The 84th Legislature has ended and I am happy to be back home. It is always an incredible experience to represent my friends, neighbors, and allies in Austin. Session is a lot of work and long hours, but it is all rewarded when good things are accomplished.
I would like to highlight a few of the bills that we were able to pass recently.
For the first time, Eastern El Paso County will have the ability to address stormwater flooding issues. The newly created stormwater authority will allow us to better plan and prepare for the damaging flash floods our communities must deal with.
Initially brought to us by a constituent we were successful in creating license plates for recipients of the Soldier's Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Airman's Medal, and Coast Guard Medal. These medals are given to individuals who distinguish themselves by heroic actions, usually life threatening, but not involving actual conflict with an enemy.
Finally, after years of work with stakeholders and Houston Senator Sylvia Garcia, the Relationship Privacy Act has been sent to the Governor for his signature. Once the Governor signs this bill, victims-- who had their intimate images shared without their consent—will now have legal recourse. This bill provides both criminal penalties and civil remedies, and should serve as a model for addressing this issue for other states seeking to do the same.
This is just a portion of the work we’ve done over the past few months. If you’d like a more in-depth look at our work, you can find a detailed memo here.
I look forward to regular emails with you over the coming months. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please email me at Mary.Gonzalez@house.state.tx.us or call my office at (915) 790-2299.