Updates from your state legislators for Frisco

The 85th Texas Legislature is in session until May 29.

The 85th Texas Legislature is in session until May 29.

At the Capitol Sen. Van Taylor[/caption]

Sen. Van Taylor • District 8

R-Plano • Elected: 2014

Sampling of bills filed:

  • Senate Bill 338: Relating to the first day of the school year for public schools.

  • Senate Joint Resolution 21: Proposing a constitutional amendment providing that members of the legislature and the lieutenant governor will not receive a state salary or per diem during certain periods unless the legislature has passed the state’s budget and the budget is certified.

At the Capitol Sen. Jane Nelson[/caption]

Sen. Jane Nelson • District 12

R-Flower Mound • Elected: 1993
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Sampling of bills filed:

  • SB 74: Relating to the provision of certain behavioral health services to children, adolescents and their families under a contract with a managed care organization.

  • SB 76: Relating to the authority of general-law municipalities to restrict sex offenders from child safety zones in the municipality.

  • SB 79: Relating to the production of public information available on a publicly accessible website.

At the Capitol Rep. Justin Holland[/caption]

Rep. Justin Holland • District 33

R-Rockwall • Elected: 2016
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Sampling of bills filed:

  • HB 457: Relating to the confidentiality of certain home address information in ad valorem tax appraisal records.

  • HCR 42: Designating the city of Rockwall as the official Live Music Capital of North Texas.


At the Capitol Rep. Scott Sanford[/caption]

Rep. Scott Sanford • District 70

R-McKinney • Elected: 2012
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Sampling of bills filed:

  • No bills have been filed, but Sanford is drafting a bill that would create a new type of emergency, temporary foster care. Sanford said it would allow children removed from their home the ability to stay with a family friend or mentor within their community until Child Protective Services deems it safe to return the children or finds a more permanent foster care arrangement.

At the Capitol Rep. Pat Fallon[/caption]

Rep. Pat Fallon • District 106

R-Frisco • Elected: 2012
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Sampling of bills filed:

  • House Joint Resolution 38: Proposing a constitutional amendment to limit the time that a person may serve as a member of the Texas Legislature.

  • House Bill 592: Relating to a sales tax exemption for items sold at a United States military installation to a member of the United States armed forces on active duty.

  • HB 485: Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.

Other proposals to watch

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

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

Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, drafted SB 2, which would lower the property tax rollback rate from 8 percent to 4 percent.