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Dear Proud Texan,

We are more than halfway through the 85th Legislative Session, and at this point, committee meetings and the floor schedules are heavy. I am working hard to advance good policy, and to table policy suggestions that require more consideration.
 
Please feel free to share this update. Keeping you informed is extremely important to me. It is an honor to serve Senate District 4 as state Senator.

God Bless Texas, 






State Senator, District 4

Senator Creighton on Jones State Forest

Thank you for the important feedback regarding my bill, Senate Bill 1964, relating to the Jones State Forest.
 
As the State Senator for District 4, I filed this bill at the request of the Texas A&M University System to require a public conversation on whether the University has local support for the construction of a forest center and educational facility in Jones State Forest (near the Lone Star College campus). I filed this piece of legislation to assure that the people of Montgomery County will have a voice in what Texas A&M proposes to do with the forest that we all cherish.
 
While Texas A&M has owned Jones State Forest since the 1920’s, it is a valued part of Montgomery County and I intend to make sure that it remains in its current state unless local sentiment requests a change.
 
Texas A&M is chartered to use the property for the purposes of forestry and education. Whether or not the University is permitted to broaden the use of the forest for additional educational purposes should be a public discussion. This is my primary goal in initiating this effort.  Protecting the forest and the natural beauty in Montgomery County has been and always will be a priority of mine, and there should be no changes made without the community’s input.
 
I agree that the University’s requested language is drafted too broadly, and through the committee process I will remove the 'commercial' language from the bill. I am also adding language to protect the 100% of the forest from being used by the University for anything other than its current use. The bill will prevent any changes to be made without public approval. A&M needs to get feedback local governments, citizens and stakeholders should they propose any future concepts for new educational facilities in the forest.
 
The bill has now been referred to the Senate Higher Education committee where it awaits a hearing (date/time to be determined by the Chair). Under Senate rules, the bill's language cannot be officially altered until the public hearing.
 
Again, thank you to those who have shared your opinion with me and my office. Your input and opinions are important to me and I appreciate the opportunity to keep the lines of communication open with my constituents.

 

Ports Infrastructure Improvement Passes Senate Unanimously

Senate Bill 28

Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) issued the following statement after the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 28:

"This is an important first step for Texas ports," said Senator Creighton. "As improvements to the Panama Canal create a flow of larger vessels from distant trading partners, we must ensure Texas ports are equipped to sustain our economic leadership role."

This bill is the product of the findings of the Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports, that was commissioned by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick during the 84th Interim. Senator Creighton was appointed to chair the committee tasked with studying Texas' port assets, both coastal and inland hubs. The Committee paid special attention to the economic impact of the Panama Canal expansion and made several trips to Texas ports.

This bill creates the Ship Channel Improvement Revolving Fund for navigation districts to secure loans for projects to improve ship channels.

It is important to note there is no cost associated in creating the fund and there is no appropriation in the budget for this fund.  The legislative intent is lay the groundwork for future projects by creating this account.

"It is now time for Texas to take the lead," concluded Senator Creighton. "Our Texas ports are strong, but we are in the midst of a significant opportunity with the Panama Canal expansion."

The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate and has now been sent to the House of Representatives. 

 

Status of  Senator Creighton Bills Out of the Senate:

These bills were previously voted on by the full Senate and have advanced to the House of Representatives. Click on each bill for a status update!

  • Senate Bill 23 - E-Verify - This bill sets forth guidelines that would require all businesses who enter into contracts with a state agency to participate in the E-verify program as part of the awards process of a state contract.
  • Senate Bill 25 - Pro-Life Tort Reform Bill - This bill states that a physician that delivers life that ultimately is disabled and does no wrong is not responsible for compensating the family for the cost of rearing the child. It does not decrease a physician's standard of care or responsibilities.
  • Senate Bill 28 - Texas Ports Improvement - This bill creates the Ship Channel Improvement Revolving Fund for navigation districts to secure loans for projects to improve ship channels.
  • Senate Bill 29 - Pro-Israel - This bill prohibits state contracting with and investing in companies that boycott Israel.
  • Senate Bill 132 - State Agency Savings - This bill is an incentive program for agencies to reduce their annual spending.

Visit Your Office at the Capitol

Call 512-463-0104 for directions or drop by the Capitol Extension, E1.606, to visit with Senator Creighton and his staff anytime. 
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