Hope you are all enjoying your summers! During the last week, Speaker Phelan and Lt. Gov. Patrick reached consensus on a legislative package aimed at alleviating the growing burden of property taxes on the residents of Texas.
I am excited to share some of what our office has been up to the last few weeks with you and what is going on in District 130. In this edition of the Capitol Update, you can read about:
- Property Tax Relief
- Hold These Truths Podcast with Dan Crenshaw
- National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)
- Events in the District
Property Tax Relief
Property Tax has been an ongoing battle during the 88th Legislative and special sessions. The new property tax relief plan represents a significant win for providing relief to Texas property owners and reflects the commitment of Texas leaders to addressing the concerns of taxpayers and providing significant relief from the burden of escalating property taxes.
This past Thursday, July 13th, the House passed three pieces of legislation that will help drive down the property tax burden for Texas homeowners and small business owners.
Highlights of the $18 billion tax cut legislation include:
- Over $12 billion will be spent on reducing the school property tax rate for all homeowners and business properties;
- Every homeowner who homesteads their home (approximately 5.7 million homeowners) will get a $100,000 homestead exemption;
- Non-homesteaded properties, valued at $5 million and under, including residential and commercial properties, will receive a 20% circuit breaker on appraised values as a 3-year pilot project; and
- Legislation will also include savings on the franchise tax for small businesses and create newly elected positions on local appraisal boards.
Hold These Truths Podcast with Dan Crenshaw
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to sit down with United States Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX 2nd District) and discuss a few crucial issues that emerged during the recent Texas Legislative Session. We tackled topics such as the legislature’s decision to ban transgender therapies for minors, the ongoing debate between the State House and Senate regarding property tax reform, the latest developments on the push for school choice, and a thorough exploration of the advantages and drawbacks of implementing term limits.
Our conversation concluded with a critical examination of the cottage political industry that has emerged in Texas and across the nation, where conservative outrage is being monetized without effectively contributing to electoral victories.
Check out the episode here: Link to Dan Crenshaw’s Podcast Episode with Dr. Tom Oliverson
National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)
This week, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) is preparing for its highly anticipated summer meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It brings me immense pride to represent our great state as the President-elect of NCOIL. This esteemed role allows me to contribute to national-level discussions and initiatives, advocating for the best interests of our state and promoting effective insurance legislation. I am excited to engage with fellow legislators and industry experts at the upcoming meeting, as we work together to shape the future of insurance regulation.
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) is an esteemed organization dedicated to fostering collaboration and driving impactful policy-making in the field of insurance. NCOIL brings together legislators from across the United States to engage in meaningful discussions, share best practices, and develop innovative solutions for the insurance industry. With a rich history and purpose, NCOIL serves as a platform for legislators to address pressing insurance-related issues, collaborate on model laws and regulations, and advocate for the interests of their respective states. As a prominent voice in insurance legislation, NCOIL plays a vital role in shaping the future of insurance regulation, promoting consumer protection, and fostering a robust and competitive insurance marketplace.
During our summer meeting, we have an exciting lineup of discussions encompassing a diverse range of crucial topics. Our agenda includes an engaging ESG series, insightful deliberations on healthcare insurance and long-term care, and comprehensive insights into property and casualty insurance. These discussions will provide a platform for legislators to explore innovative ideas, address emerging challenges, and pave the way for progressive reforms in the insurance industry. Be prepared for an enriching experience as we delve into these critical issues that impact our constituents and shape the future of insurance legislation.
For more information about NCOIL and its initiatives, please visit their official website: NCOIL Official Website.
Events in the District
Free Children’s Bike Helmet Fitting and Giveaway
Mark your calendars for August 4th as we team up with AAA for a special Kids’ Helmet Donation Event in our district! We are proud to promote this wonderful cause that focuses on youth and family safety.
Through AAA’s Youth & Family Safety Program, they have collaborated with legislators to support causes close to their hearts. In line with our dedication to public health, we have chosen the remarkable “Hard Hats for Little Heads” program, organized by the Texas Medical Association (TMA). This initiative aims to provide helmets to children, promoting bicycle safety and preventing head injuries.
- Learn more about AAA’s Youth & Family Safety Program: AAA’s Youth & Family Safety Program Information
- Find out about the impactful “Hard Hats for Little Heads” program by TMA: Hard Hats for Little Heads Program Information
On August 4th, we will be distributing 224 helmets during the event. These helmets are generously provided by the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program, which we proudly recommended. Additionally, there will be a few helmets available from Texas Children’s Hospital. Please note that helmets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and specific sizes and quantities are subject to availability. We encourage families to visit our booth early to secure the desired helmet size.
Texas Tea Party Republican Women Club Meeting
I had the pleasure of speaking at the Texas Tea Party Republican Women Club meeting, they are a passionate group dedicated to advocating for conservative Christian principles in Houston/Spring/Tomball/Cypress, Texas. This organization comprises dedicated women (and men as Associates) who actively pray, lobby, learn, recruit, and support causes aligned with Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Israel values. They also stand firmly behind our troops and conservative politicians.
It is always a pleasure to get to spend time with such a committed community, united in their pursuit of conservative ideals. Together, we discussed pressing issues, shared insights, and explored ways to strengthen our conservative values.
I want to express my gratitude to the Texas Tea Party Republican Women for inviting me to speak with them. It’s through such gatherings that we can foster a stronger community and work towards a better future for our great state of Texas.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to call my office by phone at (512) 463-0661 or email District130.Oliverson@House.Texas.Gov to share any comments or concerns you may have. Thank you for giving me the chance to serve as your State Representative and for placing your trust in me to continue doing so in the future.
Tom Oliverson, M.D.
Republican State Representative
House District 130