At the beginning of this legislative session, I laid out the strongest, most conservative agenda brought forward in the Texas Senate.

Once again, the Texas Senate has delivered. The Texas Senate passed all 30 of my priority bills. Out of the 30 priority bills that I identified at the beginning of the 88th legislative session, 25 of these bills, as Senate Bills or similar companion House Bills, have passed into law. This now includes a historic record-setting property tax package that we passed in the second special session.

Four bills passed the Senate, but not the House. The Senate will pass these bills again in a special session in October. Hopefully, the House will as well.

Overall, this session saw many significant conservative accomplishments. The Texas Senate fought for Texans at every turn, working night and day to pass legislation our voters asked us to address. I’m proud of every Senator: their ability, their intellect, and their work ethic. They are the best in the country.

  • SB 1 – State Budget by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston | Passed; Sent to Governor
    HB 1/Bonnen | SP: Huffman – Includes $150m in new funding for port capital improvement projects and $400m to capitalize the ship channel improvement revolving fund.
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  • SB 2 – Restoring Voter Fraud to a Felony by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola
  • Restores the crime of illegal voting to a second-degree felony; clarifies the mental state required for prosecuting illegal voting.
    • Passed in Senate (19-12)
    • Died in House, but incorporated into and passed in HB 1243; sent to Governor
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  • SB 3 – Increasing the Homestead Exemption to $70,000 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston
  • SB 4 – Adding Additional Property Tax Relief by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston
  • SB 5 – Increasing the Business Personal Property Tax Exemption by Sen. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound

 

  • SB 6 – Adding New Natural Gas Plants by Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown
  • Establishes the Texas Energy Insurance Program and other funding mechanisms to provide for the construction and operation of electric generating facilities.
    • Passed in Senate (25-6)
    • Died in House
  • SB 7 – Continuing to Improve the Texas Grid by Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown
  • Creating additional direction for the Public Utilities Commission to direct ERCOT in implementing an ancillary services program, and a program to ensure minimum generation performance during times of high-reliability risk.
    • Passed in Senate (31-0)
    • Died in conference, but included in HB 1500
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  • SB 8 – Empowering Parental Rights – Including School Choice by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe
  • Included public school choice transfers, an Education Savings Account program, prohibition on teaching sexual orientation, and gender identity issues in pre-k-12.
    • Passed in Senate (18-13)
    • Died in House
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  • SB 9 – Empowering Teacher Rights ­­– Teacher Pay Raise by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe
  • Reformed recruitment, retention, preparation, and duties; provided significant pay increases across the board and additional increases for rural teachers; increased merit-based pay through the Teacher Incentive Allotment; created teacher residency program; provided free pre-k for teacher children.
    • Passed in Senate (22-9)
    • Died in House

 

  • SB 10 – Adding 13th Checks for Retired Teachers by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston (HJR 2)
  • Provides a one-time $7,500 check for retired educators over 75 years and a $2,400 check for retired educators ages 70-74 years. Also, a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) was provided at 2%, 4%, or 6% based upon retirement dates.
    • Passed; sent to Governor
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  • SB 11 – Keeping Our Schools Safe and Secure by Sen. Roberts Nichols, R-Jacksonville
  • SB 12 – Banning Children’s Exposure to Drag Shows by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola
  • SB 13 – Protecting Children from Obscene Books in Libraries by Sen. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney
  • SB 14 – Ending Child Gender Modification by Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels
  • SB 15 – Protecting Women’s College Sports by Sen. Mayes Middleton, R-Galveston
  • SB 16 – Banning Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Higher Education by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola
  • SB 17 – Banning Discriminatory “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” (DEI) Policies in Higher Education by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe
  • SB 18 – Eliminating Tenure at General Academic Institutions by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe
  • SB 19 – Creating A New Higher Education Endowment Fund by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston
  • SB 20 – Removing District Attorneys Who Refuse to Follow Texas Law by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston
  • SB 21 – Removing Judges Who Refuse to Follow Texas Law by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston
  • SB 22 – Assisting Rural Law Enforcement Funding – Increasing Pay and Needed Equipment by Sen. Drew Springer, R-Muenster
  • SB 23 – Creating A Mandatory 10-Year Prison Sentence for Criminals Committing Gun Crime by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston
  • SB 24 – Expanding the Texas Pregnancy and Parenting Support Network by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham
  • SB 25 – Creating New Scholarships for Registered Nurses by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham
  • SB 26 – Expanding Mental Health Care Beds Across Texas – Focus on Rural Counties by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham
  • SB 27 – Creating A New Business Specialty Court by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola
  • SB 28 – Addressing Texas’ Future Water Needs by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock
  • SB 29 – Banning Local COVID-19 Mandates by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury
  • SB 30 – Supplemental Budget by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston