Busy Week

Last week was pretty eventful.

On Wednesday, committee assignments were announced and I’m pretty happy about where I landed. This session, I will serve on three committees — Higher Education, Ways and Means, and General Investigating and Ethics.

meet2010aWith tens of thousands of students at the University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County College, and many at private and technical colleges, having a strong voice on the Higher Education Committee is essential for our county. As a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, I hope to have the opportunity to play a role in fixing our school finance system and ensuring that we keep the critical funding needs of our state in mind, while addressing our tax system. I appreciate Speaker Straus naming me to these panels.

On Saturday I hosted town hall meetings in Arlington and Grand Prairie, where I had the chance to talk about some of the issues the Legislature will likely address this session. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to hear about what matters to our community. Based on what people said, it’s pretty evident that the focus should be on the issues that impact most Texas families — improving transportation, supporting public education and protecting taxpayers by cleaning up abuses in state contracting.

If you couldn’t make it on Saturday, but want to share your opinion or have a question about an issue, call us any time. My Capitol staff is available at 512-463-0574.

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One more reminder that space is filling up fast for Texas 101 Day at the Capitol, just over a week away on Wednesday, February 18. There’s about 10 seats left on the bus and we don’t want you to miss out. If you plan to attend, please call Tammy at 817-459-2800 or email chris.turner@house.state.tx.us today.

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If you are in need of coverage or want to switch your health insurance plan, open enrollment through healthcare.gov ends this Sunday, February 15. If you need help navigating the system or just have question, call 2-1-1 or our office and we can help.

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