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Chamber hosts newly-elected Senator Pete Flores

The newest State Senator from the Bexar County Delegation, Peter Flores (R-TX), joined the Chamber’s Public Policy Council on Tuesday to talk about his priorities for the upcoming 86th Texas Legislature.

During the meeting, Senator Flores made it clear to the business and community leaders in the room that “he will be a friend to the business community.” As a conservative Republican, Flores believes that additional regulations on business stifle growth, reduce profits and prevent businesses from adding jobs. He also made clear his opposition to the paid sick leave ordinance passed by San Antonio City Council in August and committed to work to preempt the ordinance in the legislature.

Flores’ top issue going into the legislative session is property tax reform. Flores believes the appraisal process is “not fair and equitable” and wants to change it by creating uniformity across all 254 counties. He also touched on the need for additional oversight of the appraisal process.

Public safety and infrastructure are some other top priorities for the new senator. The economic driver of Senate District 19 is the oil and gas industry, and Flores wants to build the infrastructure needed to support the oil and gas boom in Texas. More importantly, with nearly 30 years in law enforcement, he wants to ensure we adequately fund and support public safety in Texas.

Senator Flores concluded his remarks with a pledge to Chamber members that he will work with both sides of the aisle on every issue and ensure Texas maintains a pro-business environment.

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