Friday , 25 May 2018

A Message from Ken Paxton: Highlights from the Week

Submitted by Ken Paxton, State Senator

At this point in the legislative session, each legislative body wraps up debate and passage of their own bills and begins to take up legislation produced by the other body.

This week the Texas Senate debated and passed SB 1458, which would revise the Teachers Retirement System and make it fundamentally sound for future public school teachers. SB 1458 is now on its way to the Texas House for consideration and passage.

Also this week, the Senate concurred with the House amendments to my bill, SB 866, and sent it to the Governor’s desk for his signature. SB 866 promotes local government efficiency in technology by allowing local governments to receive services from a statewide technology center.

I have agreed to be the Senate sponsor of several House bills that are going through the committee process in the Senate. Two of the House Bills I am sponsoring are HB 1076 and HB 148.

House Bill 1076 would preclude any state officer from enforcing any federal mandate restricting gun ownership in the state of Texas. This legislation will preserve Texans’ second amendment rights no matter what restrictions the federal government may try to impose.

House Bill 148 would reduce voter fraud by cracking down on “ballot harvesting,” making it a Class A misdemeanor for someone to collect and submit more than 10 mail-in ballots. This bill protects voter identity and will provide for increased trust in the mail-in ballot system.

With less than 20 days left in the legislative session, there is still a lot of work to do. I look forward to continuing to serve the constituents of District 8 and promote sound conservative policy.

Ken Paxton is a State Senator from McKinney.

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