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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An update on some of the bills I passed out of the House on Friday:

Foreign Agents Disclosure aKa Shaken, not Stirred. With this bill, Texas lobbyists would have to locally disclose if they were hired by foreign governments.

Local Better Communications - reduces the regulatory burden at farmer’s markets. Did you know that the rules for selling blueberries is different when you put a toothpick through it (fresh vs prepared)? Ridiculous.

Insurance adjusters: expands an existing law, reducing potential conflicts of interest on insurance claims.

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Today we voted on a somewhat controversial bill but I wanted to share with you what the legislation would do and why I voted for it.

HB 10 seeks to make Texas a leader in addressing mental health issues by creating the Texas Mental and Behavioral Health Research Institute to create best practices, leadership, and vision for addressing child/adolescent behavioral health needs and to fund research for behavioral health issues.

Many of us were shocked and saddened by the tragic school shootings across the country, and, here in Texas. Mental health awareness increased and I held a public school safety town hall where we listened to many concerns.

I believe that an effort needs to be made to address mental health concerns, especially here in Texas where per capita spending for such programs ranks at the bottom. (This includes substance abuse, depression, etc).

I spent many hours over the past few days trying to improve the bill and address various controversial items. With that in mind I filed several amendments, all of which were accepted by the author, Chair Thompson.

1. My first amendment to HJR5 replaces the original bond structure to fund the research with a much more fiscally conservative approach. Rather than borrowing $3 billion dollars (and costing $2.5 billion in interest), I converted the bill to a “pay as you go” structure and would fund the institute only if the economy does well.

2. I added a privacy amendment that says that any personally identifying information obtained during this research is absolutely confidential.

3. I added disclosure of funding - basically if any company sponsors the research the public is entitled to know who is behind the funding.

4. I added an amendment prohibiting certain research for example, research using hallucinogenic drugs or electronic devices that modify the the behavior of children.

After my amendments were added (and an amendment by Jeff Leach that requires informed consent) , I personally felt that this law would put Texas on the leading edge in new treatments in a fiscally conservative manner while protecting children and patients rights.
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