Submitted by Ken Paxton, State Senator
This was a grinding week. Not only is the pace of business in the Texas Legislature picking up speed, but the tragedies that struck our state and nation this week were devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved with the tragedies in both Boston, Massachusetts and West, Texas. I am encouraged, however, by the overwhelming display of love and support people across the country have shown both cities. Americans and Texans are resilient and I am reminded of how honored I am to serve the people of Senate District 8.
This week the Texas Senate Education Committee voted on and passed SB 23, which provides parents with more choices to meet their children’s education needs. The Education Committee also passed HB 5, which reduces the number of end of course exams and establishes a foundation school curriculum that allows for college readiness, career and technical, and science and math certificates for graduates.
Also, the Texas Senate voted on and passed legislation I authored, SB 843, that requires the Comptroller to aggregate tax and budget information from local governments to provide a one-stop database for citizens to access this information. Currently, each local governing entity is responsible for providing their own tax and budget information. However for citizens who live in multiple taxing districts, accessing this information can be difficult. Requiring the Comptroller to aggregate this information will provide easier and more transparent access to local tax and budget information.
As session continues to progress, please remember you can contact my office to share your thoughts and opinions about any pending legislation.