FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/14/2016
METCALF Files First Bills of the 85th Session
AUSTIN – On November 14, 2016 State Representative Will Metcalf filed his first 3 pieces of legislation: House Bills 52, 77, and 105. House Bill 52 would ban so called sanctuary city policies in Texas and require cooperation with federal immigration authorities when criminal suspects are held by law enforcement. House Bill 77 repeals the expiration date for graduation committees and allows these committees to be used in the future as an alternative to high stakes testing. And finally House Bill 105 would repeal the internet service tax in Texas.
"House Bill 52 addresses an issue that Texas has been wrestling with for years in sanctuary cities. It is incomprehensible to me that any entity within this state would blatantly ignore federal immigration law and place our own citizens at risk," stated the Representative. "House Bill 52 makes clear that if a local entity adopts a sanctuary policy in which they refuse to cooperate with federal authorities, they will lose their state funding. We can no longer tolerate local officials who themselves do not follow the laws of our country and our state.
"Education is always important," explained Metcalf. "In particular the last few years you have seen growing concern with too much reliance on standardized tests. We made good progress last session creating graduation committees to give students who struggle with standardized tests an alternative pathway to graduation. Unfortunately, this change was given a deadline and they will soon expire. House Bill 77 would eliminate those deadlines and allow schools and students to continue using these graduation committees as an alternative to high stakes testing.
"House Bill 105 will repeal the tax on internet service in Texas. This tax was actually restricted by the federal government in 1998. The only reason Texas has this tax is because we adopted it before the federal restrictions and it was grandfathered in by the federal legislation," pointed out Representative Metcalf. "Texas is historically a low tax and low spend state, which has served us very well. It does not make sense that we pride ourselves on this status, but yet we maintain a tax on internet service that only 7 other states have and that our own federal government has decided is not necessary. It is time we repeal the tax on internet service in Texas.
"I am proud to kick off the next legislative session with these three bills. Border security, education, and excessive taxation are just a few of our district's biggest items of concern. I am looking forward to continuing to file legislation in the coming weeks and during session that address the issues that my constituency has brought forward. Representing their interests is my top priority and I am excited to finally see the many months of preparation for the 85th Legislative Session coming to life."
To read this legislation, visit www.legis.state.tx.us, or for more information, contact our Capitol office at (512) 463-0726.