On Monday the Texas Senate Republican Caucus marked the conclusion of the 84th Legislative Session.
"I can confidently report that this has been a solid, conservative session," said Caucus Chairman Kelly Hancock (District 9 - North Richland Hills). "We addressed critical issues like border security and transportation funding while still finding $3.8 billion in tax relief for Texas families and businesses. I would call that a big win for all Texans."
Major legislation passed during the 84th Legislative Session includes:
Tax Cuts - SB 1 cuts property taxes by increasing the Homestead Exemption to $25,000. HB 32 provides a permanent, across-the-board 25% franchise tax cut for Texas businesses.
Transportation - SJR 5 allows Texas voters to consider a constitutional amendment that dedicates a portion of the motor vehicle sales tax to road funding and addresses critical infrastructure needs.
2nd Amendment - SB 11 allows licensed and trained students, faculty, and staff, ages 21 and older, to carry firearms on public college and university campuses. HB 910 allows licensed and trained firearm owners to openly display and carry a holstered handgun.
Veterans Affairs - SB 55 creates a grant program to support community mental health programs for veterans and their families. HB 115 ensures victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting will be awarded the Texas Purple Heart Medal.
Religious Freedom - SB 2065 protects a pastor's right to decline to perform same-sex marriages.
Border Security - HB 11 is an extensive border security bill that will increase manpower, ramp up training, and crack down on crime. Additionally, the 2016-17 Texas budget doubled border security funding.