State Representative for the 68th District Drew Springer spoke about his participation in the 83rd Texas Legislature at the Graham Chamber of Commerce's luncheon Tuesday.
Springer said he was happy to serve on his first committee choice — agriculture and livestock.
He felt some positives to come out of the legislative session included HB 4 which includes the use of $2 billion from the rainy day fun to help finance water projects statewide. Voters will be asked this fall to approve the creation of the water fund in Proposition 6.
For education, he was proud that the end-of-course exams had been reduced from 15 to five. Also, that additional funds were available to give retired teachers a cost of living increase for the first time in 10 years.
He said there was also additional money earmarked for increased mental health care.
He highlighted one of his personal bills known as the booster club bill that no longer requires sales tax collection for booster clubs operating school sporting event concessions.
Also, he passed a bill that no longer requires those applying for a concealed handgun license to drive in excess of 100 miles roundtrip to have digital fingerprinting. For those who live more than 25 miles away from a fingerprinting processing facility, it can now be done and processed through a local police department or sheriff's office.
To read the complete story of Springer's visit this week to Graham, see the Aug. 25 edition of The Graham Leader.