Already Vice Chair of the Sunset Commission, Taylor Will Also Serve on Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees
AUSTIN, TX – Today Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Van Taylor to serve on the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. Senator Taylor is one of only four Senators appointed to serve on five standing Committees. Additionally, Taylor serves as the Vice Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and was appointed to the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief.
"It is an honor to serve Texas on these important committees and I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Patrick for his confidence in appointing me to these roles," said Taylor. "Not only are the issues covered by these committees important for the people I represent in Collin and Dallas counties, but they play a critical role for Texas’ continued success.”Read more
Each Topic Earned Overwhelming Support During the 2015 Legislative Session
AUSTIN, TX - During a panel discussion at Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation, also broadcasted on Facebook Live, Senator Van Taylor today outlined the major pillars for his ethics reform legislation for the 2017 legislative session.
"I want to first thank Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for the confidence they have placed in me to tackle this important topic. We have no more valuable bond in democracy than the trust the people have with their government, and without their leadership, strengthening this bond through meaningful ethics reform would not be on the forefront," stated Taylor. "Our belief in government relies upon the principle that elected officials serve the people, and that after the dust settles from important public policy debates, people have the confidence to know, in no uncertain terms, that elected officials work for them no matter their party or position. If this trust erodes, then everything else the Legislature does suffers."Read more
By Senator Van Taylor (R-Plano)
Published in the Dallas Morning News
January 3, 2017
Corrupt politicians convicted of felony abuse of office should not collect taxpayer-funded pensions. Any Texan would say this is common sense, right? So much so that during the 2015 legislative session this proposed law passed both the Senate and House unanimously. But did it become law? No. Despite gaining unanimous support in both chambers, this important piece of ethics reform never made it to the governor's desk. It is both appalling and baffling that criminal officials can still collect government benefits and a pension paid for by the hard-earned tax dollars of those same people they betrayed.
That is the legacy of the 2015 legislative session as it related to ethics reform. In a word: pathetic.Read more
ALLEN, TX – After working with local grassroots leaders throughout the interim on bipartisan, commonsense measures to encourage voter participation, Senator Van Taylor this week signed two such bills at the Republican Coalition of Collin County Christmas party.
"Anne and I are incredibly humbled by the trust and confidence placed in our efforts to represent the people of Collin and Dallas counties in the Texas Senate," stated Taylor. "I have always maintained that the best legislative ideas come directly from the people I serve and that is certainly the case with these bills. I am thankful to everyone who worked with me to draft these commonsense solutions to increase participation in the political process."Read more
Taylor Applauds 416th District Judge-Elect Andrea Stroh Thompson For Leading Commission To Review Outdated Crimes
AUSTIN, TX - Senator Van Taylor today filed S.B. 350, the It's About Time Act, to repeal an outdated law criminalizing improper disclosure of the sale or transfer of secondhand watches. In filing the bill, Senator Taylor applauded 416th District Court Judge-Elect Andrea Stroh Thompson for her work reviewing obsolete crimes still in statute. Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott, Thompson led a commission to review crimes outside of the penal code that are outdated and go unenforced.Read more
AUSTIN, TX - Working with parents, local school boards, and school administrators, State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 338, the School Calendar Choice Act. A priority issue for schools districts in Senate District 8, this legislation would repeal the uniform school start date allowing local school districts to control their academic calendar.
The current school start date requirement makes the academic year uneven, where the fall semester includes fewer instruction days than the spring semester. Local school districts have shared with Senator Taylor the challenges posed by this disparity as it relates to balancing course instruction. Taylor noted that filing the bill today, at the conclusion of the unbalanced fall semester, is symbolic to highlight the problem.
“It is absurd that entrenched special interest groups have forced our local districts to deal with the challenges presented by unbalanced semesters," said Taylor. "Our children's education is far too important to be held hostage by petty political battles and third-party interests. After numerous meetings with local parents, school administrators, and school boards it is clear that allowing schools the flexibility to adjust their calendar is a commonsense solution that would yield meaningful results."Read more
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 289, the Government Growth Disclosure Act, requiring all state agencies to include a government growth impact statement in their notices for proposed rule changes.
"The people of Texas expect and deserve a lean, efficient, and transparent government," stated Taylor. "In the Legislature I am constantly fighting to limit the size and reach of government and air those debates in full public view. However, a government agency can quietly grow government through rulemaking without the people of Texas engaged in the process or even aware it is happening. That is why I am filing the Government Growth Disclosure Act requiring every agency to clearly state if a proposed rule increases the agency's size, budget, or scope of power."Read more
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor filed SB 281, the Protect Personal Identifiers Act, which would expand the definition of "biometric identifiers" to prohibit a governmental body from capturing or possessing these additional identifiers without explicit statutory authority or written consent.
"Big-government has no business collecting or storing a database of body scans, DNA samples, or other personal biometric identifiers of law-abiding Texas citizens without explicit authority," stated Taylor. "A government that would invade personal privacy to a such degree that it would seek to collect the most personal and sensitive identifiers of the people without approval belongs in a science fiction book, not the State of Texas."Read more
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