Austin, Texas - The 86th Legislative Session moved to adjourn Sine Die on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. Representative Rick Miller (R- Fort Bend) successfully completed his fourth term serving District 26 in a session that transformed the public education system, protected religious freedom, created property tax relief, combatted human trafficking, addressed mental health and school safety concerns, and many additional critical issues affecting all Texans.
"The Texas House and Senate stood together in support of the most monumental and historic investment in public education in decades," said Rep. Miller. "We set the bar high on opening day of Session by recognizing that putting band-aids on school finance and property tax reform was no longer acceptable. Texans have waited decades for true reform, and I am proud to say that the wait is over."
In addition to public education and property tax reform, Representative Miller passed legislation that will directly impact District 26 during natural disasters. "As a Fort Bend County resident, I saw firsthand the detriment and enormous challenges that Hurricane Harvey brought to our community," said Miller. In an effort to ensure immediate action is taken in the future, Miller passed legislation that gives municipalities and counties the ability to let residents opt into an emergency warning system with their drivers’ license renewals.
Miller also passed legislation to ensure the safety of District 26 citizens in non-natural disaster situations. Due to past circumstances that have unknowingly occurred in the Sugar Land area, Rep. Miller passed a bill that requires cases of accidental radioactive substance releases to be immediately reported to a political subdivision into which the substance was released. Miller also passed legislation addressing County Assistance Districts and flooding issues along the Brazos River.
Other successes of the 86th Legislative Session include his work on the Appropriations Committee, Human Services Committee, veterans’ issues, and the criminal justice and foster care systems. While Representative Miller passed significant legislation in these areas; one of his priority bills fell short this Session.
"I am disappointed that HB 1536 - For Our Children Act - died on the House Calendar," said Miller. "As a conservative Representative, I feel that it is our job to protect the innocent who do not have a voice, which includes our precious foster children. The current statistical outcomes of our aged out foster care youth are terrifying. I must continue to fight for these children; we all must continue to fight for these children."
Although Representative Miller feels that he has serious unfinished business, he is still very proud of the 86th Legislative Session's results. “It was an honor to work alongside my colleagues this session making vital policy changes for Texas. I am already looking forward to coming back next Session to take off more band-aids and deliver real solutions in other crucial policy areas," said Miller.