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88th Sessions: A Proven Conservative Record

  • Securing Our Border - voted to allocate $5.106 billion across 13 state agencies to uphold a strong commitment to border security, including $330.8 million set aside for county-level law enforcement. 

  • Reducing Property Taxes - fought to lower property taxes across the state in a multifaceted approach; raising the homestead exemption from $40,000 to $100,000, reducing the school property tax rate for homeowners and businesses, and adding three locally elected members to each County Appraisal District board of directors. 

  • Combating Human Trafficking Operations - supported an increase in the investigative and prosecutorial tools available in order to stop human trafficking as well as additional victim protection measures. 

  • Fighting the Fentanyl Crisis - supported measures imposing harsher criminal penalties for specific controlled substance offenses, established two new criminal offenses for the production and distribution of certain opioids, and allowed for the designation of fentanyl toxicity for the purposes of the death certificate.

  • Expanding Access to Rural Broadband - coauthored legislation creating the Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund to facilitate affordable and universal access to high-speed internet, a crucial step toward enhancing the quality of life for Texans while also boosting their economic prospects.

  • Protecting the Unborn - after prohibiting abortions once an unborn child's heartbeat can be detected and prohibiting the sending of abortion-inducing drugs through the mail or delivery service, Bailes and his colleagues sent $165 million to the states’ “Alternatives to Abortion” program in the 88th Legislative Session, alone. 

  • Supporting Our Valued Retired Teachers - provided a much-needed supplemental check and cost of living adjustment (COLA) to Texas retired teachers.

  • Banning Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Public Universities -  supported legislation to ban diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in public colleges and universities.

  • Reining in Rogue District Attorneys - voted in support of a bill to rein in rogue district attorneys who refuse to prosecute state-level crimes

  • Preventing the Sexualization of Children -  co-authored the Texas READER Act to protect Texas children by eliminating sexually explicit materials from public school libraries and empowers parents to know what their student is reading.

  • Prohibited Drag Shows for Minors - supported a measure to impose a $10,000 fine for any business which hosts a sexually explicit performance in front of children.

  • Banned Gender Modification Surgeries for Minors - placed common-sense prohibitions on surgeries that sterilize children, puberty blockers, and hormone therapy for the purpose of transitioning a child’s biological sex before they are 18 years of age.

  • Protecting Data Privacy for Adults and Youth - supported both the The Texas Data Privacy and Security Act and the Securing Children Online Through Parental Empowerment (SCOPE) Act in order to protect the online data of both children and adults. 

  • Saving Women’s Sports - Prohibits a biological male from competing in a college-level athletic competition designated for a biological female athlete to maintain competitive fairness

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