The Public Affairs Council and the Legislative Committee held a joint meeting last week with Representative Trey Martinez Fischer. As he leaves his seat representing TX District 116, Fischer wanted to stress the importance of Chamber members’ continuing advocacy efforts at the State Capitol. He specifically highlighted the Chamber’s biennial ¡Viva San Antonio! trip stressing that one-on-one meetings play a vital role in pushing San Antonio’s business and community leaders’ priorities forward.
Martinez Fischer showcased the Chamber’s history of success by referencing the increase to the General Land Office’s budget by $25 million for the Alamo Plaza Master Plan. He also discussed the passage of the Hemisfair Bill in 2013, which allowed the city to control Hemisfair park’s redevelopment. Both bills have been instrumental in the redevelopment of downtown. He urges the Chamber to “put our foot on the gas,” and to “go advocate for important issues like these”.
Martinez Fischer touched on various other issues expected to come up this legislative session, including the bathroom bill, local control and public education. He encourages the Chamber to stay informed and continue strengthening our relationship with leadership in the legislature.
While in office, Trey Martinez Fisher was active in restoring education with his negotiations on the state budget that resulted in a $3.9 billion increase in education funding. Martinez Fischer also authored job creation bills, which included HB 3727 and the Boeing Bill which brought hundreds of high paying manufacturing jobs to San Antonio.
Representative Martinez Fischer served on the Natural Resources and Ways and Means Committees as well as the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations. He was also chosen by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to serve on the Select Committee on Redistricting during the first called special session of the 83rd Legislature.