TML Names First Legislator of the Week for Special Session
Representative Drew Darby is the TML Legislator of the Week for the First Called Special Session.
He represents House District 72, which includes San Angelo, Big Spring, Eden, and Ballinger.
First elected in 2006, Representative Darby is currently serving as Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and Chairman of the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility. He is also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Representative Darby previously served on the San Angelo city council, which gives him a unique perspective on the important issues facing Texas.
Representative Darby has filed probably the most insightful bill of the session. H.B.78 would repeal the dubious budget strategy of S.B. 1 (the state budget bill passed during the regular session) that counts on huge gains in school property taxes to mask the state’s ever-diminishing share of school funding (see “The Smoking Gun” article elsewhere in this edition for more details). While the prospects of a bill like H.B. 78 are probably grim in today’s environment, it’s refreshing to see a legislator highlight that real property tax relief won’t come from diversionary tactics like capping city and county taxes, but only through meaningful school finance reform.
We hope city leaders across Texas, and particularly those in Representative Darby’s district, will express their appreciation to this outstanding leader.