(Austin, Texas) -- Today, the Texas House Republican Caucus unanimously adopted a bylaws change that will allow House Republicans to select an endorsed speaker candidate within the caucus for future legislative sessions. The bylaws call for the endorsed nominee to be selected by a super majority of their Republican colleagues during December of every even-numbered year by secure secret ballot, consistent with the Texas Republican Party’s platform. The process voted upon today will help ensure that the next Speaker will have broad support from the House Republican Caucus.
“I am proud of our caucus members working collaboratively as a body over the past four months to address this issue and I look forward to us working together during the next legislative session,” said Chairman Tan Parker.
(Austin, Texas) Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 32, also known as the Property Tax Payer Empowerment Act of 2017, to increase transparency and reduce confusion around the property tax rate setting and appraisal review process.
(Austin, Texas) Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 9, legislation to extend and expand the scope of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to protect the health of Texas women.
The Republican Members of the Texas House are committed to working diligently to successfully address the conservative legislative agenda put forth by Governor Abbott in this special session.
(Austin) This week, Republicans in the Texas House passed Senate Bill 5, which protects the state’s voting system by requiring voters to provide photo identification or a strong alternative to prove voter identification.
(Austin) On Sunday, the Texas House of Representatives approved legislation to increase transparency and clarity for Texans who pay property taxes. The House unanimously passed the Property Taxpayer Empowerment Act as an amendment to Senate Bill 669.
(Austin) This weekend, Texas House Republicans overwhelmingly supported the House version of Senate Bill 8, the pro-life legislation that bans the inhumane procedure of partial-birth abortions, prohibits the sale of fetal tissues and organs, and provides for the disposition of fetal remains. On the House floor on Friday, Republicans were also able to enhance and strengthen the legislation by adding an amendment that bans the heinous act of dismemberment abortions.
(Austin) The Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 28, which will put the franchise tax on a steady track towards a complete repeal. HB 28 uses excess state revenues to cut the rate of the tax, providing proportionate tax relief for all Texas businesses paying the tax.
(Austin) Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved legislation that prohibits sanctuary city policies in Texas. Senate Bill 4 ensures federal immigration laws that are already on the books are followed and enforced by prohibiting local entities from adopting sanctuary city policies which threaten public safety.
(Austin, Texas) The Texas House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass House Bill 21, a major school finance proposal. The bill increases state funding for public education by $1.6 billion over the next two years, reduces Robin Hood by almost $400 million and makes necessary structural changes to the state’s school finance system.