I enjoyed spending time with Senator Ted Cruz last Friday as he spent most of the day in Amarillo. We toured the Bell Helicopter facility and participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. Our visit to Bell Helicopter showcased what the Panhandle is doing for our country. With Bell, Pantex and others in our backyard, we have much to be proud of here at home.
When Texas lawmakers convene in Austin for the legislative session every two years, our single constitutional responsibility is passing a balanced budget for state government spending. Proudly, I am a member of the budget writing committee in the Texas House. From my vantage point, I can say the recently passed state budget is conservative with modest growth to accommodate our state’s priorities. Let me provide a few insights about the budget Texas Panhandle residents should know.
Representative Price has released a statement in response to today's announcement by Comptroller Combs that she will not seek election in 2014:
"I commend Susan Combs for her strong record of public service to the State of Texas. Her contributions to Texans as a public servant touch all corners of our great state. Her advocacy for fiscal responsibility, property owners’ rights, and government transparency leave a lasting legacy as the taxpayers’ champion. I join all Texans in applauding her career and wish her all the best."
Speaker Joe Straus has appointed State Representative Four Price to serve on the 19-member House Select Committee on Redistricting, a special committee that will review the state's interim redistricting plans over the course of the special 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.
With just ten days left of the 2013 regular legislative session, members in the House and Senate are pushing to reach an agreement on one of the most significant issues for this session – water.
Representative Allan Ritter, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced House Bills 4 and 11 this session to jump start the state’s water plans and provide a financing strategy for those projects.
Friday, May 10th marks an important deadline for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session: it is the last day for the House of Representatives to consider general House bills on the floor. Local House bills and Senate bills continue to be heard.
House members filed 4,079 bills and joint resolutions this session. As of Tuesday, May 7th, House committees passed approximately 1,757 bills and joint resolutions; the full House passed 669 bills and joint resolutions.
Regular assessment and oversight of government processes and agency operations are necessary for responsible government. Transparency and accountability are two things that we not only expect from our government, but we must also demand.
To identify areas for government improvement, the Texas Legislature created the Sunset Advisory Commission. The 12-member Sunset Commission evaluates ways to eliminate waste, duplication and inefficiencies in state agencies and considers new ways to improve an agency's operations.
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