Tomorrow is the deadline for legislators to file bills, but already we have seen many pieces of legislation — both good and bad — that need your attention. That is why I am calling an emergency town hall this Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Parque Zaragoza Recreational Center, 2608 Gonzales Street 78702. We will discuss border security, property taxes and other urgent matters. Please make plans to attend.
Texas is Home Act of 2015
No Texan deserves should live in the shadows of society. That’s why I filed House Bill 3301 — the Texas is Home Act of 2015 — this morning. If passed, this comprehensive bill would recognize the “state citizenship” of all Texans, regardless of their immigration status. It would establish a process to obtain state identification cards and driver’s licenses. It would also ease access to state osyccupational licenses, such as those required for pharmacists, doctors, lawyers, cosmetologists, engineers or many others. HB 3301 will improve our public safety, strengthen our economy and help immigrant Texans live with dignity. You can learn more about the bill here.
Bill of the Week: Community Schools
I was honored to receive the “Bill of the Week” award by the Austin Chronicle last Friday for my legislation that would enable struggling schools to become “Community Schools.”
As the Chronicle acknowledged, this is a truly bipartisan measure, with Houston Democrat Sylvester Turner, and Republicans Marsha Farney of Georgetown and Gary VanDeaver of New Boston, all signing on to my bill. Per the Chronicle, “This is smart political jujitsu, turning the language of parental trigger bills and voucher advocates on its head.” Thanks for the vote of confidence, Austin Chronicle! Let’s hope the rest of the Texas Legislature agrees.
Governor Bill Richardson at the Capitol
On Monday, I proudly read House Resolution 915 on the floor of the House to honor Governor Bill Richardson for donating his career papers to the Briscoe Center at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a former US Secretary of Energy, Ambassador to the United Nations, Congressman and two-term Governor of New Mexico. His long and distinguished career included a run for the Democratic presidential primary in 2008. It was very cool getting an opportunity to meet the former Governor and to introduce him to other Texas legislators.