For his work in the 84th Legislative Session, Mike Schofield was named "Freshman of the Year" in the Texas House. His work this session included:
School Finance Reform:
SB 455 (Filed by Schofield in the House) will take school finance lawsuits away from a single judge in Austin and instead have them decided by a three judge panel made up of judges from around the state who will have a broader perspective of taxpayers and parents from across Texas.
Protecting Voter ID:
This session, Mike filed a bill (along with Senator Paul Bettencourt) to cut off the nonsensical argument that potential voters will be discouraged from obtaining free identification cards if they have to pay for a birth certificate to prove who they are. This bill makes birth certificates available at no charge to anyone who just needs it to get a Voter ID card.
Mike filed a bill to take the Public Integrity Unit away from the Travis County district attorney's office in Austin, which too often has used it to attack their political enemies, including the ultimately discredited prosecutions of Tom DeLay and Kay Bailey Hutchison and the current nonsensical indictment of former Governor Rick Perry for vetoing a bill.
It can be very difficult for legislators to accomplish much in their first term, as they spend a large part of the short five-month legislative session putting their team together, deciding what issues to focus on, and learning how to get things done in the Capitol. For that reason, I was honored when Governor Abbott […]