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P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0514

State Rep. Jim Murphy (R-Houston)

Current Rating

Previous Ratings on the Fiscal Responsibility Index

  • Career: F
  • 2013: C
  • 2011: B
  • 2007: B

About State Rep. Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA. He is a Commercial Real Estate Agent and lives with his wife, Kathleen, and their two sons in Village Place.  
Committee Assignments during 85th Legislative Session: Special Purpose Districts (Chair); Ways & Means
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Rep. Jim Murphy's Record

  • Pro-Taxpayer
  • Anti-Taxpayer
  • Absent
  • Speaker
  • Absent, Excused
  • Present, Not Voting
  • Not Applicable
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Re-election of State Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House

House Record Vote: 1
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HR 3, Amendment 2 by Laubenberg: Increasing office budgets of House members

House Record Vote: 5
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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HR 4, Motion to Table Amendment 22 by Simpson: Requiring Conference Committees to be open and transaparent

House Record Vote: 11
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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SB 293: Unconstitutional retroactive payment from the Major Events Trust Fund

House Record Vote: 96
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1, Amendment 1 by Otto: Adding $800 million to public education without reforms

House Record Vote: 105
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 7 by D. Miller: Gutting Amendment 6 by Spitzer that defunded the Commission on the Arts

House Record Vote: 106
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 10 by Martinez Fischer: Moving money from the AG's office to the Texas Ethics Commission

House Record Vote: 108
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 11 by Farias: Moving money from the AG's Legal Services Fund to Victim's Assistance

House Record Vote: 109
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 14 by Martinez Fischer: Earmarking money appropriated to the AG's Legal Services Fund for school finance litigation

House Record Vote: 110
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 15 by C. Turner: Creating politicized report on the state's litigation against federal government

House Record Vote: 111
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Amendment 20 by Gonzalez: Creating politicized report on "Equal Pay" at state agencies

House Record Vote: 112
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 30 by Miles: Dedicating certain Texas Enterprise Fund dollars to "community improvement projects"

House Record Vote: 115
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 32 by E. Rodriguez: Prohibiting certain appropriations to certain police unions that lobby the Legislature

House Record Vote: 116
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 33 by Rinaldi: Defunding the Film & Music Marketing Program

House Record Vote: 118
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 37 by Rinaldi: Defunding the Texas Enterprise Fund

House Record Vote: 119
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 50 by Miles: Moving money from DPS for recruitment and retention efforts to social programs under the Dept. of State Health Services

House Record Vote: 121
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Amendment 53 by Leach: Banning Dept. of State Health Services from contracting with "Family Planning Organizations" that perform elective abortions

House Record Vote: 122
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 108 by E. Rodriguez: Funding for Full-Day Pre-K

House Record Vote: 128
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 109 by Walle: Funding for "High Quality" Pre-K

House Record Vote: 129
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 120 by Miles: Studying effects of open-enrollment charter schools on "community cohesion"

House Record Vote: 131
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 214 by Miles: Creating politicized study on solid waste facilities near low-income residential areas

House Record Vote: 147
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Amendment 229 by Sanford: Reducing administrative funding for the Texas Lottery Commission

House Record Vote: 149
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 247 by McClendon: Optional funding for the Lone Star Rail District

House Record Vote: 150
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 253 by Burrows: Requiring state agencies to report ways they can cut their budgets by certain amounts

House Record Vote: 151
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 1, Motion to Table Amendment 258 by Schaefer: Requiring the Legislative Budget Board to produce monthly reports on funds available without exceeding the state spending limit

House Record Vote: 153
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 4: Funding "High-Quality Pre-K" programs in public schools

House Record Vote: 178
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 100: Authorizing $3.1 billion of debt via tuition revenue bonds

House Record Vote: 187
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2037: Taxpayer-funded lobbying for state police officers

House Record Vote: 228
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2350: Expanding amount of taxpayer dollars used to guarantee Texas Agriculture Finance Authority loans

House Record Vote: 230
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1690: Moving the Public Integrity Unit from Travis County DA to the Texas Rangers (within DPS)

House Record Vote: 292
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 2007: Increasing fees for county junkyards and automotive wrecking/salvage yards without restricting use of funds

House Record Vote: 313
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 700: Repealing the B-On-time student loan program

House Record Vote: 332
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 2717: Deregulation of hair braiding

House Record Vote: 334
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 2089: Repealing certain occupational taxes

House Record Vote: 359
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HJR 111: Constitutional amendment prohibiting using revenues dedicated by law for non-dedicated purposes

House Record Vote: 390
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 409: Mandating liability insurance for bars

House Record Vote: 397
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 23: Requiring disclosure of certain relationships with local government officers and vendors

House Record Vote: 404
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 31, Motion to Table Amendment 4 by Howard: Requiring Comptroller certification for sales tax cuts to take effect

House Record Vote: 418
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 31: Reducing the rate of the state sales tax

House Record Vote: 419
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 32, Motion to Table Amendment 6 by C. Turner: Substituting permanent franchise tax cut with "temporary permissive rates"

House Record Vote: 420
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 32, Motion to Table Amendment 8 by Smithee: Increasing franchise tax exemption for small businesses

House Record Vote: 421
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 32, Motion to Table Amendment 10 by Howard: Making franchise tax cut dependent on result of school finance lawsuit

House Record Vote: 422
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose Amendment (Support Motion to Table)
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HB 32: Reducing the rates of the franchise tax

House Record Vote: 423
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 1191: Increasing appropriations to public universities without reforms

House Record Vote: 513
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1155: Using taxpayer dollars to create the crony capitalist "Recruit Texas Program"

House Record Vote: 525
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 408: Prohibiting "double-dipping" of retirement benefits of certain elected state officials

House Record Vote: 575
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 1114: Requiring certain local special-purpose PACs to file with the Texas Ethics Commission

House Record Vote: 683
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1294: Requiring elected officials to disclose certain contracts entered into with governmental entities

House Record Vote: 684
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 991: Displaying state and federal gas tax rates on fuel pumps

House Record Vote: 729
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HJR 79: Calling for Texas to join an Article V Convention to pass a federal Balanced Budget Amendment

House Record Vote: 825
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 1295: Requiring disclosure of interested parties regarding contracts with government entities

House Record Vote: 851
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 1318: Expanding the Major Events Trust Fund to include presidential debates

House Record Vote: 890
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2096: Tax breaks for data centers

House Record Vote: 900
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 22, Motion to Table Amendment 3 by Zedler: Requiring a public two-thirds vote for TEC Commissioners to refer a potential criminal case to the Travis County DA

House Record Vote: 905
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 22, Motion to Table Amendment 5 by Hughes: Giving subpoena powers to respondent's counsel in TEC preliminary hearings

House Record Vote: 907
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 22, Motion to Table Amendment 8 by Spitzer: Requiring the Texas Ethics Commission to automatically dismiss complaints not addressed within one year

House Record Vote: 910
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment (Oppose Motion to Table)
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HB 22: Expanding unconstitutional power of the Texas Ethics Commission

House Record Vote: 911
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2712: More tax breaks for data centers

House Record Vote: 921
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 114: Curtailing the use of capital appreciation bonds by political subdivisions

House Record Vote: 977
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 1267: Expanding SNAP welfare benefits to felons

House Record Vote: 979
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2392: Establishing a residential energy efficiency loan program with taxpayer dollars

House Record Vote: 982
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 283: Requiring certain governmental bodies make audio/visual recordings of meetings available online

House Record Vote: 984
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 3113: Expanding use of the hotel occupancy tax for payment of municipal hotel projects

House Record Vote: 1043
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2769: Continuing a pilot revolving loan program to provide for energy efficiency measures with taxpayer dollars

House Record Vote: 1053
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 506: Permitting higher property tax rates for certain school districts

House Record Vote: 1054
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HJR 77: Calling for an Article V Convention to pass a federal balanced budget amendment and term limits

House Record Vote: 1084
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 681: Eliminating pensions for elected officials convicted of felonies related to their time in office

House Record Vote: 1085
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HB 3396: Increasing the cap on direct campaign expenditures made by individuals before triggering reporting requirements

House Record Vote: 1086
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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HJR 26: Increasing the state minimum wage

House Record Vote: 1089
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 2703: Requiring behavior analysts to obtain an occupational license

House Record Vote: 1092
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1891: Creating Texas "community" schools

House Record Vote: 1095
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1892: Creating a Texas "community school" grant program

House Record Vote: 1096
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 964: Weakening rollback property tax rate protections

House Record Vote: 1097
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1754: Allowing municipalities to give away public land for economic development

House Record Vote: 1109
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 1485: Establishing a "grocery access investment fund" program with taxpayer dollars

House Record Vote: 1120
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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HB 799: Studying the effects of federal government regulations and mandates on state agencies

House Record Vote: 1134
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 686: Creating the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program with taxpayer dollars

House Record Vote: 1166
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 837: Expanding crony capitalist hotel-only public improvement districts

House Record Vote: 1170
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 455: Creating a three-judge statewide panel to hear school finance and redistricting lawsuits

House Record Vote: 1177
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 20: Reforming state agency contracting practices

House Record Vote: 1217
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 239: Creating a taxpayer-funded student loan repayment program for mental health professionals

House Record Vote: 1255
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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SB 752: Repealing the inheritance tax

House Record Vote: 1311
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 757: Repealing production taxes on crude petroleum and sulphur

House Record Vote: 1316
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 1: Enabling legislation for school district property tax relief

House Record Vote: 1421
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SJR 1: Constitutional amendment providing for property tax relief

House Record Vote: 1424
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support
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SB 19, Amendment 20 by Schaefer: Eliminating provision banning filming of legislators at the state capitol

House Record Vote: 1539
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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SB 19, Amendment 27 by Rinaldi: Floor substitute reverting unconstitutional "ethics" bill back to its original and constitutional Senate form

House Record Vote: 1541
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Support Amendment
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SB 19: Suppressing citizens' 1st Amendment rights under the guise of "ethics reform"

House Record Vote: 1558
Pro-Taxpayer Position: Oppose
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BillSponsorship Credit

Sponsorship: Ballot Transparency

N/A

Sponsorship: Disclosure of Legislator's Contracts With Government Entities

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Sponsorship: Elimination of Crony Capitalism

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Sponsorship: Enacting Zero-Based Budgeting

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Sponsorship: Ending Gas Tax Diversions

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Sponsorship: Franchise Tax Repeal

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Sponsorship: State Budget Tranparency

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Sponsorship: Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Dedication

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Sponsorship: Public Integrity Unit Reform

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Sponsorship: Legislator Pensions Ethics Reform

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Sponsorship: Prohibiting Taxpayer-funded Lobbying

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Sponsorship: Property Tax Relief

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Sponsorship: De-coupling Legislator Pension Formula from District Court Judge Salaries

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Sponsorship: Protections from Property Tax Increases

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Sponsorship: Protections from State Tax Increases

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Sponsorship: Restricting Use of Certificates of Obligation/Capital Appreciation Bonds

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Sponsorship: Strict Constitutional Spending Limit

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BillLeadership Credit

Leadership: Ballot Transparency

X

Leadership: Disclosure of Legislators' Contracts with Government Entities

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Leadership: De-coupling Legislator Pension Formula from District Court Judge Salaries

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Leadership: Elimination of Crony Capitalism

X

Leadership: Enacting Zero-based Budgeting

X

Leadership: Ending Gas Tax Diversions

X

Leadership: Franchise Tax Repeal

X

Leadership: State Budget Transparency

X

Leadership: Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Dedication

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Leadership: Public Integrity Unit Reform

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Leadership: Legislator Pension Ethics Reform

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Leadership: Prohibiting Taxpayer-funded Lobbying

X

Leadership: Property Tax Relief

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Leadership: Protections from Property Tax Increases

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Leadership: Protections from State Tax Increases

X

Leadership: Restricting Use of Certificates of Obligation / Capital Appreciation Bonds

Check

Leadership: Strict Constitutional Spending Limit

X