I hope this note finds you well. In this edition of Capitol Update, you can read about what I’ve been up to around House District 130 as well as some important updates from Austin. We are also excited to share some exciting news about one of the bills we passed last session.
- Events Around District 130
- Austin Update—Interim Charges & New Committees
- Attorney General Paxton Sues Federal Government Over House Bill 957
As always, feel free to call my office by phone at (512) 463-0661 or email District130.Oliverson@House.
Events Around District 130
Since the start of the new year, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many activities around our district. Thank you for welcoming me and allowing me to take part in these special occasions.
I had the privilege of stepping away from the operating room to speak with an incredible group of 5th-12th grade students at Second Baptist School-Cypress. These students were working on a study of Texas, and I was able to share with them about my work in the legislature, what led me to government service, and how young people like themselves can get involved in serving their community.
District 130 keeps growing! It was a pleasure to be at the groundbreaking for the Interchange 249 Development Project. It was great spending time with these contractors as well as the City of Tomball representatives. Importantly, part of this project will include a Macy’s distribution site. This new site will create many new jobs and be a great economic benefit to House District 130
This month, Speaker Phelan released interim charges for the House Committees. Interim charges are an opportunity for the Legislature to study how recently-passed legislation is being implemented and to take a look at new ideas that we may work on during the next legislative session. Each House Committee will hear public and invited testimony, conduct research, and submit reports on important issues. As the Chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I have been tasked by Speaker Phelan to study the following charges:
I am excited to get to work and am thankful to the Speaker for providing us with a robust list of issues to study.
To view all interim charges, click here:
Speaker Phelan has also created two new House Select Committees. I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Health Care Reform Committee under the leadership of Chairman Sam Harless. As a healthcare worker myself, these issues are something I am particularly passionate about.
Attorney General Paxton Sues Federal Government Over House Bill 957
I am proud to have authored House Bill 957 during the last legislative session, which gives Texans the ability to own and use Texas-made firearm suppressors. My bill will allow Texans to exercise their Constitutional Second Amendment Rights. A firearm suppressor made and kept in Texas should not be subject to federal taxes.
Late last month, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeking to stop the enforcement of federal regulations regarding firearm suppressors made in Texas. I am grateful to the Office of the Attorney General for their work on this important issue and excited to put a stop to the Biden Administration’s overreach.
Dr. Tom Oliverson
Republican State Representative
House District 130