Last week, the Texas House took up House Bill 1 - the state budget for the 2016-2017 bienium. The debate lasted over 17 hours, beginning at noon on Tuesday and ending with the final vote at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. It was a long, exhausting process, but in the end, we passed a thought-out, deliberate piece of legislation that was examined by every member of the Texas House.
While I am in Austin, please know that I am still available to help you, my constituents, any way that I can. Over the past few weeks, I have had a few situations that reminded me of why I am really here - to help you and to do my part to make government more efficient.