Updates from your state legislators

At the Capitol Sen. Paul Bettencourt • District 7[/caption]

Sen. Paul BettencourtDistrict 7


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.


R-Houston
Elected: 2014
512-463-0107
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At the Capitol Sen. Joan Huffman • District 17[/caption]

Sen. Joan Huffman District 17


Top bills filed:
• Authored SB 1697, which passed May 20. The bill makes information of those involved in state executions confidential and protected from public records requests.


• Authored SB 183 which was referred to the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee on May 14. The bill imposes a penalty to those who violate prisoners’ rights by forced sexual activity. 


R-Houston
Elected: 2008
512-463-0117
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At the Capitol Sen. Lois Kolkhorst • District 18[/caption]



 Sen. Lois Kolkhorst  District 18


Top bills filed:
• Authored a legislative package, which includes Senate bills 925, 934, 935 and 972, to create stipends for elementary school teachers and establishes reading excellence teams in low-performing areas. The package passed in the Senate on April 23 and moved to the House.


• Authored SB 474, which passed the Senate on April 9. The bill requires condemnors to pay legal fees and appraisal costs incurred by landowners in eminent domain cases.


R-Brenham
Elected: 2014
512-463-0118
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At the Capitol Rep. Cecil Bell • District 3[/caption]

Rep. Cecil Bell District 3


Top bills filed:
• Co-authored House Bill 460, which would allow search warrants  to be issued for blood tests for intoxication charges. The bill was referred to the Criminal Justice Committee on May 14.


• Authored HB 1745, which states no state or local governmental employee may be compelled to recognize a marriage or enforce a marriage license that violates a personal religious belief. The bill has been left pending in the State Affairs Committee since March 25.


R-Magnolia
Elected: 2012
512-463-0650
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At the Capitol Rep. John Zerwas • District 28[/caption]

Rep. John Zerwas District 28


Top bills filed:
• Co-authored HB 658 to create a Texas State Technical College System   campus in Fort Bend County. The bill was signed by both the House and Senate on May 14 and sent to the governor for approval.


• Authored HB 1992 to increase acceptance of Advanced Placement credits at public universities and colleges. The bill passed both the House and Senate and was placed on the Local and Uncontested Calendar May 20.


R-Simonton
Elected: 2006
512-463-0657
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At the Capitol Rep. Mike Schofield • District 132[/caption]

Rep. Mike Schofield District 132


Top bills filed:
• Co-authored HB 658 to create a Texas State Technical College System   campus in Fort Bend County. The bill was signed by both the House and Senate on May 14 and sent to the governor for approval.


• Authored HB 1992 to increase acceptance of Advanced Placement credits at public universities and colleges. The bill passed both the House and Senate and was placed on the Local and Uncontested Calendar May 20.


R-Katy
Elected: 2014
512-463-0528
[email protected]







At the Capitol Sen. Hubert Vo • District 149[/caption]

Rep. Hubert Vo District 149


Top bills filed:
• Co-authored HB 61 which would create a common course numbering system for Texas universities and community colleges. The bill was placed on the General State Calendar on May 13.


• Authored HB 2429, which relates to persons who can consent to the immunization of a child. The bill was voted out of the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee and placed on the General State Calendar May 14.


D-Houston
Elected: 2004
512-463-0568
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