“As your State Representative, I am protecting innocent life, cutting wasteful spending and keeping Texas the leading job growth state in America.”
Giovanni Capriglione

Giovanni Capriglione, a Trusted, Tested Conservative

Giovanni Capriglione fights for our shared conservative values. He’s a pro-life leader who has a 100% pro-life voting record with all pro-life organizations. Giovanni voted to defund Planned Parenthood and authored and passed numerous pro-life bills.

Giovanni is rooting out government waste, fraud and abuse, saving taxpayers millions. Because of his work as Chairman of the Budget Transparency and Reform Subcommittee, Texas passed a balanced state budget that cut spending by $200 million without raising taxes. And he led the fight against property tax increases, helping you to keep more money in your pocket.

Giovanni volunteers his time to conservative causes. He has helped Republicans defeat Democrats across the country, volunteering on behalf of Republican candidates in Texas and other states. Locally, he led successful campaigns against property tax increases.

Giovanni is the successful small business owner and proven job creator we need in the Texas House.

On The Issues

  • Giovanni has a 100% pro-life voting record and fights to protect all innocent life, voting to defund Planned Parenthood and authoring and passing numerous pro-life bills.
  • Giovanni saved millions of taxpayer dollars by rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the state budget as chairman of the subcommittee on Budget Transparency and Reform.
  • Giovanni helped pass a balanced state budget that cut spending by $200 million without raising taxes.
  • Giovanni fights for property tax reforms to keep your money in your wallet, voting to allow voters to veto attempts to raise local property taxes.

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Yes! Today, I offered an amendment to increase the transparency of taxpayer dollars spent on lobbyists. With this amendment political subdivisions across the state will have to disclose how much tax money they spend on lobbying, contract details and the purpose of the lobbying.

I was excited to see the support of my colleagues in the house, the amendment was added with their help, and now its off to the Senate!
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FINALLY! After a ton of work, we finally passed our transparency legislation! Check out the video for the short version.

Bipartisan Public Information Bill Wins House Approval

The Texas House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday night to bipartisan legislation that closes significant loopholes in the Texas Public Information Act.

Senate Bill 943 restores public access to state and local contracting information in the wake of two Texas Supreme Court rulings that allowed private entities to more easily conceal their
dealings with government.

"Today's passage of SB 943 is a strong statement for transparency in government contracting. I am proud to have worked on this legislation over the last two and a half years to bring back the fundamental importance of knowing how our tax dollars are being spent," said Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R Southlake), who carried the legislation with Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin).

"The Legislature is finally in a position to restore the public's right to know," Sen. Watson said. "If Texans are to hold their public officials accountable, access to public information is essential. I'm proud the Texas Legislature has stood strong for government transparency, and I'm grateful to Representative Capriglione and the dozens of stakeholders who worked with us to develop these agreed-to bills."

Watson and Capriglione set out this session to address businesses' legitimate concern about protecting proprietary information while ensuring the public can obtain key information about the deals made in the public's name.

SB 943 strikes this balance by:

o Restoring the competition or bidding exception to its longstanding interpretation so that only governmental bodies may raise it;

o Creating a new exception for contractors' proprietary information that's shared with a governmental body through the bid and solicitation process;

o Updating the trade secrets exception to include the definition of "trade secret" in the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code;

o Ensuring that contractors cannot raise the propriety information or trade secrets exception to block the public's access to key contract terms and information indicating whether or not a contractor performed its duties under the contract;

o Adding private prisons, private civil commitment facilities, and Alamo managers to the list of "governmental bodies" in the PIA;

o Providing a safe harbor that excludes economic development entities that maintain independence from the governmental bodies with which they do business from the definition of "governmental body" in the PIA; and

o Requiring other contractors to maintain information about their government contracts and share it with the governmental body if the governmental body needs it to respond to a PIA request it receives.

The legislation was crafted in consultation with the Texas Sunshine Coalition, which was formed during the last interim to advocate for greater government transparency. The coalition includes the Texas Public Policy Foundation, ACLU Texas, the League of Women Voters of Texas and several other organizations.

The Senate will concur with the amendments to the bill before it is sent to Gov. Abbott.
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Dr. Banafsheh Thomas, Family Medicine Physician, was selected to participate as the Doctor of the Day at the Texas Capitol on Friday, May 17. We appreciate Rep. Rafael Anchia for inviting her to participate and Rep. Giovanni Capriglione for introducing her on the House floor.

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The Senate has concurred with House amendments on SB 943, the contracting transparency bill that repairs holes in the Texas Public Information Act. Thanks @KirkPWatson & @VoteGiovanni for all your long, hard work on this issue! #txfoi #txlege #opengovt

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