Welcome to my website. It is an honor serving the communities of Baytown, Deer Park, La Porte, Morgan’s Point and portions of Pasadena and the unincorporated areas of Harris County in the Texas legislature. As your State Representative, improving our local community has always been my top priority. That’s why I have worked to lower taxes, improve border security measures, improve our local schools, and defend our conservative family values.
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The Texas House’s Republican lead tax policy writer announced a $4.87 billion tax cut package Wednesday that includes across-the-board cuts to the business franchise and sales tax rates.
House Bill 31 would cut the 6.25-percent state sales tax rate to 5.95 percent, costing the state $2.3 billion over two years but saving the average household of four $172 per year.
House Bill 32 would cut the business franchise or “margins” tax rate by 25 percent across-the-board and also lower an “EZ” calculation rate, which state Rep. Dennis Bonnen said “will substantially lower the cost of compliance for thousands of small businesses.”
“I am very proud that the Texas House passed a two-year state budget that lives within our means, came in well under the spending cap, and prioritized for essential state services such as education, transportation, border security and public safety. The public demands that we be good stewards of their tax dollars while meeting the future needs of the state and promoting continued economic prosperity. I believe we have done this in the budget that we passed.”
(Austin, Texas) Today, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 11, a bill aimed at creating a comprehensive long term solution to Texas’s border security problems. Specifically, HB 11 authorizes an additional 300 DPS troopers for border security operations, criminalizes the act of inducing a person to enter the country illegally, strengthens state smuggling laws to effectively target the organized criminal element infiltrating our border, along with other reforms. The legislation also protects local control by creating the “Texas Transnational Crime Intelligence Center”, which would be staffed by local police and sheriffs to serve as a real-time, around-the-clock intelligence hub for state and local law enforcement agencies.
Across the Lone Star State, Texans are seeing incidents of copper theft in epidemic proportions, from church air conditioners, to copper wiring in or around private homes and retail stores, to telecommunications and electric and cable provider equipment. Criminals typically target copper and other metals because they can quickly and easily convert these materials into quick cash by selling them to scrap metal dealers or other metal recycling companies.
“Border security is a federal responsibility but Texas cannot afford to wait for Washington to act,” said Smith. “The Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act will permanently strengthen the presence of DPS Troopers on the border, curb the flow of the cartels’ supply lines and create a new team of investigators who will help police crack down on crime syndicates wherever they operate in Texas.”
(Austin, Texas) House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Otto announced on the House floor today that the House will fully fund TRS-Care, the health insurance program for retired public school employees of Texas. Chairman Otto was joined in this announcement by House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Chairman Trent Ashby and members of the Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Pensions Dan Flynn, and other members of the Texas House.
AUSTIN, TX ~ Today, State Representative Sylvester Turner (D-Houston), State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown), State Representative Dan Huberty (R-Houston), and Scott Stephens, President of the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation, urged the Texas Legislature to support legislation that will allow for electrocardiogram screenings (ECGs) as part of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) pre-participation requirements for student athletes. The legislators have introduced HB 677, HB 767, and HB 779, respectively. Representatives of medical and educational entities joined today in support of the legislation, including Pat Shuff, CEO of Cypress ECG; Dr. Keith Moore, Superintendent of Crosby ISD; Holly Farmer and Pamela Velasco of August Heart, as well as numerous other medical professionals and supporters.
AUSTIN, TX – Committee assignments for the 84th Legislative Session were announced today and State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) will again serve as Chair of the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures and on the House Committee on Tourism, Culture and Recreation. Rep. Smith also served on these committees during the 83rd Legislative Session and Interim.
State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) respectfully urged Harris County officials to consider allocating funds resulting from the San Jacinto Superfund Site settlement toward local projects in Harris County.
AUSTIN – State Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) has filed House Bill 1127 aimed at cracking down on undercover Game Rooms in Harris County that have become a breeding ground for illegal activity and crime.
Chevron Phillips Chemical hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 1-hexene plant Wednesday morning at their Cedar Bayou Plant on Interstate 10 that was attended by various dignitaries. Shown doing the groundbreaking, from left, Dr. W.A. Brookshire, S&B Engineers and Constructors CEO; Jack Morman, Harris County Precinct 2 commissioner; Wayne Smith, state representative; Tommy Williams, state senator; Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos; Van Long, Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Cedar Bayou plant manager; and Pete Cella, Chevron Phillips Chemical’s president and CEO.
“Rep. Wayne Smith impressed me with his attitude of recognizing the ability of other state representatives. He expressed his participation with the Hispanic Republican Conference and explained how we can have a sensible conversation about protecting our natural resources and exploring and developing our vast resources without the environmentalists politicizing it.” Read the Full Article ->
Back in February, members of the Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Committee (TRRCC) joined Chairman Munisteri at RPT headquarters to present the party with a generous donation of $15,000 and a pledge to continue the momentum of our party’s success through additional fundraising. The RPT expressed gratefulness and thanked the TRRCC board members including Rep. Wayne Smith.