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Columns July 25, 2017  RSS feed

Trent Ashby

District 57 House of Representatives

Trent Ashby Trent Ashby As the mercury hovers around the century mark, it's clear summer has set in here at your State Capitol. While it is difficult to be away from my friends and family back home during this special session, it is an honor to be here representing the fine folks of our district. Rest assured that while in Austin I will continue fighting on your behalf to advance sound policies that benefit both our region and state as a whole. In that regard, I wanted to use this column to highlight some of the key conservative issues that the Legislature aims to tackle over the course of the special session.

Property Taxes

Today, Texans pay the sixth-highest property taxes in the country. Our property tax system needs reform on how property values are assessed, and we've been given an opportunity to do so during this special session. I'm encouraged by the conversations I've had with my colleagues about this issue, and I stand ready to support a measure that would alleviate the financial burden facing so many families around the state. While I support reform, I also believe the Legislature should be thoughtful in our approach by not placing an undue burden on our local governments. As I've said many times, I believe the best way to achieve true property tax relief is by fixing our broken and inequitable school finance system.

Voter Fraud

In the regular session, the Legislature took positive steps towards protecting the integrity of our voting system by establishing a program to satisfy identification requirements of voter ID law. We also passed legislation that both strengthens and clarifies the forms of identification that would be acceptable. While these measures represent progress towards protecting our ballot boxes, additional steps can and should be taken to crack down on mail-in voter fraud in Texas. During the special session, I look forward to supporting legislation that strengthens penalties for those who undermine the integrity of our elections.

Protecting the Unborn

As a strong advocate for protecting the sanctity and dignity of the unborn, I was pleased that during the regular session, we made significant strides on this issue by effectively banning partial birth abortions. Additionally, we prohibited the sale of fetal tissues and passed a measure requiring that they be buried or cremated to protect the decency of human life. In the special session, Governor Abbott has tasked the legislature with addressing a number of abortion-related issues, such as strengthening the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions and abortion complications to the state. I look forward to working with my fellow legislators in the coming weeks to further address this issue.


As we've done in previous years, the mobile office will not be on the road during the month of July. Our District Director, Linda Parker, will be stationed in the district office, and can be reached at (936) 634-2762. Our Capitol office will maintain regular business hours and can be contacted at (512) 463-0508. We will resume the mobile office schedule in August.

Please do not hesitate to contact either office if we can be of assistance to you in any way.

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