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September 26, 2017

Briscoe Cain Campaign: Rep. Briscoe Cain Releases Statement Following Harris County Republican Party "No Confidence" Resolution towards Speaker Straus

On the evening of Monday September 25th, the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee passed a resolution of “No Confidence” in Speaker Joe Straus. In response to the action taken at the meeting, Rep. Briscoe Cain stated, “I am glad to see Republicans in our county stand up for the party platform and our shared conservative priorities.

From Briscoe Cain Campaign

September 28, 2017

Candy Noble Campaign: Candy Noble Announces for State Rep; Unveils Major Support

Conservative Republican Candy Noble today announced plans to run for State Representative in House District 89, launching her campaign with support from over 275 citizens and prominent conservative leaders from throughout the district, Collin County, and North Texas.

From Candy Noble Campaign

October 5, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: The Consequences of Underfunding our Public Schools

When Texas lawmakers cut funding to public education, students from low-income households and those in need of additional support lost the most. This is according to a landmark new analysis from CPPP, the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium and the University of Texas at Austin.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

October 2, 2017

Charlie Geren Campaign: Geren Announces He Will Seek Re-Election

Republican Texas State Representative Charlie Geren today announced that he will seek re-election to House District 99 in Tarrant County. The district is made up of western Fort Worth, Saginaw, Blue Mound, Sansom Park, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Azle, Pelican Bay, Westworth Village, Westover Hills, and White Settlement.

From Charlie Geren Campaign

September 22, 2017

Cover Texas Now!: Texas Groups Slam New Trumpcare Bill as Senate Prepares to Vote

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill, Texas advocates for children, families, patients, and consumers expressed their strong opposition to the bill.

From Cover Texas Now!

September 25, 2017

Cynthia Flores Campaign: Flores Formally Announces Republican Candidacy for Texas Legislature

Long-time community service professional Cynthia Flores today formally announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination in Texas House District 52 to replace Rep. Larry Gonzales, who recently announced his retirement.

From Cynthia Flores Campaign

September 25, 2017

Elliott McFadden Campaign: Travis County Judge Eckhardt, former Senator Barrientos endorse McFadden

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and former State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos endorsed Elliott McFadden for U.S. Congress, calling for new leadership who will stand up for Central Texans in the 21st Congressional District against the Texas Republicans and the Trump Administration’s attacks on local control.

From Elliott McFadden Campaign

October 13, 2017

Environment Texas: Luminant To Close Two More Coal Plants

Just a week after announcing closure of its Monticello coal-fired power planting, Texas electric generator Luminant announced today planned closures of its Big Brown and Sandow coal plants, as well as their Three Oaks coal mine. Those plants have a combined electric capacity of 2,300 megawatts.

From Environment Texas

October 12, 2017

Environment Texas: Texas Celebrates 5 Years of Cleaner Cars While Trump Administration Attacks Program

With the help of a fiddler, balloons, cake, and electric cars, Texas elected officials and community leaders will say “Happy 5th birthday, Clean Car Standards!” on Thursday, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Obama Administration’s Clean Car Standards.

From Environment Texas

October 6, 2017

Environment Texas: One of Texas' Dirtiest Power Plants to Close

Citing the poor economics of coal, Texas electric generator Luminant announced this morning plans to retire its 1800 MW Monticello coal burning power plant in January. The forty year old Monticello plant, at peak production one of Texas’ most polluting power plants, had run intermittently in recent years as the plant became less competitive with cleaner generation on the Texas electric grid.

From Environment Texas

September 28, 2017

Equal Justice Center: Local Coalition To Raise $50,000 To Cover DACA Application Fees Before October 5th Deadline

As the deadline for DACA renewal approaches, a coalition of local attorneys and other immigration supporters has created a fund at the Equal Justice Center to help local Dreamers cover the $495 renewal fee.

From Equal Justice Center

September 29, 2017

Equality PAC: Makes First 2018 Endorsement of a Non-Incumbent: Gina Oriz Jones (TX-23)

Equality PAC, a political action committee formed by leaders of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, announced today the PAC’s first endorsement of a non-incumbent candidate: Gina Ortiz Jones, who is running in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.

From Equality PAC

October 4, 2017

Friends of Texas Public Schools: Partners with Make Education a Priority

The Make Education a Priority board of directors recently voted unanimously to merge its campaign under the umbrella of the Friends of Texas Public Schools nonprofit organization. Bobby Rigues, an Aledo ISD school board trustee who founded Make Education a Priority in 2010, said he believes the two organizations are closely aligned in mission and vision.

From Friends of Texas Public Schools

September 22, 2017

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP: Chambers Latin America Ranks Gardere, Arena y Asociados Among Leading Tax Firms for 2018

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that its Mexico City office, Gardere, Arena y Asociados, is recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers Latin America for its work in tax.

From Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

October 18, 2017

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Cynthia Flores Endorsed by Hispanic Republicans of Texas For State Representative, District 52

Today, the Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC endorses Cynthia Flores for State Representative, District 52. She plans to succeed retiring State Representative Larry Gonzales. "We are sad to see that State Representative Larry Gonzales is retiring from the Texas House, but it's exciting to have Cynthia Flores running to fill the position.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

October 5, 2017

Homeland Security Committee: Passes Chairman McCaul's Border Security For America Act

Today the House Homeland Security Committee passed H.R. 3548, the Border Security For America Act, by a vote of 18-12. Introduced by Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and with 70 cosponsors, the landmark legislation will better protect our homeland by strengthening the security of our borders and ports of entry.

From Homeland Security Committee

September 29, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Response to Comments on Insurance Industry and Harvey

During a Texas Tribune event earlier today, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp, named by Governor Abbott to lead the state’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, commented that the insurance industry, specifically “agents”, were waiting on FEMA before paying insurance claims. Sharp said agents “should pay claims now!”

From Insurance Council of Texas

September 22, 2017

Jay Dean Campaign: Conservative State Rep. Jay Dean Announces For Re-Election

Following the completion of a successful circuit of town hall meetings and legislative updates throughout the community, Republican State Representative Jay Dean today announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, House District 7. The district covers Gregg and Upshur Counties.

From Jay Dean Campaign

September 26, 2017

Jay Hulings Campaign: Hulings Earns Support from Coalitions Fixing Washington Dysfunction

The Blue Dog Coalition and the New Dems Coalition have announced their support of former federal prosecutor Jay Hulings, Democratic candidate for Congress, District 23. The Blue Dog Coalition are leaders in Congress who are committed to bipartisanship in addition to pursuing fiscally-responsible policies, ensuring a strong national defense, and transcending party lines to do what’s best for the American people.

From Jay Hulings Campaign

October 9, 2017

Ken King Campaign: State Representative Ken King Announces For Re-Election

Conservative State Representative Ken King (R-Canadian) today announced he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in House District 88. The district covers Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Cochran, Donley, Gray, Hale, Hansford, Hemphill, Hockley, Lamb, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts, Swisher, and Yoakum counties.

From Ken King Campaign

October 10, 2017

Kyle Kacal Campaign: Representative Kyle Kacal Announces His Re-Election Campaign

Last week, in front of over 250 supporters at his campaign kick-off, State Representative Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) announced he would be running for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Kacal represents House District 12, which consists of Falls, Limestone, and Robertson Counties and large portions of Brazos and McLennan Counties.

From Kyle Kacal Campaign

October 13, 2017

Lyle Larson Campaign: Rep. Lyle Larson Announces For Re-Election

Following a successful 85th Legislative Session, Republican State Representative Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) today announced he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in House District 122. The district covers northern Bexar County.

From Lyle Larson Campaign

September 26, 2017

Lynn Stucky Campaign: Local Veterinarian Dr. Lynn Stucky to Seek Re-Election to Texas House

Local veterinarian and freshman State Representative Dr. Lynn Stucky has announced his intention to seek re-election to his seat in the Texas House after a successful and productive first session in the state legislature. Dr. Stucky passed 63% of the legislation that he authored, the highest passage rate of any member of the House.

From Lynn Stucky Campaign

October 12, 2017

MarySue Femath Campaign: Femath Announces Candidacy For Texas House, Dist. 75

Local El Pasoan and UTEP graduate, MarySue Femath announces her candidacy for District 75 in the upcoming Democratic Primary. MarySue was born and raised in El Paso’s Lower Valley. She is a graduate of Del Valle High School and UTEP with a double major in Accounting and Finance.

From MarySue Femath Campaign

September 25, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Fifth Circuit Court Continues to Block Most Dangerous Provisions of SB 4

The Fifth Circuit court continues to block the most egregious provisions of SB4, the ‘show me your papers’ legislation passed by the Texas Legislature. While limited portions of SB4 are now allowed to take effect, the court’s decision finds that the state cannot punish cities and counties for limiting their officers on immigration questioning and providing enforcement assistance to ICE.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

October 12, 2017

Mike Collier Campaign: ICYMI: Texas Lawmakers Find $2.4 Billion

In case you missed it, the Austin American Statesman reported on Tuesday that the Comptroller released the Certified Revenue Estimate reporting that Texas now has $2.4 billion more than we had back in January. [Austin American Statesman, October 10, 2017] Mike Collier, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas issued the following statement:

From Mike Collier Campaign

October 20, 2017

Mike Collier Campaign: VIDEO: Fixing the Texas School Funding and Property Tax Mess

Today, the Collier Campaign for Lt. Governor is releasing a video detailing why Texas property taxpayers have gotten a raw deal, how school districts are being hurt by bad policy, and what the candidate, Mike Collier, plans to do to fix the mess. Highlights from the video include the following quotes (starts at 9:16): “I’m their worst nightmare. I’m a democrat, and I’m an auditor.”

From Mike Collier Campaign

October 11, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Dismissal of Travel Ban Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss a major challenge to President Trump’s executive order temporarily pausing the entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from six terror-prone countries.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 20, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Opens Investigation into Several Debris Removal Companies in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

In connection with Rebuild Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton opened an investigation into a number of debris removal companies. Spurred by a referral from Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, the investigation is examining agreements between companies and local governments relating to professional debris removal efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 22, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Allow Implementation of Senate Bill 4

The Texas Office of the Attorney General today presented oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit for a stay of a district court order that blocked Senate Bill 4 from taking effect on September 1. The Legislature passed the measure earlier this year to set a statewide policy of cooperation with federal immigration authorities enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 17, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC's Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) awarded the Consumer Protection Division of his office its Partner Award in recognition of outstanding work to combat fraud and deception in the marketplace.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 18, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads Eight-State Coalition to Protect the Unborn

Leading an eight-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton yesterday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the federal government’s refusal to comply with an unlawfully-present minor alien’s request to have an abortion in Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 13, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 13-State Coalition Urging U.S. Senate Passage of a Bill to Curb Federal Government Overreach

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a West Virginia-led coalition of 13 state attorneys general in a letter exhorting Congress to curb the authority of federal agencies to arbitrarily create regulations.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 17, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Texas' Congressional Redistricting Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Texas’ congressional redistricting case and correct a U.S. District Court ruling from August that invalidated two of the state’s 36 congressional seats.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 10, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Must Not Become a Sanctuary State for Abortions

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with a U.S. District Court in San Francisco in defense of the federal government’s right to deny access to abortion services to an unlawfully-present minor alien in Texas. Immigration officials detained the unlawfully-present alien (“Doe”), who entered the U.S. without her parents, in a shelter funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Brownsville.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 10, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement On Texas Tech University's Fallen Officer

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement regarding last night's senseless murder of a Texas Tech University police officer: “Texans are shocked and saddened by the senseless murder of a courageous Texas Tech University police officer. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with this officer's family and the Texas Tech community today and in the days ahead.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 10, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Trump Administration's Repeal of the Unlawful Obama-Era Clean Power Plan

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to repeal the unlawful Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a job-killing regulation that Texas, West Virginia and 22 other states successfully challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 4, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Opinion: Law Enforcement Agencies Are Eligible for Prescription Drug That Helps Save Lives from Opiood Overdoses

Under the Texas Health and Safety Code, law enforcement agencies in Texas are authorized to receive prescriptions of an opioid antagonist – commonly the drug naloxone – that officers can use to treat opioid overdoses and protect themselves, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion released today.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 27, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Consumer Alert: Beware of Buying Flood-Damaged Vehicles in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Attorney General Ken Paxton today is advising any Texan considering a used car purchase to be wary of vehicles for sale that might have suffered flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. It’s estimated that between 500,000 and one million automobiles were submerged in floodwaters during the unprecedented disaster.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 28, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump's Nominations of Three Former Texas AG Staffers to the Fifth Circuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded President Trump’s nominations of former Texas Attorney General staffers Justice Don Willett, James C. Ho, and Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Attorney General Paxton also praised the selection of the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana, Kurt D. Engelhardt, to serve on the Fifth Circuit.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: 5th Circuit Sides with Texas on Senate Bill 4

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised a unanimous 3-to-0 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that allows Texas to enforce the core provisions of Senate Bill 4 while the state appeals a lower court ruling that blocked the law banning sanctuary cities from taking effect September 1.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 27, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Begins Accepting Sanctuary City Complaints

Following a court ruling yesterday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office is now enforcing Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), also known as the Texas sanctuary cities law. SB 4 protects Texans in two important ways.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 29, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Brief With 5th Circuit Defending the Constitutionality of Texas' Sanctuary Cities Law

Ahead of oral arguments scheduled for the week of November 6 on Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, outlining the many reasons it should overturn a lower court ruling that blocked Texas’ sanctuary cities law from taking effect on September 1.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Judge Upholds Texas Deer Breeding Rules

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised a state district court ruling that upholds rules regulating deer breeders, which the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) implemented to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer. Two deer breeders who challenged the rules were also ordered to pay the state $425,000 in attorneys’ fees.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 28, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Releases Interim Charges Targeting Hurricane Harvey Recovery & Rebuilding

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked the Texas Senate to study a series of interim legislative charges today directly related to issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey and the flooding aftermath.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 6, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Appointments to Texas Commission on Public School Finance

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced appointments to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Upon making the appointments Lt. Gov. Patrick said: "It was my priority to ensure that a School Finance Commission was established and I am proud this was finally accomplished in the recent special session.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 9, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Additional Appointments

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced appointments to the Task Force of Border Health Officials, the Joint Interim Committee to Study State Judicial Salaries and the Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 9, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Reiterates Support for Funding Adjustment for School Districts Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reiterated his support today for a proposal by Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath to adjust average daily attendance (ADA) funding for schools that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 6, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Appointments

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced appointments to the Cybersecurity Council, the Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity and the Joint Interim Committee on Disclosure of Emergency Call Information. Upon making the appointments Lt. Gov. Patrick said:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 20, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Congratulates the Texas Water Development Board for Providing Flood Mitigation Funding Assistance to Harris County

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the Texas Water Development Board’s announcement that it will award a $47 million no interest loan to Harris County Flood Control for improvements to Brays Bayou: “I want to congratulate the Texas Water Development Board for providing these flood control resources to Harris County.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 3, 2017

Phil Stephenson Campaign: Stephenson to Seek Re-Election to House District 85

Today, State Representative Phil Stephenson (R- District 85) announced he is seeking re-election to the Texas House. Stephenson, a Certified Public Accountant and the only practicing CPA in the Texas House, is a member of Ways and Means, a committee which handles tax policy.

From Phil Stephenson Campaign

October 18, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Huffines Announces Endorsement of Jackie Schlegel

Phillip Huffines, candidate for Texas Senate in District 8, announces the endorsement of Texans for Vaccine Choice Executive Director Jackie Schlegel: “There’s no bigger defender of our freedoms and liberties than Phillip Huffines,” said Jackie Schlegel. “Texans will

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

September 28, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Supports Bill to Deliver Immediate Tax Relief to Hurricane Victims

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) today voted for House-passage of the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (H.R. 3823), legislation that provides tax benefits and relief to individuals impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

From Representative Brian Babin

October 11, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez and Representative Cesar Blanco: Attend Joint Committee Hearing To Study A Coastal Barrier System Post-Hurricane Harvey

Today, Senator José Rodriguez and Representative César J. Blanco attended a Joint Committee Hearing in Galveston, Texas to study the feasibility of a coastal barrier system. Senator Rodriguez and Representative Blanco serve as members on the joint select committee of State Representatives and State Senators studying coastal barrier systems.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

September 25, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Parts Of Senate Bill 4 Will Take Effect Pending Court Proceedings

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of appeals granted a partial stay against the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas’s temporary injunction against Senate Bill 4, the ‘sanctuary city ban’ that has garnered international attention.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

October 4, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Calls For Interim Study On Mail-In Ballot Fraud & Redistricting

On Monday, October 2, 2017, Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) sent a letter to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) calling for him to set an interim charge for the House Committee on Elections to examine the mail-in ballot voting process and recommend ways to overhaul the system to make it less susceptible to fraud in a way that does not disenfranchise voters.

From Representative Eric Johnson

October 16, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Announces He Is Running For Re-election

On Monday, October 16, 2017, Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) announced that he is running for reelection to represent District 100 in the Texas House of Representatives. Representative Johnson was first elected to represent District 100 in 2010 at age 34.

From Representative Eric Johnson

October 2, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Statement on the tragedy in Las Vegas

"Early this morning, dozens of lives were lost and thousands were changed forever by the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Words are not nearly enough, but we pray those affected by this senseless tragedy are able to heal from the unimaginable pain they are experiencing today

From Representative Helen Giddings

October 2, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Issues Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has issued the following statement after news of the horrific mass shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas that has killed at least 50 people and injured more than 200:

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 27, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: U.S./Mexico Border is safer than Washington, D.C., according to new FBI Data

Today, Congressman Cuellar released the latest FBI Crime Data showing that despite the narrative and rhetoric, violent crime rates in border cities are significantly less compared to the violent crime rate in other major American cities.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 28, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Announces the Passage of Tax Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar, co-chairman of the bi-partisan Hurricane Harvey Congressional Task Force, along with fellow co-chairman Rep. Joe Barton, announced the House passage of the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

October 12, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on the Final Round of NAFTA Renegotiation

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has issued the following statement regarding the last round of negotiations talks as it pertains to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “The latest round of NAFTA re-negotiations represents a real opportunity for the Trump Administration to make meaningful progress in essential negotiations.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

October 13, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on President Trump's Decision Not to Recertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he would not recertify Iran’s compliance with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): “Yet again, President Trump has signaled to the rest of the world that the United States no longer wishes to lead.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

October 13, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Passage of Disaster Relief Package

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after voting in favor of S. 585, legislation providing $36.5 billion of emergency disaster aid that passed the House of Representatives: “From the hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to the wildfires that continue to blaze across California and other Western states, recent natural disasters have violently upended the lives of millions of Americans.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

October 9, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on the Trump White House's Anti-Immigrant Policy Priorities

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the release of the White House’s immigration policy priorities:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

October 12, 2017

Representative Kay Granger: Texas Delegation Secures $15 Billion In Disaster Funds In Emergency Funding Bill

After a late night meeting with leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, and consulting with Governor Abbott, members of the Texas delegation have identified nearly $15 billion of emergency funding for Texas to be included in the emergency disaster funding bill expected to be voted on later today in the House.

From Representative Kay Granger

September 22, 2017

Representative Kevin Brady: Releases Legislation to Deliver Targeted Tax Relief to Hurricane Victims

Today, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released legislation that would deliver temporary tax relief to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Chairman Brady issued the following statement upon releasing the bill, which is expected to be formally introduced Monday, September 25, when the House returns to session.

From Representative Kevin Brady

October 16, 2017

Representative Matt Shaheen: Amidst Hollywood Sexual Assault Scandal, Rep. Shaheen Calls For Elimination Of Funneling Tax Dollars To Hollywood

State Representative Matt Shaheen called today for an end to the taxpayer-funded Texas Film Commission amidst the recent controversy surrounding Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and other A-list celebrities. “Over the past week, our nation has grown increasingly alarmed over allegations of rampant sexual abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and others in the motion picture and TV industry,” said Shaheen.

From Representative Matt Shaheen

October 13, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Supports Passage of Additional Disaster Aid for Texans

Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, supported the House passage of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act to provide further relief for Texans rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, as well as those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

From Representative Michael McCaul

October 13, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on Iran

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement following President Trump’s announcement on a new strategy for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

From Representative Michael McCaul

September 22, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Speaker Ryan in Houston for Harvey Relief Efforts

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), and members of the Texas Congressional delegation were in Houston today for a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, an aerial tour of storm devastation and flood mitigation infrastructure, and to help local residents clean out damaged homes.

From Representative Michael McCaul

September 28, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Votes for More Harvey Relief for TX-10

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement following the House passage of the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017

From Representative Michael McCaul

October 5, 2017

Representation Paul Workman: Appointed to Southwestern States Water Commission

State Representative Paul Workman was today appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Southwestern States Water Commission. The Commission works with neighboring states identifying and developing sources and methods of augmenting water supplies on a regional basis after existing water supplies are fully committed. Rep. Workman's term on the Commission is set to expire on February 1, 2021.

From Representative Paul Workman

September 22, 2017

Representative Richard Pena Raymond: Proposes Legislation Establishing Statewide Disaster Alert System

From Representative Richard Pena Raymond

October 4, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Votes to Protect the Unborn

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), voted in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House today. “Protecting the unborn is critical to our core American values and it is our moral obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

From Representative Roger Williams

October 5, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Votes to Advance Tax Reform

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement today after the passage of H. Con. Res. 71, the House Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. “The budget resolution that passed today is the first step to fulfilling our promise of comprehensive tax reform for all Americans.

From Representative Roger Williams

September 28, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on Tax Reform

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a small business owner and employer for 43 years, released a video statement after House Republicans released the Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code: “After 31 years of an outdated and burdensome tax code, I am encouraged by today’s proposed Tax Reform Framework that will finally provide tax cuts across the board, and offer financial relief to hardworking Americans.

From Representative Roger Williams

October 3, 2017

Representative Tony Dale: Named "Courageous Conservative" by Texas Conservative Coalition

State Representative Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) has been named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) for his role in advancing conservative principles in the 85th Legislative Session.

From Representative Tony Dale

October 5, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: SMART Wall Gains Momentum in Border Security Markup

Today, two amendments introduced by U.S. Representative Hurd to the Border Security for America Act were adopted by the House Committee on Homeland Security. These amendments protect the unique landscapes of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas while enhancing 21st Century technological solutions to gain operational control of our borders.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 29, 2017

Rick Cofer Campaign: Cofer Announces for Travis County Democratic Party Chair

Today, with the endorsement of the Austin AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, the support of more than 200 community leaders and more than 60 current and former Democratic elected officials, Rick Cofer announced his candidacy for Travis County Democratic Party Chair.

From Rick Cofer Campaign

October 12, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Will Not Bail Out the NFIP

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as a vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act:

From Roger Roger Williams

October 17, 2017

Ron Reynolds Campaign: Rep. Reynolds Runs For Re-Election For House District 27

Today, State Representative Ron Reynolds (D-Fort Bend County Texas - District 27) announced his intention to run for his fifth term. Elected in 2010 as the first African American State Representative in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction, Reynolds has made a lasting positive impact on the constituents of District 27.

From Ron Reynolds Campaign

October 12, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement on Home Burglary

Late this afternoon, the home of Senator Borris L. Miles was burglarized by two armed assailants. An elderly family member arrived at the residence during the burglary and was held at gunpoint for a few minutes. The assailants fired their weapons and fled on foot.

From Senator Borris Miles

October 12, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding TSU Event

Free speech is our first amendment right and it is near and dear to my heart. Our community exercised this right during the Civil Rights Movement and continues to exercise this right today. Recently, I chose to help defuse a potentially volatile situation at Texas Southern University, to protect the students, faculty, staff and a sitting state representative.

From Senator Borris Miles

October 2, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement on Law Vegas

"Late last night, a gunman took the lives of at least 58 and injured more than 500 who were out to enjoy a night in Las Vegas. Our hearts and prayers go to those whose loved ones were touched by this tragedy.

From Senator Borris Miles

October 13, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement On Alleged Sexual Abuse At Medina County Foster Home

"We must continue to improve our process and standards at both the state and the local level for substantiating complaints so that alleged perpetrators do not have the opportunity to continue to harm children. I commend the women who have come forth on their bravery and the Medina County Sheriff's Office for taking action.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

October 2, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Touts Veterans Mental Health Care Initiative in El Paso

State Senator Donna Campbell held a press conference at Fort Bliss Monday to discuss Senate Bill 27, the Help For Texas Heroes Act, a new law that provides greater access to mental health care for veterans and their families.

From Senator Donna Campbell

October 6, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Honored with Courageous Defense of Life Award

State Senator Donna Campbell was honored with the top legislative award from one of the state's largest pro-life groups for her success in authoring and passing pro-life legislation during the 85th Legislature.

From Senator Donna Campbell

October 2, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Expresses Heartache Over Las Vegas Shooting

"I am praying for America and all those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas. May we find ways to comfort each other and build each other up in the face of such devastating heartache. Where we are broken, may God heal us as a nation,” Senator Campbell stated.

From Senator Donna Campbell

September 29, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Committee Receives Interim Charges Related To Harvey

The Senate Finance Committee will review the comprehensive costs of Hurricane Harvey as part of the interim charges related to the storm handed down today by the lieutenant governor. “The full force of state government has been brought to bear during this crisis, and we continue to help families, communities, schools and businesses that have been devastated by this storm.

From Senator Jane Nelson

September 25, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Recognized By Meadows Institute

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is recognizing Texas Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, with the organization’s 2017 Legislative Champion Award. “Texas’ strategic investments in mental health are a credit to Senator Nelson’s unwavering leadership and her compassionate vision,” said Andy Keller, President and CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

From Senator Jane Nelson

October 10, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: To Chair New Cybersecurity Committee

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, will lead an effort to ramp up the state’s cybersecurity efforts under appointments announced today by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Senator Nelson will chair the Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity, which will evaluate the security plans of each state agency; identify risks and vulnerabilities and make recommendations for potential policy changes to the next Legislature.

From Senator Jane Nelson

October 20, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Announces New Leadership Team

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today announced staff changes in her Capitol, District, and Committee offices. "I have been extremely fortunate to have capable, loyal staff who worked tirelessly over long tours of duty to advance our priorities. I wish those moving on the very best and appreciate their service to our state," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

September 26, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Calls on House Democrats to Stop Blocking Hurricane Relief

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) called on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to stop blocking hurricane relief for victims in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 25, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Fifth Circuit ruling re SB 4

State Sen. José Rodríguez's statement is as follows: The fact that a court, considered to be one of the most conservative in the country, upheld a pre-enforcement ban on key provisions of the law speaks volumes.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

October 5, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Judicial Findings of Fact re Duranguito

An Austin judge today released Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law regarding her previous ruling that the public did not authorize the City to build a sports arena in Duranguito or anywhere in Downtown El Paso.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

October 13, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Texas Workforce Commission Awards $564,469 In Grants To South Texas College And PSJA ISD

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa attended the Texas Workforce Commission Grant Award Ceremony where Commissioner Julian Alvarez presented a check for a Skills Development Fund Grant of $221,729 to South Texas College in partnership with a consortium of manufacturers to provide manufacturing job training for students in our region.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

October 4, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Raymondville Drain Project Groundbreaking Friday

This Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony will take place for the long-awaited Raymondville Drain Project, a 63 mile drainage improvement system that will benefit Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy counties. As the largest regional project in the Rio Grande Valley, there has been significant public and governmental support for this project as it will allow for the future economic growth of our cities and communities by decreasing detrimental flooding events.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

October 9, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Disclosure of Emergency Call Information

Yesterday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as Co-Chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Disclosure of Emergency Call Information. The committee is charged with studying the process, handling, and disclosure of emergency call recordings made by individuals who subsequently die from the emergency described in their call.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

October 9, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Appointed to Joint Interim Committee to Study State Judicial Salaries

Yesterday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" to the Joint Interim Committee to Study State Judicial Salaries. The committee is charged with studying the creation of a formula to calculate state judicial salaries.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

October 13, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Spring Branch ISD Stands up for Taxpayers by Voting For Disaster Reappraisal

In a unanimous vote at their October Board Meeting, Spring Branch ISD Trustees voted to conduct disaster reappraisals for those property owners impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Spring Branch ISD joins Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Katy ISD, Willis ISD, the City of Shoreacres, etc that have already acted to provide impacted taxpayers with much needed relief.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

October 18, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Mayor Turner's Unbelievable Attempt To Go Back on His Public Property Tax Promise Backfires 2-15

Despite multiple statements to the contrary, Mayor Turner attempted to go back on his public promise not to break the voter imposed revenue cap by triggering a disaster provision that allows him to ask for additional revenue. Mayor Turner’s proposal was defeated at Houston City Council by a 2-15 vote margin.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

September 21, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Garcia's East Harris County Office to Close

The district office of State Senator Sylvia Garcia located at the Woodforest National Bank building at 13301 East Freeway is now closed. The building suffered damage during Harvey flooding that was originally thought to be reparable and remediation work had begun.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

October 9, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Touts Tax Relief Legislation for Texans Impacted by Harvey

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today made several stops in the Corpus Christi area, where he visited storm victims and community leaders and shared how storm-impacted Texans can receive significant tax relief from his recent legislation signed into law by President Trump and co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

From Senator Ted Cruz

October 13, 2017

Sierra Club: Luminant Energy to Close Big Brown & Sandow Coal Plants

Today, Luminant Energy announced closures of its two-unit Sandow Power Plant in Milam County, Texas, and its two-unit Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County, Texas. This announcement comes days after Luminant Energy’s first announcement to retire its Monticello three-unit coal-burning power plant.

From Sierra Club

October 6, 2017

Sierra Club: Texas' Monticello Coal Plant Announces Plans to Close

The energy company Luminant today announced plans to retire its massive Monticello coal plant in January 2018. This plant, in the Mt. Pleasant community of Titus County, Texas, is currently one of the largest and dirtiest coal plants remaining anywhere in the United States.

From Sierra Club

October 12, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Forms Committee To Look At Economic Competitiveness

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday appointed a new committee to study and highlight the most effective ways for Texas to compete for jobs, investments and highly skilled workers. Speaker Straus created the House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness. Over the next 60 days, the committee will look at issues such as workforce readiness, infrastructure and state and local economic development tools.

From Speaker Joe Straus

October 12, 2017

Texans Against High-Speed Rail: Attorney General And TxDOT Continue Hiding Secret HSR "Feasibility Study" From Landowners

In exchange for the use of its taxpayer-funded resources, Texas Central disclosed a Feasibility Study to TxDOT in 2015, and now the Texas Attorney General and a district judge are blocking this document from review by the public. The study – commissioned and paid for by Texas Central’s foreign partner the Japan Bank for International Cooperation – allegedly shows that the proposed high-speed rail will attract millions of passengers each year while generating billions in economic benefits to counties along the affected corridor.

From Texans Against High-Speed Rail

October 9, 2017

Texas Access to Justice Foundation: November Recognized as Prime Partner Bank Month

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) today announces the month of November as Prime Partner Bank Month, a month aimed at encouraging attorneys to utilize Prime Partner Banks. The Foundation applauds the financial institutions and attorneys who help raise money for free legal services for low-income Texans.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

September 26, 2017

Texas Access to Justice Foundation: New Campaign Seeks to Honor Veterans and Raise Funds for Free Legal Services

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) today announced a new campaign to benefit the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services, an endowment fund to ensure that Texas veterans have fair and equitable access to the justice system. The Remembering Our Heroes campaign aims to recognize veterans and active duty military personnel by allowing contributors to make a donation to the endowment in their name.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

September 26, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Rick Levy Is Next AFL-CIO President

Rick Levy, a former General Counsel of the Texas AFL-CIO who became Secretary-Treasurer two years ago, has been named the next President of the Texas AFL-CIO. Levy will succeed John Patrick, who is retiring.

From Texas AFL-CIO

October 5, 2017

Texas Association of Business PAC: Endorses Representative Cindy Burkett for Texas Senate

Today, Texas Association of Business PAC (TXBIZ PAC) announces the endorsement of Representative Cindy Burkett in her candidacy for Texas Senate District 2. Burkett currently represents House District 113, and has represented the North Texas region for seven years.

From Texas Association of Business PAC

October 10, 2017

Texas Association of College Teachers: Tech Shooting Proves Guns and Campuses Don't Mix

Prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Lubbock’s slain policeman and the entire Texas Tech University community. Don’t tell me that recent “guns on campus” legislation didn’t contribute to this incident because the perpetrator was too young for a concealed handgun license.

From Texas Association of College Teachers

October 3, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: With Missed Deadline Jeopardizing Health Coverage for Hundreds of Thousands of TX Children, TAHP Urges Congress to Act Swiftly to Reauthorize CHIP

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, including all Medicaid managed care organizations that manage the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), today issued the following statement urging Congress to act immediately to reauthorize CHIP or risk 380,000 Texas children losing their health care coverage.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

October 2, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Texas Bishops Support Fair Treatment of Churches for FEMA Aid

The Catholic bishops of Texas support a recent suit filed in federal district court by three churches that alleges unconstitutional discrimination against them by FEMA in the allocation of Hurricane Harvey relief aid.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

October 5, 2017

Texas Central: Announces Design-Engineering Firm WSP to Join Texas Bullet Train Team

Texas Central announced today that WSP USA is joining the Bullet Train team to provide engineering support as the project moves ahead in its pre-construction phase.

From Texas Central

September 29, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Statement in Response to Remarks by John Sharp

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions (TCAIS) released the following in response to comments made today by John Sharp, head of the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas, regarding private insurance claims in connection with Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

October 5, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Visits Waco Area on Tour of Texas Manufacturing Plants

On the third stop of his Good for Texas Tour: Manufacturing Edition, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today visited the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) rocket-development facility in McGregor. “The aerospace industry employs a highly educated and skilled workforce,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

October 10, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Releases Certification Revenue Estimate

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today the release of the Certification Revenue Estimate (CRE) for the fiscal 2018-19 biennium. Before each regular legislative session, the Comptroller's office issues a Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) that estimates how much revenue will be available for spending in the state's next two-year budget cycle.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

October 5, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.4 Billion in September

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.36 billion in September, 10.4 percent more than in September 2016. “The double-digit growth in sales tax revenue was due to increased spending in the oil- and natural gas-related sectors,” Hegar said. “But moderate growth was evident in sectors fueled primarily by consumer spending, including retail trade and telecommunications services.”

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

October 11, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $600 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $660.4 million in local sales tax allocations for October, 1.6 percent more than in October 2016.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 21, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Announces Record $281 Million in Unclaimed Property Returns

The Texas Comptroller’s office returned a record $281 million in unclaimed property to its rightful owners during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today. The total breaks the previous record of $270 million returned in fiscal 2016 and marks the fifth consecutive record-breaking year.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

October 11, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Mental Health Task Force Created for Texas Schools and Universities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to mobilize the statewide mental health response in Texas schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas Education Agency

October 17, 2017

Texas Education Agency: TEA, Texas PBS and United Ways of Texas Launch Start Smart Texas

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced the launch of Start Smart Texas, a collaborative effort between the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas PBS and the United Ways of Texas. Start Smart Texas is a parent-focused initiative designed to work with families, community leaders and schools to promote the role of parents in making any time a learning time.

From Texas Education Agency

October 16, 2017

Texas Education Agency: TEA, Texas School Safety Center Partner for Oct. 15-21 Safe Schools Week

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) today renewed their annual partnership for the 2017 Texas Safe Schools Week, Oct. 15 - 21. TEA and TxSSC share a mutual goal of assuring all public schools are places where students, parents, teachers and administrators feel secure during each school day.

From Texas Education Agency

October 9, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Morath Announces 2017-2018 ADA Adjustments for Eligible School Districts Hit by Hurricane Harvey

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced that certain school districts and charter schools within the Governor’s state disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey will be eligible for an adjustment to their average daily attendance (ADA) funding for the 2017-2018 school year, holding them harmless for losses of funding due to enrollment declines stemming from the storm.

From Texas Education Agency

October 9, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Lufkin State Board of Education Member Appointed to Commission on Public School Finance

State Board of Education Chair Donna Bahorich today appointed State Board member Keven Ellis, a Lufkin chiropractor, to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. The Texas Legislature authorized the commission this summer when it passed HB 21 during a special legislation session.

From Texas Education Agency

September 26, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Submits ESSA State Plan to U.S. Department of Education

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) formally submitted to the U.S. Department of Education the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated plan on Sept. 25, 2017. ESSA became law in December 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act.

From Texas Education Agency

October 4, 2017

Texas Legal Services Center: Legal Aid, Consumer and Social Services Groups Ask Emergency Help From The Texas PUC To Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) and Texas Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy (Texas ROSE) are joined by AARP Texas, the City of Houston, Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, and One Voice Texas in seeking emergency rules at the Public Utility Commission to protect victims of Hurricane Harvey who are unable to pay bills due to the extraordinary event that caused loss of income, relocation, and questionable electric bills.

From Texas Legal Services Center

September 25, 2017

Texas Medical Association: Physicians Now May Apply for TMA Disaster Relief Program Aid

Any Texas physician whose Harvey-damaged medical practice is located in a federally declared disaster area now may apply for relief funds from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Disaster Relief Program.

From Texas Medical Association

September 29, 2017

Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition: Patient Groups Ask Texas Legislature to Revisit the Issue of "Non-Medical Switching"

As Texas leaders prepare to start digging into some of the major issues that will face the Legislature in the 2019 session, patient advocates are encouraging lawmakers to revisit the issue of “non-medical switching.” Non-medical switching is a practice commonly used by health plans that kicks stable patients off their prescribed medications in favor of cheaper alternatives, without consulting their physicians.

From Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition

September 28, 2017

Texas Nurse Practitioners: Brazos Valley Nurse Practitioners Opens First Rural Clinic in 85 Years in Bedias

Today, Bedias residents welcomed the community’s first health care clinic in more than 85 years with the grand opening of B.I.S. Community Clinic. Bedias Mayor Mackie Bobo-White and State Representative Leighton Schubert were joined by residents, faith leaders, patients and community leaders, including the fire and police chiefs and local judges, at a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony sponsored by the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners

October 18, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Senator Jose Menendez to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Senator José Menendez to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Senator Menendez led the work on SB 179 as the Senate author of the cyberbullying legislation designed to improve the law enforcement and school administration response to incidents of cyberbullying, and to strengthen the consequences for those who engage in cyberbullying in order to prevent incidents of severe cyberbullying.

From Texas PTA

October 18, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Representative Trent Ashby to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Trent Ashby to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Representative Ashby serves as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee, that has the tough task of setting the education budget.

From Texas PTA

October 17, 2017

Texas Restaurant Association: Unites with Texas Legislature to defend BBQ Bill

The Texas Restaurant Association is currently supporting a long list of Texas legislators in solidarity against a misinterpretation of the “BBQ Bill” written into the rules by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).

From Texas Restaurant Association

September 26, 2017

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Sues U.S. Officials for Prolonged Detention of Asylum Seekers in "Prison-like" Conditions

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) filed suit Sept. 26 against top Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for the prolonged detention of five asylum seekers who fled their countries because of physical violence and persecution.

From Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

September 29, 2017

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Brief Outlines State and Local Government Fiscal Options for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Various tax and fiscal steps the state and hundreds of local communities can take to further Hurricane Harvey recovery – and how taxpayers may be affected – are detailed in a new research brief, “Hurricane Harvey: The Fiscal Toolbox,” released today by the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA).

From Texas Taxpayer and Research Association

October 20, 2017

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Welcomes Matt Migliore to the TTARA Team

Attorney Matt Migliore, who has extensive experience in tax policy, tax administration and state budget issues, will join the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) staff in November, TTARA announced today. “Matt Migliore is a talented and experienced attorney with a keen appreciation of rational tax policy,” TTARA President Dale Craymer said. “He is a welcome addition to the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association family.”

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

October 20, 2017

Texas Values: Appeals Court Stops Immigrant Abortion Request: Unborn Child At 15 Weeks

An unborn baby of an immigrant teen in custody in Texas gets another shot at life after a federal appeals court decision – the decision comes as many people recognize October as Respect Life Month.

From Texas Values

October 13, 2017

Texas Values: Straus/Cook 'Bathroom Committee' Has Nothing To Do With Bringing Major Corporations To Texas

Texas Values calls into question the motive behind Speaker Joe Straus’s creation of a House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness on Oct. 12. Said Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz: “Texas has been ranked No. 1 state for business for 13 straight years. This interim study committee has little to do with ‘economic competitiveness’ and everything to do with making sure that some Texas schools and local governments continue allowing boys into girls’ showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and changing areas; against the will of parents and local residents.

From Texas Values

October 10, 2017

Texas Values: San Antonio Residents Again Protest Sexuality/Bathroom Policy; School In Conflict With Fed Rules

Late yesterday, numerous San Antonio parents and community leaders again showed up to testify against a new San Antonio ISD school sexuality and bathroom policy that allows boys into girls bathrooms and creates special legal classifications in law based on “gender identity,” a classification that is not recognized in federal or state law.

From Texas Values

October 6, 2017

Texas Values Action: Texas Faith & Family Scorecard Released

Texas Values Action is excited to release its second-ever legislative scorecard based on the recently concluded 85th Texas legislative session and special session. The 2017 Faith and Family Scorecard is the only accountability tool of its kind in Texas, as it measures how state legislators performed on a variety of issues impacting religious freedom, marriage and family, life, and privacy, as well as on other important pro-family reforms.

From Texas Values Action

September 27, 2017

TexPIRG Education Fund: New Scorecard Grades Top Restaurant Chains on Antibiotic Use in Meat Supply

More than half of the largest 25 chain restaurants in the U.S. have taken steps to restrict routine antibiotic use in their chicken supply chains, according to a new scorecard released today by a group of consumer, environmental and public health organizations. That’s good news given that the misuse of antibiotics in meat production puts our health at risk by breeding drug-resistant bacteria.

From TexPIRG Education Fund

October 17, 2017

TexProtects: Breaks Fundraising Record at Annual Awards Gala

TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, announced today that its Annual Awards Gala raised a record $513,100 toward its mission of preventing child abuse and neglect.

From TexProtects

October 6, 2017

The Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition: Hurricane Victims in Colorado River Basin to get $1 Million in Aid

Hurricane Harvey victims in the Lower Colorado River Basin will receive $1 million in relief aid to help with urgent recovery efforts that haven’t been funded by other sources following the devastating storm in late August.

From The Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition

September 28, 2017

The University of Texas System: Among Top 10 Most Innovative Universities In The World

Transformational research and the invention of new technologies at University of Texas institutions has made UT System one of the top 10 in the world for innovation. The UT System was ranked No. 9 by Reuters in its annual top 100 “World’s Most Innovative Universities” ranking, which lists public and private research universities as well as university systems.

From The University of Texas System

September 22, 2017

Travis County Tax Office: You're Never Too Old to Vote! Campaign targets seniors

Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant today announced a new campaign to help senior citizens with voter registration and to educate them on their voting options.

From Travis County Tax Office

October 10, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Raises Over $500,000 In Five Weeks For 3rd Quarter FEC Report

State Senator and congressional candidate Van Taylor today confirmed his first Federal Election Commission (FEC) fundraising report will show more than $500,000 raised in just five weeks since announcing his candidacy. Closely matching the contributions, Taylor loaned his campaign an additional $500,000 to bring his cash on hand to well over $900,000.

From Van Taylor Campaign

September 28, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Religious Liberty Leaders Endorse Van Taylor For Congress

State Senator and Congressional candidate Van Taylor today announced the endorsement of respected state and local religious liberty leaders including President of First Liberty* in Plano Kelly Shackelford, President of Texas Eagle Forum* Trayce Bradford, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Texas* Dana Hodges, and President of Texas Values* Jonathan Saenz.

From Van Taylor Campaign

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