State Rep. Morrison speaks at Community Leaders’ Meeting

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

State Representative Geanie Morrison offered a look into the Texas Legislature’s upcoming session at the Nov. 2 Cuero Development Corporation Community Leaders’ Meeting. Currently serving her 10th term in the Texas Legislature, Morrison’s District has always included DeWitt County.

Since their last session, the 85th, Morrison has continued to study issues not finished with transportation, higher education and ports, innovation and infrastructure being her committees.

In DeWitt County, a new airport and county roads are two of the main issues being discussed.

“We need to come up with a permanent way to help,” Morrison said.

Some of the oil offices that were in this region during the Eagleford Shale boom have since closed with some relocating to the Permian Basin.

Morrison noted there are 1,000 new people in the state each day.

“It’s great that we’re booming, but we have to deal with that,” she said.

This District, which stretches to Aransas County, is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, which remains a concern to the State Legislature.

“It’s starting to turn around, but it’s going to be a long road,” Morrison said.

Another major concern in DeWitt County is the 11 cent increase in property taxes. Morrison, who has a passion for higher education, noted the need to fix public school finance.

Since the last legislative session, Morrison was also appointed to the Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding. She has also served as the chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation, the House Committee on Elections, the House Committee on Insurance, the House Committee on Appropriations, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and as vice-chair of the House Committee on Human Services.

Their next session starts in January with a new Speaker being elected for the first time since 2009 with Joe Straus retiring.

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