Bills a Reflection of Feedback from District Meetings
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today pre-filed nine bills addressing concerns brought to him by constituents during the interim. Encouraging public engagement in state government, Senator Taylor has a 100% meeting policy with constituents. The results of these meetings often lead to drafting legislation.
"For our government to work, political power must rest with the people. That is why I maintain a 100% meeting policy and actively seek out feedback from the people I am privileged to serve," stated Taylor. "Over the past year and a half, I have had the opportunity to meet with thousands of concerned citizens and work with many of them to draft important solutions for Texas. I am proud to kick off the first day to pre-file bills for the 2017 session by filing these important pieces of legislation on behalf of my constituents."
With additional legislation currently being drafted or slated to filed soon, Senator Taylor filed nine bills on the first day to pre-file legislation for the 2017 session:
S.B. 135: One, Five, Ten Percent Cut Act - Requires each state agency submit a report that identifies ways to cut their respective budgets by 1%, 5%, and 10% for each fiscal biennium.
S.B. 136: American Voter Verification Act - Ensures only legal citizens are able to vote by requiring the Secretary of State database communicate with the Department of Public Safety Database to verify citizenship of our state voter rolls.
S.B. 137: State Employee Lobby Ban Act - Establishes a bright line within the state's employee ethics policy prohibiting agency personnel from all forms of paid lobbying including lobbying local, federal, or foreign governments.
S.B. 138: Streamline Veteran's License to Carry Act - Expedites the process for honorably discharged veterans to obtain their license to carry in Texas.
S.B. 139: Safer Licensing Standards Act - Ensures providers that have a record of harming patients are not granted license renewals or new licenses for other types of facilities.
S.B. 140: Theft Ladder for Insider Trading of Politicians Act - Strengthens the penalty for the offense of insider trading by public servants who misuse their position for monetary gain.
S.B. 141: Texas Grants for Texans Act - Changes eligibility requirements for TEXAS education grants so that only legal citizens qualify.
S.B. 142: Franchise Tax Simplification Act - Offers Texas businesses a streamlined process for franchise tax calculations saving time and compliance costs.
S.B. 177: Majority Rights Protection Act - Establishes a legal framework to protect the property rights of Texas oil field owners and increase production during secondary or tertiary recovery.
Working for the people of Collin and Dallas counties, last session Senator Taylor carried 39 bills that became law, maintained a perfect attendance record casting all 3,909 votes, had 355 separate meetings with constituents, closed 193 casework cases helping constituents who had issues with a government agency, and personally signed 17,102 letters replying to constituents questions, thoughts, ideas, and concerns.
“I work for the people,” Taylor continued. “It is an honor to represent our communities here in Collin and Dallas counties, and I will fight every day on their behalf for limited and efficient government, more jobs, and a brighter future for our children.”
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Nominations Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He is also as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees as well as the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.
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