FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/05/2017
State Representative Ernest Bailes Reflects on 85th Legislative Session
AUSTIN, TX - On Monday, May 29th, the Texas Legislature finished the 85th Legislative Session, concluding 140 days of work at the State Capitol. State Representative Ernest Bailes successfully saw more than half of the bills he authored pass the House and Senate. One local bill dealing with teacher requirements for vocational classes at the Gulf Coast Trade Center in Walker County has already been signed by the Governor and is effective immediately. Ten other bills currently have been sent to his desk and are waiting to be signed.
Rep. Bailes joint/co-authored over 40 other conservative pieces of legislation, including pro-life bills, second amendment protections, and school finance/accountability reform. Rep. Bailes made sure the rural values of his district were personified and expressed. He was proud to stand behind many key pro-rural pieces of legislation including annexation and property tax reform.
During this session, the Texas House and Senate passed a fiscally disciplined budget that will fund the State for the next two years. The $217 billion budget allows the state to address the high turnover rate of CPS caseworkers, as well as keep costs down for TRS- Care, all without raising taxes.
"I would like to thank the constituents of House District 18 for entrusting me as their voice in Austin this legislative session," said Rep. Bailes. "We had many accomplishments, but much more should have been achieved in regards to school finance and property tax relief. We still have a lot of work to do when it comes to these issues. I look forward to working on these priorities, along with several others, during the interim."
Rep. Bailes serves House District - 18, which includes all of Liberty, San Jacinto, and Walker counties. He looks forward to returning home and visiting with constituents on the work of this year’s session and the issues that matter in their communities.