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Rep. Donna Howard

Democrat - TX - 48th district

16.92%

2023 Limited Government Rating

Ratings by Policy Category

46.15%

36.84%

10.14%

45.45%

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14.29%

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Lawmaker Position

Strengthening Individual Liberties and Growing the Tax Base by Allowing Casinos to Operate in the State.

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Voted for Limited Government

Protecting Individual Liberties by Prohibiting Government-Imposed COVID-19 Vaccine or Mask Mandates.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Regulation of Property Insurance Through a New Mandate Requiring Payment of 80% of Replacement Value Up Front.

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Voted against Limited Government

Increasing Taxation and the Growth of Government by Allowing Angelina County to Impose New Taxes on Hotels for Wasteful Tourism Promotion Initiatives.

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Voted against Limited Government

Empowering the Private Sector to Help Humanely Control the Pet Population by Providing Legal Protection for the "Trap-Neuter-Release" Program.

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Voted for Limited Government

Strengthening National Security and Helping to Combat Illegal Immigration and Human Trafficking Through Additional Border Security Funding and Property Owner Compensation.

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Voted against Limited Government

Enriching Comcast and other Woke Corporations by Forcing Taxpayers to Provide "Broadband Equity" through a Government Central Planning Scheme.

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Voted against Limited Government

Reducing Frivolous Litigation by Updating the Residential Construction Liability Act to Limit Liability and Provide Clarifications.

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Voted against Limited Government

Authorizing El Paso County to Indebt Taxpayers to Construct Recreational Facilities.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening National Security and Law and Order through 10 Year Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Human Trafficking.

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Voted against Limited Government

Further Growing Medicaid Welfare Spending by Hiking the Monthly Personal Needs Allowance at Long-Term Care Facilities.

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Voted against Limited Government

Further Growing Government's Unsustainable Land Holdings through a $1 Billion Centennial Parks Conservation Fund Program.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Taxpayer Funds from Being Utilized for Politicized "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" (DEI) Offices at Public College Campuses.

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Voted against Limited Government

Worsening Cronyism by Forcing Taxpayers to Provide Additional Subsidies to Companies Already Receiving Federal Grants through the Texas Technology and Innovation Trust Fund.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Government Transparency and Accountability by Requiring Roll Call Votes for Committee Amendments.

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Voted against Limited Government

Diluting the Tax Base and Shifting Tax Burdens onto other Products and Individuals through Special Sales Tax Exemptions for Tampons, Menstrual Products and Baby Items.

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Borrowing and Lending Opportunities by Raising the Maximum Allowable Interest Rate on Consumer Loans by Including the Federal Funds Rate in the Calculation.

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Voted for Limited Government

Growing the Regulatory State through an Excessive "Food Allergen Awareness" Poster Mandate on all Restaurants and Food Establishments.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Public Safety by Allowing Courts to Remove Rogue DAs which Refuse to Prosecute Crime.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Individual Liberties and Medical Freedom by Providing the "Right to Try" Experimental Drugs to treat Severe Chronic Diseases.

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Worsening Cronyism and Government Central Planning by Creating the Texas Semiconductor Innovation Consortium to Enrich Certain Companies.

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Voted against Limited Government

Forcing Taxpayers to Pay up to $5 Million Annually for a New Rural College and Career Pathways Program.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Consumer Choice by Preventing Localities from Imposing any Ordinance which Restricts or Bans Gas-Powered Engines or a Source of Energy.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening National Security by Banning TikTok from Being Accessed on State-Issued Devices.

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Voted for Limited Government

Infringing Property Rights and Consumer Choice by Allowing State Bureaucrats to Impose Additional Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Mandates on New Buildings.

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Voted against Limited Government

Providing Property Tax Relief to Homeowners by Raising the Homestead Exemption to $100,000.

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Voted for Limited Government

Worsening Cronyism and Government Central Planning by Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize an Even Greater Range of Events (Bull Riding and Bassmaster) under the "Major Events Reimbursement Fund".

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Voted against Limited Government

Increasing Employment Barriers and Reducing Competition by Forcing Sewage Disposal Pump Technicians to Obtain a License.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Central Planning and Runaway Spending by Forcing Taxpayers to Pay Off the Student Loan Debt of Veterinarians in Additional Regions of the State.

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Voted against Limited Government

Combatting Government Overreach by Requiring Localities to Review their Zoning Rules to Reduce Regulatory Burdens.

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Voted against Limited Government

Hiking Property Taxes by Gaming the Calculation of the "No-New Revenue" Property Tax Rate.

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Voted against Limited Government

Reducing Employment Barriers and Expanding Competition Through an Alternative Licensing Pathway for HVAC Technicians.

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Economic Growth by Increasing the Franchisee Tax Exemption from $1 Million to $2.47 Million.

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Voted for Limited Government

Strengthening Election Integrity by Increasing the Penalty for Knowingly Engaging in Voting Fraud.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Texans from Politicized Climate Change Agendas by Requiring Municipal Charters on Climate Change be Adopted by the Legislature.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Dependency and Wealth Redistribution through a New Program which Forces Taxpayers to Subsidize Childcare Costs via Employer Partnerships.

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Voted against Limited Government

Imposing Overreaching New Regulations on the Insurance Industry by Banning Private Companies from Setting their own Policies Surrounding ESG.

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Voted for Limited Government

Expanding Government Power to Shutdown Competition within the Optometry Industry.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Homeowners and Businesses from Spiking Property Taxes by Limiting Annual Property Assessment Increases.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Property Rights by Allowing the Removal of Ashe Juniper Trees Without Property Owners being Forced to Pay into a Tree Fund.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Government Transparency and Accountability by Requiring Government Data Be Provided in an Easily Searchable Database to the Public.

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Voted for Limited Government

Blocking School Choice by Removing the Provision Creating Educational Savings Accounts from the Education Bill.

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Voted against Limited Government

Ensuring the Free Competition of Currency and U.S. Monetary System Protection by Enshrining Right to Utilize Multiple Currencies.

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Voted for Limited Government

Strengthening Medical Freedom and Reducing Addiction by Permitting Physicians to Prescribe Low-THC Cannabis in Cases where Opioids would Otherwise be Prescribed.

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Voted for Limited Government

Strengthening Property Rights by Protecting Businesses from Local Zoning Changes.

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Strengthening Self-Defense and Public Safety by Authorizing Retired Judges to Carry a Firearm into Courthouses and Other Restricted Places.

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Voted for Limited Government

Reducing Employment Barriers and Expanding Competition through an Alternative Licensing Pathway for Electricians.

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Cronyism and Enriching Government-Favored Corporations through a New Property Tax Exemption Scheme.

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Voted for Limited Government

Fueling Out-of-Control Spending Through a $321.3 Billion Budget (21.3% Increase) with Countless Provisions that Further Grow the Size and Scope of Government.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Dependency and Wealth Redistribution through the Creation of a New "Free" Pre-K and Childcare Program Delivered through Community Providers.

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Voted against Limited Government

Restoring Law and Order by Authorizing Texas Police to Arrest Illegal Immigrants Crossing the Border from Mexico to Texas.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Truck Rental Companies from Frivolous Litigation for Not Retrofitting Trucks with Safety Equipment Upon their Sale.

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Voted for Limited Government

Threatening Public Safety through a Mass Jailbreak for Prisoners who Committed Murder and other Violent Crimes as Juveniles.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Against Overreaching Local Regulations by Allowing Businesses to Sue to Block Enforcement.

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Voted against Limited Government

Promoting Electric Vehicles and Hiking Roadway Maintenance Costs through a 2,000 lbs. Weight Exemption for all Electric-Powered Vehicles.

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Voted against Limited Government

Restoring Law and Order by Earmarking $1.54 Billion in State Funds to Construct Barriers Securing the Mexico Border.

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Voted against Limited Government

Worsening Cronyism by Making it Even Easier for Woke Hollywood Production Companies to become Enriched through Taxpayer Subsidies.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Dependency by Increasing the Vehicle Asset Allowance Under the SNAP Welfare Program from $15k to $22.5k.

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Voted against Limited Government

Ensuring the Equal Taxation of Motor Vehicles by Establishing an Electric Vehicle Registration Fee.

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Voted for Limited Government

Protecting Economic Growth through a Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Implementation of any "Wealth Tax".

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Voted against Limited Government

Advancing Affirmative Action by Mandating College Campuses Represent the Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Diversity of Texas.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Central Planning and Runaway Spending by Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize Grocery Stores in "Food Deserts".

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Voted against Limited Government

Worsening Texas' Unfunded Pension Crisis by Providing Even Greater Unpromised Payouts to Beneficiaries.

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Voted against Limited Government

Increasing Employment Barriers and Enriching Certain Educational Institutions by Forcing Dieticians to Obtain Masters Degrees.

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Voted against Limited Government

Denying Texans Significant Property Tax Relief by Blocking a $20 Billion Tax Cut.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Law and Order by Increasing Penalties for Tampering with a Gas Pump to Steal Fuel.

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Voted for Limited Government

Expanding Individual Liberties and Tax Revenue by Allowing the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol at a Fine Arts Performing Venue in Arlington.

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Voted for Limited Government

Imposing a Draconian New Licensing Regime on "Music Therapists" which Increases Employment Barriers and Restricts Competition.

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Voted against Limited Government

Worsening Cronyism and Government Central Planning by Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize an Even Greater Range of Events (Formula 1 and Equestrian) under the "Major Events Reimbursement Fund".

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Individual Liberties and Charitable Giving by Authorizing Professional Sports Team Charitable Foundations to Offer Raffle Tickets Online.

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Voted for Limited Government

Fueling Runaway Spending and Enriching Government-Favored Educational Entities through the Creation of the "Lone Star Workforce Future Fund".

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Farmers from Government Overreach by Preventing Local Governments from Imposing Additional Regulations on the Agricultural Industry.

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Voted for Limited Government

Strengthening Property Rights and Civil Liberties through Protections Against Abuse of Asset Forfeiture.

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Voted for Limited Government

Strengthening Self-Defense and Second Amendment Rights by Limiting School "Gun-Free Zones" to Only School-Owned Property.

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Voted against Limited Government

Raiding the State's Rainy Day Fund to Channel over $3.4 Billion in Additional Funding to Woke Universities.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Second Amendment Rights by Preventing Localities from Imposing Liability Insurance Mandates on Firearm Owners.

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Voted against Limited Government

Worsening Tax Cronyism by Providing Subsidies for Certain "Legacy Homeowners" in Government-Created Reinvestment Zones.

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Voted against Limited Government

Fueling Lawlessness and Business Closures by Making it Harder to Prosecute and Punish Cases of Organized Retail Theft.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Bureaucracy and Wasteful Spending through the Creation of the Texas Space Commission and the Aerospace Research and Space Economy Consortium.

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Voted against Limited Government

Forcing Taxpayers to Provide Mental Health Services to Children Facing "Gender Dysphoria".

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Cronyism and Government Interference in the Energy Sector through a New Hydrogen Vehicle and Infrastructure Grant Program.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Property Rights by Prohibiting Localities from Banning or Regulating Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

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Voted against Limited Government

Increasing Frivolous Litigation and Legal Liabilities by Making "Hair Texture and Style" a Protected Characteristic in Employment and Housing.

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Voted against Limited Government

Improving the State's Business Climate by Creating a Specialized Business Court to Hear Cases and Expedite Legal Proceedings.

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Voted against Limited Government

Blocking School Choice by Prohibiting Any Appropriations within the Budget for School Choice Programs.

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Voted against Limited Government

Reducing Frivolous Litigation by Providing Liability Protections to Rideshare Companies.

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Voted for Limited Government

Hiking Health Insurance Premiums by Mandating Insurance Companies Cover a 12-Month Supply of Contraceptive Drugs.

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Voted against Limited Government

Increasing Government Dependency and Ballooning Medicaid Welfare Spending by an Additional $381 Million by Hiking Postpartum Benefits from 60 Days to 12 Months.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting the Oil and Gas Industry from Overreaching Federal Climate Change and Environmental Regulations.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Election Integrity through an Additional Voter Crosscheck.

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Cronyism and Diluting the Tax Base Through Additional Subsidies under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Bureaucracy by Establishing the Texas Food System Security and Resiliency Planning Council.

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Voted against Limited Government

Growing Government Dependency by Expanding the Medicaid Welfare Program to Now Cover Home Telemonitoring Services.

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Government Overreach through New Annual Mandates on Ridesharing Drivers Pertaining to Human Trafficking Training.

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Individual Liberties by Allowing Individuals to Sell Sealed 20+ Year Old Wine to Restaurants.

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Voted for Limited Government

Increasing Health Insurance Premiums by Mandating All Policies Provide Coverage for Biomarker Testing.

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Voted against Limited Government

Expanding Government and Paving the Way for Additional Energy Efficiency Mandates through the Creation of a Texas Energy Efficiency Council.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Taxpayers and Promoting Student Success by Ensuring School Funding is Directed to Teachers Instead of Wasteful Administration.

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Voted against Limited Government

Increasing Government Dependency by Expanding the Medicaid Welfare Program to Now Cover Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Services.

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Voted against Limited Government

Worsening Cronyism by Expanding Local Subsidies for Hotel and Convention Centers.

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Voted against Limited Government

Fighting Back Against Efforts Designed to Weaken the DEI Bill by Forcing Taxpayers to Fund DEI Studies, Retaining DEI Employees, and Delaying Implementation of the Bill.

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Voted against Limited Government

Lowering Healthcare Costs by Allowing Insurers to Offer Incentives which Steer their Enrollees towards Providers based on Quality and Cost.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening Individual Liberties and Lowering Property Taxes by Legalizing Online Sports Betting.

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Voted for Limited Government

Providing Significant Regulatory Relief to Car Owners by Eliminating the State's Mandatory Annual Vehicle Safety Inspection.

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Voted for Limited Government

Increasing Property Tax Burdens by Implementing a "Freeze" for Certain Older Individuals which Merely Shifts Burdens onto other Property Owners and Masks Underlying Spending Problems.

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Voted against Limited Government

Ensuring Colleges and Universities can Remove Poor-Performing Professors by Restricting the Use of Tenure.

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Voted against Limited Government

Increasing Tax Burdens on other Property Owners through a Crony Carveout Providing Physicians a Tax Exemption if they Provide Indigent Services.

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Voted against Limited Government

Hiking Property Taxes through a New Tax Exemption Scheme which Socializes Childcare Facility Costs.

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Voted against Limited Government

Protecting Against Local Government Overreach by Ensuring Only the State Can Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

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Voted against Limited Government

Strengthening National Security by Creating an Interstate Compact for Border Security to Help Combat Illegal Immigration and Human Trafficking.

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Voted against Limited Government

Hiking Natural Gas Utility Costs for Texans to Enrich Utility Companies and Create New Energy Conservation Programs.

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Voted against Limited Government

Fueling Tens of Millions in Wasteful Spending by Extending the Unnecessary Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office for Another 12 Years.

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Voted against Limited Government

Combatting Government Overreach by Prohibiting Local Governments from Imposing Additional Regulations on Certain Sectors.

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Voted against Limited Government

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