FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2017
AUSTIN, TX – Vice Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, State Senator Van Taylor released the below statement on the Senate's unanimous passage of S.B. 20 and S.B. 60, the Sunset safety net bills:
"During the regular session the Senate had a perfect seventeen for seventeen record in passing to the Governor every sunset bill that either originated as a Senate bill or came to the Senate from the House," stated Taylor. "I am again very proud of my colleagues in the Senate for recognizing the importance of the Sunset process and coming together to do the people's work. Following the bold and responsive leadership of Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, it is my hope that the Legislature will now expeditiously address the conservative reforms supported by a majority of Texans and members of both Chambers."
The Senate convened at midnight last night in order to pass these bills at the earliest possible moment. The Sunset bills were passed a little after 12:30am and Governor Abbott issued a proclamation releasing the rest of the special session agenda around 12:45am. These items include: property tax reform, spending caps on state and local governments, school choice for special needs students, pro-life initiatives, privacy, cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud, and more. A full list can be found here. Senate committee hearings on these bills are expected Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and is also member of the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.