State Senator Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, shed some light on the legislative process as he spoke to Alvin Community College Government students on June 23.
Taylor recently completed his second legislative session as senator in May and talked about how bills are processed at the Texas Capitol.
“We have a citizen legislature,” he said. “It’s a really healthy process for Texas.”
The senator discussed with students how bills are filed, assigned to committees and then voted upon in the House and the Senate. He also discussed the importance of gaining support among fellow legislators as well as the Governor.
There was a tremendous shift in leadership in Austin during the most recent legislative session. Governor Gregg Abbott began his first term as did Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The state also had a new attorney general, railroad commissioner and more, Taylor said.
“Many of these people are learning their new roles,” Taylor said. “That will improve over time.”
Legislators had to develop new methods of reaching compromise in order to get vital legislation passed, he said. Effective legislation that benefits everyone is born out of that compromise, he said.
“You end up with a much better decision,” Taylor said.
After discussing the legislative process with students, Taylor then encouraged them to learn more about their state and local governments and vote in all elections.
“I encourage you to be an active participant in the process,” he said.