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Authored SB 552

January 31, 2019

Provides landowners with increased disclosure of existing survey-related rights, including the right to negotiate survey terms and recover damages caused by a survey, as well…

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Authored SB 553

January 31, 2019

Requires a condemning authority to specify which parcel of a landowner’s property is needed for a desired project and which is not subject to condemnation,…

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Authored SB 554

January 31, 2019

Strengthens existing landowner protections which allow Texans the right to repurchase property seized through eminent domain unless the condemning entity can demonstrate “actual progress” on…

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Authored SB 555

January 31, 2019

Ensures that the condemning entity is responsible for the 7% interest penalty assessed on taxes owed by farmers and ranchers when their property is converted,…

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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 SB 1981

March 10, 2017

Requires UIL to undergo a competitive bidding process in selecting host cities for statewide competitions in high school athletics, academics, and music.

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Authored SB 1437

March 8, 2017

Requires that all toll road authorities offer customers a pay-by-mail option, clearly differentiate invoices from bills that require payment, and check for active TxTAG accounts…

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Authored & Passed SB 313

March 6, 2017

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (Sunset Bill) -Strengthens standards for the administration of parenteral dental anesthesia, reduces the size of the board from 15…

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Authored & Passed SB 314

March 6, 2017

Texas Optometry Board (Sunset Bill)- Proposes a number of conforming changes to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, updates the licensing process, strengthens enforcement actions, and…

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Authored SB 1208

March 2, 2017

Improves outdated licensing standards for foster homes and other related child care settings and provides new, specialized care options for child abuse victims.

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Authored & Passed SB 1107

February 27, 2017

Provides a clear and accountable regulatory structure for the operation of telemedical services in Texas.

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Authored & Passed SB 1066

February 23, 2017

Requires Texas medical schools to improve the matching of medical school graduates with an in-state, post-graduate medical residency program, also known as Graduate Medical Education…

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Authored SB 932

February 16, 2017

Long-Term Care Oversight and Protection — eliminates so-called “right to correct” plans for long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes, assisted living centers, and intermediate…

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Authored SB 933

February 16, 2017

Home Health Oversight and Protection — eliminates so-called “right to correct” plans for Home and Community Services Agencies (HCSSAs) found to exhibit chronic, substandard quality…

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Authored SB 934

February 16, 2017

Nursing Facility Liability Insurance — requires all nursing facilities in Texas to carry professional liability insurance coverage of $300,000 per occurrence and $1 million in…

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Authored & Passed SB 674

January 30, 2017

Requires the Texas Medical Board to create an expedited licensure process to allow out-of-state psychiatrists to treat Texas patients in need of care.

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Authored SB 626

January 26, 2017

Two Clear Offers — requires a condemning authority to specify which parcel of a landowner’s property is needed for a desired project and which is…

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Authored SB 627

January 26, 2017

Informed Survey Notice — provides landowners with increased disclosure of existing survey-related rights, including the right to negotiate survey terms and recover damages caused by…

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Authored SB 628

January 26, 2017

Actual Progress Reform — strengthens existing “Landowner’s Bill of Rights” protections which allow landowners the right to repurchase property seized through eminent domain unless the…

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Authored SB 629

January 26, 2017

Ending Land-Use Tax Penalty — eliminates the 7% interest penalty assessed on taxes owed by farmers and ranchers when they convert their property from an…

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Authored SB 575

January 23, 2017

Raises the total revenue exemption on the state’s business franchise tax from $1 million to $4 million, providing substantial tax relief for tens of thousands…

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Authored SB 23 / SB 254

December 19, 2016

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

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Authored & Passed SB 11

December 7, 2016

This omnibus reform package aims at making critical improvements to both Child Protective Services (CPS) and the state foster care system.

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Authored SB 250

November 21, 2016

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

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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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