Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces ‘Top 30 Priorities’ for 2023 Legislative Session

“Just because a bill does not make the priority list does not mean it is not a priority for me or the Senate. We will pass over 600 bills this session. As I like to say, every bill is a priority to someone – otherwise we would not pass it."

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas “Each session, the 31 members of the Texas Senate file 1,000s of bills – some of them are duplicates because members often have similar priorities voiced to them by their constituents. The tradition has been for bill numbers 1 through 20 to indicate the Lt. Governor’s and the Senate’s priorities,” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick earlier today, releasing his much-anticipated list of “Top 30 Priorities” for the 2023 Legislative Session that’s already underway.

“In 2017, I increased the low bill numbers to 30. Senators like to get a low bill number because it shows their bill is also a priority of the Lt. Governor and has a great chance of passing.
“This session I could have used 50 low bill numbers, because there are so many issues that need to be addressed. We'll pass over 600 bills this session," said Patrick.

“Just because a bill does not make the priority list does not mean it is not a priority for me or the Senate. As I like to say, every bill is a priority to someone – otherwise we would not pass it.

“This year, several of our policy initiatives are already addressed in the budget – as opposed to specific bills. One example is Texas border security funding. Since President Biden took office and implemented his open border policies, Texas has stepped into the breach. Texas should not have to use our tax dollars to do the Federal Government’s job, but, it is vitally important that we maintain our law enforcement and National Guard presence.

“If we do not, the border crisis will get much worse.

Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Priority Bills:
  • Senate Bill 1 – State Budget
  • Senate Bill 2 – Restoring Voter Fraud to a Felony
  • Senate Bill 3 – Increasing the Homestead Exemption to $70,000
  • Senate Bill 4 – Adding Additional Property Tax Relief
  • Senate Bill 5 – Increasing the Business Personal Property Tax Exemption
  • Senate Bill 6 – Adding New Natural Gas Plants
  • Senate Bill 7 – Continuing to Improve the Texas Grid
  • Senate Bill 8 – Empowering Parental Rights – Including School Choice
  • Senate Bill 9 – Empowering Teacher Rights ­­– Teacher Pay Raise
  • Senate Bill 10 – Adding 13th Checks for Retired Teachers
  • Senate Bill 11 – Keeping Our Schools Safe and Secure
  • Senate Bill 12 – Banning Children’s Exposure to Drag Shows
  • Senate Bill 13 – Protecting Children from Obscene Books in Libraries
  • Senate Bill 14 – Ending Child Gender Modification
  • Senate Bill 15 – Protecting Women’s College Sports
  • Senate Bill 16 – Banning Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Higher Education
  • Senate Bill 17 – Banning Discriminatory “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” (DEI) Policies in Higher Education
  • Senate Bill 18 – Eliminating Tenure at General Academic Institutions
  • Senate Bill 19 – Creating A New Higher Education Endowment Fund
  • Senate Bill 20 – Removing District Attorneys Who Refuse to Follow Texas Law
  • Senate Bill 21 – Removing Judges Who Refuse to Follow Texas Law
  • Senate Bill 22 – Assisting Rural Law Enforcement Funding – Increasing Pay and Needed Equipment
  • Senate Bill 23 – Creating A Mandatory 10-Year Prison Sentence for Criminals Committing Gun Crime
  • Senate Bill 24 – Expanding Alternatives to Abortion
  • Senate Bill 25 – Creating New Scholarships for Registered Nurses
  • Senate Bill 26 – Expanding Mental Health Care Beds Across Texas – Focus on Rural Counties
  • Senate Bill 27 – Creating A New Business Specialty Court
  • Senate Bill 28 – Addressing Texas’ Future Water Needs
  • Senate Bill 29 – Banning Local COVID-19 Mandates
  • Senate Bill 30 – Supplemental Budget
“I believe Texans support our priorities because they largely reflect the policies supported by the conservative majority of Texans.

“Most will pass with bipartisan support,” said Patrick.

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