Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

February 24, 2017

Senator Nelson Files SB 532 and SB 533Addressing
Cybersecurity And Contracting
Senator Nelson has filed two bills aimed at building on work from last session relating to state contracting and promoting cybersecurity within state agencies. Both bills address significant issues before the Legislature.

Senator Nelson said, "SB 532 will help us better secure the sensitive data stored by our agencies and protect against cyber-attacks." She added, "SB 533 builds upon our contracting reforms from last session, bringing additional government functions under the enhanced oversight and strengthening oversight of information technology contracts."

 

Senator Nelson Files
Appraisal Reform Bill
Senator Nelson filed SB 669 reforming the property tax appraisal process. “This legislation will strengthen the rights of taxpayers and make the appraisal process fair, accountable and more transparent,” Senator Nelson said.

 

Senator Nelson Receives
'Partner In Courage Award'
Senator Nelson was honored with the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas 2017 Partner In Courage Award during the biennial Partners in Courage Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

"This award has special meaning because it comes from an organization dedicated to providing justice and healing for children who have been abused and neglected," Senator Nelson said. "I wish it were a perfect world, where no one would ever hurt a child. Fortunately, these children have an avenue to recovery at our Children's Advocacy Centers."

 

SB 17 Keeps Texas On Path
To Eliminating Franchise Tax
Senator Jane Nelson filed SB 17, which establishes a formula with the goal of phasing out the franchise tax over the next 10 years.

"SB 17 keeps Texas on the path to responsibly eliminating the franchise tax while maintaining the ability to meet our needs. If we are to remain the friendliest state for businesses, we need to remove this obstacle to job creation and economic growth,” Senator Nelson said. “Under SB 17, as the economy grows, so does tax relief.”

 

Senator Nelson Appoints
SB 1 Work Groups
Senator Jane Nelson appointed work groups to develop final recommendations for SB 1, the Senate's base budget, as the Senate Finance Committee finished its first four weeks of budget hearings.

"We have had four productive weeks of hearings and heard extensive testimony on each agency budget request. SB 1 is a starting point, and now we turn our attention to making decisions about our funding priorities," said Senator Nelson. "In a lean budget year, we will have to prioritize, but I am confident we will pass a responsible budget that meets our needs."

The Committee promptly began hearings on January 24, 2017 and was presented with budget requests from 167 agencies, boards and commissions.