Caucus News

Texas House Finalizes Legislation Reforming the Texas Public School Finance System

Posted: May 26, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved House Bill 3 by House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty, which will fundamentally transform how the state funds the public education system in Texas.

"I am extremely proud of the work by every member of the Texas House in passing this legislation. We have truly transformed the Texas public school finance system and schoolchildren in our great State will benefit from these changes for decades. I have worked toward this for a very long time and it is an honor to share this success with each member," said Representative Dan Huberty.

Texas House Republicans Pass Legislation to Increase Property Tax Transparency

Posted: May 26, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, Texas House Republicans finalized and passed Senate Bill 2, also known as the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019, by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows. This legislation ensures governments spend responsibly and prioritize the needs of their communities without burdening their taxpayers.

The provisions of the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019 empower taxpayers by bringing transparency to the tax rate setting process and giving taxpayers the tools and information they need to understand how a proposed tax rate will affect their property tax bill, enabling taxpayers to participate in the rate change process and allowing them to vote on property tax increases, and making the appraisal review board process fair, accountable, and transparent.

Texas House Republicans Pass Bill Protecting Taxpayer Dollars from Funding Abortions

Posted: May 17, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 22 sponsored by Representative Candy Noble, which forbids taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. This legislation will permanently close a loophole that would allow government entities to contract with an abortion provider. 

“Time and time again, Texas House Republicans have stood for the unborn and, with the passage of Senate Bill 22, we have once again defended the sanctity of life. We thank Representative Noble for championing this bill barring state and local government tax dollars from funding abortion providers or their affiliates,” stated Chairman Dustin Burrows. 

Texas House Republicans Approve Bill to Protect Freedom of Expression on College Campuses

Posted: May 17, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, Texas House Republicans stood up for the rights of students to express themselves on college campuses by passing Senate Bill 18 sponsored by Representative Charlie Geren. This legislation will protect an individual’s right to speak and assemble freely on a campus.  

“Throughout the country, college campuses are threatening expressive activities and inhibiting students when they are exercising their First Amendment rights. By passing Senate Bill 18, the Texas House has made it clear these infringements are unjust and will not be tolerated on our campuses,” explained Chairman Dustin Burrows. 

Texas House Approves Bill to Supply Peace Officers with Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Posted: May 17, 2019

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 16 by Representative Lynn Stucky to provide future law enforcement officers with a student loan repayment assistance program.

"Senate Bill 16 will help flip the recent trend of peace officer shortages across the state. It is critical that we are able to attract new young and talented individuals to protect and serve our communities," said Representative Lynn Stucky.

Texas House Republicans Honor Their Commitment to Providing Property Tax Reform

Posted: May 1, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, Texas House Republicans passed Senate Bill 2, also known as the Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act, by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows. This legislation ensures governments spend responsibly and prioritize the needs of their communities without burdening their taxpayers.

The provisions of the Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act empower taxpayers by bringing transparency to the tax rate setting process and giving taxpayers the tools and information they need to understand how a proposed tax rate will affect their property tax bill, enabling taxpayers to participate in the rate change process and allowing them to vote on property tax increases, and making the appraisal review board process fair, accountable and transparent.

Texas House Republicans Approve Bill to Protect Freedom of Expression on College Campuses

Posted: April 30, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, Texas House Republicans stood up for the rights of students to express themselves on college campuses by passing House Bill 2100 by Representative Briscoe Cain. This legislation will protect an individual’s right to speak and assemble freely on a campus so long as they do not interfere with the same ability of another individual.

"College campuses should be bastions of free speech where reflective thought and constructive debate hone young minds in the market place of ideas. Though the U.S. and Texas Constitutions both expressly affirm the right to speak freely, institutions of higher education have increasingly worked to limit the fundamental liberty of expression. I'm proud that the Texas House of Representatives has taken a strong stand towards safeguarding free speech rights for all students, student organizations, and invited guest speakers," stated Representative Briscoe Cain.

Texas House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Provide Texas Retired Teachers with Pension Stability

Posted: April 25, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 12 by Representative Greg Bonnen. With Senate Bill 12, Texas teachers can be confident that the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) Pension Trust Fund will be safeguarded for their future.

“The Texas House and Senate are committed to supporting our retired teachers. SB 12 and HB 9 are a testament to that. Teachers pour their lives into our students, and we will support them,” stated Representative Greg Bonnen.

Texas House Republicans Keep Their Promise to Protect All Texas Lives by Passing the Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act

Posted: April 17, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, Texas House Republicans approved House Bill 16, also known as the Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, by Representative Jeff Leach. House Bill 16 strengthens the protections for infants who survive abortion procedures by requiring the same standards of diligent, professional medical care be afforded to the baby.

"What we have recently seen in Virginia, New York and Washington, D.C., should shock the collective conscience of our Nation. The callous disregard for human life and the refusal to stand against infanticide exhibited by many elected leaders cannot go unanswered. With the passage of the 'Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act,' the Lone Star State is sending a clear message that we will not remain silent and we will not rest in the fight for life.  As the author of House Bill 16, I am proud to join my colleagues in setting in stone the strongest protections in the Nation for babies who survive abortion and, along with them, invite and encourage pro-life legislators in other states to follow Texas’ lead,” said Representative Jeff Leach.

Texas House Approves Bill to Supply Peace Officers with Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Posted: April 17, 2019
Written By: Jordan Wat, Executive Director, Texas House Republican Caucus

Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved House Bill 14 by Representative Lynn Stucky. This legislation provides future law enforcement officers with a student loan repayment assistance program.

"House Bill 14 will help flip the recent trend of peace officer shortages across the state. It is critical that we are able to attract new young and talented individuals to protect and serve our communities," said Representative Lynn Stucky.