State Rep. Bennett Ratliff (R-Carrollton)

Current Rating

Previous Ratings on the Fiscal Responsibility Index

  • Career: F
  • 2013: F

House District 115

About State Rep. Bennett Ratliff

Ratliff is a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.S. Civil Engineering. Also he is a small business owners of a local civil engineering firm, Ratliff Group, LLC. He and his wife, Beccy have been married  for 27 years with 3 grown children. Hard Working Family Background Committee Assignment for 83rd Assignment: Appropriations, Public Education, Appropriations - S/C on Article III, Appropriations- S/C on Budget Transparency and Reform.
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Rep. Bennett Ratliff's Record

  • Pro-Taxpayer
  • Anti-Taxpayer
  • Absent
  • Speaker
  • Absent, Excused
  • Present, Not Voting
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HR 4, Motion to Table Amendment 9 by V. Taylor: To require hearings on legislation with 50 signatures

House Record Vote: 10
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HR 4, Motion to Table Amendment 24 by Zedler: To require legislation be placed on House floor for a vote if it has at least 76 supporters

House Record Vote: 15
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HR 4, Amendment 30 by V. Taylor: To require the legislative caption note if bills impose, authorize, increase or change a tax or fee

House Record Vote: 17
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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HB 1600, Amendment 8 by Krause: To remove new cease-and-desist power being given to unelected bureaucracy

House Record Vote: 77
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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HB 1600, Motion to Table Amendment 1 by S. Turner: Preventing agency from increasing surcharges without legislative approval

House Record Vote: 89
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 5, Motion to Table Amendment 97 by Giddings: Forces school districts to provide "accelerated instruction" for under-performing students before any other funds can be spent

House Record Vote: 108
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 5, Motion to Table Amendment 114 by Herrero: Holds state budget hostage to certain education funding regardless of need or reform

House Record Vote: 111
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 4, Motion to Table Amendment 8 by V. Taylor: Prohibiting use of ESF monies

House Record Vote: 121
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 4: An increase in the size and scope of government, facilitating local debt without voter approval

House Record Vote: 126
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 1, Amendment 2 by Pitts: Wrongly removing oversight power from the UT Board of Regents

House Record Vote: 145
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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SB 1, Amendment 5 by Pitts: Preventing UT Board of Regents from being able to exercise independent oversight authority

House Record Vote: 146
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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SB 1, Amendment 12 by Farrar: Nonsensically requiring comptroller to "include in the tax policy e-newsletter" notice that a mother can breastfeed anywhere in public

House Record Vote: 150
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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SB 1, Amendment 14 by Farias: Requiring state comptroller to produce a study on people not claiming the federal earned income tax credit

House Record Vote: 152
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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SB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 27 by Walle: Eliminating dollars to the Texas Enterprise Fund

House Record Vote: 158
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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SB 1, Amendment 51 by Burnam & Zerwas: Opening the door to Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare

House Record Vote: 161
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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SB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 71 by Schaefer & Leach: Freezing funding of Historical Commission and moving money from Film & Music marketing to TRS

House Record Vote: 162
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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SB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 88 by Capriglione: Striking funding for Regional Service Centers

House Record Vote: 166
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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SB 1, Amendment 95 by Herrero: Prohibiting funding for implementing parental choice programs

House Record Vote: 169
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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SB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 120 by Simpson: Transferring money from Commission on Arts to volunteer firefighters

House Record Vote: 175
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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SB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 176 by Herrero: Moving money into ineffective "pre-K" programs

House Record Vote: 178
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 86: Reforming sunset of state licensing

House Record Vote: 193
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 1, Motion to Instruct: Conferees should not to adopt language allowing for the expansion of Medicaid

House Record Vote: 253
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 1752: Creating a "teacher residency program"

House Record Vote: 256
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1717, Motion to Table Amendment 1 by Schaefer: Eliminating the licensing requirements for interior designers

House Record Vote: 258
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 1717: New regulations on architects

House Record Vote: 262
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 502: Needlessly regulating "teeth whitening" services

House Record Vote: 276
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2197, Motion to Reconsider: Providing for the continuation of the Lottery Commission

House Record Vote: 282
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 148: Bringing greater accountability to the mail-in ballot process

House Record Vote: 347
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 202: Continuing the Commission on the Arts

House Record Vote: 376
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 945: New regulation on hospitals, requiring employees to wear IDs

House Record Vote: 398
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 971: Expanding the use of TIF financing to port authorities

House Record Vote: 439
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 3238: Creating a needle exchange program

House Record Vote: 502
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 852: Interfering in the market by making it illegal to transport lawfully caught shark fins

House Record Vote: 508
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2782: Giving more power to the commissioner of insurance to interfere in the health insurance market

House Record Vote: 521
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1809: Allowing "cultural" entities to use taxpayer resources when leasing or purchasing land, when private money should be used

House Record Vote: 523
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2062: Adding new regulations to plumbers

House Record Vote: 528
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 213: Making the small business exemption to the business tax permanent

House Record Vote: 542
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 1312: Creating new regulations on veterinary medicine and barriers to becoming a technician

House Record Vote: 545
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 3536: Tax increase advocated by large companies onto small companies

House Record Vote: 577
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 3459: Infringing on property rights by allowing easements to be re-defined after a storm event

House Record Vote: 589
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 170: Mandating new insurance coverages

House Record Vote: 647
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 500, Amendment 27 by N. Gonzalez: Increasing the exemption used in calculating the business tax

House Record Vote: 657
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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HB 500, Amendment 34 by V. Taylor: Simplifying the calculations for the gross margins

House Record Vote: 661
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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SB 620: New student loan program

House Record Vote: 674
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 887: New nanny-state regulations on high school sports

House Record Vote: 678
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2038: Expanding state programs that should be eliminated: the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities and Interagency Council for Addressing Disproportionality

House Record Vote: 689
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 376: Requiring certain school districts to begin providing a free breakfast

House Record Vote: 693
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2158: Deterring fraud in the Medicaid system

House Record Vote: 717
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 1790: Reducing costs in the criminal justice system by procedures for those who complete community supervision

House Record Vote: 744
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 613: New regulations on foundation repair contractors

House Record Vote: 747
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 912: Providing privacy protections from inappropriate use of unmanned drones

House Record Vote: 763
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 346: Creating unconstitutional requirements on political speech while exempting labor unions from the new rules

House Record Vote: 811
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SJR 13: Reducing citizen choices in elections for only some state offices, and empowering bureaucracies

House Record Vote: 845
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 2: Expanding the number of charter schools while ensuring better oversight and management

House Record Vote: 878
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 515: Allowing brew-pubs to sell their product to retailers

House Record Vote: 953
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 1459, Motion to Table Amendment 2 by Isaac: Removing tie between legislators' pensions from that of district judges

House Record Vote: 988
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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SB 219, Amendment 12 by Geren: Violating constitutional protections against donor threats and intimidation (mimicking SB346)

House Record Vote: 992
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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SB 219, Motion to Table Amendment 27 by King: Moving state's Public Integrity Unit from the Travis County District Attorney to the Attorney General

House Record Vote: 994
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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SB 219, Amendment 30 by Capriglione: Requiring legislators to disclose government contracts entered into by themselves, their family or their businesses

House Record Vote: 995
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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SB 7, Amendment 26 by Leach: Prohibiting the future expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare without the authorization of the Legislature

House Record Vote: 998
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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SB 16: Allowing for billions of new university debt based on anticipated tuition revenues

House Record Vote: 1003
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 1406: Putting CSCOPE under review of SBOE

House Record Vote: 1007
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 656: Creating new transparency for local budgeting

House Record Vote: 1015
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 1795: Setting operating rules for ObamaCare exchange "navigators"

House Record Vote: 1049
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SJR 1: Creating yet another constitutional water fund while allowing for spending outside the state's constitutional limitation

House Record Vote: 1126
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1025 House-Senate conference report: Draining the ESF for non-emergency spending

House Record Vote: 1334
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 1 House-Senate conference report: Increasing budget beyond reasonable levels while increasing legislator pensions

House Record Vote: 1336
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HJR 2 conference report, 2nd Called: Providing insufficient protections for the ESF when diverting oil & gas tax revenue to transportation

House Record Vote: 47
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1, 3rd Called, Motion to Table Amendment 8 by Lavender: Dedicating certain motor vehicle sales tax revenue to the state highway fund

House Record Vote: 8
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 546: Creating new abatements and "reinvestment" zones (L&C)

House Record Vote: 669
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1573: Authorizing certain counties to impose additional vehicle registration fees (L&C)

House Record Vote: 669
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 3043: Allowing for an increase in hotel occupancy taxes (L&C)

House Record Vote: 669
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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Sponsorship: Restraining Government Growth

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Sponsorship: Taxpayer Protection

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Sponsorship: Tax Relief

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Sponsorship: Budget Reform

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Sponsorship: Transparency

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Sponsorship: Good Governance

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Sponsorship: Education

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Sponsorship: Property Rights

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