2021 Authored Bills

SB 10 (passed as an amendment to SB 11)
Establishes the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium to help ensure better collaboration, coordination, and innovation for all statewide mental health care programs and initiatives.
SB 64
Prioritizes resources so Texas can respond to, and be better protected from, cyber-related attacks.
SB 65
Provides additional safeguards, oversight, and transparency to state contracting processes and practices to ensure that taxpayer dollars used prudently and effectively.
SB 67
Strengthens the appraisal process so that it is more fair, straightforward, and protects the rights of property owners.
SB 68
Takes a deep dive into agency spending and ensures each dollar is justified by starting its budget at zero.
SB 69
Protects the sufficient balance of the Rainy Day Fund, our state's savings account, while also maximizing Texas' long-term investments.
SB 71
Provides stronger protections for victims of sexual assault through the establishment of the Statewide Telehealth Center for Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examination -- which connects specially trained nurses to underserved areas.
SB 72
Creates the Human Trafficking Prevention Coordination Council which charged with the development and implementation of a statewide strategic plan for preventing human trafficking.
SB 73
Protects the personal information of all serving and retired judges in Texas.
SB 234
Expedites the lease-termination process for victims of family violence.
SB 235
Allows tax revenue to be repurposed for the creation of a fire control and emergency medical services district.
SB 237
Adjusts occupational license Sunset review criteria.
SB 239
Requires special taxing districts to have a uniform process for posting meetings.
SB 240
Creates a specialized F-35 license plate.
SB 241
Preserves state resources by eliminating or modifying unnecessary or duplicative reporting requirements.
SB 384
Streamlines reporting requirements by aligning state reporting for health care-associated infections with federal guidelines.
SB 385
Creates a tourism improvement district in the City of Frisco.
SB 386
Creates a tourism improvement district in the City of Denton.
SB 435
Seeks input from local school health advisory councils on how to appropriately educate our youth on the harmful effects of opioid abuse.
SB 436
Protects pregnant women and newborns who are vulnerable to the detrimental effects of opioid abuse through identification and intervention.
SB 437
Prohibits life insurance companies from denying or limiting coverage based on a prescription or obtainment of an opioid antagonist.
SB 500
Provides $7.8 billion in supplemental appropriations for Hurricane Harvey and other essential services.
SB 819
Helps state agencies leverage the full benefits of Information Technology by providing more oversight and coordination across all agencies.
SB 820
Helps school districts keep sensitive student data safe from cyberattacks.
SB 821
Modernizes statute to align current practices, standards, services, and operations of Texas CACs to better serve vulnerable populations.
SB 822
Further supports community mental health programs for Texas veterans and their families.
SB 1066
Helps ensure DCTA is ready to meet all future transportation challenges in the DFW region.

Other Legislative Accomplishments

SB 1
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2021

The General Appropriations Act.

SB 63
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2021

Reforms the governance of appraisal boards, establishes term limits for board members and expedites taxpayer exemption application decisions.

SB 64
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2021

Creates a peer-to-peer counseling network and increases access to licensed mental health providers for Texas Law Enforcement Officers.

SB 197
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2021

Provides a sales tax exemption for purchases from nonprofit animal welfare organizations that rely on foster homes to care for displaced animals.

SB 198
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2021

Makes it easier for retired officers to fulfill the firearms qualification requirement of their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement license.

SB 199
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2021

Extends current liability protections for the use of automated external defibrillator (AED) by businesses and property owners.

SB 475
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2021

Provides the state with more tools to prevent and respond to cyber incidents, while increasing security and standards for handling Texan's personal data.

SB 476
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2021

Directs the establishment of Sexual Assault Response Teams, multi-disciplinary teams that collaborate on sexual assault cases.

SB 477
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2021

Aligns the Tax Code so that collection requirements for marketplace providers are in line with those applicable to other types of sellers.

SB 798
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2021

Allows survivors of domestic violence to obtain a new birth certificate and a state ID at no cost if needed.

SB 799
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2021

Cleans up procurement statutes to simplify training for  state agency employees and, in some circumstances, provides greater  flexibility for agencies to streamline the contracting process.

SB 800
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2021

Streamlines agency reporting requirements, repeals obsolete reports, reduces the frequency of some reports, and redirects certain reports to relevant recipients.

SB 2222
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2021

Provides bullet resistant windshields for Department of Public Safety(DPS) patrol vehicles.

HB 7
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2021

Protects businesses from a major increase in unemployment taxes amid thepandemic.

HB 1080
Sponsor
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2021

Prohibits the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and schools from adopting or enforcing policies restricting students who are outpatients at a mental health facility from participating in UIL activities.

HB 1658
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2021

Modifies the Tax Code to allow the Comptroller to send determinations electronically to the taxpayer's email address on file.

HB 2595
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2021

Directs the Texas Department of Insurance to develop a parity complaint.

HB 2706
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2021

Increases access to resources for survivors of sexual assault, expanding access to forensic medical exams and clarifying the reimbursement process.

HB 3012
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2021

Allows charitable organizations of professional sports associations the same opportunity to support communities through raffles as provided to most major sports organizations.

HB 3746
Sponsor
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2021

Provides more transparency and better informs Texans of breaches thatcould impact their data.

HB 3786
Sponsor
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2021

Allows the Comptroller to require electronic submission of  certain documents, send documents electronically and make electronic tax payments.

HB 3788
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2021

Allows the Comptroller of Public Accounts to provide Appraisal Review Board training online, in addition to in-person.

HB 4018
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2021

Addresses long-term IT infrastructure planning, with the appropriate level of oversight.

HB 16
Co-sponsored
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2019

Protects the rights of an infant who survives an abortion.

HB 888
Co-sponsored
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2019

Creates an offense for anyone who knowingly misrepresents another person as a family member to a peace officer or federal special investigator at a port of entry.

HB 1743
Co-sponsored
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2019

Reduces any "land use" tax and interest imposed on agricultural or timber land.

HB 3703
Co-sponsored
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2019

Expands the Compassionate Use Act to make patients with additional forms of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and spasticity eligible for a low-THC cannabis prescription.

HB 3906
Co-sponsored
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2019

Allow STAAR exams to be administered in multiple parts over more than one day.

SB 2
Co-author
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2019

Reduces property tax growth in Texas by lowering the election rollback tax rate trigger from 8.0 percent to 2.5 percent.

SB 7
Joint-author
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2019

Creates the Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund to provide resources for long-term disaster recovery and protection from future events.

SB 8
Joint-author
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2019

Creates a statewide Flood Plan at the Texas Water Development Board.

SB 12
Joint-author
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2019

Makes the TRS fund actuarially sound and will provide a 13th check to retired teachers.

SB 14
Co-author
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2019

Allows electric cooperatives to use existing electricity easements to erect infrastructure for broadband.

SB 18
Joint-author
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2019

Ensures the lawful expression of free speech at Texas Institutions of Higher Education.

SB 20
Joint-author
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2019

Provides significant recommendations of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

SB 21
Joint-author
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2019

Raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

SB 22
Joint-author
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2019

Prohibits political subdivisions from providing funding to an abortion provider or affiliate.

SB 30
Co-author
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2019

Ensures that ballot language is plainly written for each single issue that may be voted on.

SB 31
Joint-author
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2018

Expands the Guardianship Fraud, Abuse, and Exploitation Deterrence Program at the Office of Court Administration.

SB 548
Joint-author
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2019

Provides significant Texas Ethics Commission reforms.

SB 719
Co-author
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2019

Raises the child victim age from 10 to 15 for an individual to be charged with capital murder.

SB 943
Co-author
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2019

Closes certain loopholes in the Public Information Act to ensure greater transparency in state government.

SB 1451
Co-author
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2019

Authorizes a teacher to document any conduct by a student that does not conform to the student code of conduct and submit that documentation to the principal.

SB 1978
Co-author
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2019

Prohibits a governmental entity from taking any adverse action against any person based on their  membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation, or other support provided to a religious organization.

SB 2100 and SJR 32
Joint-author
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2019

Authorizes counties and cities to transfer a retired law enforcement dog, horse, or other animal to the animal's handler or caretaker.

SJR 24
Co-author
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2019

Constitutionally dedicates the total amount of sporting goods sales tax available to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department each legislative session.

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