Senator Paul Bettencourt

Sen. Bettencourt & Rep. Swanson refiled SB 220 & HB 549 in response to election improprieties

Voter irregularities in Harris County are jeopardizing public trust in elections and needs to be fixed! Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) refiled Senate Bill 220 yesterday in response to the serious improprieties reported to Texas’ Secretary of State (SOS) concerning Harris County’s election administration during the November 8th election. SB 220 will allow the SOS to appoint Election Marshals from the Department of Public Safety who will be able to be dispatched to investigate potential voting violations as they […]

Sen. Paul Bettencourt Sounds the Taxpayer Alarm as ISDs have TREs to Raise Property Tax Rate!

Tax Ratification Elections (TREs) if passed by voters will wipeout state mandated M&O property tax relief Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is sounding the Taxpayer Alarm that local school boards have scheduled tax ratification elections (TREs) that, if passed by the voters, will wipeout state mandated maintenance and operation (M&O) property tax relief in their districts. Taxpayers should be alerted that passage of a TRE means they could pay the same property tax rate as they did last […]

Attorney General Ken Paxton Issues Opinion in Response to Senator Bettencourt’s

Questioned on HISD’s Vaccine Policy Senator Bettencourt questioned if HISD’s leave policy would make any additional COVID-19 Specific paid leave a “vaccine passport” Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) reports upon his request to the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, to review the legality of HISD’s Covid-19 leave policy and the Opinion received from Attorney General Paxton. The policy that HISD adopted for the 2021-2022 school year offers a maximum of 10 additional paid sick days for staffers who were fully […]

Public to Vote on Senator Bettencourt’s Constitutional Amendments Proposition 1 and 2 on May 7, 2022

Frequently asked Q&A on propositions that are less than a month away from being voted on by Texans Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) further explains the two propositions that will be on the May 7, 2022, ballot across Texas. Our office has been receiving many phone calls referred by the SOS with questions regarding the upcoming Constitutional Amendment election. In the Legislative Special Sessions of 2021, both propositions passed by unanimous votes as SJR 2. Below are […]

Senator Bettencourt Reacts to Harris County Election Administrator Longoria’s Resignation Effective July 1, 2022

Senator Bettencourt was the first elected official to call for Longoria’s resignation or firing after mismanagement and incompetence in Tuesday’s Primary Election Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) makes further comments on Harris County Election Administrator Isabel Longoria’s resignation effective July 1, 2022. Senator Bettencourt was the first elected official to call for Election Administrator Longoria’s firing the night of the Primary Elections, then again with Harris County Republican Party Chair Cindy Siegel and State Representative Briscoe Cain […]