Caucus News

TEXAS HOUSE PASSES VOTER ID LEGISLATION

Posted: May 24, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(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. 

TEXAS HOUSE PASSES PROPERTY TAXPAYER EMPOWERMENT ACT

Posted: May 22, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(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. 

TEXAS HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS COMPREHENSIVE PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION

Posted: May 21, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(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. 

TEXAS HOUSE REPUBLICANS APPROVE LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE THE TEXAS FRANCHISE TAX

Posted: April 28, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(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. 

Texas House Approves Sanctuary Cities Ban

Posted: April 27, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(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.

House Passes Public School Finance Legislation

Posted: April 20, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(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.

House Appropriations Committee Votes Out Fiscally Conservative Budget for the Next Biennium

Posted: March 30, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(Austin, Texas) This week, the House Committee on Appropriations approved the House budget and supplemental budget for the next two years. The approved budget and supplemental budget will now move to the full House of Representatives for consideration and will be heard on the House floor next week.

Texas House Passes Child Protection Legislation

Posted: March 2, 2017
Written By: Kelly Carnal, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

(Austin, Texas) On Thursday, Republican Members of the Texas House showed their commitment to providing the necessary reform to Child Protective Services by approving House Bill 4, which provides additional monetary assistance for family members who care for a child who has been removed from his or her home, and House Bill 5, which makes the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) a stand-alone agency with a Commissioner appointed by the Governor.