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Columns August 1, 2017  RSS feed

Trent Ashby

District 57 House of Representatives


Trent Ashby Trent Ashby I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Governor Greg Abbott to discuss a number of issues that the Legislature hopes to address during the special session. Our conversation focused primarily on one of the more prominent themes in the Legislature this special session - education. The discussion was productive, and I appreciate him seeking input from me on a number of important issues facing our state, including legislation that I’m carrying for retired teachers.

Committee Hearings

The Texas House went back to work this week, as we convened in our respective committees to deliberate and hear public testimony on various pieces of legislation that pertain to the Governor's special session call.

The House Natural Resources committee had its first meeting of the special session to discuss current water conditions in Texas. We welcomed representatives from the Texas Water Development Board, who provided a comprehensive update on Texas' current drought conditions and its effect on water inventories statewide. I always appreciate these types of discussions because it allows me to monitor the conversation regarding water in Texas, while also providing me the opportunity to ensure that the water rights in East Texas are protected. As the special session continues, I look forward to working with my colleagues on this committee to discuss new and innovate water shortage solutions in Texas that move our state forward, while protecting the interests of our region.

The House Appropriations Committee also met recently to consider a number of bills. The majority of this legislation concerned pay raises, bonuses, and reductions to healthcare costs for our education community. As always, I have been a vocal proponent for adequacy and equity as it pertains to funding our public schools. Furthermore, I was pleased to see that the proposals put forth do not hamstring local school boards with unfunded mandates, but rather take a more thoughtful approach by providing additional state funding.

Another topic of conversation for the House's budget writing committee regarded a limit on the growth that could be realized by the State budget from one session to the next. While I support any measure aimed at maintaining fiscal responsibility, I also want to make clear that this is a longstanding practice that the Texas House has maintained throughout my time in office. Whether appropriating increased infrastructure dollars to build and maintain roads, cutting back on unnecessary funding for administrative red-tape, or crafting a robust budget to fund public schools, you can be certain that I will maintain strict fiscal discipline when spending your hard-earned tax dollars.

Reminders

The mobile office is back on the road in August and looks forward to seeing you around the district! Here's this month's schedule: August 2nd from 9-11am at the Leon County Courthouse in Centerville, or from 1:30-3:30pm at the Madison County Courthouse Annex in Madisonville; August 16th from 9-11am at the Houston County Courthouse in Crockett, or from 1:30-3:30pm at the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton; August 23rd from 9-11am at the San Augustine County Courthouse in San Augustine.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can help you in any way. My district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762, or you can call my Capitol office at (512) 463-0508.


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