Texas Legislature

What Do You Want Your Lawmakers To Accomplish?

Jan 12, 2015
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State lawmakers who begin meeting in Austin on Tuesday have agendas they plan to pursue.  Some Texans have their wish lists as well.  What issues do you want your Texas legislators to tackle during the 140-day session?  Texas Public Radio wants to hear from you.   Here’s what some of you are telling us:  

--Adrianna Cabrera

Tomorrow, when the Texas House of Representatives gavels in for its 140-day session, members are expected to elect Rep. Joe Straus III of San Antonio to a fourth term as Speaker. 

The state’s top officials have a number of areas of focus — including property and business tax relief, roadways, improving access to and the standards of public education, protecting the border, and a revamp of the Sunset Advisory Commission — going into the new legislative session, which begins next week. One of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott’s stated priorities is to restructure the sunset commission with a citizen panel that will look into wasteful government expenditure and decreasing state regulation. “We need citizens with a seat at the table helping us to reshape the way the regulatory agencies are running the State of Texas,” he said, also adding that he wanted state agencies to cut their budgets. He, Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus all favor ending the diversion of Oil & Natural Gas tax revenue from the state highway fund to other programs, so transportation projects can be prioritized properly.

Eileen Pace / TPR News

Update (4:05 p.m.): In his final decision, Travis County District Judge John Dietz said that the property tax system set up to fund school districts was ineffective at distributing funding equally to campuses across the state. 

Attorney David Thompson represents the largest number of schools in the lawsuit.