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Fighting to Secure our Border

As I travel the district, everywhere I go people tell me they are concerned about the security of our border and the escalating problem of illegal immigration. As a United States Marine, I served on the U.S. / Mexico border as part of Joint Task Force 6. It was not secure then, and it is worse now. Just last year I visited the border to be briefed on our state operations and it is clear Texas must act to secure our border.

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Van Taylor Passes Key Component Of His Border Security Package

Senate Bill 850, The National Guard Personal Protection Act, Passes the State Senate
 
AUSTIN, TX – Senator Van Taylor today passed out of the Texas Senate a key component of his legislative agenda aimed at securing our border and stopping illegal immigration. By a vote of 23-7, the Senate passed SB 850, The National Guard Personal Protection Act, granting Texas military personnel legal safeguards to protect themselves while being called upon to serve our state.
 
"Every day our state is asking our Texas National Guard to leave their families and put their lives on the line to help secure our border and keep us safe," stated Taylor. "The very least we can do is give our Texas military forces the legal protection to defend themselves."
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Van Taylor Helps Senate Pass What Would Be The Largest Tax Cut In Texas History

Taylor: "Spending is the cause of big-government, but taxes and debt are the symptoms"

 

AUSTIN, TX – Senator Van Taylor today helped pass what, if enacted, would be the largest tax cut in Texas history through the State Senate. A co-author of the tax package passed this afternoon, Taylor has been outspoken in his support for lower taxes and less government. In total, the Senate tax package would provide $4.6 billion in property and business tax relief.

 

"Without a vigilant eye defending the taxpayers, government will naturally consume everything in its path," stated Taylor. "Spending is the cause of big-government, but taxes and debt are the symptoms. Government cannot spend what it doesn’t take from its citizens. The taxes cuts passed today in the Senate would provide long-awaited tax relief for Texas families and small businesses."

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Van Taylor's Bill Authorizing The Termination Of Contracts For Falsified Military Records Passes The Texas Senate

AUSTIN, TX – Senator Van Taylor today passed Senate Bill 664, the Stolen Valor Act, by unanimous vote in the Texas Senate. This bill authorizes an employer to fire an employee, or terminate a contract, if the employer reasonably determines that the employee or contractor falsified their military record.

"When I heard news stories of individuals claiming fictitious military records, I was dismayed to learn that Texas law did not give express legal authority for employers to terminate a contract for such actions," stated Taylor. "After talking with fellow veterans in our community, I immediately got to work drafting legislation to fix this problem. The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform are beyond measure, and by unanimously passing the Stolen Valor Act, the Texas Senate has sent a unified message of support to all those who have bravely served our nation."

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Van Taylor Files Senate Ethics Reform Package

Senate Bill 19 Filed this Morning with the Full Backing of Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

AUSTIN, TX – With ethics reform slated as one of Governor Greg Abbott's emergency items, Senator Van Taylor filed SB 19, the Ethics Reform and Anti-Corruption Act. Taylor filed this legislation in close consultation with, and with the full backing of, Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

"I want to applaud Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for their support and leadership on ethics reform," stated Taylor. "There is no more valuable bond in democracy than the trust the people have with the their government. The commonsense ethics reforms outlined in Senate Bill 19 will strengthen that bond and send a clear message to the people of Texas that there is no place in government for those who betray the trust given to them by the voters."

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Working With Local Non-Profits Senator Van Taylor Files Major Legislation To Proactively Combat Human Trafficking

AUSTIN, TX - Working with local anti-human trafficking non-profit organizations, State Senator Van Taylor today file SB 1653, the Proactively Combat Human Trafficking Act.

In 2013, Senator Taylor, then a House member, co-authored House Bill 8, which significantly increased the penalties for human trafficking. While human trafficking is a horrendous crime with strict penalties, state law makes it difficult for law enforcement to infiltrate facilities predominantly known to harbor victims. 

"It is an honor to work alongside groups like For the Sake of One, Activism For Empowerment, New Friends New Life, Traffick911, and Rescue Her to author this important legislation," stated Taylor. "These organizations fight the evils of human trafficking every day and, with their help, we have crafted legislation that will shine a light on those preying on women and children. I am incredibly grateful for the work these organizations do and look forward to working with them and my colleagues in the Texas Senate to combat the unthinkable evil of human trafficking."

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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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