From the office of: State Senator José Rodríguez, District 29

April 18, 2013
Contact: Sito Negron
(512) 463-0129

Bills by Senator José Rodríguez would consolidate housing authorities, plan ETJ development, incentivize Downtown hotels, and protect workers from retaliation
Bills among nine considered in committee; seven pass

Austin, April 18, 2013 — Yesterday, two committees of the Texas Senate heard nine bills by Senator José Rodríguez that, among other things, reduced the regulatory burden on development immediately outside municipal boundaries.

The bills also: Remove an unconstitutional anti-gay law from the books; protect workers from retaliation when they file a wage theft claim; consolidate city and county housing authorities; incentivize development of Downtown hotels; provide Hudspeth County an economic development tool; allow public defenders free access to DPS criminal records; and allow an arbitrator to subpoena witnesses and records in certain grievance procedures.

Seven of the bills passed committee. The next step is consideration for a hearing by the full Senate.

“These bills are a reflection of legislators’ varied responsibilities, and remind us of how we must be responsive to our diverse constituencies,” Rodríguez said. “It is refreshing and reaffirming to have days where our outreach and preparation culminate in the presentation of good public policy.”

The bills heard today and passed in committee today were:

Left pending in committee was: