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Nearly half of all Texas legislators earn 'F' on Report Card for 87th session

'F' Bombshell: 49% of Texas legislature fails to protect taxpayers from tolls, fines, fee increases, & new debt

While we shared with you the good, the bad and ugly from the 87th regular session here
, TURF analyzed 15 bills that received record votes (both good and bad bills) to determine its  Report Card, and the results may shock you.

 
In 2017, 57% of lawmakers earned As & Bs, and in 2019, 19% of lawmakers hit that mark. So imagine our disappointment that in 2021 that number  dropped to just 8%.
 
In the Texas House,69 of the 150 members earned an 'F,'and 19 of 31 members of the Texas Senate got a failing grade.This is the first time since Lt Gov Dan Patrick took office that the senate scored worse than the House. Put another way,  46% of the House earned an 'F' while 61% of senators earned an 'F.'
 
Every member was forewarned before any record vote took place. So check out what grade your lawmakers earned and hold them accountable. With redistricting set to go into full swing on Monday as lawmakers are called back for a 3rd special session,  make sure they hear from you, and, if necessary, start looking for quality candidates. 

The stand-out anti-toll champions for the session are: Senator Bob Hall, Rep. Kyle Biedermann, Rep. Jeff Cason, Rep. Matt Schaefer, Rep. Bryan Slaton, Rep. Matt Shaheen and Rep. Valoree Swanson.
 
 

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