Smaller, More Transparent Government
HR 4, Amendment 8, would have increased transparency by requiring live-streaming of the Redistricting Committee. The District 33 incumbent voted against it.
HR 4, Amendment 13, would have allowed the House to speak out against a governor's executive order and rein in executive overreach. The District 33 incumbent voted against it.
HR 4, Amendment 15, would have shifted power from House leadership to its members, and allowed elected lawmakers to represent their constituents by ensuring that at least one item of their proposed legislation would get a vote by the House. The District 33 incumbent voted against it.
HR 4, Amendment 17, would have increased transparency by requiring the Calendars committee to take a vote on each piece of legislation, rather than just letting them "die in committee" without a vote, leaving voters no way to hold their lawmakers accountable. The District 33 incumbent voted against it.
HB 1600, known as the "Sunset Safety Net" is the bill passed every session in order to continue agencies subject to sunset should the Texas Legislature fail to pass legislation renewing them. This legislation eviscerates the entire intent of the sunset process and removes lawmakers' ability to reform state agencies. The District 33 incumbent voted in favor of this bill. Then, in November 2021, Speaker Phelan appointed the District 33 incumbent to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, with the first two years as Vice Chair of the Commission. This is the very commission required to review the agencies subject to sunset each year, but HB 1600 allows those agencies to continue even if the Commission doesn't do its job. Is this safety net for the Commission? Or the taxpayer?
I could go on.... but I think you may get the picture. If elected to serve you in Austin, I will vote for increased transparency, smaller government, more power to the people, and less to the elected officials.