2019 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

HB 16
Co-sponsored
-
2019

Protects the rights of an infant who survives an abortion.

HB 888
Co-sponsored
-
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
-
2019

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

HB 3703
Co-sponsored
-
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
-
2019

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

SB 2
Co-author
-
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
-
2019

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

SB 8
Joint-author
-
2019

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

SB 12
Joint-author
-
2019

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

SB 14
Co-author
-
2019

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

SB 18
Joint-author
-
2019

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

SB 20
Joint-author
-
2019

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

SB 21
Joint-author
-
2019

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

SB 22
Joint-author
-
2019

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

SB 30
Co-author
-
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
-
2019

Provides significant Texas Ethics Commission reforms.

SB 719
Co-author
-
2019

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

SB 943
Co-author
-
2019

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

SB 1451
Co-author
-
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
-
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
-
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
-
2019

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

SB 1
Authored
-
2017

Appropriates $217 billion for the state budget.

SB 73
Authored
-
2017

Makes changes to emergency leave policies for state employees.

SB 74
Authored
-
2017

Clarifies and streamlines credentialing requirements for providers seeking to offer targeted case management and rehabilitative services to children, adolescents, and their families.

SB 77
Authored
-
2017

Adds "sexual assault of the other parent" to the list of convictions that can be considered as grounds for terminating parental rights. Allows judges to require parents whose rights to a child have been terminated due to sexual assault of the other parent to be ordered to financially support the child.

SB 78
Authored
-
2017

Allows Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas to receive surplus or salvage computers and equipment from the state.

SB 79
Authored
-
2017

Streamlines access to public information by allowing state agencies to respond to information requests with an internet address where requested information may already exist.

SB 81
Authored
-
2017

Requires the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) board members to file financial disclosure forms extends CPRIT until 2023. Also allows CPRIT board members to serve as non-paid board of directors of grant receiving companies. Removes political donation disclosure requirement for board members.

SB 82
Authored
-
2017

Prohibits TxDOT from temporarily closing a highway or exit ramp on a state highway if the Department receives notice from a city within 180 days of an event.

SB 323
Authored
-
2017

Strengthens state law concerning female genital mutilation to include penalties for those who transport or facilitate the transport of a person for FGM and clarifies that consent or custom cannot be used as a defense to prosecution.

SB 532
Authored
-
2017

Makes changes to cybersecurity protocols and cloud information services for state agencies, including requiring the Texas Department of Information Resources to conduct a risk assessment on agencies information technology.

SB 533
Authored
-
2017

Further reforms state contracting procedures.

SB 854
Authored
-
2017

Allows the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), a division within DPS, to use already appropriated funds to purchase food and beverages for personnel when they are responding to an emergency and unable to leave because of the emergency.

SB 1021
Authored
-
2017

Corrects a drafting error, modifies reporting requirements for the Health and Human Services Commission and Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, and continues past efforts to streamline the process for public input through advisory committees.

SB 1023
Authored
-
2017

Protects personal data collected by the airport when it launches its new automated parking system.

SB 1024
Authored
-
2017

Allows all security vehicles at DFW Airport to use universally recognized emergency lighting.

SB 1179
Authored
-
2017

Makes changes to the Denton County Transportation Authority's purchasing and contracting practices.

HB 2654
Co-Sponsored
-
2017

Exempts county assessor-collectors and local government officials from personal liability when exercising duties authorized under the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act.

HB 1729
Co-Sponsored
-
2017

Requires DPS to provide the opportunity for a person applying for an original or renewal driver license, commercial driver's license, or personal identification certificate, both in the office and online to voluntarily contribute $1 or more to the evidence testing grant program.

HB 777
Co-Sponsored
-
2017

Ensures that military members who are deployed do not lose the agricultural use exemption if the land has a change of use while they are gone, as long as they notify the appraisal office within 30 days of deployment and intend to use the land for the agricultural use within 180 days of returning from deployment.

HB 29
Co-Sponsored
-
2017

Codifies the recommendations of the Texas human trafficking task force, including enhanced penalties for traffickers, providing prosecutors with additional tools for prosecution, improving victim protections, and addressing training needs.

HB 21
Co-Sponsored
-
2017

Creates ASATR hardship grants, facilities funding for districts and charters, and increases the small district adjustment.

HB 4002
Sponsored
-
2017

Clarifies what is considered a "production" cost that qualifies for a deduction when calculating businesses' franchise tax liability.

HB 3849
Sponsored
-
2017

Provides that funds, accounts, and dedications established by bills passed by the 85th Legislature become part of the General Revenue Fund unless they are exempted in this bill.

HB 1913
Sponsored
-
2017

Removes requirement that the president of UNTHSC be a doctor of osteopathy and allows UNTHSC to offer an allopathic medical degree.

HB 1697
Sponsored
-
2017

Creates a grant program at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), to award grants to nonurban health care facilities to connect the facilities with pediatric specialists and subspecialists who provide telemedicine medical services.

HB 1472
Sponsored
-
2017

Allows public community colleges to invest oil and gas royalties from land it owns according to the investment standard in the Texas Trust Code.

HB 1434
Sponsored
-
2017

Authorizes the Texas Department of Public Safety to display in a publicly accessible area materials related to driving with autism.

HB 1266
Sponsored
-
2017

Requires a criminal court to provide three day notice prior to a hearing to the prosecutor and defendant.

HB 1187
Sponsored
-
2017

Provides explicit authority for a captive insurance company (i.e. Kubota) to insure "credit life insurance and credit disability insurance offered as a part of, or directly relating to, the operational risks of an affiliate".

HB 755
Sponsored
-
2017

Permits the Lantana Education Foundation to provide charitable donations to Guyer High School.

HB 30
Sponsored
-
2017

Delays payments to ERS to pay for school finance reform in HB 21. Does not take effect if HB 21 passes.

HB 8
Sponsored
-
2017

Sets forth certain requirements all state agencies would be required to follow relating to cyber security.

HB 2
Sponsored
-
2017

Appropriates $2.6 billion in funding for the budget deficit for FY 16-17.

SB 1806
Co-Authored
-
2017

Requires the Department of Family and Protective Services to refer certain cases to a children's advocacy center for a multidisciplinary approach to joint investigations.

SB 752
Co-Authored
-
2017

Allows counties to establish an email ballot program for members of the armed forces currently overseas.

SB 712
Co-Authored
-
2017

Allows a judge to consider felony-level family violence convictions when choosing to issue a protective order in excess of 2 years.

SB 500
Co-Authored
-
2017

Prohibits public officials convicted of a felony abuse of power from receiving a public pension while serving prison time. Also requires the immediate expulsion from office of a legislator convicted of a felony.

SB 256
Co-Authored
-
2017

Protects the confidentiality of home addresses for victims of family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking by redacting their home addresses from public records.

SB 16
Co-Authored
-
2017

Reduces the fee for a concealed handgun license.

SB 12
Co-Authored
-
2017

Creates a grant program administered through the Office of the Governor for police departments to apply for bullet protective vests.

SB 7
Co-Authored
-
2017

Enhances statutory language concerning inappropriate student teacher relationships, including enhancing penalties.

SB 6
Co-Authored
-
2017

Ends forced annexation by municipalities in certain sized counties, requiring consent of the majority of property owners registered to vote. Makes other changes to the annexation process.

SB 4
Co-Authored
-
2017

Prohibits local entities from adopting policies that prohibit or discourage the enforcement of state and federal immigration laws.

SB 1179
Authored
-
2017

Makes changes to the Denton County Transportation Authority's purchasing and contracting practices.

SB 1024
Authored
-
2017

Allows all security vehicles at DFW Airport to use universally recognized emergency lighting.

SB 1023
Authored
-
2017

Protects personal data collected by the airport when it launches its new automated parking system.

SB 1021
Authored
-
2017

Corrects a drafting error, modifies reporting requirements for the Health and Human Services Commission and Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, and continues past efforts to streamline the process for public input through advisory committees.

SB 854
Authored
-
2017

Allows the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), a division within DPS, to use already appropriated funds to purchase food and beverages for personnel when they are responding to an emergency and unable to leave because of the emergency.

SB 533
Authored
-
2017

Further reforms state contracting procedures.

SB 532
Authored
-
2017

Makes changes to cybersecurity protocols and cloud information services for state agencies, including requiring the Texas Department of Information Resources to conduct a risk assessment on agencies information technology.

SB 323
Authored
-
2017

Strengthens state law concerning female genital mutilation to include penalties for those who transport or facilitate the transport of a person for FGM and clarifies that consent or custom cannot be used as a defense to prosecution.

SB 82
Authored
-
2017

Prohibits TxDOT from temporarily closing a highway or exit ramp on a state highway if the Department receives notice from a city within 180 days of an event.

SB 81
Authored
-
2017

Requires the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) board members to file financial disclosure forms extends CPRIT until 2023. Also allows CPRIT board members to serve as non-paid board of directors of grant receiving companies. Removes political donation disclosure requirement for board members.

SB 79
Authored
-
2017

Streamlines access to public information by allowing state agencies to respond to information requests with an internet address where requested information may already exist.

SB 78
Authored
-
2017

Allows Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas to receive surplus or salvage computers and equipment from the state.

SB 77
Authored
-
2017

Adds "sexual assault of the other parent" to the list of convictions that can be considered as grounds for terminating parental rights. Allows judges to require parents whose rights to a child have been terminated due to sexual assault of the other parent to be ordered to financially support the child.

SB 74
Authored
-
2017

Clarifies and streamlines credentialing requirements for providers seeking to offer targeted case management and rehabilitative services to children, adolescents, and their families.

SB 73
Authored
-
2017

Makes changes to emergency leave policies for state employees.

SB 1
Authored
-
2017

Appropriates $217 billion for the state budget.

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