FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/02/2015
State Representative Jeff Leach Files Legislation Ensuring Uniformity in State Law & Protecting Citizens & Business Owners
AUSTIN - Representative Jeff Leach has filed House Bill 1911, legislation aimed at curbing state agencies, cities and other political subdivisions from enacting policies, laws or ordinances that needlessly create an undue burden for business owners and recklessly infringe on the rights of Texans. House Bill 1911 was filed in response to an outcry of citizens, business owners and community leaders from across the state concerned about patchwork ordinances enacted by various governmental entities. The legislation is designed to ensure a more predictable business climate and to protect the rights of Texas citizens by promoting further uniformity and consistency within state agencies and political subdivisions.
"Over the past several years, ordinances have been instated at the local level that, in the black letter language of the ordinance itself, impose criminal sanctions and other penalties on our citizens and business owners for actions that are otherwise protected under state law. This should cause great concern for any Texan devoted to the protection of freedom, liberty and, most importantly, to the rule of law," stated Representative Leach. “In conjunction with business owners, political leaders, my fellow legislators and constitutional experts from across Texas, House Bill 1911 is carefully crafted to prevent state agencies and local governments from unjustly imposing overreaching laws and ordinances on Texas citizens.”
House Bill 1911 is Joint Authored by Representative John Smithee, Representative Matt Shaheen, Representative James White and Representative Jodie Laubenberg. Stated Representative Shaheen, "Several of our Texas cities are abusing their power by promoting inappropriate policies that have nothing to do with day-to-day city governance and are harmful to the very constituents they we are elected to serve. This legislation helps to ensure cities focus on their core responsibilities."
Born and raised in Plano, Representative Leach graduated from Plano Senior High, attended Baylor University and earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law. Representative Leach practices at the law firm of Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. in Dallas. He and his wife Becky, a small business owner, are the proud parents of three young children and are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Leach represents portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County, and he serves on the House Committee on Government Transparency and Operation & the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.