Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Over 240 years ago, a group of farmers and lawyers published the Declaration of Independence, formally beginning the Revolutionary War against the most powerful empire on Earth. The ideals that drove those men and women to revolution; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; continue to drive us today. I hope you enjoyed a restful and reflective Independence Day with friends, family, and fireworks.

Last Periódico, I outlined the $250 billion biennial state budget that both Texas and Senate District 19 will benefit greatly from. Now that the period for the Governor to veto bills is over, we can officially see which bills have become law.

Of the 7,541 bills and resolutions filed across both chambers, 1,429 made it to the Governor’s desk. All of those became law except the 56 that were vetoed. I’m proud to say 34 bills and resolutions I authored and sponsored passed to law.

We gave authorization for Texas A&M – San Antonio to create a new fee for an athletics program. This authorization follows a student referendum approving this fee increase by an overwhelming majority. I worked side-byside with Rep. Leo Pacheco on this important step for Texas A&M – San Antonio. Now it remains for the Texas A&M System Board of Regents to approve this fee; the school is hoping to have an athletics program begin fall of 2020.



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