Rep. Drew Springer Files Two Bills on First Day of Filing

Austin, Texas - Today, State Representative Drew Springer of House District 68 filed two bills that exemplify the common-sense approach to government that HD 68 citizens expect. These bills will help those that truly need help and prevent others from taking advantage of programs for those in need.

HB 285 prevents single, non-disabled freeloaders from taking advantage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; i.e., food stamps). The legislation keeps the program fiscally healthy and available for those in need by requiring non-disabled, single individuals to work or receive workforce training a minimum of 20 hours a week to qualify for SNAP benefits.

HB 291 helps those with disabilities by holding local governments accountable for enforcing the law that has been in existence for over 25 years. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires new construction and remodeling of public buildings to be accessible to disabled individuals. However, many local governments in Texas have failed to enforce this law, which results in inaccessible buildings or expensive construction modifications by building owners.

When discussing this legislation, Rep. Springer stated, “Although the SNAP program is beneficial to those with a true need, it inadvertently breeds greater dependence on the government. Implementing a work requirement ensures that the SNAP program remain financially viable for those that are truly in need, like an elderly grandmother, by removing freeloaders like her 28-year-old grandson living in her basement.”

Rep. Springer added, “Ensuring buildings are ADA compliant before completion helps owners, architects, and builders to meet standards and make public buildings accessible to all citizens.”

Rep. Springer will serve his fourth session in the Texas House when the next legislative session begins Jan. 8, 2019. He currently serves as vice chairman for the House Committee on County Affairs and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax policy for the State of Texas.

Feel free to email Rep. Springer directly at District68.Springer@house.Texas.gov with questions or concerns.

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