• August 9, 2021

Capitol Update: August 5th

Capitol Update: August 5th

1024 536 Dr. Tom Oliverson

Friends,

Thank you for reading. As always, feel free to call my office by phone (512-463-0661) or email District130.Oliverson@house.texas.gov. If you have a question about a particular bill that passed this session, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for giving me the chance to serve as your State Representative in 2021. I hope you will trust me to do so again in 2023.

Here is what we have been up to these past few weeks in Austin and House District 130.

Republicans Lead The Way On Healthcare Victories

While my Democrat colleagues still refuse to get back to work for the people of Texas, I think it is important for you to know some highlights we achieved in healthcare during the 87th session. Led by Texas House Republicans, we delivered more affordable health care options, greater medical transparency, and increased competition in the market. I was thankful to be the author, joint author, and sponsor of many of these bills below.

 

NACL celebrates SB 797

This past month, the National Association of Christian Lawmakers hosted a conference in Dallas where we got a chance to talk about one of the bills I worked on this session with my good friend Senator Hughes. SB 797  will require the display of the national motto, “In God We Trust”, in all public schools if the motto is donated or purchased from private donations. Nineteen other states across the nation have enacted similar legislation. Our national motto reflects the importance of God and religion in the fabric of our nation

 

Texas Foster Care Crisis

Last month, Governor Abbott placed funding to address the foster care crisis on the call for the special session. I had the opportunity to sit down with the Department of Family Protective Services and foster care providers from around the state to listen to their concerns and learn what we can do to help. However, with the Texas Legislature at a standstill because of the Democrats’ refusal to show up for work, legislation that would help foster children is at a risk of dying. This is especially damaging for our most vulnerable Texans who are in desperate need of legislative intervention. We have a unique opportunity to address these issues now, if only my colleagues in DC would get back to work.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Tom Oliverson
Republican State Representative
House District 130

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