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Dennis Bonnen, From Loudmouth to Mouth of the House

Ways and Means chair State Rep.Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, while debating State Rep. Sylvester Turner on HB11 border security bill March 18, 2015.
Ways and Means chair State Rep.Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, while debating State Rep. Sylvester Turner on HB11 border security bill March 18, 2015.

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen has become a go-to mouthpiece for House leadership, and the votes for his legislation are indicative of how closely in step with him his colleagues are. If he were out of line, someone would yank his leash. Nobody has.

Bettencourt Hopes to Slow Property Tax Growth

Texas State Sen.-elect Paul Bettencourt during the What the Tea Party Wants panel at The Texas Tribune's On the Road: A Symposium Previewing the 84th Legislature on Dec. 5, 2014.
Texas State Sen.-elect Paul Bettencourt during the What the Tea Party Wants panel at The Texas Tribune's On the Road: A Symposium Previewing the 84th Legislature on Dec. 5, 2014.

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, managed to add an amendment to a bill Thursday that would make it more difficult for some local entities to raise property taxes.

House Passes $4.9 Billion Tax Cut

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, celebrates passage of his tax cut measures during the House session April 28, 2015.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, celebrates passage of his tax cut measures during the House session April 28, 2015.

The Texas House tentatively approved a $4.9 billion tax relief plan Tuesday that includes a cut to the state’s sales tax, marking a clear line in the sand against the Senate, which favors property tax cuts.

 

Short on Votes to Tighten Spending Cap, Senate Built a New One

State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick touted legislation to exempt tax cuts from counting toward the state spending limit at a Capitol press conference on March 10, 2015.
State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick touted legislation to exempt tax cuts from counting toward the state spending limit at a Capitol press conference on March 10, 2015.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Republicans had hoped to amend the Texas Constitution to tighten the state's spending cap. Short of the needed votes, they passed a measure creating a new cap in state law instead.

Bettencourt Softens Bill to Limit Property Tax Growth

Texas State Sen.-elect Paul Bettencourt during the What the Tea Party Wants panel at The Texas Tribune's On the Road: A Symposium Previewing the 84th Legislature on Dec. 5, 2014.
Texas State Sen.-elect Paul Bettencourt during the What the Tea Party Wants panel at The Texas Tribune's On the Road: A Symposium Previewing the 84th Legislature on Dec. 5, 2014.

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, wants to make cities and counties ask voters for permission to enact tax rates that allow overall property tax revenue from existing homes and businesses to rise more than 6 percent.