Everyone asks at the end of each legislative session, “Was it a good session?” And the Republican legislators often answer that question by saying, “It was a great session;” or “It was the most conservative session yet!” or “We passed lots of good, conservative legislation.”
I want to answer that question by presenting to you some of the more significant bills so that you, the Texan, may judge the session. The goodness of the session lies in the eyes of the beholder, and the legislature is accountable to you. It is therefore your perspective of the session that is important. Do you think the proverbial policy needle moved to the right or left? From a constitutional and moral point of view, I would say the legislature did some good things but not nearly as much as it should have. Republicans out-number Democrats two to one in the House and the Senate, so one should expect to see more conservative legislation pass and less that favors socialism and liberalism.
The 2014 elections and the Republican Party Platform indicate that Texans were looking to their legislators to provide significant relief from policies that are,
- Inhibiting entrepreneurship
- Stifling our economy
- Displacing our constitutional rights with radical liberalism
- Leaving us vulnerable to the violence of the Mexican drug cartels