent activity:
SB 1032 would allow state employees to work flexible hours or to work from home in order to ease rush-hour traffic congestion. The bill passed the Senate on April 22, and it was released from the House State Affairs Committee on May 15. The bill awaits a vote in the House. HB 1510 would protect landlords from liability when they rent to tenants with criminal records. The bill passed the House on May 5 and was released from the Senate State Affairs Committee on May 19. It awaits a vote in the Senate.

D-Austin
Elected: 2006
512-463-0114
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Rep. Dawnna Dukes District 46Rep. Dawnna Dukes • District 46


Recent activity:
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.”

D-Austin
Elected: 1994
512-463-0506
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Rep. Paul Workman • District 47Rep. Paul Workman • District 47


Recent activity:
HB 910 would allow Texans with a concealed handgun license to openly carry guns. It passed the House in April and was released from the Senate State Affairs Committee on May 19. It awaits a vote in the Senate. HB 984 would allow adults born in Texas and adopted as minors to obtain their original birth certificate without a court order. The bill passed the House on April 15, and it was released from the Senate State Affairs Committee on May 18. It awaits a vote in the Senate.

R-Austin
Elected: 2010
512-463-0652
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Rep. Donna Howard • District 48Rep. Donna Howard • District 48


Recent activity:
The Senate passed HB 426 on May 20. The bill reconfigures the Work in Texas website for easier usage for applicants. The House passed HB 964 on May 17. The bill amends the tax code relating to the calculation of the rollback tax rate for school districts. The Senate passed HB 1902 on May 20. The bill address the regulation and use of gray water.

D-Austin
Elected: 2006
512-463-0631
[email protected]




Rep. Elliott Naishtat • District 49Rep. Elliott Naishtat • District 49


Recent activity:
A public hearing was held May 20 for HB 1807, which requires the state to list all postsecondary educational programs for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
HB 3183, an advance directive and do-not-resuscitate order of a pregnant patient—also known as Marlise’s Law—was left pending in a committee despite an April 15 public hearing.

D-Austin
Elected: 1990
512-463-0668
[email protected]




Rep. Celia Israel • District 50


Rep. Celia Israel • District 50


Recent activity:
HB 1324 directs the Texas Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Department of Public Safety and local transit authorities, to implement the Buses on Shoulders pilot program in Travis, Bexar, El Paso and Tarrant counties. The bill passed out of the House on May 7. HB 594, which incentivizes semitrailers to use SH 130, passed out of committee April 22.

D-Austin
Elected: 2013
512-463-0821
[email protected]




Rep. Tony Dale • District 136Rep. Tony Dale • District 136


Recent activity:
On May 15 the Senate passed Dale’s bill, HB 115, to award the Texas Purple Heart medal to victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood. The bill was sent to the governor’s office May 20. Dale’s bill requiring state agencies to participate in a federal program to verify employees, HB 183, was passed out of committee May 4 and is moving forward in the House.

R-Cedar Park
Elected: 2012
512-463-0696
[email protected]


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