Capitol Update: Government That Works

March 16, 2023

Dear Friends,

Bill-filing deadline for the 88th Legislative Session was last week, and I’m reminded that the most important bills are the ones that are brought to me by constituents.

That’s where we really see government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” working the way it’s supposed to.

In fact, earlier this week, CBS 11 ran a story about our multi-session fight against surprise medical billing – and how it all started with a conversation with a constituent in the hallway at church! You can watch the story below.

This session, among the 45 bills I’ve filed on everything from appraisal reform to energy reliability, we’re working on another critical issue that was brought to our attention by a District 9 constituent…

In April of last year, a 15-year-old girl from Tarrant County went missing while attending an event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas County. Although her disappearance was immediately reported by her father to the local police department, he was told to return home to file a report at his local office and ended up facing multiple layers of jurisdiction confusion and delays.

10 days later, in Oklahoma, his daughter was recovered. She had become victim to sex trafficking.

Working closely with this family and law enforcement, we developed SB 2429, the Missing Child Act, which would provide clear-cut training and procedures for missing child cases, particularly when there is a high risk of trafficking or abuse.

I hope to have good news to share with you on these bills and others throughout the remainder of the legislative session. Thank you for taking the time to read through our Capitol Updates, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office at any point during the session to share your thoughts on matters before the Legislature.


Kelly Hancock
Texas Senate, District 9
Chair, Committee on Veteran Affairs
Vice Chair, Committee on Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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