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Texas House of Representatives Gavel Out "Sine Dine" After Historically Successful Legislative Session  print page

by: Rep. Leach, Jeff
05/27/2019

AUSTIN – Today, upon concluding its work during the 140th and final day of the 86th Legislature, the Texas House of Representatives gaveled out "Sine Die," a Latin phrase meaning "adjourned with no appointed date for resumption." From the Capitol, Representative Leach issued the following statement:

"As we prepare to come home to our families and spend time in our community to live and work under the laws we created, I can say without question that the 86th Legislative Session has been the most productive and meaningful legislative session I have been a part of since taking the oath of office for the first time in 2013. Under the leadership of Governor Abbott, Speaker Bonnen and Lieutenant Governor Patrick, the House and Senate came together and tackled the fundamental priorities of the state – including a generational investment in public education, meaningful property tax reform, a constitutional ban on a state income tax, safeguards to protect innocent life, protections for religious liberty, support for our law enforcement, and landmark protections for victims of human trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

I am grateful to Speaker Bonnen for entrusting me to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, and I am proud of my colleagues on this committee for their hard work and diligence as we thoughtfully deliberated countless pieces of legislation to make the Texas civil justice system the strongest in the Nation. Specifically, we gave our state judges and district attorneys a much-needed pay raise without raising legislative pensions, bolstered our judiciary with the creation of 17 courts throughout the state, and implemented various reforms to improve access to courts and consolidate court fees to promote fairness and transparency. Importantly, we adopted some of the boldest free-speech protections in the nation with legislation adding much needed provisions to strengthen and clarify the Texas Citizens Participation Act.

All in all, I am incredibly proud of the work we accomplished, together, for the Texans of today and the future Texans of tomorrow. Now, I look forward to coming home and spending time with my family, our neighbors and entire community, and continuing our collective work to ensure that Texas remains the best place to live, work and raise a family."

Born and raised in Plano, Representative Leach graduated from Plano Senior High School before attending Baylor University. He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and currently practices at the Texas law firm of Gray, Reed & McGraw LLP. Most recently, Leach was selected by Speaker Dennis Bonnen to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, and was named to serve on the House Committee on Pensions, Investments & Financial Services and the House Committee on Redistricting. Leach was recently selected by Speaker Bonnen to serve as the House appointee to the State Preservation Board, and he currently serves as a Legislative Member of the Texas Judicial Council. Jeff and his wife Becky, a writer, speaker and artist, are the proud parents of Brady (age 11), Charlotte (age 8) and Landry (age 4). They are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.

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