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Texas House, District 95

The Texas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Texas Legislatures, composed of 150 members elected from single-member districts. The Texas House of Representatives create and consider legislation and proposed constitutional amendments. All bills for raising revenue and appropriating funds for the operation of the Texas government must originate in the Texas House. Representatives are elected every two years.

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  • Joshua G. Burns
    (L)

  • Nicole Collier
    (Dem)

  • Stephen A. West
    (Rep)

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EDUCATION: What changes, if any, should be made to public education and its funding in Texas? What is your rationale for the change(s)?

ECONOMY: What state policies/legislation would you support to help Texas residents improve their economic positions? Why?

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT: How would you balance the development of energy sources with environmental concerns?

HEALTH CARE: What changes in state policy/legislation, if any, are needed to increase availability of affordable health care for Texas residents? If none, please explain.

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of the Texas Legislature, and what is your position on these issues?

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Phone (817) 330-9504
Website www.votenicolecollier.com
Occupation Attorney
Education Bachelors of Science, Political Science, University of Houston Juris Doctorate, Texas Wesleyan University (now Texas A&M University School of Law)
Experience 6 years of public service
We need to look at re-configuring the current financing mechanism because it is not working. Texas continues to grow in population and we have relied too heavily on property taxes as a source of funding for our public education system; which has proven to be insufficient. Moreover, raising local property taxes to compensate for the state’s reduction in its constitutionally mandated obligation to provide a public education is not the answer and should not be a burden shouldered by taxpayers. We must look for common-sense solutions and the House version of HB21 filed during the 85th Regular Session was a start.
I listen to the people I represent and use my own personal experiences as I navigate my way through various policies that come before the House. As a single mother of two children by the age of 18, I came to realize that it was important for me to finish high school so I could find a job that would pay the bills to provide a home for my family. However, I also knew it was important to take care of my health and that of my children. Once I realized that the job I had would not get me to where I wanted to be, I continued my education. I believe we all have similar values: to care for ourselves and our loved ones. So I file and support bills that provide for earned paid leave like HB3483, expand access to affordable healthcare and affordable housing, eliminate zombie debt, expunge criminal records, and promote fair wages.
I will continue to encourage the development and implementation of clean, renewable sources of energy in Texas such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower. I remain committed to ensuring that industry standards are followed and bad actors are held accountable.
Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Healthcare would have increased affordable healthcare for Texas residents. Ensuring that the 1115 Waiver Program is fulfilled will provide access to affordable healthcare and innovative programs are implemented within the communities where we live. Improving the Healthy Texas Women's program and reinstating Planned Parenthood as a provider will increase access to affordable health care as well.
Last session we saw more than 6600 bills filed yet only 1200 or so made it to the Governor's desk and 51 of them were vetoed. Some would argue that they were all pressing. However, bills that deal with public school finance, teacher retirement, school safety, testing for lead in the potable water systems of public schools, improving health outcomes, providing livable wages, having access to earned paid leave, maintaining local control, safeguarding the environment, and ensuring consumer protection are just a few of the issues in my opinion, that deserve consideration during the 140 days of the next legislative session.
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