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Senator Van Taylor: District 8
Press Release
July 10, 2017
Contact: Lonnie Dietz
(512) 463-0108

AUSTIN, TX – State Senator Van Taylor today released the below statement on filing S.B. 20, the Sunset Scheduling bill:

“I again want to applaud Governor Greg Abbott on his bold call for the Legislature to address meaningful conservative reforms during the upcoming special session,” stated Taylor. “Filing the Sunset bill within hours of Governor Abbott’s proclamation signals the expectations for the Senate to ambitiously tackle the people’s work. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the Senate is prepared to expeditiously support Governor Abbott’s call and pass important policy solutions, including much needed property tax reform, that the vast majority of Texans support.”

In a press conference on June 6, 2017 Governor Abbott announced a legislative special session would begin on July 18, 2017. During this press conference, Governor Abbott stated that after the needed sunset legislation passed the Senate he would open the call to include 19 other items including: property tax reform, spending caps on state and local governments, school choice for special needs students, pro-life initiatives, privacy, cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud, and more. A full list can be found here.

A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and is also member of the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.