Representative Murr:
Bills on the Move
For years, Texans have been burdened by rising property taxes, primarily because these taxes are used to pay for about half of all public education across the state. It is time for policymakers to think "outside the box" if taxpayers want "true" property tax relief. To help countless property owners across the state, I filed House Bill 59 to abolish school district maintenance and operations (M&O) property taxes and permanently end Robin Hood as we know it. House Bill 59 would require legislators to find other sources of funding to replace the revenue without cutting education funding. By transitioning to a broader tax base from other sources, the state can better meet its obligation to provide for the public education of our children while also reducing the burden on homeowners and property taxpayers by 50% or more. I am proud to say that HB 59 has successfully passed out of the House Committee on Ways and Means!
This week, House Bills 2428 and 3864 were unanimously voted out of the Texas House and head to the Senate Chamber for consideration.

House Bill 2428 addresses the frustrations with the agricultural land appraisal process in Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Zones and other state agency-designated zones. To manage infectious animal diseases, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Animal Health Commission designate Surveillance Zones. Currently, there is no set term limit of how long a property is deemed a Surveillance Zone, and therefore property owners have experienced adverse effects on their agricultural valuations.  House Bill 2428 would ensure that the Chief Appraiser takes into consideration the effect that CWD Zones have on land valuations.

To learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease in whitetail deer and other animals, click here.

House Bill 3864 will allow high school students to participate in "Career Investigation Days" during their junior or senior year of high school.  The Texas Education Code currently grants students excused absences to visit colleges and universities they are interested in attending, and HB 3864 will provide the same opportunities to students wanting to pursue a different path after high school graduation.  As education evolves to meet the needs of the future, the acknowledgment of future student paths that do not necessarily include attending college must be included when providing opportunities for students to explore future professional opportunities after high school.
Other Bills in the Legislature 
In September 2020, I signed the Texas Backs the Blue Pledge to oppose any efforts to defund our brave law enforcement officers. No city should abandon its responsibility to provide public safety for its citizens, their homes, and businesses. Knowing that our badge-wearing brothers and sisters are always willing to step in harm’s way to protect our loved ones is something we cannot compromise. This week, I'm proud to coauthor and vote for House Bill 1900, which will crack down on cities that try to defund their police.
This week, the Texas House took major steps in protecting the sanctity of life by voting in favor of Senate Bill 8: the Heartbeat Bill. 

This bill will halt abortions from being performed once a heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks. I am proud of the efforts the Texas House is taking to ensure that all lives are protected.
At the start of the Legislative Session, Governor Abbott made election integrity a priority item for the Legislature to address. Around 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, after hours of serious policy debate, the Texas House approved the passage of Senate Bill 7 - a bill that would strengthen election integrity and provide election code updates throughout the state.
Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women in my life. Your love and support never goes unnoticed!

This Mother's Day, I encourage everyone to spend time with and celebrate their mothers, mother-figures and wives. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
Republican Andrew Murr is proud to represent Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton Counties in the Texas House of Representatives.  
Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Room E1.308
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Phone (512) 463-0536

District Address:
507 Earl Garrett
Kerrville, Texas 78028
Phone (830) 257-0432
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