Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “Even with anticipated revenue increases and a strong Texas economy, many will be competing for their share of the budget, and there’ll be tough choices to prioritize:
Public School Financing
Water Issues, and
Securing opportunities for Job Growth.
“With the 83rd Texas Legislative Session approaching in January 2013, we will be considering some extremely important issues for Texas,” said State Rep. Dan Flynn of House District 2 earlier this week.
And, noted Flynn, “No employer, college or technical school that we know of has ever asked for a copy of the STAAR grades when making an acceptance or employment decision. It is about time we admit to that and seek to do the right thing for the children of Texas.”
“Issues that will be prominent during session include: immigration, education, protection of our families and life; and working to make the budget more transparent to taxpayers.
“The 10th Amendment, which ensures the sovereignty of States rights will be addressed as Texas continues to fight off federal intrusion,” said Flynn.
State Representative Flynn, along with dozens of other Members, took advantage of what is known as the “Early Filing” process wherebye legislators may pre-file Bills they intend to focus on during the upcoming Session. Flynn’s pre-filed bills focus on education, free enterprise, and jobs. Through early filing, Rep. Flynn and others try to ensure the issues have the best chance possible to be taken up this 83rd Legislative Session, slated to begin in January of 2013.
In education, Representative Flynn looks to re-introduce legislation to:
- Put a two year moratorium on the controversial STAAR test (HB 44)
- require High School students to complete a course on the U.S. Constitution (HB 49), and
- allow teachers the opportunity to display the 10 Commandments in their classroom if they so choose (HB 51).
“Each of these three bills are very important to the constituents in my district, and I and my staff were encouraged to make these a priority,” said Flynn.
As for the moratorium on STAAR testing, Flynn has been met with statewide support after his legislation, as an amendment in the first called special session of the 82nd legislature, passed 140-2 in the House only to be caught up by special interests in the Senate.
The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, informally referred to as Obamacare, threatens to overwhelm Texas with unfunded mandates and regulation that will ultimately hurt employers, individuals and those that truly need continual medical attention, warned Flynn.
“The growth of federal entitlements has placed us into unimaginable debt and is causing widespread damage to our economy. The Affordable Care Act is an attempt to not only eradicate our 10th Amendment rights, but forces American citizens to become heavily reliant on the federal government at the expense of your tax dollars.
“The implementation of such a program would require a potential cost of billions to Texas taxpayers; forcing a decision between raising taxes or cutting deeply into all levels of services, if not eliminating them entirely,” Flynn said.
It is no secret that Texas continues to be an exemplary model of opposition to D.C. regulation and government overreach. Texas remains the beacon of hope for American citizens who oppose the direction the current administration is taking our country.
Representative Flynn also hopes to champion legislation to make obtaining occupational licenses for members of the military and their spouses easier (HB 45). “If our brave men and women can drive a semi-truck in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no reason why that training and license should not be applicable to Texas and the 1-35 corridor,” says the Representative.
“Our returning veterans make up one of the largest unemployment pools in the United States.
“The current procedure for returning vets is to retake yearlong training courses for occupations they have already been licensed for by the military, this seems like a waste of time when they could be back into the workforce using the skills they developed during their service with little to no downtime upon return from active duty.”
Following the education theme, Representative Flynn also filed two bills regarding the process to acquire a CHL license (HB 47) and the process to renew a CHL license (HB 48). House Bill 47 would address the hours of instruction. House Bill 48 will define the requirements and exceptions for CHL license renewal.
Another important piece of legislation for the constituents of House District 2 regards the regulation and sale of raw milk (HB 46). Representative Flynn hopes the legislation will allow farmers to sell their raw milk directly to consumers at farmers markets and county fairs. HB 46 does not authorize the sale of raw milk to or on the premises of a grocery store, supermarket or similar retail market. All distributors must provide the proper permit to sell raw milk at the above mentioned locations.
I will join other state leaders in upholding the Constitution and founding principles of limited government. Ceding control to Washington has never accomplished anything.
We continue to welcome your input and your questions. Contact our office at mailing address:
P. O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768
Toll free at 1-800-734-9515
Representative Dan Flynn is a native Texan who serves House District 2, which includes Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt Counties. He currently serves on the House Committee on Defense & Veterans’ Affairs, as well as Homeland Security & Public Safety. He is chairman of the Texas Legislative Sportsman Caucus.