I will continue to fight to ensure our classrooms maintain adequate funding levels and our teachers can truly teach. I voted to provide $1.6 billion in raises for teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses in the 2020-2021 budget. I supported increasing the state’s share of education funding from 38% to 45%, and alleviating “recapture” pressures felt by districts and their communities by $3.5 billion. Additionally, I believe early childhood development is a critical and important step in a child’s growth and preparedness.
REDUCING PROPERTY TAXES
I supported reforms to our property tax system to make the process more transparent and voted to provide $5 billion in local property tax relief. Providing property owners with real-time tax information and triggering an automatic election for voters to approve the increase when it exceeds the voter approval rate are just a few reforms I have been proud to support during my time in the Legislature.
In my four prior sessions, I have continually voted to provide the necessary funding to shore up the Texas Retirement System, and this past session I voted to provide every retired teacher a 13th check.
Women represent 14.2 million, or 50.2%, of the Texas population. In addition, the number of businesses owned by women in Texas has risen by 146% over the last 20 years, outpacing growth at the national level. Women’s health funding increased 24.3% in the 2020-2021 state budget, with an additional $68 million dedicated to women’s health care over the next two years, including $11.5 million for breast and cervical cancer screenings. I am proud to have voted for these funding increases in women’s health care services outlined in the state budget.
The Healthy Texas Women program is a no cost program offering women’s health and family planning services to eligible women in Texas. Over 248 participating clinics are available within a 20-mile radius of HD97.
It is up to the Federal Government to protect and secure our southern border, but when the politicians in Washington D.C. can’t agree how to do that, the Texas State Legislature has stepped up to do what is necessary to protect our citizens. For the third session in a row I am proud to support and vote for the $800 million border security package that sent Texas DPS Troopers to the border full-time to assist in maintaining safety and security.
COMBATING SEXUAL ASSAULT
I authored and passed House Bill 3106, also known as Molly Jane’s Law, to implement a statewide single source system for detectives to share information on sexual assault investigations, so detectives in different jurisdictions can communicate and identify violent predators.
Furthermore, I authored and passed House Bill 3809 which extended the statute of limitations from 15 to 30 years for child sex abuse survivors wishing to bring suit against their abuser.