FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/20/2015
Schubert Sworn In As State Representative
AUSTIN – For 62 days of the 84th Session of the Texas House of Representatives there was an empty chair on the House Floor. That chair received an occupant on March 3rd when Leighton Schubert was sworn in as State Representative for Texas House District 13. Schubert was elected to represent HD 13 through a special election to replace now Senator Lois Kolkhorst. The rural central Texas district includes Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca and Washington Counties.
Schubert, is a graduate of Snook High School, Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law, and is a practicing attorney in Caldwell where he lives with his wife Brittany. "I cannot say how honored I am to have the opportunity to represent an area that my family has called home for generations," said Representative Schubert.
Representative Schubert began work on his two committee assignments immediately after being sworn in. As a member of the Committee on Corrections and County Affairs Committee, Schubert will have the opportunity to help craft legislation to keep the public safe as well as to help the rural counties that he represents best serve their citizens.
Schubert has several bills during his first two weeks in office. Among them are House Bill 2456 and House Bill 2457. House Bill House Bill 2456 repeals the state franchise tax while allowing for a one year transition. The repeal of this tax will significantly reduce the burden on small business owners in the state and will encourage the creation of more jobs for Texans.
House Bill 2457 strengthens the states regulation on eminent domain. This bill will protect private property owner’s rights by requiring that an entity demonstrate a public use before using eminent domain. Further, the entity must then show significant progress towards the project within a certain time period. Finally, the bill provides the ability for the landowner to repurchase the property if certain criteria for progress are not met.
Additionally, Representative Schubert has co-authored several other important pieces of legislation. Including House Bill 11, which just passed out the House with overwhelming support. HB 11 creates a comprehensive long term solution to Texas’s border security problems. Specifically, HB 11 authorizes an additional 300 DPS troopers for border security operations, criminalizes the act of inducing a person to enter the country illegally, and strengthens state smuggling laws to effectively target the organized criminal element infiltrating our border, along with other reforms. The legislation also protects local control by creating the “Texas Transnational Crime Intelligence Center", which would be staffed by local police and sheriffs to serve as a real-time, around-the-clock intelligence hub for state and local law enforcement agencies.
In addition to these bills, Representative Schubert is also working on legislation to reaffirm Texans right to hunt and fish, to remove loopholes in law that are harmful to our military members, to end the diversion of funds away from our state parks and to increasing funds to small and rural schools.