Texas Senate Update from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick


Continuing to Fight for Fiscal Discipline

As a state senator, I repeatedly filed bills to make the state spending limit more strict. During my eight years in the state senate, these bills were bottled up in committee.

As Lieutenant Governor, I know Texans expect their leadership to be fiscally responsible and the senate is delivering.

Early this week, Senator Kelly Hancock filed Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) and Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) putting Texas one step closer to achieving true fiscal discipline and efficiency. These bills will change the current cap to ensure that the growth of state spending does not exceed the growth in our population plus inflation.

I am pleased to once again advance this cause and support Senator Hancock’s efforts to reinforce constitutional spending limits.

As Lt. Governor, I intend to see final passage of this much needed legislation, SB 9 and SJR 2, during this 84th legislative session.

The senate bills filed were:

  • SJR 2 – Hancock: Relating to the constitutional limit on the rate of growth of appropriations.
  • SB 9 – Hancock: Proposing a constitutional amendment concerning the limitation on the rate of growth in appropriations.


Fiscal Reform (SB 9 and SJR 2) press conference


A Clean Start in Taking the Lead in Natural Gas Vehicles

On Thursday, I joined Senator Carlos Uresti to announce the filing of Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), which will put Texas in the lead for natural gas vehicles in state agencies and local governments. Natural gas is cheap, it’s clean, it’s here in Texas; and will save taxpayers millions of dollars in fuel costs.

Senate Bill 12 (SB 12) is a priority of mine because it will allow Texas to become a leader in natural gas vehicles while strengthening our economy.


Natural Gas (SB 12) press conference


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ICYMI: Texas Lieutenant Governor Official Website Launched

Our official website is up and running and ready to provide you with the very latest information about the work we’re doing during this legislative session.

I invite you to visit often, and to bookmark the website address, at https://ltgweb/.

You will be able to access the following:

  • regular video updates about the progress we’re making during this 84th legislative session,
  • locate easy navigational tools to assist you in checking out our latest press releases, news articles, legislative priorities and social media updates,
  • and contact my office directly to share your thoughts and ideas.



God Bless Texas,


“Whomever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.”

Matthew 20:26 (NLT)