Capitol Update: 14 Days

May 20, 2015

 

Dear Friends,

With just two weeks remaining in the 84th Legislative Session, the State Capitol is busier than ever. Both the House and Senate have passed significant legislation to tackle some of Texas’ biggest challenges, including border security, transportation, water, and education reform.

Now the two Chambers are working out any differences in those bills to ensure solid, conservative legislation arrives on Governor Abbott’s desk.

A number of bills I authored or sponsored are making their way through this process.

  • SB 9 tightens the state spending cap, ensuring our state budget is fiscally sound and responsible for generations to come. SB 9 passed the Senate and is awaiting a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee.
  • SB 272 lets Texans voluntarily donate to the Special Olympics Texas fund when renewing their motor vehicle registration. This bill has been sent to the Governor!
  • SB 481 protects patients from surprise medical bills, or “balance billing.” The measure passed the Senate in April and passed the House yesterday. This bill is well on its way to becoming law.
  • SB 683 streamlines the property tax refund process for affected citizens and small businesses. This bill has been heard by the House Ways & Means Committee, and a vote should follow soon.
  • HB 1945 removes insurance bureaucracy, cuts red tape, and makes healthcare more affordable by allowing doctors and patients to enter into direct primary care agreements. The bill has passed both Chambers and is awaiting a final procedural vote in the House.

As we consider hundreds of bills in these final weeks, there will be some good, worthy ones and a fair share of bad ones. I intend to continue casting my vote for conservative values and free market principles.

Sincerely,

Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9


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