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Texas Conservative Roundtable Lone Star Conservative Leader Award
Texas Municipal Police Association Champion of the Year
Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas “Best of the House” Legislative Award
Dallas Police Association Rookie of the Year
Texas Advocacy Project Vision Award
ASPCA Freshman of the Year Award
Capitol Inside “Best Freshmen Legislators”
Dallas Morning News “Best of Dallas-area´s freshman class in Texas House”
Texas Observer “Legislators to Watch”
Dallas Observer “30 Most Interesting People”
WFAA “Sparkler Award”
Erring on the side of quality over quantity, in the 83rd Legislative Session, Rep. Villalba filed substantive legislation that would have a demonstrable effect on state policy. He focused his support on legislation that would address critical infrastructure issues such as education, water, and transportation, while eschewing superficial legislation filed for political grandstanding purposes.
Legislation authored and sponsored:
HB 1009: HB 1009 presents major legislation that creates a new subset of law enforcement officer, called School Marshals, who will serve as the last line of defense should an armed attacker threaten the lives of children in public schools. The School Marshal program will be optional – providing for a rigorous standard of training and certification to expand law enforcement into schools – should a school district choose to participate. Rep. Villalba worked closely with law enforcement and school groups such as Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), and many others to develop a plan that is narrow, tailored, reasonable, and responsive to a serious challenge facing Texas and the nation. The legislation was widely hailed by those in the media as a reasoned and thoughtful plan to protect children in schools without the resources to hire full-time SROs or law enforcement. The Dallas Morning News wrote not just one, but two editorials in support of the legislation:
April 16, 2013: Middle ground between arming teachers and banning guns from schools
May 6, 2013: State Senate should ignore most of House’s gun bills
HB 2823/ SB 1756: HB 2823/SB1759 presents pro-business legislation requiring the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to develop a program to expedite the processing of permits, amendments, registrations, or variances for expedited air permit reviews for the Air Permits Division. As a result of this new legislation, applicants would be able to request expedited permit processing, which would be granted if TCEQ determines that the project would benefit the local or state economy. The bill also requires that a permit issued under the expedited application process would need to meet all applicable federal, statutory, and regulatory requirements.
HB 2051: HB 2051 presents legislation enabling Texas universities to accept convertible notes in order to expedite licensing and commercialization of their intellectual property. Texas universities can currently contribute intellectual property or make cash investments in newly created companies in the form of an equity investment; however, this process can stifle early-stage investment because many early-stage investments are effected in the form of loans. Convertible notes are a useful investment tool in the entrepreneurial industry because their use delays the difficult task of assigning a valuation to the newly-created company.
HB 2977: HB 2977 presents legislation that would have required the TEA to establish a framework for school districts to use in evaluating teachers that would have included objective measures of performance and provided the feedback necessary for teachers to identify performance deficiencies, which enables educators to improve performance and develop their talents. This would have included pairing teachers with mentors and help them create career development plans. The plan was endorsed by many education reform groups, such as Educate Texas and the Texas Teaching Commission, and the Dallas Morning News’ Editorial Columnist, Bill McKenzie.
HB 1166/SB 686: HB 1166/SB686 presents legislation simplifying the name of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), thus clarifying its regulatory authority and dismissing the common misconception that it simply facilitates training and standards. The 43 page bill also served as a clean-up vehicle for numerous other corrections of mislabeled agencies throughout 11 different Texas Government Codes.
SB 662: HB 662 adds a representative from ERCOT and the Public Utility Commission of Texas to the Drought Preparedness Council to advise on issues relating to the impact of drought on electric generating capacity .
SB 699: HB 699 eliminates the Secretary of State’s requirement that an entity registered address be included when filing an assumed name certificate by clarifying that only the street or mailing address of the principal office inside or outside of Texas is required.
SB 1033: HB 1033 presents The Texas Trademark Act, contained in the Texas Business and Commerce Code, was intended to make state law more consistent with the Lanham Act, which governs federal trademark law. SB 1003 amends the Business and Commerce Code to prohibit a trade name from being registered as a trademark or service mark unless it is also a service mark or trademark, and to allow for the renewal of a mark during the 180 days preceding its expiration.
Rep. Villalba also worked on numerous other issues that he will undoubtedly focus more on next session. He became an advocate for legislation to combat the growing epidemic of domestic violence. He authored one bill and joint-authored four others intended to increase awareness of domestic violence perpetrators, require mandatory jail time and increase offense levels and penalties for repeat offenders.
He also became interested in working to clean up the Election Code, especially pertaining to campaign contributions and expenditures. Rep. Villalba plans to use the interim to increase his knowledge of these and other issues and to draft legislation that will improve the lives of Texans as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of our state government.