Remember Freedom is not free! When good men do nothing evil men prevail. GRW
Representative Rob Orr District 58, Texas House of Representatives JUNE 30, 2011
Capitol Office: P.O. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768-2910 512-463-0538 FAX: 512-463-0897 District Office: 201 W. Ellison, Ste. 201 Burleson, TX 76028 817-295-5158 866-410-3644 (toll-free) FAX: 817-295-5319 E-mail: Representative Rob Orr District58.Orr@house. state.tx.us
Thanks for your support and allowing me to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives.
Special Session Adjourns Bringing This Legislative Year to a Close
The Texas House adjourned on Wednesday bringing this legislative year to a close. After a 140-day regular session and a 30-day special session, I am glad to get back to the district and reconnect with my constituents.
Each session is unique and I always experience new opportunities and challenges as your representative. This was my fourth and most successful session. Of the 14 bills I authored, 13 will become law and/or presented to the voters for approval. This is the first time I have introduced and passed a constitutional amendment that will be placed before the state’s voters in November. This amendment will allow the General Land Office to make millions of dollars in direct payments to public school funding.
This was my first redistricting session and I was able to maintain both Johnson and Bosque Counties in District 58. In addition, I made sure Johnson County and all of Burleson remained whole and together in the new congressional district.
Although this has been a very intense time at the Capitol, I believe that we passed many good pieces of legislation and kept some not-so-good pieces from passing.
Going into the regular session we knew balancing the budget would be difficult. The economic downturn had impacted our state and the projected revenue with which we would have to work was significantly reduced. We also knew we were constitutionally bound to pass a balanced budget. In addition, the voters across the state sent us to Austin with a clear message to cut spending. No sector of the state’s budget went without review and eventual cuts. After hours upon hours of hearings, testimony and debate, we passed a balanced budget. We tightened the belt of the State of Texas just as many of our families have done.
I hope you have enjoyed receiving these legislative updates. Throughout the next several months I will provide you with more detailed information about various legislation that passed. At this time, here are a few highlights from the regular and special sessions. Approved a streamlined $172.3 billion, two-year budget, that uses no new taxes, is fiscally responsible and lives within our means. We reduced all funds spending by over $15 billion from the 2010-11 budget. Kept education a priority by minimizing cuts in the next biennium. Approved Voter ID legislation to ensure the integrity of the election process. Approved allowing Texans to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights in parking lots on private property. Approved requiring a sonogram when a woman is considering an abortion. Strengthened protection of private property rights for all Texans in eminent domain legislation.
As we pause to celebrate Independence Day, I urge each of you to take time to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy. I especially want to thank the men and women in our military for everything they do to make our country and the world a safer place to live.
God Bless You!
Extreme heat + high winds + dry conditions = FIRE
If your July 4th tradition includes the use of fireworks, please rethink that this year. Our state has experienced and continues to experience extensive wildfires that have affected thousands of our citizens. We should do everything possible this holiday to ensure that more fires do not start.
My family and I enjoy fireworks, but this year I have decided to not shoot off fireworks. I hope you will join me and not ignite fireworks this holiday. Cities throughout Johnson and Bosque Counties, plus surrounding counties, are hosting July 4th celebrations. Please take advantage of these opportunities and leave the fireworks to the professionals. Be safe, not sorry.
Around the District . . .
I was honored to be joined by Congressman Bill Flores, left, to present the “Hose Off” Trophy to the Venus Volunteer Fire Department at the 5th Annual Serving Those that Serve celebration recently. Accepting the award are L-R: Volunteer Firefighter John Prigg (holding fire hose), Chaplain Danny Moon, Venus Fire Chief Richard Allen and Volunteer Firefighter Shawn Prigg (holding trophy).