House Representative

Giddings, Helen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/05/2015

Giddings Reflects on Adjournment Sine Die in Texas House

AUSTIN, TX - On June 1st, the Texas House of Representatives adjourned Sine Die for the 84th Legislative Session. Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas) worked tirelessly the past 140 days, having successfully passed pieces of legislation to improve her district, as well as important policy that will positively affect the State of Texas. Giddings currently serves on three key House committees: Appropriations, where she serves on the Education subcommittee; Vice-Chair of State Affairs, and as a member of the Calendars committee.

On the House Appropriations committee, Giddings played an important role in ensuring funding for all levels of education, including the new gold standard prekindergarten program and passing of the tuition revenue bonds, both of which were desperately needed in Texas. Giddings reflected, "Universities in North Texas were well-served through the appropriations process this session, especially with the passing of the tuition revenue bonds, and allocating $2 million for the UNT-Dallas law school. I am also very proud of the funding for the Academic Bridge Program, as well as the Texas Grants program, which will fund grants for approximately 89% of eligible students." Additionally, Giddings helped Texas food banks throughout the state secure $5.9 million in funding.

As vice-chair of the State Affairs committee, Giddings heard and worked with legislators to help reform various state policies, including ethics, that pertain to agencies, elected officials, and state employees. "As a committee, we heard many bills that tried to address one of the 'emergency' issues from Governor Abbott, such as ethics reform. While these bills were not 'perfect,' they were important in bringing campaign finance reform to the full attention of the legislature," Giddings commented.

Giddings authored and passed important legislation that will continue to have a positive effect for all Texans now and in the future. Giddings' successful legislation for education, officer training, and public safety has successfully made it to Governor Abbott's desk for full implementation as law.

"I believe our constituents can be proud of the work done by our office this session. I did my best to file common-sense legislation to help the everyday lives of all Texans, not just a few," Giddings said. A full list of Giddings' legislation for the 84th Session can be found on her official House website: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=109.

Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.

Contact: Morgan Constantino