While many of you enjoyed Spring Break last week, the legislature continued full steam ahead, with the House and Senate holding committee hearings and debating bills.
The House passed HB 62 which would create a statewide texting and driving ban. In 2015, there were more than 470 fatalities and more than 18,000 injuries on Texas roads as a result of distracted driving. HB 62 would make our roads safer by banning this practice which has already been banned in 46 other states. The Senate State Affairs Committee heard a similar bill last week. I am confident that this session we will be able to pass this common sense legislation.
Last week, the House State Affairs Committee heard SB 4, the sanctuary cities bill. We heard almost 12 hours of testimony from hundreds of witnesses on this important matter. I am looking forward to sending this bill to the House floor for a debate and getting it to the Governor's for his signature. This week, the State Affairs Committee will hear HB 200, which would ban partial birth abortions.
Last week I also presented HB 100 in the House Transportation Committee. HB 100 would create a predictable, statewide regulatory for transportation networking companies. Not only will this bill ensure that companies looking to come to Texas know they can expect fair and predictable regulations in Texas, it will also accelerate the growth of transportation networking companies and help to ensure that they are able to expand to rural areas and provide the same transportation solutions enjoyed by the metro areas.
I also coauthored legislation that would provide a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed in the line of duty. This is similar to the exemption provided for spouses of slain military members and for disabled veterans. This legislation is the least that we can do to show our appreciation for those that lay down their lives to keep the rest of us safe.
It is great to hear from so many East Texans each day on a wide range of issues ranging from education to Second Amendment rights to pro-life issues to healthcare concerns. With your input I am able to better represent you in Austin. As we continue to work our way through the legislative session, please make sure to contact me regarding the issues that are important to you. You can reach me at 512-463-0556 or email@example.com.