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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2019
AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, joined legislators from across the state today as the Texas Legislature reconvenes for its 86th Regular Session, which will meet for 140 days in accordance with the Texas Constitution with education and rising property taxes shaping up to be the dominant issues of discussion.
"Homeowners expect us to take action this session to contain rising property taxes, which are making housing unaffordable for too many Texans. As a former teacher, I am committed to ensuring that every child in Texas has access to a great education," said Senator Nelson, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. "Thanks to the fiscal decisions we have made, the Texas economy is thriving, which will put us in a strong position to make important investments in education, school safety, mental health and other priorities."
The Texas Constitution, which was built on the principles of limited government, calls for citizen legislators to meet once every odd-numbered year and then go home to live and work under the laws they pass. The only bill constitutionally required to pass is the General Appropriations Act, the state budget, which Senator Nelson has been developing since September as the Senate's chief budget writer.
"I am writing a budget that prioritizes education, transportation, public safety and ensuring access to critical health services," Senator Nelson said. "My first priority is to be a strong advocate for the values, priorities and concerns of Senate District 12. My best ideas come from constituents, and I have introduced several bills -- and am working on a few more -- that originated from the people I represent. I am also on a personal mission to help victims of sexual assault and human trafficking."
Senator Nelson has already filed 19 bills, including a major mental health initiative aimed at increasing access to mental health services for young Texans at risk of doing harm to themselves or others. In addition to mental health, she filed a legislative package that includes efforts to address cybersecurity, reform state fiscal policies and bolster community health and public safety.
The Legislature will adjourn on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.