With my newly-opened district office back home and several of my bills moving into committees at the Capitol, we’re seeing some great progress being made! The hard work has only just begun, but here is where it’s going to matter the most.
As I mentioned, my district office is now open at 11200 Santos Sanchez inside the Tigua Recreation Center. Because we are in the middle of the legislative session, our current office hours are 10 to 3 from Monday through Friday. After session, we will increase staff and office hours in the district. We had a wonderful office opening, and I hope you will visit if you get the chance!
This weekend I spoke with San Elizario residents about various issues affecting their community. I also met with Montana Vista residents in order to address the drainage and sewer problems in their area. You can view News Channel 9 coverage of the Montana Vista meeting here.
Last week I was able to welcome many business and community leaders from El Paso to the State Capitol. Representative Joe Pickett organized an incredible event with the USO in which we put together over 1,000 care packages for children of recently deployed military.
I also had the opportunity to recognize several ESD firefighters on the house floor. When my house burned down as a child I saw first hand the bravery of ESD firefighters. It was a great privilege to honor these public servants at our State Capitol!
I have also filed several bills addressing the equity of public education in our state. These bills— HB 1132 and HB 1195— would create equitable standards for English language learning students, and prevent them from being measured against students who have much greater proficiency.
For higher education, I’ve filed a bill— HB 1370— that would limit the amount of tuition charged by public universities to ensure that a college education remains accessible for all Texans.
I also filed a bill relating to wage theft, which is a prominent issue that has not been addressed enough in our state. HB 1131 would create a database of employers convicted of certain offenses involving wage theft in order to bring greater transparency to the workers in El Paso.