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Governor Greg Abbott Uses State of State Address to Tap Senator Van Taylor to Lead Ethics Reform Initiatives

Taylor’s Anti-Corruption Efforts Get Placed on the Governor’s Emergency Call

AUSTIN, TX – In his State of the State Address, Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Senator Van Taylor will spearhead significant ethics reform and anti-corruption legislation. Declaring it a priority for the Legislature to address, Governor Abbott's call for ethics reform as an emergency measure propels the issue to the forefront of the Legislature's attention. Using the authority granted under the Texas Constitution, Abbott's order clears the path for the Legislature to approve needed reforms early in the legislative process.

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Senator Van Taylor Adds to His Limited Government Legislative Package

AUSTIN, TX - Senator Van Taylor today announced a new series of bills added to his limited government legislative package. Late last week, Taylor filed SB 403, The "Cap Government Growth Act," and SB 404, the "One, Five, Ten Percent Cut Act." This recent filing comes on the heels of SJR 9, The "Texas REINS Act" (Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny), which would allow the Legislature to oversee and reject new rules or regulations proposed by state agencies that are made contrary to legislative intent.

"The growth in state government, fueled by greater spending of taxpayers' dollars, is a clear and present danger to personal freedom and individual liberty," stated Taylor. "The more government spends, or expands its reach by intrusive and unnecessary regulations, the more freedom it takes away from the people it serves. Limiting the size and reach of government is a top priority of mine for this legislative session and these bills will have a significant impact to that end."

Piper McCraw, immediate past president of Golden Corridor Republican Women, said of Taylor's legislation, "Senator Taylor is a strong, conservative leader who is truly advocating for the citizens of Texas to limit intrusive and over-burdensome government.  His limited government package offers necessary and systematic solutions to reduce the size and reach of government. His recent bills would provide additional measures to strengthen our state spending cap and direct all our state agencies to proactively find ways in which they can find savings within their budgets. Van is quickly proving himself to be a thoughtful conservative leader in the Texas Senate who we can trust to fight for the people of Texas."

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Senator Van Taylor Unveils Government Transparency Package

AUSTIN, TX - Senator Van Taylor today announced the unveiling of his government transparency package. Adding to previously filed SB 115, the " Transparency for Government Benefits Act," which would make retirement information about legislators available by open records, Taylor recently filed SB 335, SB 336, SB 337 all relating to the accessibility of records to local elected officials.

During the interim Taylor met with several local officials who expressed concern with bureaucracies preventing access to records the officials needed to effectively perform their duties and represent the peoples interest. Addressing county government, municipal government, and special districts respectively, SB 335, SB 336, and SB 337 would provide an elected or appointed officer the right to access all information relating to the governmental body they serve.

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VAN TAYLOR ANNOUNCES SESSION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Plano, TX – Current Plano State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor announced today he is accepting internship applications for the upcoming legislative session. Internship opportunities are available both in the district office located in Plano and the Capitol office in Austin.

“Each session our office has been fortunate to have bright and talented students help in our efforts to best represent the people of our district,” said Taylor. “I am excited to announce we are now accepting applications for our 2015 legislative session internship program. In what promises to be an exciting and informative session, our office is committed to providing a hands-on, educational internship experience that allows students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in state government while developing skills that will help with their future career ambitions.”

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SENATOR-ELECT VAN TAYLOR AND REPRESENTATIVE LEACH FILE SIGNIFICANT WATER ACCESS LEGISLATION AS FIRST BILL FOR 84TH LEGISLATURE

On the first day to pre-file legislation, current State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor and Representative Jeff Leach pre-filed the "Opening Access to Water Act" as their first pieces of legislation for the 84th Legislative Session. This bill expedites the processing of water rights permits by cutting the bureaucratic red tape that currently prevents North Texas from obtaining additional water reservoirs. Taylor filed the bill in the Senate as SB 109 and Leach in the House as HB 201.

“In a state as diverse as Texas, access to water is an important and challenging issue,” said Taylor. “Here in North Texas, our biggest challenge with water is the long, cumbersome, and bureaucratic permitting process. With no time limit to issue permits, projects have been stalled over a decade waiting on bureaucratic approval. This lengthy process adds significant expense and uncertainty in our efforts to provide long-term water solutions. The Opening Access to Water Act is a commonsense piece of legislation that cuts unnecessary bureaucratic red tape to allow us to access the water we need to grow.”

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SENATOR-ELECT VAN TAYLOR PRE-FILES COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION PACKAGE

 

Bills a Reflection of Feedback from District Meetings


Austin, TX – Current Plano State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor, today pre-filed eleven bills addressing concerns brought to him by constituents during the interim.

“I have always believed the best legislation comes from the ideas of constituents. Over the past several months I have had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of concerned citizens and draft important solutions for Texas,” stated Taylor. “I am proud to file important pieces of legislation on behalf of my constituents that will protect victims of domestic violence, empower victims of child sexual abuse, open our access to water, revoke benefits from corrupt and criminal politicians, strengthen the Rainy Day Fund, make only legal citizens eligible for Texas education grants, rein in excessive and burdensome regulations, increase our energy production, protect life, and increase transparency in government.”

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Van Taylor wins Texas Senate District 8 seat

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By: Chris Beattie, Wed Nov 5, 2014

 

State Rep. Van Taylor has won the Texas Senate District 8 seat after easily defeating challenger Scott Jameson in Tuesday’s election.

Taylor, a Republican and Plano resident, earned 114, 025 votes – 79 percent – to the Libertarian candidate’s 30,224 votes. Senate District 8 includes Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

“Anne and I are truly humbled by and grateful for the outpouring of grassroots support committed to bringing proven conservative leadership to the Texas Senate. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work, kind words and support throughout this campaign,” Taylor said in a released statement. “Tonight was a huge win for the conservative grassroots. From securing our border and stopping the expansion of Obamacare in Texas to creating jobs and limiting the growth of government, our state faces some defining choices ahead. The people of Senate District 8 have spoken and expect Texas to meet these challenges head on with vigilant conservative leadership.”

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Van Taylor Statement on Senate Election Victory

PLANO, TX – Representative Van Taylor today released the following statement after being declared the winner in this evening's election for State Senate District 8, encompassing most of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

“Anne and I are truly humbled by and grateful for the outpouring of grassroots support committed to bringing proven conservative leadership to the Texas Senate. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work, kind words, and support throughout this campaign,” Taylor stated. “Tonight was a huge win for the conservative grassroots. From securing our border and stopping the expansion of Obamacare in Texas to creating jobs and limiting the growth of government, our state faces some defining choices ahead. The people of Senate District 8 have spoken and expect Texas to meet these challenges head on with vigilant conservative leadership. I look forward to working with the people of my district to advance commonsense solutions for our state to ensure Texas remains a beacon of freedom and opportunity to the nation."

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Don't Bust the Spending Cap

By:
Konni Burton, Republican Nominee Senate District 10
Senator Brandon Creighton, Newly Elected State Senator District 4
Bob Hall, Republican Nominee Senate District 2 (no major party opposition)
Representative Van Taylor, Republican Nominee Senate District 8 (no major party opposition)

Texas leads the nation in job growth and economic opportunity because we’ve applied common-sense, conservative principles to public policy. We don’t spend more than we bring in, and when times are good, we save for a rainy day. This core budgeting guideline has helped propel Texas while states like California and New York fall into a spiral of debt and decline.

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Chart of the day: Texas employment is 1.3M jobs above Dec. 2007 level, while ‘US minus Texas’ is down by 1.23M jobs!

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