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Votes and Legislation

TEXAS HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE PLAYS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE:

What does the Texas House of Representatives do?

The Texas House of Representatives is composed of 150 members, each elected for a two-year term. A member of the house must be a citizen of the United States, must be a qualified elector of the state, and must be at least 21 years old. He or she must have been a resident of the state for two years immediately preceding election, and for one year immediately preceding election must have been a resident of the district from which he or she was chosen.

The State House of Representatives elects one of its own members as presiding officer--the speaker of the house. The house creates and enforces its own rules and judges the qualifications of its members.

The house of representatives, together with the state senate, constitute the Texas Legislature. The duties of the legislature include consideration of proposed laws and resolutions, consideration of proposed constitutional amendments for submission to the voters, and appropriation of all funds for the operation of state government. All bills for raising revenue considered by the legislature must originate in the house of representatives.

 

The house alone can bring impeachment charges against a statewide officer, which charges must be tried by the senate.

Constituents can view the U.S. House of Representatives' latest votes on Capitol Hill and view Roll Call Votes by the U.S Congress. Learn more About Legislation of the U.S. Congress and Votes in the House and Senate.

As we navigate the complexities of our democratic processes, the importance of maintaining voter integrity and education in District 126, as well as across the great state of Texas, cannot be overstated. Ensuring that the rights of every voter are upheld is not just a responsibility; it is the very foundation upon which our democratic society is built.

 

Firstly, voter integrity is crucial in preserving the trust and fairness of our electoral system. This means ensuring that every vote cast is legitimate and accurately counted. It’s about safeguarding our elections against any form of fraud or manipulation, ensuring that the voice of every Texan is heard as intended. By implementing rigorous but fair voter verification processes and utilizing advanced, secure technologies, we can protect the sanctity of each vote.

 

Equally important is voter education. A well-informed electorate is the backbone of a thriving democracy. This involves providing accessible, comprehensive information about voting procedures, candidates, and key issues. In District 126, and indeed across Texas, we must prioritize educational initiatives and resources that help voters make informed decisions. This includes community workshops, voter guides, and outreach programs, especially in underserved and underrepresented communities.

 

Moreover, upholding the rights of all voters is a commitment to equality and inclusivity. It means removing barriers that disenfranchise certain groups of people, such as the elderly, people with disabilities, or those in minority communities. Ensuring easy access to polling stations, offering language assistance, and extending early voting periods are just a few ways to accommodate all voters. The right to vote is not just a privilege; it’s a pillar of our democracy. In District 126, as well as throughout Texas, let us commit to a future where voter integrity and education are not just ideals, but realities that we actively work towards every day. Let’s join hands to create a voting environment that is secure, informed, and inclusive, reflecting the true spirit of Texas.

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