I believe in South Texas families.
If we demand the education our children need to compete and provide access to affordable health care for the ones we love, there is nothing we can’t do.
Building the economic security our families deserve is a matter of honoring the South Texas values that have made us who we are.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION
We’ve made real progress— especially for our children’s education.
FIRST CLASS EDUCATION — PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION FOR JOBS
Bobby Guerra has fought in Austin to bring projects to our area that will benefit people’s lives for generations. Guerra co-authored legislation that brought the new medical school to McAllen, so Rio Grande Valley residents have advanced learning opportunities. The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley connects Cameron and Hidalgo County; this institution provides more jobs and educational opportunities for our children and families; transform the Rio Grande Valley’s education system, provide new research institutions, and be home to a first-class medical school. The new medical school will ensure the Valley meets the growing need for doctors and health care providers for a growing population, while providing critical access and care to the uninsured.
Bobby battled to put $3.4 billion dollars back into our state’s public schools, helping us keep good teachers on the payroll. Guerra knows the importance of keeping class sizes small, creating more career education programs, and ensuring every child is prepared to go to college or enter the workplace.
INFRASTRUCTURE — BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
District 41 is one of the most productive gateways to commerce with Mexico. Every day, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of commerce travel across our bridges, roads and highways. Yet the state is woefully behind in keeping up with the infrastructure needs for a growing population — and as one of the fastest growing areas it’s time we get our fair share. During the 83rd, Bobby co-authored House Bill 474 relating to an optional procedure for the issuance of a permit by a certain regional mobility authority for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles carrying cargo; authorizing a fee. In addition, Bobby is prioritizing TXDOT investments to expand and repair our highways by working together in the House to pass and promote Proposition 1, he also helped the development of I-69.
PROP. 1 ON THE BALLOT WILL INVEST IN HIGHWAYS
The November voters will get the chance to approve using excess energy revenues in our Rainy Day Fund to help expand and improve our highway system to relieve traffic and keep our economy growing.
Agriculture & Produce Trade at our ports of entry
Bobby authored House bill 3761, Border Agricultural Inspection Training Program which will allow the Texas Department of Agriculture to explore the possibility of supplementing federal customs & border protection officers with ag inspectors at the ports of entry on the border. This will significantly shorten wait times for a product whose shelf life demands that every hour count.
Recently, Rep. Guerra’s study was selected to become an interim charge by Speaker Joe Straus. Chairman King and the Agriculture & Livestock committee visited McAllen to hold a hearing that reviewed the study, heard from expert testimony, and also toured the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge inspection facilities.
SMALL BUSINESS — PROTECTING LOCAL JOB CREATORS
South Texans know the meaning of entrepreneurialism. Small and family-owned businesses are the unsung heroes of our economy. As State Representative, Bobby passed legislation that protects small business exemptions on the margins tax.
- Support Buy Local/Buy Texas mandates
- Oppose tax breaks to out-of-state businesses that are not offered to Texas businesses.
During the 83rd session, Bobby passed House Bill 3714, Small business Advisory Panel which establishes a task force of qualified individuals to review difficulties encountered by small businesses with the regulatory system and to ensure information for small businesses is provided in plain language to the public. The advisory panel will report policy recommendations to the legislature and also to the Governor on small business and promotional opportunities; recommend improvements in state-funded programs; identify state laws, programs and policies that may need state change; and work on special projects assigned by the Governor.
HEALTH CARE — CARING FOR OUR FAMILIES, PROTECTING LOCAL TAXPAYERS
As a member of the House Committee on Public Health and a member of the House Select Committee on Health Care Education and Training, Bobby is in a position to address the many health care challenges plaguing the lower Rio Grande Valley. Representative Guerra understands firsthand the importance of affordable, quality health care that is accessible to all Texans, which is why he co-authored SB 24, creating South Texas’ first medical school.
During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Guerra has passed landmark legislation to improve and protect the public health of all Texans by strengthening the state’s childhood immunization program. He has championed sweeping patients’ rights reforms, including protecting patients and health care professionals from abusive managed care tactics.
Bobby also passed Senate bill 1150, the companion to HB 3712, Provider Protection Plan which offers protections to reduce administrative burdens on managed care providers. These protections include the prompt and accurate payment of claims; ability to electronically submit claims, corrected claims, prior authorizations, appeals and supporting documentations; and prompt credentialing and contracting of policies. These protections will be added to contracts with health plans by September 1, 2014, and a workgroup will be created to address those protections. 350,000 Medicaid recipients throughout Texas, and especially in the Rio Grande Valley, are enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care programs. This bill addresses this shift, which affects the operations of hundreds of physicians, numerous hospitals and other healthcare providers responsible for providing care to Medicaid recipients.
VETERANS — KEEPING OUR PROMISE TO THOSE WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY
The sons and daughters of South Texas have long answered the call to duty. We owe them more than our gratitude; we owe them the health care they were promised and a real chance and making a life for themselves when they return home from duty. Rep. Guerra will continue to fight for:
- Support our veterans in the fight to get a VA Hospital in South Texas.
- Protect veteran benefits for their families, including home loan assistance and tuition assistance.
- Stop the abusive practices of predatory lenders who take advantage of veterans and their families, especially as one breadwinner is serving overseas.
BORDER SECURITY — KEEPING OUR FAMILIES SAFE
Rep. Guerra will continue the efforts of Senator Hinojosa in ensuring state law enforcement officials have the tools they need to combat drug trafficking along our borders.