SB 20 Passes, Government Contracts Now Regularly Audited

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The calendar has rolled over to October, and October has brought with it welcome relief from the heat of the past few months. The Capitol is mostly quiet during these fall months, as most legislators are back in their districts. However, the constitutional amendments election is right around the corner, on November 3rd, and as we look forward to that, here is an update from your Texas Capitol…



A Bill and Some Change


In the recent past, there have been a handful of high profile instances in which certain state agencies have had their contracting practice brought into question. In an effort to guard against future fraud, waste, and abuse in state contracting, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 20 during this past session. This bill will ensure that large government contracts are audited regularly, thereby helping the public know that their tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively. These audits will be submitted to the Legislature for oversight, and will be made available to the public for those who are interested. I believe this bill will help make our state’s agencies more lean and efficient, and will help state government better serve all Texans, and I am proud to have supported it.

Constitutional Amendments: Part 6 of 7
Continuing our seven part series, we will be taking an in-depth look at the sixth proposed constitutional amendment leading up to the constitutional amendments election on November 3rd, 2015.

Proposition 6 on this November’s ballot constitutionally guarantees the right to hunt and fish in Texas. Throughout the country there are a few groups who have made it their singular effort to limit and ban hunting wherever possible. While these extremist groups have found limited success in other states, Prop 6 will ensure that they cannot find any success in Texas. This constitutional amendment will not affect any current hunting, fishing or trespassing laws, but it will protect the rich hunting and fishing heritage that Texans have enjoyed for generations. I was proud to author the legislation which ultimately passed to put Prop 6 on the ballot. I believe this is an important issue, and one which we should all support.

Early voting will be from October 19th through October 30th. If you have any questions regarding any of the proposed amendments, or on how to register to vote, please call my office at (512) 463-0508. We will be glad to help you navigate the process.


Reminders

The mobile office will be back for this month, beginning on October 21st at the Houston County Courthouse Annex from 8:30 to 11:00, and then at the Trinity County Courthouse Annex from 1:30 to 4:00. It will then be in San Augustine on October 28th from 8:30 to 11:00 at the San Augustine County Courthouse. We hope to see you there!

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (936) 634-2762 or (512) 463-0508 if we can ever be of assistance, and remember that our door is always open.