The Legislature got a lot done over it’s the course of the 87th session. We passed a balanced budget that increased our commitment to funding public education, delivered important funds for health programs–including those for women and children–and increased our commitment to border security. We delivered protections for businesses that are still recovering after the pandemic, and fully authorized health care via the phone and internet so that you can see a doctor, dentist, or mental health professional without having to leave your home. We also expanded access to high-speed internet across the state to reach underserved urban communities and rural areas where broadband internet is currently unavailable. Additionally, we passed the heartbeat bill to protect the lives of future Texans, as well as constitutional carry to protect Texans rights to property and security.
After much perseverance, I can finally report that we passed legislation to protect private property across the state. For the past eight years, my staff and I have spent countless hours working to craft this significant piece of legislation. HB 2730 levels the playing field for landowners by making the process more transparent and fairer when they are faced with the extremely trying circumstance of a private entity using eminent domain authority to acquire their property.
Rep. Burns was instrumental in the passing of SB1 and SJR2 that delivers on property tax relief that Texas homeowners need. SJR2 proposes as constitutional amendment to increase the residence homestead exemption from $25,000 to nearly $40,000 dollars to help offset out-of-control property tax bills which are crippling many families.
These bills are straightforward and fair, and they will put money back into the pockets of taxpayers. Too many Texans are being taxed out of their homes due to the dramatic rise in property taxes across the state.