It's hard to believe that we’re already almost halfway through the 140-day legislative session. I have been busy in non-stop hearings with the appropriations subcommittee on education and finalizing my bills on higher education and other issues before the deadline this Friday to file bills. So far I've filed 72 bills, which you can find here on the Capitol's website. As you can see, I've focused on:
The Legislature’s committees have also started to hold hearings on bills. So far I've presented two bills improving child support collection, one to help cities pay for fire stations for new developments, and another to give parents of newborns a child development guide with information on the importance of reading to kids, parenting tips, health and safety issues, and more. In the coming weeks there will be more hearings, and then bills will start to reach the full House of Representatives for a debate and vote. We are quickly approaching the end of the session on June 1, and we've got our work cut out for us between now and then.
P.S. I’ve caught the “social networking” bug – it’s proven to be a great way for me to stay connected with constituents and friends while I’m in Austin. We’ve had some really interesting discussions on the issues. I’m able to tap into expertise from individuals around the state just by posting a question. Join me on Facebook: you can keep tabs on what I’m doing as I serve in your Texas Capitol and give me your feedback on the issues that matter to you. You can also write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (210) 734-8937.