House Representative Ken King spoke at the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s luncheon on Wednesday about the 83rd legislative session and his plans for the new year.
After the primary election in March, in which King is running unopposed, he plans to get right to work on his new foundation for ovarian cancer, KK125. King lost his mother to the disease, known as the silent killer, last year and is setting out through this program to raise awareness.
Through this foundation, King is pushing for the CA 125 test to be paid for by insurance companies. This blood test detects ovarian cancer sooner than any other, as most women do not find out they have the disease until they are already in stage four, but in order to have the test done, it must currently be paid for out of pocket.
King also explained the process of passing a bill in Texas. “First you have to have an idea and submit it to the legislative council and they put it into legal terms,” he said. King also said that once the idea is put into legal terms, it has to be read over carefully to make sure its intended meaning is stated. After the bill is fine-tuned, it is referred to the House and sent off.
The person looking to get the bill passed then must hunt it down and ask for a hearing and get votes from a committee then the bill goes to the calendars committee and it stays there for a set period of time. House bills and Senate bills each have different time periods for the calendars committee and the schedule rotates.
King said that the process is long and it’s designed to kill bills because over 7,000 are filed annually. “There aren’t 7,000 good ideas in Texas,” King joked. He personally filed 11 bills, pulled down two of them, and got seven passed.
Among these was House Bill 1926, which changed education codes and provided more online opportunities for students to take courses that may not be offered at their school and lowered the graduation requirement from 15 exams to five.
King gives much of the credit for his success over the past year to his staff, namely, his District Coordinator Julie Culver among others. He joked that he hires well and plays well with others.
He explained the spending of the rainy day fund as well and why this fund is important to spend and keep it under the $10 million cap. King mentioned that all the money that goes into the fund after the cap has been reached can be spent without any approval.
The money comes into this fund from oil and gas production, and King said he would like to spend enough to stay under the cap so it’s guaranteed to be put to good use.
When asked about the upcoming election for governor and who he hopes will win, King said he favors Abbott. “I don’t agree with Davis’s politics, but she works hard and I think she’ll put up a good fight,” he said. For more information on Representative Ken King visit www.kingfortexas.com.
Also present at the luncheon was Jeff Frazier. Frazier came to campaign for Senator Glenn Hegar, stating that he recently got pro-life House Bill 2 passed. This is the largest pro-life bill in the nation and in passing it, Lubbock closed its last Planned Parenthood and abortion clinic and opened an adoption center in its place. For more information on Hegar visit www.hegar.senate.state.tx.us.
The original article is featured on The Pampa News web site and the article and photo are by Lindsey Tomaschik.