Travis on the issues

Representative Clardy was proud to help pass legislation during the 87th Session and subsequent special sessions that were priorities of conservative voters from across the state and helped strengthen Texas’s economy, local communities, and families.
Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session

The 87th Texas Legislative Session convened from January to May 2021. Rep. Clardy’s legislative initiatives were based on meetings with local constituents of House District 11. While he often engages on matters of state-wide and national interest and importance, his primary purpose during the 140-day legislative session is to ensure the business of the counties he serves is successfully resolved.  

You can join Representative Clardy on Friday afternoons when he hosts a Facebook Live to take your questions and address your concerns about all things House District 11 and Texas. Further his offices are always accessible and welcome suggestions on how to promote House District 11.

Click here to submit your comments and suggestions to help grow House District 11.

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Border Security

As the Biden Administration continues to ignore the growing crisis at the Texas-Mexico border, the Texas House stepped up to address the issue. With the passage of House Bill 9, the legislature committed $1.8 billion to securing the border, including:

  • $1 billion dedicated to funding border security operations through border security grants to local law enforcement;
  • $300 million dedicated to funding additional border security personnel;
  • $750 million dedicated to building temporary and permanent physical barriers along the border; and
  • $11 million dedicated to purchasing ambulances at border security processing centers.

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Pro Life

House Bill 1280 bans abortion beginning at conception and goes into effect when, and to the extent. the United States Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Senate Bill 8 (the companion to House Bill 1515), the Texas Heartbeat Act, prohibits abortion after a fetal heart beat is detected. This law ensures that an unborn child is carried to the full term of a woman's pregnancy. The law provides an exception for a woman experiencing a valid medical emergency, determined and documented by the physician.

The House of Representatives passed SenateBill 4 (the companion to House Bill 6), to regulate the use of abortion-inducing drugs. This bill protects the health and safety of women seeking an abortion by ensuring the drugs used to induce an abortion are administered by a physician. The bill also requires enhanced reporting related to adverse side effects, like heart attack and stroke, which might arise from the use of these drugs. The legislation will reduce the incidence of adverse side effects and protect the health of women.

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Election Integrity

During a special legislative session, the Texas Legislature made it easier to vote and harder to cheat in Texas elections with the passage of Senate Bill 1. Also known as theElection Integrity Protection Act of 2021, Senate Bill 1, provides practical reforms to restore public confidence in the election process. The bill ensures uniformity in the election process following the inconsistent voting protocols that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and expands voting hours for the majority of Texas voters.

Representative Clardy was proud to author House Bill 3107, the Texas Secretary of State Cleanup Bill, a 47-page omnibus bill that updated, repealed, and clarified existing law. This bill was a priority for elections officials from House District 11, and it was drafted and passed with an unprecedented level of input from election officials from rural counties.

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Business and Commerce

Senate Bill 6 (companion to House Bill 3659)provides retroactive lawsuit protection for large and small businesses, religious institutions, non-profit entities, and educational institutions from  frivolous COVID-19 related lawsuits.

House Bill 7 creates a stopgap solution to ensure Texas’ unemployment fund remains solvent without crushing Texas small businesses that pay into the fund.

House Bill 1195 also protects small businesses by not taxing them for receiving Paycheck Protection Program loans.

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Public Education

Representative Clardy has long been recognized as a champion for rural schools. With public schools serving as the choice for most families in House District 11, he believes in ensuring our schools are providing the education students need and providing teachers the resources they need to deliver that education.

Senate Bill 7 (companion to House Bill 8) provides a supplemental "13th check" payment of up to $2,400 to retired teachers.

Senate Bill 15 (companion to House Bill 30) seeks to expand the state's existing virtual school program, giving all school districts discretion to open and operate virtual learning programs.

Senate Bill 3 preserves core civic values in social studies education. SB 3 lays out in clear terms that Texas education policy will highlights the importance of our nation's republican form of government. The bill requires districts to incorporate classroom simulations and models of government processes, discussions of current events, and education on media literacy. School curriculums will include materials related to the foundations of American government, its structure and function, and the founding documents of the United States. Taken together, this bill ensures that Texas’s children receive a solid grounding in American history that gives them the ability to engage in the public marketplace of ideas in the future.

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Higher Education

As the state representative for a four-year university and several colleges, Rep. Clardy has served on the House Higher Education Committee for several terms and remains active in promoting higher education and vocational training programs.

Under Senate Bill 52, passed during the of the 3rd special 87th legislative session, Stephen F. Austin State University received $45 million to begin the construction of an interdisciplinary and applied sciences building. This funding will help support the education of students in fields with high job-demand.

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