Here are some of the bills we passed this week…
Texas Senate Passes SB 8 – Empowering Parental Rights and SCHOOL CHOICE!
From the first day I arrived in the Texas
Senate, my goal and passion has been to improve public education. As
Senator, when I served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Education,
that passion only grew. I led the fight to increase school funding,
reduce the number of STAAR tests from 15 to 5, created scholarships for
future math and science teachers, and placed added focus on career
education, as well as several other initiatives.
I have always believed in our public school
system of over 8,000 campuses. Many schools are great, most are good,
but we also have those that are failing our students. That is why we
need school choice for parents who want options other than their
failing public school. As Lt. Governor, we passed school choice through
the Senate in 2015 and 2017. Sadly, both bills died in the Texas House
without a hearing.
Parents are the single most important factor
to the success of their child in education, followed by a teacher.
Republicans, Independents and Democrats all support school choice
because Texans agree that families must have choice in education so
every child has the best chance of success.
Here is my official statement following the Texas Senate’s passage of SB 8.
Texas Senate Passes SB 9 – Teacher Pay Raise
As the husband of a long-time school teacher,
the son-in-law of a teacher and father-in-law of a teacher, I know the
impact that a great teacher makes on the development of a child. We
all remember the teachers who made a significant impact on our lives.
Senate Bill 9 – Teacher Pay Raises –
Empowering Teacher Rights, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe,
increases teacher pay by $2,000 for every Texas teacher. Teachers in a
district with 20,000 students or less will receive an additional $4,000
to help close the salary gap between urban, suburban, and rural
Here is my official statement following the bipartisan passage of SB 9.
Texas Senate Passes SB 14 – Ending Child Gender Modification
As Lt. Governor, I believe the practice of child gender modification is abhorrent and must be stopped in Texas.
Senate Bill 14 – Ending Child Gender
Modification, by Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, prohibits
physicians and health care providers from performing sex change
surgeries or prescribing puberty blockers to minors unless medically
necessary, and requires the Texas Medical Board to revoke the license
of a physician who provides the prohibited sex change surgery or drugs.
Additionally, SB 14 prohibits public money from being used or
distributed to providers, medical schools, hospitals, or physicians who
provide these surgeries or drugs.
Here is my official statement following the Texas Senate’s passage of SB 14.
Texas Senate Passes SB 12 – Banning Children’s Exposure to Drag Shows
It is shocking to me that any parent would
allow their young child to be sexualized by drag shows. Children, who
cannot make decisions on their own, must be protected from these
sexually-oriented drag shows now occurring more and more in front of
I selected SB 12 to be a top priority of mine
because someone must fight back against the radical Left’s degradation
of our society and values. I will not allow Texas children to be
sexualized and scarred for life by harmful drag performances.
Here is my official statement on the Texas Senate’s bipartisan passage of SB 12.
Texas Senate Passes SB 1601 – Banning Drag Queen Story Hour
The radical Left’s attempt to sexualize and
indoctrinate Texas children is never-ending. It is infuriating and
unfathomable that public money has been used to fund drag queen story
hour in Texas libraries. The Senate’s passage of SB 1601 is of utmost
importance to put a stop to the sexualization of our children.
Here is my official statement
on the passage of Senate Bill 1601 – Banning Drag Queen Story Hour, by
Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Tyler, which bans drag story hour in Texas
Texas Senate Passes Monumental Power Grid Reform Package
The Power Grid Reform package passed with a
strong bipartisan majority because the Texas Senate and I recognize the
importance of protecting lives that can be lost during a blackout. We
also know improving our grid is essential for the Texas Miracle to
continue throughout the 21st century. Texas’ economy is booming and we
must have reliable generation to meet ever-increasing demand.
Here is my official statement following the passage of the power grid reform package, where you can read more about each bill.
Texas Senate Passes SB 20 & SB 21 – Removing District Attorneys & Judges Who Refuse to Follow Texas Law
Texans unapologetically believe in the rule
of law and expect their judges and district attorneys to follow Texas
law. SB 20 and SB 21 are two of my top priorities this session because
it is unacceptable that rogue district attorneys and judges, primarily
in big cities, are not following our laws. These bills send a clear
message that their delinquent behavior will not be tolerated.
Here is my official statement
on the Texas Senate’s bipartisan passage of Senate Bills 20 and 21 –
Removing District Attorneys & Judges Who Refuse to Follow Texas
Law, both by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston.
Texas Senate Passes SB 23 – Creating A Mandatory 10-Year Prison Sentence for Criminals Committing Gun Crime
Before this session, I came up with the idea
for SB 23 to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Texans believe in
the rule of law and know that criminals who use firearms while
committing crimes must be punished to the full extent of the law. SB 23
makes it very clear that if any criminal uses a gun while committing a
crime, they will face steep consequences.
SB 23 establishes a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for the use of a firearm in the commission of felony offenses.
Here is my official statement
following the Texas Senate’s bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 23 –
Creating A Mandatory 10-Year Prison Sentence for Criminals Committing
Gun Crime, by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston.
Texas Senate UNANIMOUSLY Passes SB 25 – Creating New Scholarships for Nursing Students
Last fall, I came up with the idea of a new
scholarship program to address our nursing shortage in Texas. I asked
Chair Lois Kolkhorst, R- Brenham, to design the program and she has
done a masterful job in crafting this legislation.
Here is my official statement following the Texas Senate’s unanimous passage of SB 25.
Texas Senate Passes SB 28 – Addressing Texas’ Future Water Needs
As Texas’ economy grows and leads America
into the 21st century, our state’s water needs will outpace our supply.
Senate Bill 28 – Addressing Texas’ Future Water Needs, by Sen. Charles
Perry, R-Lubbock, is one of my top priorities because Texas cannot
wait to address this growing problem.
Here is my official statement following the Texas Senate’s bipartisan passage of SB 28.
Texas Senate Passes SB 29 – Banning Local COVID-19 Mandates
In March 2020, when the world locked down, I
went on Fox News and suggested that Texas reopen our economy as
quickly and safely as possible. I took an extraordinary amount of
criticism but, in hindsight, everybody can now see that I was correct.
Texas is thriving and our economy is the strongest in the world.
Here is my official statement on the Texas Senate’s bipartisan passage of SB 29, by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury.
Jennifer Garner Visits the Capitol
On Wednesday, Houston-born actress Jennifer Garner was honored by the Texas Senate for her work with Save the Children.
She stopped by my office afterward and we had a great conversation
about the work she’s been doing with the organization and their focus
on education, especially for rural students.
Another Jennifer comes to Texas
A friend took this cool photo of me talking to Jennifer Landon, daughter of Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie actor, Michael Landon. She plays a saucy character on Yellowstone
as one of the bunkhouse cowboys. In person she could not have been
nicer. We had a long conversation about the show, her dad and Texas,
which she loves.