The Texas Legislature meets for 140 days every two years, plus special sessions when called by the Governor. This boils down to 20 weeks, 5 of which are already gone as of this writing.
Although our to-do list is about as full as it was when we first started on Jan. 11th, we have begun progress on a number of fronts. Here’s what’s cooking so far:
Speaker Tom Craddick has appointed me Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock. It’s a rare honor for my first term, and I’m looking for my appointment to this leadership post to make a difference in our regional agricultural economy. I’ve also been appointed to the House Elections Committee and the House Rules & Resolutions Committee.
CAPITOL & DISTRICT STAFF:
I consider myself fortunate to have hired a mix of experience and enthusiasm to serve the residents of McLennan County. The Capitol Chief of Staff is Matt Welch, who has 21 years of experience in Austin. Our administrative assistant is Rachel Wise, a recent government graduate from Savannah, Georgia. They’ve both been up to visit the district and are very excited about what we can do together for Waco.
Jack Smith and Nancy Bradley run my district office--we’re located in the National Lloyd’s Building on Austin Avenue, Suite 804. Jack and Nancy both bring years of grassroots local experience that are important for me to keep in touch with the district. I’m proud of my team, and I know you will be too!
Economic Development--My office has been actively meeting with leaders of both the executive and legislative branches to emphasize our commitment to economic viability in the Heart of Texas region. I’m encouraged by their reaction so far. With the valuable addition of the efforts of the Economic Development Division of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, the “team” concept of local and state officials working together is sure to bear fruit. Keep your eyes peeled.
Education--This is obviously going to be the most important session for education in the last 20 years. The Public Education Committee and the Ways & Means Committee have just now begun hearings to bring major legislation to the floor with the following aims: 1) Keep the courts out of our schools and in the hands of local officials and families; 2) Reduce the dual chokehold of property tax and appraisal increases, while making the Tax Code make sense for both residential and commercial taxpayers; and 3) Build a framework for educational support which recognizes and rewards achievement and excellence by both teachers and students.
Toward that end, I am committed to statutory revision to help make teaching a better-supported profession. This involves paperwork reduction, disciplinary support, and greater unfiltered access to local school boards to address administrative issues.
Constituent Service--I’m grateful for opportunities like this to interact with the concerned citizens of District 56. The two things I think taxpayers should expect the most are things I happen to put the most value on--responsiveness and accessibility. I hope you’ll call on me if there is anything I can do for you.
For more information, contact:
Rep. Doc Anderson's Office
900 Austin Ave., Suite 804