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In 2017, House Democrats successfully passed 358 bills into law, as well as countless amendments to improve our state.

During the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, we worked every day to pass legislation that creates a better Texas today and for future generations. Below are highlights of some of the major bills we are working on this session. We encourage you to click on the issues buttons on the bottom for a deeper look into what we accomplished. For questions about specific legislation or issues, please contact info@texashousedems.com.

School Facility Funding

HB 1081 by Rep. Diane Arevalo
Currently, money for public school instructional facilities is limited to buildings specifically created as instructional facilities. This bill will allow campuses that convert existing facilities to instructional facilities to receive funds appropriate for the purposes of the building.

Cybersecurity Courses for Students

HB 3593 by Rep. Diego Bernal
The bill encourages high schools to create cybersecurity courses that can count as credit, and further would allow internships and partnerships with higher education institutions to count for college credit. The bill is a great example of ensuring students can prepare for important 21st century jobs.

Credit for Computer Science Courses

House Bill 728 by Rep. Bobby Guerra
This bill makes sure that high school students that take computer science courses can have their classes count towards their graduation and/or towards any necessary requirements for college.

Crackdown on Illegal Massage Parlors

House Bill 240 by Rep. Ana Hernandez
In Texas, over 1200 “erotic massage” parlors are advertised on popular websites. These places are often fronts for human trafficking and prostitution. HB 240 makes it easier for local governments to shut down these blights on our communities.

Tracking Foster Kids in Juvenile Justice System

House Bill 932 by Rep. Jarvis Johnson
The legislation requires the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to create a report on the number of kids they admit that have been in foster care systems, in order to provide a clearer understanding of the back-and-forth between the two departments.

Clear Backlog of Rape Kit Tests

House Bill 1729 by Rep. Victoria Neave
The bill creates a grant program that will help pay for the backlog of evidence regarding sexual assaults and other sexual offenses. Read more about the legislation from the Dallas Morning News.

Lower Utility Rates for Seniors

House Bill 1083 by Rep. Mary Ann Perez
The bill allows the Public Utility Commission to establish a fund through which charitable contributions can be made to help pay for a utility rate reduction for certain senior citizens.

Alerts for Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s

House Bill 2639 by Rep. Joe Pickett
This bill would broaden existing amber and silver alert proposals to ensure that there is proper public safety assistance for a missing person suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Mental Health Screenings for Kids

House Bill 1600 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson
The Texas Healthy Steps program provides health care for kids from birth through age 20. The bill will make sure that every child receives a mental health screening between ages 12 and 19 during an annual medical exam.

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