Four Price - Texas State Representative, Republican, District 87 | End of 83rd General Session

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End of 83rd General Session

As this 2013 regular session draws to a close, and we prepare for a Special Legislative Session, I’d like to look back on the progress made over the last 140 days for House District 87 and for Texas.

When the 83rd legislative session kicked off in January, there were a number of issues I wanted to address – healthcare, public safety, and water, among others – so I laid out the priorities ahead and promises kept from the previous legislative session.

Over the course of the session, I’ve authored and sponsored 35 bills, and joint and coauthored an additional 51 bills. I’m proud to see many bills that I authored and sponsored go to the desk of Governor Perry to be signed into law.

•    HB 220 – Gives judges the discretion to stack the sentences of first-degree felony offenders convicted of multiple counts of abuse against a child, an elderly or a disabled person.

•    HB 729 – Enables healthcare facilities to obtain criminal history information on those who administer care and have direct access to patients and residents.

•    HB 1238 – Names a portion of state highway in Stratford, Texas in memory of State Trooper Bobby Steve Booth, who was slain in the line of duty.

•    HB 1294 – Restricts the available defense for a person cited for failure to properly secure a child in a child safety seat, so as to ensure more adults secure children in a safe, operative child safety seat system when driving.

•    HB 1662 – Allows the City of Amarillo to use the hotel occupancy tax it collects to review hotels for verification of accurate and complete tax collection.

•    HB 1685 – Continues the self-directed and semi-independent status of the Texas Board of Public Accountancy, the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. These agencies are subject to review by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

•    HB 1717 – Continues the functions of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. This agency is subject to review by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

•    HB 1762 – Closes a gap for certain employers in our Workers’ Compensation laws.

•    HB 1869 – A major win for Texans, House Bill 1869 makes it easier to settle certain cases and provides for certainty in our civil justice system.

•    HB 2673 – Provides for better protections and care of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in our state supported living centers.

•    HB 2683 – Increases the safety and well-being of disabled Texans receiving attendant care in nursing facilities.

•    HB 3196 – Increases and improves patient care and access to Medicaid-eligible nursing facilities.

•    HB 3378 – Permits the 47th District Court in Armstrong County to set a more manageable and efficient term of court.  

•    SB 201 – Continues the functions of the State Preservation Board. This agency is subject to review by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

•    SB 202 – Continues the functions of the Texas Commission on the Arts. This agency is subject to review by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

•    SB 204 – Continues the functions of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. This agency is subject to review by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

•    SB 213 – Continues the functions of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Windham School District, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee. These branches are subject to review by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

•    SB 1234 – Gives public schools better tools to ensure kids stay in school and don't become truant.

•    SB 1282 – Gives more flexibility to groundwater conservation districts to report their desired future conditions.

My focus remained on my responsibility to the voters who sent me to Austin to be their voice. It is my belief that in these past few months, my colleagues in the Texas House and I have succeeded in passing legislation that will continue to make Texas the best place to live, to work, and to raise a family. I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished this session. Thank you to my constituents in HD 87 for entrusting me with your vote and to my colleagues in the Texas House for making this session successful.