State Rep. Mark Keough has introduced several new bills reported by the Courier including a very sensible measure HB 85, to make County Appraiser an elected position.
“This bill would bring much-needed transparency and accountability to a public office, where currently, the public has little say,” Keough stated in a release Wednesday. “In keeping with the promises made to my constituents when I returned from the 84th legislative session, I will continue to work daily on appraisal system reforms.
“House Bill 85 is a step toward making our appraisal system more accountable to the property owners at large.”
There are more, Check out the full list of Keough’s bills at Texas Legislature Online
* House Bill 99 – The bill would make it a crime in Texas for a law enforcement officer to enforce any federal law or executive orders that violate the Second Amendment rights of Texas’ citizens.
“Every day our citizens face new legislation and executive orders from Washington, D.C., that at any given time could adversely affect their rights to keep and bear arms,” Keough stated. “House Bill 99 would ensure that Texas law enforcement officers who are sworn to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and Texas continue to uphold their oath.
“This bill would punish those who choose to illegally enforce a law or executive order that by its very existence is a violation of the Constitutional protections afforded to all Texas gun owners.”
* House Bill 113 – HB 113 would repeal the current transportation code that allows for the operation and use of red light cameras at intersections throughout Texas. According to Keough, many municipalities did not follow current laws when they entered into contracts with various out-of-state companies to put up these devices.
“Additionally, the devices have not produced evidence of reducing traffic accidents, or red light offenders, but instead have consequently increased accidents at intersections where the devices are present,” he stated. “Because of this, and the fact that these devices are in their very nature a violation of many Texas drivers’ constitutional rights, I am proposing that the devices become ineligible for use throughout Texas.”
* House Bill 121 – This bill is in line with HB 113 and would ensure that anyone who received a civil citation from a city for a traffic infraction related to a red light camera be afforded the ability to renew the vehicle registration tags. Currently, many tax assessor-collectors throughout Texas withhold registration renewals for motorists who have civil fines related to red light cameras.
“The civil fines are not monies owed to the State of Texas or to the county who receive the revenue from your vehicle registration,”Keough explained. “As a result, withholding someone’s registration is adversely affecting the state and counties’ revenue stream for road and bridge maintenance all so a civil fine owed to a municipality could be collected.”
* House Bill 125 – This bill would amend the current structure of how a judge could appoint a guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem for family law cases. This bill would make it easier for judges to exercise appropriate judgment when making decisions about cases pending before them, according to Keough.
* House Bill 288 – HB 288 would change the way Texans early vote by reducing the early voting period from two weeks to just one week. Currently, elections in Texas have an early voting period that lasts two weeks, and costs our local governments millions of dollars to administer.
“While voting is an encouraged right, I believe a one-week early voting period would still allow ample time for a citizen to vote, while cutting costs for those who have to pay for multiple elections per year,” Keough stated.