State Rep. Chris Paddie's Capitol Update: Time to start debating legislation

This week the House began debating legislation as a body and we passed several
measures over to the Senate for consideration. Next week, we will debate House Bill 1, the
general appropriations act, better known as the state budget. HB 1 is the only legislation that we
are constitutionally required to pass each session.

Some of the bills that the House passed out this week include:
 HB 234 which would prevent cities from regulating and charging fees to children who
set up lemonade stands. Sadly, this common sense legislation was needed as some local
governments have begun trying to regulate the time honored tradition of children having
lemonade stands.

 HB 1244 which requires high school students to pass the civics test administered by the
US Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the naturalization process. This test
will replace the end of course exam for US History in Texas high schools. This provides
an alternative to high stakes testing while also assuring that our kids are learning the
basics of our history, Constitution, and government.

 HB 81 which brings up the Public Information Act information relating to parades,
concerts, or other entertainment events paid for with public funds. It is important that
this information be made available to taxpayers as it is ultimately their money that is
being used to pay for these events.
I also continued to present bills to House committees and worked to get the bills that were
presented in weeks past voted out of committee. This week, I presented legislation to allow
Texans to use digital license plates; this is cutting edge technology with benefits for
consumers and law enforcement.
Another bill I authored will help to reduce the number of inactive and abandoned oil and
gas wells in the state which should lead to increased oil and gas production, more jobs, and
royalty payments for land owners. The final bill I laid out this week would work to ensure
that nursing homes give patients and their families all of the information necessary to
provide informed consent with regards to using psychoactive drugs. This is important
legislation that will work to protect the most vulnerable Texans.

If you have questions about any of the legislation that was debated this week or any
legislation that is coming up for debate, please make sure to reach out to me at
district9.paddie@house.texas.gov or 512-463-0556 (Austin) or 903-935-1141 (Marshall).