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A Note from Jim...

May 18, 2011

House Bill 2581 was signed by the Governor this week. This is our first bill this session to become law. HB 2581 will allow the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to provide unemployment insurance credits for a company that has been merged or acquired. This bill will save companies and our state money.

With only 12 days left in the 82nd Legislature, some "heavy lifting" bills are starting to be heard. The House has passed the "Sanctuary Cities" bills, approved the sunset bill for Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), and reformed the election code to help prevent voter fraud.

This week, the Senate version of the fiscal matters bills will be discussed with public education funding as a top priority. Yesterday, Comptroller Combs updated her revenue estimate for the next two years and announced that there is an additional $1.2 billion available for the upcoming budget. The Texas economy shows signs of strengthening. It is promising to see there will be additional funding for critical needs in our budget, including public education.

As we enter the home stretch of this legislative session, I will continue to do my utmost to represent House District 133 in the best way possible.

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