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From Rep. James Frank
AUSTIN—Rep. James Frank noted in his weekly newsletter that the ERCOT/PUC/electric grid issue continues to rightfully make headlines and will be front and center throughout this session of the Texas Legislature.
“While it is important that we move quickly, I hope most people understand the need to fully investigate and carefully craft any ‘solutions’ to this very serious issue,” he wrote.
However, he added there are a myriad of other critical issues that we will be addressing over the remaining nine weeks left in session, including election integrity, healthcare access and affordability, school funding and the state’s unemployment system (and funding reserves).”
Frank highlighted two House Speaker priority bills that he fully supported:
- HB 4 would allow Texas to permanently extend telehealth options that were expanded during COVID when in-person visitation was dramatically scaled back.
- HB 5 would create a new state office designed to map out the areas of the state with the greatest need for broadband access and direct money towards increasing broadband development in those areas.