(This is the second of a two-part series.)
Proposals regarding education and healthcare were among more than 120 bills authored or co-authored by House District 68 Rep. Drew Springer — some of them discussed during Saturday’s forum at Gainesville’s State Theater.
Springer [R-Muenster], elected as District 68 representative in November, hosted the forum to provide examples of his progress in Austin since taking office in January and working with special committees.
He cited several bills he drafted or helped draft during sessions in the 83rd Legislature to strengthen laws in Texas that would enrich his 21-county district.
Springer also added that during the 84th Legislature, among other goals, he hopes to help fix a financial shortfall of funding for retired teachers and their health benefits.
“We did put the gauntlet down and say, ‘We’re not afraid to get up here and say what we think is wrong and make you take votes on it,’” Springer said Saturday.
Some of the issues discussed Saturday include:
• House of Representatives bills 842 and 2431, which refer to high school curriculum alterations that allow students to focus on vocational training.
“Kids can choose which paths they want to go down,” he said. “They can decide if they want their college to be preparatory or they can decide if they want technical training and get a certificate to be able to do a job like welding and so many others.”
• Springer said he and special committees attempted to remedy Medicare cuts made during the 82nd Legislature, explaining that those cuts affect rural medical institutions more than in larger cities. “It affects nursing homes, our health clinics and our hospitals,” he said, adding that a decrease in those services might increase crime. “We’re a lot better off treating someone in a hospital or clinic than we are having them sit in the county jail while we, as local taxpayers, pay for that because they aren’t getting the mental health care they need.”
•Springer and committee members added $100 a month to the pensions of retired Texas teachers. “Cost of living is higher and people are living longer and we needed to do something in that realm,” he said.
(This is the second of a two-part series.)
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