Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Promises about Legal Issues on Perry-O-Meter

Seek constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds vote of Legislature to raise taxes

Will seek a "constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to increase state taxes."

Purge unneeded laws and regulations that stifle entrepreneurs

Pave "the way for ongoing job growth by purging unnecessary laws and regulations that stifle Texas entrepreneurs."

Will work for constitutional amendment limiting growth in budget to changes in population and inflation combined

Will promote a constitutional amendment to "require the Legislature to limit growth in the state budget to no more than growth in population and inflation combined."

Designate eminent-domain reform as an emergency for 2011 Legislature

"...we are going to designate it an emergency issue so it doesn’t get bogged down in any of the last-days-of-the-session type of a problem."

Sign eminent-domain reform into law before end of 2011 legislative session

Have an eminent-domain "bill ready and probably passed and signed well before the legislative session is over."

Let Texas judges dismiss frivolous lawsuits

“If a lawsuit is frivolous, Texas judges should be able to dismiss the case immediately before the legal bills pile up.”

Require the legislature to say when it creates a new cause of action in statute

Require “the legislature to explicitly state when they are creating a new cause of action in statute, forcing courts to read statutes strictly and providing only those rights and remedies the legislature intended.”

Increase access to courts for legitimate claims

Make the court system “more accessible to Texans with legitimate claims without the incurred costs associated with drawn out trials. Lawsuits with claims between $10,000 and $100,000 should have expedited trial settings and limited discovery in order to get litigants in and out of court quickly and allow swifter recovery for damages.”

Make “losers” pay for frivolous lawsuits

“If a court determines that a lawsuit is groundless or a jury determines a suit is frivolous, then the plaintiff should be required to pay the defendant’s attorney's fees.”