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February 2, 2023

CENTRAL TEXAS INTERFAITH STATEMENT TO MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, AND AUSTIN ENERGY

Central Texas Interfaith (CTI) is dismayed by Austin Energy’s recent statement that they have no estimate for when they will restore all outages. Given the 2021 Winter Storm Uri, we must question why there were no adequate plans in place to prepare for this 2-day ice storm which would cause little disruption in other parts of the country. Austin, a major metropolitan city and center of a high-tech economy, deserves more reliable infrastructure.

From Central Texas Interfaith

February 3, 2023

Representative Toth Announces Legislation to Restore Safety to Texas Schools

Austin, TX – Today, State Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) unveiled the Secure Classroom Act to protect teachers, administrators, and children from the abuses of chronically violent students. “It’s past time to restore order and discipline to Texas classrooms,” said Rep. Toth.

From The Senate of Texas

By State Representative Steve Toth

January 31, 2023

Representative Steve Allison Recognized as a Friend of Education by TCEA

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 31, 2023) – State Representative Steve Allison (R-San Antonio) has been recognized as the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Friend of Education for 2023 at the annual TCEA Convention & Exposition.

From TCEA

January 30, 2023

Texas Should Not Have a Child Welfare System Where Data – and Kids – Fall Through the Cracks

AUSTIN, TX – Texas 2036 and the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS) are releasing today a report calling for the state to update the child welfare information system used by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to track case file information, including instances of possible abuse and neglect.

From Texas 2036

January 30, 2023

Rise AAPI Announces AAPI Legislative Day at Texas State Capitol

Austin, TX – Rise AAPI, a progressive non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, is excited to announce its AAPI Legislative Advocacy Day on Monday, January 30, at the Texas State Capitol. The event will bring together AAPI community members, leaders, and allies to advocate for progressive issues important to AAPI Texans and celebrate the recent groundbreaking electoral wins of AAPI candidates across the state.

From Rise AAPI

January 27, 2023

Senator Joan Huffman Files Senate Bill 645 to Combat Fentanyl

AUSTIN — In response to the growing fentanyl epidemic in Texas and around the nation, Senator Joan Huffman filed SB 645, which would increase the criminal penalties for the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl. "Since the beginning of Operation Lone Star, the Texas Department of Public Safety has seized over 353 million lethal doses of fentanyl which is enough to kill nearly every person in the United States," said Huffman.

From The Senate of Texas

By Senator Joan Huffman - Senate District 17

January 27, 2023

Senator Paul Bettencourt says Tornado damaged homes & businesses will receive Automatic Disaster Property Tax Reappraisal by HCAD

Houston, TX – An estimated five thousand taxpayer properties in Harris County could apply for a full, or partial one year improvement exemption from property tax bills because of recent tornado damage. HJR 34 by Representative Hugh Shine (R-Temple), and Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) as Senate Sponsor passed this post Hurricane Harvey property tax reform in 2019. The Constitutional Amendment was approved by 85 percent of the voters, and allows effected taxpayers to apply for four levels of Automatic Disaster reappraisal with the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) up to a 100 percent exemption depending upon the severity of improvement damage by the EF3 tornados on January 24th.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

January 25, 2023

Austin nurses to hold candlelight vigil for safe staffing on Jan. 26

Ascension Seton Medical Center registered nurses will join thousands of registered nurse members of National Nurses United (NNU) holding actions on Thursday, Jan. 26 to demand the hospital industry end their profession’s staffing crisis by providing safe numbers of nurses to care for patients.

From National Nurses United

January 26, 2023

Gulf Coast AFL-CIO Announces Early Endorsement of John Whitmire for Houston Mayor

HOUSTON - Following a vote by union delegates, the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO today announced their endorsement of John Whitmire for Houston Mayor. Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation Executive Director Hany Khalil said, “John Whitmire won his first race campaigning out of the Ceole Speight AFL-CIO hall in Houston, and he’s been a steadfast ally of labor ever since. Even though much has changed in the subsequent 50 years, John has been a labor champion in the Texas Senate and is a union member himself. We know John Whitmire will be a strong advocate for working families, and we’re proud to stand with him today.”

From Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

January 25, 2023

Sen. Roland Gutierrez introduces term-limit bill for Texas U.S. Senators

Austin, Texas – Today Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez filed S.B 596, which if passed would prohibit United States Senators from Texas from serving more than two terms. This bill follows a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution filed by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, which would place term limits on Federal legislators.

From The Senate of Texas

By Roland Gutierrez - Texas Senator District 19

January 24, 2023

TxGEA Applauds Launch of Research Roadmap for Geothermal Advancement

AUSTIN, TX (January 24, 2023) . . . The Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance (TxGEA) applauded today’s release of a multi-year, multi-disciplinary, cross-collaborative report providing a roadmap for future development of geothermal energy in Texas

From The Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance

January 23, 2023

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Announces 2023 Texas Senate Committee Appointments

AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today upon announcing his Texas Senate committee appointments for the 88th Legislative Session: “As the Texas Senate begins its work this session, the committee assignments I made today will ensure we succeed in addressing the priorities of the people of Texas.

From The State of Texas Lieutenant Governor

By Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

January 23, 2023

Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra More Bills Filed for the 88th Session

McAllen, TX - Last Friday, Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra (D-McAllen) filed five new bills for the 88th Legislative Session. Said Guerra, “Today I filed five more bills for the 88th Legislative Session. The bills are part of my robust legislative package intended to advance the priorities and improve the lives of my constituents in the Rio Grande Valley and the residents of our great state of Texas.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

January 20, 2023

HARRIS COUNTY MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST FEMALE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN PRECINCT 2, PLACE 2

Harris County (January 20, 2023) – A formal investiture ceremony for Judge Dolores Lozano will take place at the John Phelps Courthouse Annex, 101 S. Richey St, Pasadena, TX 77506, at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 21, 2023

From Harris County Justice of the Peace

January 19, 2023

Texas Nurses Praise Texas Legislature for Paying Heed to Nursing Crisis

Austin, TX — Both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives issued base budgets for the 88th legislative session yesterday which included increased funding for the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program (NSRP), a bill passed in by the¬¬¬¬-¬¬¬ 77th legislature which has proven to positively impact the number of qualified nursing students entering the education pipeline.

From Texas Nurses Association

January 19, 2023

Senator Bettencourt files SB 465 to hold criminals targeting catalytic converters accountable

Austin, TX – Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) filed Senate Bill 465 in response to the 5,300 percent jump in catalytic converter theft insurance claims in Texas since 2019. The spike is fueled by organized criminal rings who target catalytic converters for the precious metals inside them (palladium and rhodium) that are worth more per ounce than gold.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

January 18, 2023

Senator Joan Huffman Files Senate Base Budget

AUSTIN — Today, Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, filed Senate Bill 1, the Senate's base budget for the 2024-2025 biennium. The general appropriations bill is a culmination of months of due diligence and input from state agencies and stakeholders. It establishes property tax relief, public safety, mental health, education, and many other critical needs as priorities for the upcoming two-year budget

From The Senate of Texas

By Senator Joan Huffman - Senate District 17

January 18, 2023

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Senate’s Budget for Texas

AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today upon the filing of the Senate’s Budget for Texas, Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston: “Today, Senate Finance Chair Huffman filed SB 1, the Senate’s proposed state budget for fiscal years 2024 and 2025. I thank Chair Huffman for her tireless work during the interim to introduce this budget. I think she did an outstanding job.

From The State of Texas Lieutenant Governor

By Lieutenant Governor of Texas

January 18, 2023

Former Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush Joins Michael Best

Austin, TX - Former Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is excited to announce he is joining the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a Partner and Michael Best Strategies LLC (Strategies) as a Principal. Bush will lead efforts to bolster the firm’s corporate, litigation and consulting practices in Texas.

From Vianovo

January 9, 2023

TTARA Statement on Texas Comptroller’s Historic Biennial Revenue Estimate

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association President Dale Craymer issued the following statement today in response to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s release of a historic Biennial Revenue Estimate:

From TTARA

January 9, 2023

Holding Up Voter's Rights During Texas' Upcoming Legislative Session

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers begin their biennial legislative session Tuesday, with attacks on voting access expected to once again be a major priority of the politicians in charge. Common Cause Texas, and its over 50,000 members across the state, will be engaged in these fights over the next few months to ensure the rights of voters are protected.

From Common Cause Texas

January 9, 2023

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Biennial Revenue Estimate

AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the release of Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Biennial Revenue Estimate: “Since I’ve become Lt. Governor, we’ve taken the utmost care to manage our budget wisely and conservatively. The Texas economy is red-hot. We are leading the United States forward in the global marketplace and it is clear for all to see.

From Lieutenant Governor of Texas

January 10, 2023

Senator Joan Huffman Files Senate Bill 372 to Protect the Integrity of the Judicial Process in Texas

(Austin)— Today, in response to the unauthorized leak of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, Senator Joan Huffman filed Senate Bill 372, which if passed into law, would make the leaking of judicial work products and materials a Class A misdemeanor in Texas.

From The Senate of Texas

By Senator Joan Huffman - Senate District 17

January 10, 2023

Gutierrez on First Day of Texas’ 88th Session

AUSTIN, TEXAS – On Tuesday, the first day of Texas’ Legislative Session, Texas Senator Roland Gutierrez announced a list of legislative priorities that Governor Greg Abbott must address by the end of the session on May 29th, 2023 – one year after the tragic Uvalde shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two educators, left 21 more physically wounded, and inflicted deep trauma on the community.

From The Senate of Texas

By Texas Senator Roland Gutierrez - District 19

January 9, 2023

Texas AFT to Hold Press Conference on 2023 Respect Agenda

AUSTIN, Texas – As lawmakers from both parties pledge their intentions to focus on public education in the 88th Legislature, Texas AFT will announce Tuesday its Respect Agenda, a raft of legislative priorities intended to stem the exodus of teachers and staff from Texas public schools.

From Texas AFT

January 6, 2023

Senator Bettencourt reacts to record number of election challenges filed in Harris County

Houston, TX – Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) reacts to the record number of a dozen or more election challenges filed in Harris County. "When government calls an election and the County Election Administrator fails to get enough paper ballots to the polls for voters to vote, that's real voter suppression in my opinion." said Senator Bettencourt.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

January 3, 2023

Galveston County Treasurer Elects to Forego Salary

LEAGUE CITY, TX – January 3, 2022 — Galveston County’s new County Treasurer, Hank Dugie, filed an affidavit this afternoon voluntarily electing to forego receiving his elected official salary, following through on his promise to voters to eliminate waste and shrink the size of local government.

From Galveston County

By Hank Dugie

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