Fiscal Discipline

As a successful businessman, Giovanni knows you can’t spend more than you take in. He’s using his private sector experience to bring fiscal discipline to the state budget.

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Budget Transparency and Reform, Giovanni has saved millions of taxpayer dollars by reducing waste, fraud and abuse in our state budget. Because of Giovanni’s efforts, Texas passed a balanced budget that cut spending by $200 million without raising taxes.

Giovanni is doing more than cutting spending. He’s finding ways for government to work more like private business, creating new revenue without tax increases. Giovanni passed a bill that improves the way Texas invests the money in its savings account. This will increase the state’s investment return by more than $50 million dollars per year.

Pro-Life Champion

Giovanni has a 100% pro-life voting record and will protect innocent life at all costs. Giovanni voted to defund Planned Parenthood and has authored and passed numerous pro-life pieces of legislation.

During the last special session, Giovanni passed a bill providing more transparent and accurate reporting of abortion complications. Governor Abbott praised Giovanni’s efforts saying, “This bill (HB13), which would not have been possible without the leadership of … Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, will result in more accurate data being provided to the state. The health and safety of women is of the utmost importance, and we must have the most accurate data available in order to create good policy.”

Stop Illegal Immigration

We must secure our borders and respect the rule of law. The federal government has neglected their responsibility to secure the border, so Texas has had to step up to the plate.

Last session, Giovanni authored a bill that stops Texas cities from harboring illegal immigrants and allows our law enforcement officials to stop those that are breaking our immigration laws. In the previous session, Giovanni passed a bill to put an additional 250 state troopers and better technology on the border to protect our families from violent criminals, drug cartels, human traffickers and terrorists.

Job Creation

Giovanni is creating a business environment in Texas that encourages economic growth and job creation. Earning a 100% rating from National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Giovanni has cut government red tape, taxes and fees. He is stopping frivolous lawsuits by personal injury trial lawyers that create a hidden “tort tax” on Texans that only enrich the lawyers.

Property Tax Reform

Giovanni fights for property tax reforms to ensure your money stays in your pocket. Giovanni led efforts to give voters the right to veto attempts to raise property taxes and coauthored a bill to increase your homestead exemption.

Before Giovanni was elected, he was leading the fight against rising property taxes. Giovanni ran successful campaigns against tax increases in our area. As your State Representative, Giovanni continues to fight for property tax reforms to ensure your money stays in your pocket.

Reform the “Robin Hood” School Finance System

Giovanni is fighting to keep local tax dollars in local schools. Last session Giovanni authored a bill that would greatly reduced Robin Hood payments for our local school districts. Fixing our broken school finance system is a key component to reducing our property tax burden.

Advancing Conservative Principles

With an 83-0 vote, Giovanni and other members of the Texas House Republican Caucus adopted measures for the caucus to recommend a Republican candidate for Speaker. Giovanni commits to supporting the Republican speaker candidate recommended by the Texas House Republican Caucus.

Improve Education

Texas is the economic engine of our country, generating more jobs since the recession than any other state in the union. To keep our competitive advantage, we must have an educated work force.

We are blessed to have many excellent schools in our area, but we can improve. Giovanni is fighting for more local control of our school districts and is leading efforts to ensure tax dollars make it directly to the classroom.

Increase Government Transparency

Giovanni has led the effort to increase transparency in government because that’s the only way it can be held accountable to the people.

Giovanni was named Open Government Lawmaker of the Year for passing several significant ethics reform bills. He led efforts to require a searchable database of all major state and local contracts, specifically detailing every business or person that profits from local contracts, including elected officials. The San Antonio Express News praised the bill as “the most significant ethics reform bill of the session”.

Protect the Second Amendment

Giovanni has an “A” rating from the NRA and fully supports our right to keep and bear arms. He will always be on the side of gun owners and will support their constitutional rights. He has cut CHL fees and passed a law allowing CHL holders to use their license as a valid form of ID.

Other Conservative Accomplishments

Government frequently falls behind in utilizing advancements in technology and security. Sensing a looming disaster, Giovanni passed a sweeping cyber security bill that will help keep your private information stored with the state safe from cyber-attacks.

Giovanni authored and passed the Texas State Bullion Depository bill which will better protect our state’s sovereignty by bringing gold and silver back to Texas. Giovanni has been interviewed with organizations across the world to discuss this bill including the Associated Press, CNBC, Fox Business News, Reuter’s, CNN Money and Bloomberg.

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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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