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Elected to the Texas Senate for the 86th Legislative Session.

November 1, 2018

Elected to the Texas Senate for the 86th Legislative Session.

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Authored & Passed SB 8

November 17, 2016

Enacts a prohibition on two controversial abortion procedures that involve dismembering an unborn child in the womb or by partially delivering an unborn child in…

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Authored SB 4

November 15, 2016

Prohibits government entities in Texas from providing funding or other material support to an abortion provider or affiliate.

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Primary Sponsor & Passed HB 100 (SB 176)

November 14, 2016

Establishes a fair, predictable, and consistent statewide regulation of transportation networking companies like Uber and Lyft.

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Authored & Passed SB 1406

March 12, 2015

Expands the use of the existing Child Safety Check Alert List, allows the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the Department of Public…

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Authored & Passed SB 1407

March 12, 2015

Designed to allow foster children to live a more “normal” life by protecting foster parents from punitive damages when they allow their foster child to…

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Authored & Passed SB 206

March 5, 2015

Department of Family Protective Services (Sunset Bill) – proposes a number of sweeping reforms and operational changes to the state agency charged with overseeing Child…

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Authored SB 8

February 24, 2015

Small Business Tax Relief Act – establishes a permanent $4 million total revenue exemption from the state’s business franchise tax and provides critical tax relief…

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Authored SB 538

February 10, 2015

Seeks to establish a clear command structure in future public health emergencies, guaranteeing hospitals, medical workers, and first responders access to the necessary tools to…

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Authored & Passed SB 425

February 2, 2015

Requires all freestanding emergency rooms to display clear and accurate information about their charges and fees, and disclose to consumers that any charges incurred are…

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Authored SB 401

January 29, 2015

Requires all state contractors and subcontractors to utilize the federal E-Verify system to determine the legal work status of their employees.

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Authored & Passed SB 304

January 15, 2015

Requires the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to revoke the license of any nursing facility with three or more serious health and safety…

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Authored & Passed SB 267

December 19, 2014

Provides the state with more options to protect community hospitals from closure as a result of fraud or mismanagement by a corrupt hospital administrator.

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Authored & Passed SB 239

December 15, 2014

Offers student loan repayment assistance for psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurses, and clinical social workers who agree to provide…

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Authored SB 233

December 9, 2014

Aims to cap college tuition and fees at their current levels while limiting any future increases to no more than the rate of inflation.

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Authored SB 84 / SJR 15

November 10, 2014

Provides additional highway funding by ending a number of longstanding budgetary diversions that currently draw gas tax dollars away from the State Highway Fund to…

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Elected to the Texas Senate for the 84th Legislative Session.

November 1, 2014

Elected to the Texas Senate for the 84th Legislative Session.

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Authored SB 1808 / SJR 61

March 8, 2013

If Texas were to negotiate and agree to a Texas-based Medicaid solution, this bill calls for an amendment to the Texas Constitution that requires state…

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Co-Sponsored HB 5

February 6, 2013

Texas Public Education Reform – a package of legislative reforms intended to improve Texas schools by expanding curriculum options, enhances school accountability, and reduces the…

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Authored HB 1 – Rider 48

January 15, 2013

Bans State Funds for High-Speed Rail Projects – bans the use of state taxpayer dollars to support the construction of high-speed railway in Texas.

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Elected to the Texas Senate for the 83rd Legislative Session.

November 1, 2012

Elected to the Texas Senate for the 83rd Legislative Session.

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Elected to the Texas House of Representatives for the 82nd Legislative Session.

November 1, 2010

Elected to the Texas House of Representatives for the 82nd Legislative Session.

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