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Texas House Representative - District 73

Counties Represented: Gillespie, Kendall, ComalThe Texas House of Representatives is composed of 150 members, each elected for a two-year term. The Texas Legislature meets in Regular Session for about five months every other year. A member of the house must be a citizen of the United States, must be a qualified elector of the state, and must be at least 21 years old. He or she must have been a resident of the state for two years immediately preceding election, and for one year immediately preceding election must have been a resident of the district from which he or she was chosen.
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    Stephanie Phillips (Dem) Musician, Educator, Small Business Owner

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1 – What processes do you support to improve elections and voting in Texas?

2 – Identify three measures you would support to reduce gun violence.

3 – What would you do to provide and fund an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

4 – Given recent pressures on water resources, transportation and infrastructure in growing Hill Country counties, would you support giving limited additional authority to selected counties to protect the quality of life in unincorporated areas? Please explain why or why not.

5 – What are your legislative priorities for the Texas environment? Discuss water management, renewable energy and clean air.

6 – After publication of the 2020 census, new congressional, state and educational districts will be redrawn. What process do you support to ensure fair representation?

7 - If elected, what is your message to those who did not vote for you?

Education B.A. Oberlin College M.A. Texas State University
Twitter @stephanie4tx73
Campaign Phone Number (830) 308-7336
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Implement automatic voter registration when obtaining a Texas Drivers License or State ID. Repeal The Texas voter ID law. Create non-partisan redistricting commissions to end gerrymandered districts. Update and monitor cyber security, implement voter verified paper ballots or records for every vote cast , extend voting hours and add additional early voting locations.
Create a public education campaign through the Department of Public Safety to raise awareness around safe gun storage and suicide prevention. Work to create lethal violence protective orders that would allow courts to temporarily prohibit firearm possession for people at high risk of harming themselves or others. Support a comprehensive universal background check including: military crime data, terrorist watch lists, people charged with domestic and intimate partner violence, and people with a history of violent mental illness. Bring together community resources and create prevention teams (with access to the background check database information) including school counselors, mental health professionals, police, courts and family violence professionals who commit to sharing resources to identify individual instances of escalating violence and individuals at risk.
The Texas Constitution mandates the state provide proper funding for public education. We must elect Reps who believe in Public Ed and will work together to create a strong public school system for all Texas children no matter who they are or where they live. We need transparency so that taxpayers can see that property taxes earmarked for school funding are actually ending up funding education. Per pupil spending has decreased in recent years and we must increase it to the national average. In 2011 Texas cut $1.4 billion from discretionary grants. We must fund these programs, raise teacher pay, and fund the TRS. Close the state funding gap by increasing the fossil fuels tax and closing the corporate property tax loopholes. Oppose efforts to use public funds for private school vouchers. Texas spends $90 million a year on testing. Standardized testing needs to be reduced. Allow teachers and administrators more freedom to teach and assess the performance of our kids and schools.

Yes Increased authorization for county governments in rural counties is necessary for many reasons. This district is at the heart one of the fastest growing areas of the country. There are vast unincorporated areas with no regulatory ability or local control over development. Counties and rural residents need to have a voice and there must be a way to have community input and planning that brings together current residents, development and business entities, and environmental and conservationist interests. There is currently little ability for counties to prevent destructive and polluting activities and planning is necessary to ensure conservation of open spaces, watershed protection and wildlife preservation.
Create incentives for rainwater collection and solar for businesses and residences. Expand access to recycling programs in rural areas. Limited water resources pose a major challenge to hill country residents and water conservation is the best way to develop the greatest quantity of new water at the least expense. Support programs to educate residents about water conservation. Increase use of native and drought tolerant landscaping, permeable walkways and parking areas and grey-water re-use. Educate residents on creating conservation easements on private land and help them through the application process. Increase local authority to regulate groundwater and resist programs that set up a statewide water grid to “share” Texas rural water with urban areas. Texas law known as “the rule of capture,” allows landowners to pump as much water as they see fit to use. Create and strengthen groundwater conservation districts to manage water and ensure the fair application of the rule of capture
Bring together an independent nonpartisan redistricting coalition to create fair districts. Prevent any elected officials (from any party), whether legislators or executive branch officials, from having control over drawing district lines. Use existing county and city boundaries if possible.
One of the main reasons that I am running is that I believe that everyone’s voice needs to be heard and that all of us deserve a seat at the table. I don’t believe that winning a political election means that everyone who voted the other way is a loser or that winning is a mandate to ignore constituents who disagree. I pledge to bring people together to solve problems and to represent the people of House District 73.