Contact Information
Capitol | District
P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-0116

State Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas)

Current Rating

Previous Ratings on the Fiscal Responsibility Index

  • Career: A
  • 2015: A

Senate District 16

About State Sen. Don Huffines

Don Huffines and his twin brother Phillip started Huffines Communities, one of the largest real estate land development companies in North Texas. Don Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance.

Don and his wife Mary Catherine have raised four sons and one daughter.

Committee Assignments during 85th Legislative Session: Veteran Affairs & Border Security (Vice Chair); Administration; Education; Intergovernmental Relations; Natural Resources & Economic Development
Read the full profile on ballotpedia.com

Sen. Don Huffines's Record

  • Pro-Taxpayer
  • Anti-Taxpayer
  • Absent
  • Speaker
  • Absent, Excused
  • Present, Not Voting
  • Not Applicable
BillVote

SB 14: Comprehensive ethics reform for legislators

Senate Journal Page: 205
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 4: Prohibiting local entities from implementing sanctuary city policies

Senate Journal Page: 244
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 500: Prohibits elected officials convicted of abuse of office from receiving a publicly-funded pension while serving their sentence

Senate Journal Page: 248
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 502: Requiring greater reporting of lobby expenditures to reduce "ticket splitting"

Senate Journal Page: 263
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 503: Bars a registered Texas lobbyist from serving in elected office

Senate Journal Page: 264
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 504: Bars former legislators from lobbying for two-year legislative cycle following their departure from public office

Senate Journal Page: 278
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 505: Prohibits retired officeholders who register as a lobbyist from making a political contribution using their old campaign account

Senate Journal Page: 289
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SJR 2: Applying to Congress to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution

Senate Journal Page: 356
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 7: Relating to improper relationships between teachers and students and reporting of educator misconduct

Senate Journal Page: 456
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 6: Prohibiting local entities from regulating restrooms on private property

Senate Journal Page: 531
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 135: Requiring all state agencies to identify savings

Senate Journal Page: 558
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 2: Reducing property tax rollback rate, requiring automatic elections for exceeding that rate

Senate Journal Page: 614
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 17: Franchise Tax phase-out

Senate Journal Page: 615
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 730: Personal property tax exemption

Senate Journal Page: 688
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 16: Reducing fees for handgun licenses

Senate Journal Page: 692
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 407: Limiting competition or bidding exemption to the Public Information Act

Senate Journal Page: 725
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 88: Prohibiting photo-enforced traffic citations

Senate Journal Page: 759
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 3: Establishing Education Savings Accounts

Senate Journal Page: 828
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 9: Strengthening the state's constitutional spending limit

Senate Journal Page: 829
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 13: Prohibiting automatic union dues payroll deductions

Senate Journal Page: 829
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 151: Requiring voter approval of pension obligation bonds

Senate Journal Page: 829
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 799: Re-authorizing hotel occupancy tax in El Paso county

Senate Journal Page: 878
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 18, Amendment 1 by Seliger: Creating a new finanial assistance grant program

Senate Journal Page: 880
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 19, Amendment 1 by Schwertner: Reducing permissible public university tuition increases from 3% to 1% annually

Senate Journal Page: 882
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 19: Performance-based tuition limitations and freeze for four years

Senate Journal Page: 882
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 737, Amendment 2 by Huffines: Requiring a public hearing before municipalities can increase a fee

Senate Journal Page: 904
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 737: Requiring uniform disclosure of fee increases on a municipal budget

Senate Journal Page: 904
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 488: Reforming the citizen petition and initiative process

Senate Journal Page: 912
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 18: Prohibiting the practice of setting aside portions of designated tuition for student financial assistance

Senate Journal Page: 926
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 509: Increasing transparency and strengthening oversight of public pension systems

Senate Journal Page: 942
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 750: Repealing restrictions on package store permits a person can hold

Senate Journal Page: 942
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 626: Requiring separate identification and offer for property sought other than by condemnation

Senate Journal Page: 954
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 612: Texas Ethics Commission process reform

Senate Journal Page: 965
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 813: Providing recovery of damages, attorneys fees, and costs related to frivolous regulatory actions by state agencies

Senate Journal Page: 994
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 627: Strengthening property owner bill of rights in surveys or examinations for eminent domain

Senate Journal Page: 997
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 977: Prohibiting use of state money for high-speed rail operated by a private entity

Senate Journal Page: 1034
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 445: Requiring separate authorization and disclosure of tax-funded lobbying by political subdivisions

Senate Journal Page: 1036
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 451, Amendment 3 by Hughes: Restricting local short-term rental prohibitions, capping permit fee

Senate Journal Page: 1042
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 451: Local regulation of short term rental preemption

Senate Journal Page: 1044
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 979: Prohibiting private entity from using property acquired through eminent domain for rail from other uses; right of repurchase

Senate Journal Page: 1046
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
X

SCR 1: Calling on Congress to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Senate Journal Page: 1159
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 797: Expanding authority to pledge hotel occupancy tax for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects

Senate Journal Page: 1160
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
X

SB 686 (Local & Uncontested): Re-authorizing a hotel occupancy tax in Real County

Senate Journal Page: 1183
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SJR 43: Prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for the obligations of a local public retirement system

Senate Journal Page: 1197
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 586: Extension of rural and small telecom subsidies

Senate Journal Page: 1198
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 715: Requiring municipalities get voter approval before starting annexation process

Senate Journal Page: 1223
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1147: Establishing the Texas Music Foundation and related museum

Senate Journal Page: 1244
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 975: Burdening private rail operators with security regulations

Senate Journal Page: 1256
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 625: Creating special purpose taxing district information database

Senate Journal Page: 1371
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1812: Prohibiting tax-funded lobbying by appraisal districts

Senate Journal Page: 1522
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 589: Creating an occupational license for behavioral analysts

Senate Journal Page: 1523
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 210: Requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one created

Senate Journal Page: 1525
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1354: Pledging state HOT and sales tax to hotel projects

Senate Journal Page: 1540
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
PNV

SB 740: Requiring court costs be paid by condemners when they grossly undervalue a property under eminent domain process

Senate Journal Page: 1554
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 637: Requiring audits of regional mobility authority to receive state funds

Senate Journal Page: 1558
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 2056: Expanding certain HOT authorization to finance stadiums

Senate Journal Page: 1588
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1289: Requiring domestic steel for government projects

Senate Journal Page: 1604
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1588: Eliminating non-commercial vehicle safety inspections

Senate Journal Page: 1658
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 636: Requiring greater citizen input before municipalities can change building codes

Senate Journal Page: 1660
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1122: Allowing public vote to abolish Dallas County Schools

Senate Journal Page: 1664
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 654: Allowing advanced practice registered nurses to service as primary care providers in Medicaid plans

Senate Journal Page: 1719
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 764: Accounting of costs incurred by illegal immigrants

Senate Journal Page: 1739
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SJR 54: Authorizing municipal charter amendments on uniform election dates

Senate Journal Page: 1741
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 200: Creating local government financial and tax rate information database managed by the Comptroller

Senate Journal Page: 1777
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1061: Allowing charter school operators to hold more than one charter if they are for different purposes

Senate Journal Page: 1805
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1407: More transparency on property tax bills

Senate Journal Page: 1811
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 459: Prohibiting localities from regulating or taxing firearms, ammunition, or knifes above and beyond state law

Senate Journal Page: 1877
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1683: Requiring food establishments post allergy information posters

Senate Journal Page: 1929
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1605: Creating a database of school district financial information

Senate Journal Page: 1930
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1151: Strengthening free speech protections at public universities

Senate Journal Page: 1959
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 1449: Prohibiting local governments from imposing certain fees on new construction projects

Senate Journal Page: 2081
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 95: Allowing raw milk sales and delivery by permit holders

Senate Journal Page: 2119
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 1494: Expanding hotel occupancy tax for the arts

Senate Journal Page: 2264
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 3859: Strengthening right of conscious for child welfare

Senate Journal Page: 2444
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 3287: Creating additional regulations, mandates, and restrictions on alcohol production/sales

Senate Journal Page: 2490
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
PNV

HB 3294: Extending major events reimbursement to NASCAR

Senate Journal Page: 2500
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 490: Creating new hearing aid/cochlear implant insurance mandate

Senate Journal Page: 2513
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 1290: Requiring state agencies repeal one rule for each one adopted

Senate Journal Page: 2680
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 3808: Expanding occupations for loan repayment assistance

Senate Journal Page: 2718
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
Check

HB 967 (L&U): Allowing TexAmericas Center (special purpose district) to "promote economic development"

Senate Journal Page: 3032
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
Read Full Detail
N/A

SB 1, 1st Called, Amendment 3 by Rodriguez: Increasing rollback rate to 6%

Senate Journal Page: 107
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1, 1st Called, Amendment 6 by Uresti: Raising the exemption for property tax reform

Senate Journal Page: 108
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1, 1st Called, Amendment 5 by Perry: Creating exemption to property tax protections

Senate Journal Page: 109
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 2, 1st Called: School finance reform with tax credit scholarships

Senate Journal Page: 216
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 1, 1st Called: Property tax reform, rollback rate reduction

Senate Journal Page: 221
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 3, 1st Called: Prohibiting local overreach regarding bathroom regulations, known as the Privacy Act

Senate Journal Page: 221
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 9, 1st Called: Strengthening constitutional state spending limit

Senate Journal Page: 223
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 7, 1st Called: Prohibiting automatic government collection of union dues

Senate Journal Page: 224
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 4, 1st Called: Prohibiting tax-funded abortions

Senate Journal Page: 226
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 5, 1st Called: Strengthening voter fraud prevention

Senate Journal Page: 281
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 15, 1st Called: Statewide texting while driving ban preemption

Senate Journal Page: 282
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 6, 1st Called: Municipal annexation reforms

Senate Journal Page: 282
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 13, 1st Called: Municipal permitting reform

Senate Journal Page: 283
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check

SB 14, 1st Called: Protecting private property rights in trees

Senate Journal Page: 283
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
Read Full Detail
Check
BillSponsorship Credit

Sponsorship: Art. V Convention of States (State Sovereignty)

Check

Sponsorship: Citizen Petition Reform (Local Government Reform)

Check

Sponsorship: Clarifying purchase offers in eminent domain cases (Property Rights)

Check

Sponsorship: Eliminate passenger vehicle inspections (Budget & Tax Reform)

Check

Sponsorship: Eliminating Passing the Trash (K-12 Education Reform)

Check

Sponsorship: Eliminating the Dallas County Schools system (K-12 Education Reform)

Check

Sponsorship: Ending Public University Tuition Set-asides (Higher Education Reform)

N/A

Sponsorship: Ethics Reform

Check

Sponsorship: Expanding charter schools for different focuses (K-12 Education Reform)

N/A

Sponsorship: Expanding Educational Freedom (K-12 Education Reform)

Check

Sponsorship: Expanding Package Store Permits (Promoting Free Markets)

Check

Sponsorship: Franchise Tax Phase-out

Check

Sponsorship: Freezing Public University Tuition Rates (Higher Education Reform)

N/A

Sponsorship: Granting advanced practice registered nurses primary care privileges for certain state plans (Promoting Free Markets)

N/A

Sponsorship: Local charter amendments on uniform election dates (Election Integrity)

N/A

Sponsorship: Municipal Annexation Reform (Local Government Reform)

N/A

Sponsorship: No eminent domain for high-speed rail (Property Rights)

N/A

Sponsorship: No state funds for high-speed rail (Corporate Welfare & Cronyism)

N/A

Sponsorship: No state funds for local pension systems (State Government Reform)

N/A

Sponsorship: No tax-funded lobbying for appraisal districts

N/A

Sponsorship: Paycheck Protection (State Government Reform)

Check

Sponsorship: Preempting local regulations and taxation of guns, ammunition, and knifes (State Sovereignty)

Check

Sponsorship: Process Reform at the Texas Ethics Commission (First Amendment Protections)

N/A

Sponsorship: Prohibiting local entities from regulating restrooms on private property

Check

Sponsorship: Property Tax Reform

Check

Sponsorship: Protection from undervalued offers by condemners in eminent domain cases (Property Rights)

N/A

Sponsorship: Protections from frivolous actions of state agencies (Promoting Free Markets)

Check

Sponsorship: Reduce License to Carry fee (Budget & Tax Reform)

Check

Sponsorship: Require agencies remove regulations before adding new ones (Promoting Free Markets)

N/A

Sponsorship: Resolution calling on Congress to repeal Obamacare (Promoting Free Markets)

N/A

Sponsorship: Sanctuary Cities Ban

Check

Sponsorship: Short-term rental preemption (State Sovereignty)

N/A

Sponsorship: Strict Spending Limits (Taxing & Expenditure Limits)

N/A

Sponsorship: Tax-funded lobbying disclosure

N/A

Sponsorship: Voter Approval of Pension Obligation Bonds (Local Government Reform)

N/A