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2001
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ELECTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

As a Republican, Representative Kolkhorst served in the minority party during this session. Redistricting was the main battle and she worked with fellow Republicans to create a redis-tricting map reflective of the state. This map led to the first Republican held Texas House since Reconstruction in 2003

-Provided critical tax relief with House Bill 2505, raising the small business tax exemption to $1 million.
2003
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ENACTED ZERO BASED BUDGETING

Served on House Appropriations Committee where she helped construct a zero-based budget, cutting $9 billion-plus in government spending and crafting a fiscally conservative budget without raising taxes. That year, the state faced a revenue shortfall of nearly $10 billion, which was solved thanks to the first zero-based budget in decades.
2003
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PROMOTED TORT REFORM – (HB 4)

Kolkhorst co-authored HB 4, a major tort reform bill and one of the most important pieces of pro-business legislation in recent Texas history. The bill allowed Texas to create the strongest business economy in the US by offering badly-needed protections from frivolous lawsuits.
2003
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PROTECTED THE UNBORN – (HB 15)

Kolkhorst co-authored HB 15, the Woman’s Right to Know Act, which prohibited anyone from performing abortions except physicians licensed to practice medicine in Texas. The law also prohibited abortions after week 16 from being done anywhere except in licensed ambulatory center or hospital. The bill required "informed consent" 24-hours prior to an abortion among other new restrictions.
2003
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DEFENDED TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

Kolkhorst co-authored the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage in Texas as a union between man and woman.
2003
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OPPOSED UNFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICT MANDATES (HB 2342)

She wrote HB 2342 in 2003 to remove burdensome state regulations and mandates on our local schools, to stop the kind of bureaucratic education administration that drives up property taxes and keeps teachers from actually teaching.
2005
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ORIGINATED VOTER I.D. (HB 1402)

To protect Texas and American sovereignty, she’s written legislation to require that voters show identification, to make sure only US citizens can vote in our elections. Led the fight to demand Voter ID in Texas, pioneering the idea by writing one of the state's first voter ID bills.
2005
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CRACKED DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT MARRIAGE SCAMS (HB 858)

Kolkhorst authored a bill (HB 858) that prevents absentee applicants from obtaining fraudulent marriage licenses by requiring at least one applicant be present at the county clerks office. This law prevents people from entering the country through false marriage licenses.
2007
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FIGHTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION (HB 1196)

Wrote and passed HB 1196, a well-known crack down on businesses who hire illegal immi-grants. Her idea has been one of the only immigration reform bills to pass the Texas Legislature in recent years. The law requires that any employer receiving a public subsidy must return every penny of the money to taxpayers if they are found guilty of hiring illegal immigrants. The law received statewide praise and the endorsement of the Texas Conservative Coalition among others.
2007
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SHINING A LIGHT ON BIG GOVERNMENT SPENDERS (HB 3430)

To help Texans see how their dollars are really spent, Lois co-wrote a law (HB 3430) to open the books on state spending, requiring that state expenditures at every state agency be posted online for the public. She has also supported efforts to make sure our school districts post their checkbooks online so that taxpayers can see where their money was spent.
2007
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FOUGHT TO LOWER OUR LOCAL TAXES (HB 730)

To empower local taxpayers, Kolkhorst wrote and passed a bill (HB 730) to give any opponents to a local tax increase more time and tools to petition their municipalities, counties, and local governments. Her bill made it easier to demand a public vote before the local government can issue more local bonded debts.
2007
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LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST THE TRANS-TEXAS CORRIDOR

After attempting to kill the Trans-Texas Corridor in 2005, Kolkhorst authored amendments to HB 1892 and SB 792 in 2007 that created a moratorium on private equity funding in Texas highways. These amendments are historically recognized as killing the TTC. She became a national figure due to her effort, and was featured in media across the country where she spoke out about the perils of the TTC.
2007
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BROUGHT THE BIBLE BACK IN SCHOOLS (HB 1287)

Co-wrote and helped to pass HB 1287, which allowed our Texas public schools to offer elec-tive Bible classes, and permitted the Bible to be used as a textbook for such courses, if so desired.
2007
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FOUGHT FOR CONSERVATIVE HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS (HB 4471)

Long before she led the fight against Obamacare, she was offering real solutions instead of tired rhetoric. With the passage of her HB 4471, she filled an estimated shortage of 22,000 nurses across Texas. the bill also resulted in the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program. More recently she was the sponsor for SB 406 in 2013, to cut down on government oversight between physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses in Texas. This has cut down on over-regulation and improved the lives of patients, by removing barriers that prevented physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses from working together. This new idea has given us safe and effective care for Texas.
2007
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INSERTED “GOD” IN THE TEXAS PLEDGE (HB 1034)

Kolkhorst co-authored and proudly helped pass HB 1034 to add the phrase “one state, under God” into the Texas Pledge of Allegiance.
2007
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FOUGHT TO CAP STATE SPENDING (HJR 53)

Kolkhorst co-authored a constitutional amendment (HJR 53) with her colleague Ken Paxton to limit state spending to a formula of growth of population and inflation. Although this has yet pass, she has led on this issue and will continue to fight until it is enacted.
2007
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EXPANDED OUR GUN RIGHTS (SB 378)

Co-sponsored and passed the Castle Doctrine – (SB 378) that expanded the justification for use of force or deadly force in self-defense beyond the home to apply to vehicles, work places and businesses and amends the duty of a person to retreat. This law has allowed people to defend themselves without fear of civil liability.
2009
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STOOD UP FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS AND PARENTS (HB 1259)

She worked with the Texas Retired Teacher Association to pass HB 1259, adding safeguards to protect the multi-billion dollar Teacher Retirement System fund. The bill slammed the door on insider deals, and has helped avoid conflicts of interest by requiring that the Attorney General approve the hiring of any outside legal counsel being considered to oversee fiduciary and ethics decisions at the pension fund.
2009
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PUSHED HARD FOR BUSINESS TAX RELIEF

Lois wrote a strong tax relief bill of her own in 2009 (HB 2505) to raise the small business exemption to $1 million. This idea was later included in a larger franchise tax reform bill.
2009
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PROTECTED OUR PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS (HB768)

Authored and passed legislation (HB 768) along with Senator Glenn Hegar, to finally remove an archaic Texas law that had been allowing the use eminent domain by county commissioners court without due process.
2009
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OPPOSED LIBERAL REVISIONIST HISTORY (HB 2746)

To protect against historical revisionists, she wrote HB 2746 in 2009, co-authored by her friend Ken Paxton, to create a School of Ethics, Western Civilization, and American Traditions in Texas which could promote "American Exceptionalism" and fight the radical left's attempted takeover of colleges and turn our children against capitalism, religious values and constitutional freedoms.
2009
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TIED THE HANDS OF LIBERAL PROFESSORS (HB 2504)

To empower college students (and parents who might pay the tuition) she wrote and passed HB 2504, which achieved national attention on Fox News. The bill has seen that public universities actually list every course syllabus online so that Texans can see what is being taught in our taxpayer-funded public universities. The bill was supported by the Young Conservatives of Texas but of course was opposed by many radical liberal professors. Her idea has helped push national calls to curb our nation's bloated student debt loads, and has ushered in the idea of our university students being respected as informed consumers, instead of cash cows. Her conservative policy has given more purchasing information to students, potential students, parents and taxpayers.
2009
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PROTECTED OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES (HB 2730)

She passed HB 2730, and enacted major reforms for a scandal-plagued Department of Public Safety. Her efforts brought new tools to help our state's law enforcement agency, while balancing the needs for civil liberties. On the heels of management turmoil following two executive directors stepping down within a year, her idea to create a new Inspector General role to "watch the watchers" has been widely praised. Her bill also reduced the red-tape involved for many Texans applying for a concealed handgun license.
2009
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A FRIEND TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS (HB 1865/SB1163)

She toughened the laws against cattle rustling and earned the support of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers and Texas Farm Bureau. Her bill increased the criminal penalties for the theft of cattle, horses, exotic livestock, exotic fowl, sheep, swine, or goats. She has also fought hard to protect agriculture exemptions on property taxes that save family farms and ranches.
2009
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FOUGHT FOR LOWER PROPERTY TAXES (HB 8, HB 3613)

She helped pass HB 8 and HB 3613 which have protected property taxpayers from aggressive re-evaluations. Despite passing landmark legislation to cut school property taxes, Lois continued to fight to reign in aggressive appraisals and she has frequently fought to see that statewide property tax cuts cannot be eroded by local appraisal offices.
2009
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PROTECTING LIFE (SB 73)

Worked with majority of the pro-life community to sponsor the House version of SB 73 in 2009, to establish an adult stem cell research program. Her efforts have guided Texas away from the culture of death encouraged by embryonic stem cell research in other states.
2011
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FIGHTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION (HB 1455)

She achieved national attention on Fox News when she wrote HB 1455 as a wake-up call to Congress. When the Federal government's immigration officers refused to accept illegal immigrants who had been arrested by local and state police in her area, her bill called for local law enforcement to release an arrested illegal immigrant into the nearest office of any US Congressman.
2011
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PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS TO PRIVACY (HB 300)

She passed a new national privacy standard with HB 300, to prevent you and your family's private medical records from being sold by healthcare providers without your knowledge.
2011
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PROTECTING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES (HB 1455)

Kolkhorst was an original joint-author of HB 1455, the famous "TSA Groping Bill" to reject insulting federal searches at our airports. She has continued to support legislation that protects citizens against groping by TSA agents.
2011
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PROTECTING OUR SOVEREIGNTY (HB 1129)

Passed legislation to require the Texas Attorney General to investigate whether international groups like the United Nations are undermining Texas laws. Her idea was born during then-solicitor general Ted Cruz's historic fight to protect the Texas death penalty from attacks by the World Court. Her bill clarified the state's sovereignty against threats to overturn our laws by unelected international groups like the UN or the World Court.
2013
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FIGHTING GOVERNMENT INTRUSION (HB 915)

Kolkhorst fought against the forced over-medication of children in our state's foster care system. Her effort received praise and statewide recognition from CASA for her efforts to reign in the out-of-control CPS system that forcibly drugged children against their will.
2013
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PROTECTING THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED (SB 303)

She stood up to SB 303, a controversial proposal in 2013 to revise the difficult decisions we make at the end of a person's life. The bill was opposed by many pro-life Texans, including Texas Right to Life. While this dangerous idea passed the Senate and was almost passed into law, Kolkhorst used her role as Chair of the House Committee to ensure that all of our state's pro-life voices were finally heard and respected, leading to the bill's collapse.
2013
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SHINED LIGHT ON POLITICAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST (HB 524)

Championed several transparency and ethics reforms, including HB 524, to toughen the personal financial statements of politicians, so we shine a light on any conflicts of interest due to a contract with governmental entities. This bill would require state lawmakers to publish any government contracts they (or their family members had) with government entities in Texas.
2013
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LED BATTLE AGAINST IMPLEMENTING OBAMACARE

She stood up to President Obama's efforts to implement Obamacare in Texas. As Chair of the House Committee on Public Health she led the successful fight to reject a massive expansion of Medicaid in Texas, as requested last year as a key provision in Obamacare. Two dozen other states have followed the lead of Texas and have refused to implement this federal expansion. Also passed landmark legislation to turn healthcare decisions back over to each state. With her authorship of a healthcare compact, nearly a dozen other conservative states have joined Texas rejecting Obamacare and handing control back over to individual states.
2013
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REDUCED STANDARDIZED TESTING (HB 5)

Kolkhorst helped write HB 5 in 2013, to cut down on the standardized tests being pushed in our schools. She has been fighting for more local control and less regulations for over a decade.
2013
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KEPT CHRISTMAS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (HB 308)

Worked with her colleague Rep. Dwayne Bohac to pass his "Merry Christmas Law" so we can guarantee the freedom of our children, teachers, parents, and school administrators to acknowledge Christmas on school grounds without fear of censorship, persecution or litigation.
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