AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor, along with Senators Burton, Creighton, and Hall, today filed SJR 25, the Spending Cap Protection Act, a Constitutional Amendment requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote of both houses of the Legislature to bust the spending cap. This change raises the vote limit from its current threshold of a majority vote within each chamber.
Two years ago, as incoming members of the Texas Senate, Senators Taylor, Burton, Creighton, and Hall penned a commentary piece opposing efforts to bust the spending cap.
"Two years ago, I was proud to work with Senators Konni Burton, Brandon Creighton, and Bob Hall to fight off efforts to bust the spending cap. As the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) is scheduled to release the spending cap for the upcoming biennium this afternoon, we are back this time with a Constitutional Amendment to strengthen and protect the spending cap," stated Taylor. "Texas has benefited greatly from the constitutional spending cap approved by voters in 1978. Conservatives should not have to worry and fight every budget season simply for the Legislature to do its job and stay within the spending bounds of the Constitution."Read more
Taylor To File Legislation Protecting Survivors Of Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence
PLANO, TX - After a roundtable discussion with local victim rights advocates, State Senator Van Taylor today signed the Victim Address Confidentiality Act and the Limit Protective Order Protests Act, two pieces of legislation to protect survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Hope's Door – New Beginning Center, a Plano based non-profit organization specializing in comprehensive intervention and prevention services for everyone affected by intimate partner and family violence, played a critical role in the drafting of the legislation with Senator Taylor and hosted the signing event. Participants included: Jim Malatich, Chief Executive Officer of Hope's Door – New Beginning Center, Greg Willis, Collin County District Attorney; Kim Laseter, Domestic Violence Chief at the Collin County District Attorney's Office; Wendy Hanna, Executive Director of the Turning Point; Holly Cochran, CASA board member and advocate; Niccole Frazier, Chair of Collin County Crime Victim's Council and Crime Victim's Advocate with Allen Police Department; Tulsi Naik, Victims Advocate for CHETNA; Tasneem Rajan, Program Manager for CHETNA; Hilary Valente, Chair of Collin County Council of Family Violence; Colleen Jameson, CFO of Hope's Door - New Beginning Center; Christina Coultas, Non-profit leadership specialist with CASA; and Stephanie Funk, Board member for Hope's Door – New Beginning Center.
Senator Van Taylor signs Victim Address Confidentiality Act and the Limit Protective Order Protests Act at Hope's Door - New Beginning Center after domestic violence prevention legislative roundtable.
"Domestic violence is a chilling and atrocious crime that rips at the fabric of families and our society," stated Taylor. "Organizations like Hope's Door – New Beginning Center are true heroes in our community. Anne and I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Jim, the full team here at Hope's Door – New Beginning Center, and their many volunteers who devote their time and resources to protecting women and children in our community."Read more
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 253, the Terror State Divestiture Act, and SB 252, the Terror State Contracting Divestiture Act, strengthening Texas' current Iranian and Sudanese divestiture standards. Recognizing the changing geopolitical landscape, these bills also expand Texas' current divesture policy by prohibiting state investment in companies that do business with a foreign terrorist organization designated by the U.S. State Department.
"I will never forget the first time I walked into Second Force Reconnaissance Company’s Headquarters, at Camp Lejeune, NC. It held a memorial to some of the 220 Marines killed by Iranian terrorists in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. The inscription read, 'They Came in Peace.' Shockingly, only a few months later in Iraq my unit confronted Iranian funded agitators, spies, and anti-American protesters," stated Taylor. "Our divestment policies in Texas have both tangible and symbolic significance. To date, over 9 million taxpayer dollars have been divested from Iran and it also serves as sign of Texas' commitment to an American foreign policy rooted in unwavering support for Israel."Read more
PLANO, TX - After a roundtable discussion with local retired teachers, State Senator Van Taylor today signed, and plans to file immediately, the Deficit Solutions Act providing a long-term solution to shore up state pension funds including the Teacher Retirement System, teachers' health insurance plan, the Texas Tomorrow Fund, and Employees Retirement System. Taylor's plan utilizes the same conservative framework that has been successful in the recent historic investments in transportation infrastructure while also protecting the Rainy Day Fund (ESF).
Participants at the bill signing included Tonna Duke, District X Legislative Chair of Texas Retired Teacher Association (TRTA), Sandy Carlisle, Co-President of Frisco Retired Teacher Association, Suzanne Sayer, member of Frisco and Allen Retired Teacher Associations.
Senator Van Taylor signs Deficit Solutions Act with
Suzanne Sayer, Sandy Carlisle, and Tonna Duke (left to right).Read more
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 225, the Streamlining Water Permit Hearings Act, and SB 226 the Streamlining Water Right Amendment Process Act. These two bills seek to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that prevents Texas from accessing the water it needs to grow.
“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."Read more
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed SJR 21, the No Budget, No Pay Act, a Constitutional Amendment that would prevent members of the legislature from receiving a salary should they fail in their constitutional obligation to pass a budget.
"Growing up I spent my summers as a ranch hand in the panhandle. We got up early and didn’t get paid until the job was done," stated Taylor. "The Texas Constitution requires that the legislature pass a balanced budget and the people of Texas expect us do our job. This bill simply holds the legislature to the same standard that the people of Texas face at their jobs -- if members of the legislature can't do their job and pass a budget, then they shouldn’t get paid."Read more
Bills a Reflection of Feedback from District Meetings
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today pre-filed nine bills addressing concerns brought to him by constituents during the interim. Encouraging public engagement in state government, Senator Taylor has a 100% meeting policy with constituents. The results of these meetings often lead to drafting legislation.
"For our government to work, political power must rest with the people. That is why I maintain a 100% meeting policy and actively seek out feedback from the people I am privileged to serve," stated Taylor. "Over the past year and a half, I have had the opportunity to meet with thousands of concerned citizens and work with many of them to draft important solutions for Texas. I am proud to kick off the first day to pre-file bills for the 2017 session by filing these important pieces of legislation on behalf of my constituents."Read more
AUSTIN - State Senator Van Taylor today filed S.B. 177, the Majority Rights Protection Act, which establishes a legal framework to protect the property rights of Texas oil field owners and increase production during secondary or tertiary recovery.
“New techniques in oil extraction continue to offer our state and nation immeasurable opportunities, however Texas law has failed to keep up with these advancements," stated Taylor. "The Majority Rights Protection Act would unlock hundreds of billions of dollars of energy production by establishing a proven legal framework successfully used in 29 other states. Passing this bill has the potential to be the biggest job creation, investment expanding, and revenue generating legislation in a generation.”Read more
AUSTIN - State Senator Van Taylor today filed S.B. 142, the Franchise Tax Simplification Act, offering Texas businesses a streamlined process for franchise tax calculations saving time and compliance costs.
"Taxes work best when they are low, simple, and fair. Unfortunately, the Franchise Tax system in Texas is so burdensome and complex that many businesses must keep two sets of books for state and federal taxes respectively," stated Taylor. "By allowing businesses the option to use their federal filing for state tax purposes, the Franchise Tax Simplification Act would significantly reduce the compliance costs required to maintain multiple accounting mechanisms. This simple change would let small businesses spend less time filling out paperwork and more time doing what they do best - creating jobs and growing our economy."Read more
AUSTIN - State Senator Van Taylor today filed S.B. 141, TEXAS Grants for Texans Act, which would change eligibility requirements for Texas education grants so that only legal citizens qualify.
“As we prepare for session, high school seniors across Texas are beginning to open their college acceptance letters,” stated Taylor. “This is an exciting time for our next generation of leaders. As our students are evaluating their options, getting bumped from acceptance of a TEXAS Grant by someone without legal status should not weigh on their mind. With limited resources, our priority should focus on those families here legally, not rewarding those for breaking our nation’s laws.”Read more