House Representative

Straus, Joe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/29/2015

Speaker Straus Statement on Passage of House Bill 7

Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement Friday after passage of House Bill 7, which reduces and eliminates fees and decreases balances in General Revenue-Dedicated accounts. For many years, money in those accounts has been counted to certify other areas of the state budget.

"With the passage of House Bill 7, the House has reduced hundreds of millions of dollars in fees and made significant strides toward a more transparent budget. For three years, the House has worked to either use fees for their intended purpose or abolish fees that weren't being used as promised, and this legislation moves us much closer to that goal. I want to thank Chairmen Darby and Otto for their continued leadership on this important issue."