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85th Texas Legislative Session

85th Texas Legislative Session

On May 29, the 85th Texas Legislative Session adjourned sine die, meaning without another day. I am excited to be back home and spend meaningful time with family, friends, and neighbors. This legislative session was undoubtedly difficult, and we faced several challenges along the way. For 140 days, my staff and I worked diligently to bring about meaningful legislation for our HD125 community. The Legislature approved fewer bills this session than it has in two decades, with only 1,211 being sent to the Governor’s desk—many still awaiting approval or veto. Despite these challenges, I am proud of what my team and I were able to accomplish. I am pleased to share that 7 of the bills we authored, 3 bills we joint-authored, and 20 bills we co-authored have been sent to the Governor’s desk, 11 of which have already been signed into law. I look forward to sharing more on our successes at our upcoming Town Hall where I will discuss significant legislation, bills we passed, the budget, and other important highlights from the 85th Legislative Session. Be on the lookout for details soon! For now, please read below for an overview of what we were able to achieve.

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Priorities for the 85th Texas Legislative Session

Priorities for the 85th Texas Legislative Session

With committee hearings ramping up at the Capitol, we are well on our way to the heart of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. Before things get too hectic, I want to take an opportunity to share some of my legislative priorities for this session.

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Meet Team JRod

Meet Team JRod

I am delighted to work alongside such an incredible and hardworking team. I am confident that with their support we will accomplish great things!
The JRod Report: Fiesta Edition

The JRod Report: Fiesta Edition

By Justin Rodriguez | April 16, 2015

There’s a lot going on here at the Capitol: We’ll hit sine die, the last day of the legislative session, in fewer than 50 days. Back home, it’s one of my favorite times of the year — our beloved Spurs begin the playoffs this weekend, and today marks the first day of Fiesta!!

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The Hard Work Ahead

The Hard Work Ahead

By Justin Rodriguez | April 7, 2015

Friday was the 60-day mark of the 84th legislative session, and that means the bill filing deadline has come and gone. Approximately 4,100 bills were filed in the Texas House.

After talking with constituents both in San Antonio and at the Capitol, meeting with subject matter experts, and working through the issues with my staff, I filed 20 bills for consideration by my colleagues.

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Doing Nothing has a Price

Doing Nothing has a Price

By Justin Rodriguez | March 30, 2015

Last week, I wrote an op-ed for the San Antonio Express-News sharing my concerns surrounding the short-sighted plans proposed by some here at the Capitol to reserve billions of dollars for tax cuts. As I’ve said in the past, I believe in the importance of providing meaningful tax relief. But I don’t believe in doing it at the expense of our schools, roads, and water supply — in short, our future.

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