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July 22, 2021

Representative Bryan Slaton: Texas Legislators Hold Border Security Forum At Capitol

On Tuesday, July 20, several state legislators hosted a border security forum at the Texas Capitol, with members from both the House and the Senate. Those in attendance who gave testimony included sheriffs, county judges, county attorneys, and property owners from the border and the greater South Texas region, as well as representatives of The Remembrance Project, angel families, and former DPS.

From Representative Bryan Slaton

July 22, 2021

Common Cause Texas: Texas House Members Propose New Bill That Could Cost Taxpayers Millions, May Lead To Damaged Voting Machines

Two dozen House Republicans have proposed legislation to require a third-party review of 2020 election results in large counties. In other states, election officials have had to replace their voting machines after pursuing similar reviews. Taxpayers in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, have already had to pay to replace their voting machines, after Wake TSI was allowed to access them.

From Common Cause Texas

July 22, 2021

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins Multistate Coalition In Protecting Second Amendment Rights

– Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of 26 states to protect the Second Amendment in the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett, which challenges New York’s law that allows only those who “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession” to carry a firearm outside the home.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 22, 2021

Associated Republicans of Texas: Announces Another Round of 2022 Texas House Target Districts

Today, Associated Republicans of Texas (ART) announces eight (8) additional State House districts it will be targeting to grow the Republican Majority in the Texas House. ART’s target list includes HDs: 45, 47, 52, 65, 113, 114, 135, 144

From Associated Republicans of Texas

July 22, 2021

Senator Cesar J. Blanco: Statement On Continuing The Fight To Protect The Freedom To Vote

"Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus went to Washington D.C. to protect the freedoms of Texas voters. "Earlier this month, hundreds of Texans came to Austin to testify against SB 1. After hours and hours of compelling testimony against SB 1, Republicans still refused to take the real concerns of witnesses seriously and indicated they would ram through yet another voter suppression bill again.

From Senator Cesar J. Blanco

July 22, 2021

Mike Collier Campaign: Democratic Candidate For Texas Lt. Governor Mike Collier Asks “When Are We Fixing The Damn Grid?” After Pointless Patrick Press Conference

Today, after Dan Patrick hosted a press conference to spend 30 minutes whining about Texas Democrats not giving in to Republican-led attempts to restrict voting rights and lying about critical race theory, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Mike Collier took the time to ask when exactly Republican leaders were planning to fix the damn grid.

From Mike Collier Campaign

July 22, 2021

Representative Philip Cortez: Returns To Austin To Lead The Reform Effort On House Bill 3

"I proudly stood with my democratic colleagues and left Texas to ensure House Bill 3 would not be approved as introduced. A small working group of Democrats decided to begin active discussions here in Austin on improving HB 3 and asked that I return to establish open communication lines.

From Representative Philip Cortez

July 22, 2021

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Dr. Dawn Buckingham For Texas Land Commissioner

“The Texas land commissioner plays a critical role in our state, from protecting our public lands and historical sites, to overseeing disaster recovery and public school funding through the Permanent School Fund, to managing our state’s coastline and administering benefits to veterans,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

July 22, 2021

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Continue Fight For The Freedom To Vote

Today, Texas Senate Democrats gathered at the Texas State Capitol to continue the fight to protect the freedom to vote for all Texans. After 14 hours of committee testimony from Texans of color and disabled Texans against the passage of Senate Bill 1, Senate Republicans continued undeterred in their all out assault against the freedom to vote and doubled down on their efforts to suppress Texas voters.

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

July 22, 2021

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Calls On Texas Democrats To Return To Work To Give Foster Kids A Vote

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) and his fellow Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives are calling on Texas Democrats to return to work for Texas foster children. Among the items placed on the call by Governor Abbott for the current special session of the Texas Legislature is a bill to use newly-available funds to direct resources to help vulnerable children in the state’s foster care system.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

July 19, 2021

TDP: Statement On Protecting DREAMers

“Texas Democrats stand in strong support of the DREAMers across Texas who have been leading rallies and building power in our communities to protect the DACA program.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 19, 2021

TDP: Dolores Huerta, Bernice King Meet With Texas Democratic Resistors, Lend Support To Voting Rights Fight

As Texas Democrats enter their second week of resistance in D.C., the lawmakers continue to lead a massive coalition in the fight for voting rights, garnering support from national giants in the civil rights and labor rights movements.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 19, 2021

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Statement Regarding House Democrats Breaking Quorum

Each legislator must determine how to best represent his or her district. I believe the most effective way to represent my constituents is by staying in Austin to vehemently oppose Senate Bill (SB) 1, which, unfortunately and inevitably, will pass—whether during this special session or the next

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

July 19, 2021

Angie Chen Button Campaign: State Rep. Angie Chen Button Seeks Re-Election

State Representative Angie Chen Button today announced that she will seek re-election following a successful session in the Texas Legislature. She represents Texas House District 112, which includes parts of Dallas, Garland, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse, and Wylie.

From Angie Chen Button Campaign

July 19, 2021

Representative Steve Toth: Introduces Bill To Audit 2020 Election

Monday morning, State Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) announced that he had filed House Bill 241 to initiate a forensic audit of the 2020 general election. The Texas Voter Confidence Act authorizes the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House to select an independent third party to conduct the election audit.

From Representative Steve Toth

July 19, 2021

Speaker of the House: Statement

"Kim and I extend our prayers for safety and health for the members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus who tested positive for COVID-19 while in Washington, D.C.

From Speaker of the House

July 19, 2021

Trey Martinez Fischer Campaign: Texas State Representative Trey Martinez On COVID- 19 Test Results

Texas State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer issued the following statement: “When my Texas House Democratic colleagues and I broke quorum to stop anti-voter legislation, we knew that tactic would come with real personal sacrifice.

From Trey Martinez Fischer Campaign

July 19, 2021

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Judge Rules DACA Unlawful; Halts New Applications

Yesterday, Judge Andrew Hanen from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled on pending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) litigation. Judge Hanen ruled that DACA is unlawful; however, DACA remains in place for current recipients. This ruling will freeze first-time applicants, while allowing for existing renewals to continue.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 3

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 3, banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Texas Schools, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola: "Texans roundly reject ‘woke’ philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another and that someone, by virtue of their race or sex, is innately racist, oppressive or sexist.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 16, 2021

Dade Phelan Campaign: Texas Speaker Dade Phelan Announces $1 Million Raised And $5 Million Cash On Hand

Today, Speaker Dade Phelan’s campaign announced that it raised over $1 million across all accounts in the last 10 days of June. Speaker Phelan maintained $5 million cash on hand for the mid-year fundraising period (including $700,000 in reported political contributions for the period that had yet to clear for the purposes of Texas Ethics Commission reported cash on hand).

From Dade Phelan Campaign

July 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 4

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 4, prohibiting the availability of abortion-inducing drugs by mail, by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville: "Since I was first elected to the Texas Senate, protecting life has been one of my top priorities, and I'm grateful that Gov. Greg Abbott included this critical issue on the special session call.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 16, 2021

Mike Collier Campaign: Democratic Candidate For Texas Lieutenant Governor Mike Collier Announces Strong Fundraising Report

Today, Democratic Candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor Mike Collier released the results of his exploratory committee’s fundraising efforts for the second quarter of 2021. After three solid months of traveling the state and connecting with voters, Collier posted a massive fundraising increase compared to his 2018 run.

From Mike Collier Campaign

July 16, 2021

Justin Ray Campaign: House District 135 Candidate Justin Ray Kicks Off Campaign With Momentum, Reports Six Times As Much Cash On Hand As Incumbent State Rep. Jon Rosenthal

Former Jersey Village Mayor Justin Ray, who announced his candidacy for Texas House of Representatives in late May, released the following statement today regarding the latest campaign finance reports.

From Justin Ray Campaign

July 16, 2021

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Property Tax Relief Bills SB8, SB12, & SJR4 Pass 22-0 Through The Full Senate

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) passes SB 8, SB 12, and SJR 4 out of the Senate unanimously to give property tax relief to homeowners. The bills are designed to build upon property tax reform and relief and school finance reform efforts from the past sessions.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 14, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Unanimous Passage Of Senate Bills 8 And 12

"The two property tax relief bills the Texas Senate passed today will save Texas homeowners nearly $250 million in the 2022-2023 biennium, and over $500 million for the 2024-2025 biennium, as we continue my commitment to providing more property tax relief for Texans.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 14, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 5

"Freedom of speech is a God-given right, and protecting that right is a top priority for Texans. We cannot allow social media platforms – the modern-day town square – to censor the views of Texans.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 14, 2021

TDP: Texas Democrats Meet With D.C. Heavy Hitters, Lead The Growing Federal Momentum On Voting Rights

Texas Democrats are continuing to lead the fight for federal voting rights protections -- and are growing momentum and gaining support from key national voices.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 14, 2021

Speaker of the House: Statement from Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan

"Texas Democrats currently in Washington continue to collect their legislative per diem of $221 during regular and special sessions, which equates to hundreds of thousands of dollars during the course of this special session.

From Speaker of the House

July 14, 2021

Representative Michelle Beckley: Chief of Staff Statement On Per Diem

Under the Texas Constitution and Texas Ethics Commission guidelines, each member of the legislature receives a per diem payment on each day of a special session.

From Representative Michelle Beckley

July 14, 2021

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Goes Head-to-Head With The Feds: Public Health Immigration Laws Must Be Enforced At The Border

This week, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed Texas’s reply brief demanding that the Biden Administration enforce public health immigration law at the border. A Federal District Court in Fort Worth heard oral argument on Tuesday. The State of Texas is requesting the Court impose an injunction on the federal government to stop it from continuing its unlawful activities.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 14, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 6

"At the end of the 87th Regular Legislative Session, Democrats walked out of the Texas House, killing bail reform and other vital legislation. More Texans’ lives continue to be lost and victimized by crime since the regular session ended.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 14, 2021

Representative Bryan Slaton: Announces Border Security Legislation And Forum With Border Officials

Today, Representative Bryan Slaton of HD 2, announced several border security bills in an effort to address the disaster occurring on the southern border. Representative Slaton re-filed his bill from the regular session that would finish President Trump's wall on the southern border.

From Representative Bryan Slaton

July 14, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 1

"I am very proud that the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 1 today. SB 1 is about ensuring that every Texan trusts the outcome of every election in Texas. It increases transparency and ensures the voting rules are the same in every county across the state.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 14, 2021

Representative Michelle Beckley: Statement On Breaking Quorum

"When Greg Abbott unconstitutionally vetoed funding for the Texas Legislature, he essentially set up a Special Session where Texas Democrats would be held hostage to the most ideologically extreme demands of the Republican Party.

From Representative Michelle Beckley

July 14, 2021

Representative Steve Toth: Files Bill To Stop Paying Lawmakers Who Break Quorum

Tuesday, State Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) filed HB 270 in response to Democrat lawmakers abandoning the state. HB 270 would withhold taxpayer dollars for a year from legislators who prevent a quorum by skipping work at the Capitol.

From Representative Steve Toth

July 14, 2021

Senator Jose Menendez: Statement Urging Congress To Pass Voting Rights Legislation

State Senator José Menéndez issued the following statement on urging Congress to pass voting rights legislation. ˆSenator José Menéndez released the following statement: “This morning, I joined 8 of my Senate Democrat Colleagues and the House Democrats to advocate for passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act.

From Senator Jose Menendez

July 13, 2021

Representative Armando Walle: Travels To D.C. To Stop Voter Suppression Efforts

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement today regarding his joining over 57 Texas House Democratic Caucus members to break quorum to stop legislation restricting voting rights in Texas:

From Representative Armando Walle

July 13, 2021

Representative Brian Babin: Requests U.S. House And Senate Sergeant At Arms’ Aid In Remanding Texas Democrat Legislators

Today, U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement on his letter to the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate urging them to fully cooperate with any requests from Texas state officials for their assistance with resolving the matter and possible extradition of Texas legislators who fled to Washington in order to prevent a quorum at the State Capitol in Austin.

From Representative Brian Babin

July 13, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Unanimous Passage OF Senate Bill 7 – 13th Check For Retired Teachers

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 7, providing a 13th check for retired teachers, by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston: "Other than a parent, no person is more important to the development of a child than a teacher.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 13, 2021

Representative Hugh D. Shine: Statement On Lack Of Quorum

The Texas House of Representatives attempted to convene this morning, July 13, to begin the legislative process on Day 6 of the first Special Session called by Governor Gregg Abbott.

From Representative Hugh D. Shine

July 13, 2021

Senator Sarah Eckhardt: Statement On Arriving In Washington, D.C.

“Last night, I arrived in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act in the face of anti-voter legislation that will make it harder for all Texans to vote, particularly voters of color and voters with disabilities.

From Senator Sarah Eckhardt

July 13, 2021

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Reports Over $23 Million In Campaign War Chest

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will report raising over $5 million on his July 15, 2021 Texas Ethics Commission report. This brings his campaign war chest total to nearly $23.7 million — more than any Lt. Governor in Texas history.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 13, 2021

Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra: Texas House Of Representatives Fights For Voting Rights

- State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra releases the following statement about joining his colleagues in Washington D.C. to fight for voting rights for all Texans. A Statement from State Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was President Lyndon Johnson’s signature achievement.

From Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra

July 13, 2021

Senator Cesar Blanco: Statement On Protecting The Freedom To Vote

"Today, after several futile attempts to negotiate safeguards to protect the right to vote for Texans, a majority of Texas Senate Democrats collectively decided to take our fight to protect the freedom to vote to the halls of Congress.

From Senator Cesar Blanco

July 13, 2021

The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Texas Senate Democrats Take Fight To Nation’s Capitol

Today, Democrats in the Texas Senate went to our nation’s capital to urge the federal government to pass legislation ensuring secure and accessible elections for all.

From The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

July 13, 2021

Representative Jessica Gonzalez: Responds To Speaker Phelan’s Call Of The House

Today, Representative Jessica González (D-104), Vice Chair of the Texas House Committee on Elections, issued the following statement in response to Speaker Dade Phelan’s “Call of the House”, a procedural move that allows the Department of Public Safety to arrest legislators that exercised their right under the Texas Constitution to deny quorum.

From Representative Jessica Gonzalez

July 13, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Gulf Coast Union Delegation Visits Capitol, Demands Protection Of Voting Rights

In the latest of a series of labor mobilizations to support voting rights, busloads of union activists from the Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation (ALF) visited the Capitol today to demand that their representatives and senators stop voter suppression during the special session of the Texas Legislature.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 13, 2021

Senator John Cornyn: Texas Democrats Flee Their Jobs On Beer-Fueled Party Plane To D.C.

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Texas Democrat lawmakers fleeing from their Constitutional responsibilities in Austin during the recent special session to come to Washington, D.C.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 13, 2021

Planned Parenthood Texas Affiliates: Join New Lawsuit To Block Unprecedented Abortion Ban

Today, Texas abortion providers — led by Whole Woman’s Health — along with several abortion funds, practical support networks, doctors, health center staff, and clergy members filed a federal lawsuit to block a radical new Texas law (SB 8) set to take effect September 1.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Affiliates

July 13, 2021

Representative Jacey Jetton: Condemns Reps Who Fled To DC

State Representative Jacey Jetton condemns the members of the Texas House who abandoned their districts to flee to DC and calls on them to return to Texas to finish the state's business. Jetton further advises his colleagues to keep the partisan DC politics out of Texas.

From Representative Jacey Jetton

July 12, 2021

Representative Eddie Morales, Jr.: Statement On Quorum Break

- Today, the majority of the Texas House Democrats flew to Washington DC to break quorum and stop the ability for the House to vote on the new voter suppression bill, House Bill 3. Representative Morales was one of the Democrats who stayed in Texas issued the following statement:

From Representative Eddie Morales, Jr.

July 12, 2021

Representative Jeff Leach: Statement On Quorum Bust By Texas House Democrats

“Instead of showing up at the Texas Capitol to deliberate and vote on important legislation ensuring the integrity of our elections, reforming our broken bail system, taking care of our retired teachers, strengthening our classrooms, protecting our children and safeguarding our fundamental rights, House Democrats are fleeing the state on private jets en route to Washington, D.C. to prevent us from securing a quorum.

From Representative Jeff Leach

July 12, 2021

Representative Carl O. Sherman: 87th Session Saw Five Of Rep. Sherman’s Bills Signed Into Law

When the 87th Legislative Session came to an end this past May State Representative Carl O. Sherman had much to be thankful for at its conclusion. Sherman authored 50 bills, co-authored 50 and joint-authored 19 when all was said and done on May 31.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman

July 12, 2021

Speaker of the House: Statement from Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan today released the following statement: “A number of House Democrats stated their caucus intends to break quorum in an attempt to stall election integrity legislation.

From Speaker of the House

July 12, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Joint Statement By Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick And Sen. Beverly Powell: Senate To Honor Opal Lee – Juneteenth Advocate – On July 22nd

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today that the Senate will be honoring Opal Lee, the force behind the establishment of a federal Juneteenth holiday, on July 22nd.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 12, 2021

Progress Texas: From A Walkout To Flyout, Texas Dems Are Fighting Hard To Save Democracy

Today, Texas Democrats flew out of the state to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s voter suppression efforts from advancing. In addition to halting movement on anti-voter bills, the “flyout” will also prevent movement on other extreme agenda items, including the GOP’s attacks on transgender children and abortion care.

From Progress Texas

July 12, 2021

Texas Railroad Commission: Newly Launched PIPES Online System Improves Access To RRC’s Pipeline Records, Enhances Transparency

In yet another move to take advantage of improvements in technologies, the Railroad Commission today launched its new Pipeline Inspection Permitting Evaluation System (RRC PIPES).

From Texas Railroad Commission

July 12, 2021

Representative John Bucy, III: New Texas DPS Data Supports Fully Implementing Online Voter Registration

While the Texas Legislature hears new voter suppression bills in committee as part of the special called legislative session, new data from the Department of Public Safety indicates over 934,000 Texans have registered to vote online or updated their registration online as part of driver license transactions since the system was implemented by order of a federal judge in September 2020.

From Representative John Bucy, III

July 12, 2021

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Introduce The Barbara Jordan Fair Elections Act To Ensure All Texans Have Free And Fair Access To The Ballot

Today, the Barbara Jordan Fair Elections Act (S.B. 61) was filed by the members of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus. The Act will protect Texans' freedom to vote and ensure ballots are cast freely, safely and fairly.

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

July 12, 2021

Harris County Democratic Party: Indicted Texas Attorney General Arrests Man Who Captured National Attention For Commitment To Vote

Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton is prosecuting Houstonian Hervis Rogers for allegedly “voting illegally” on Super Tuesday in March 2020. At the time, Rogers was applauded for his commitment to vote after waiting in line for hours to cast a ballot.

From Harris County Democratic Party

July 12, 2021

Representative Drew Darby: Authors Legislation To Support Texas Retired Teachers

Representative Drew Darby (San Angelo) filed House Bill 120 and joint-authored House Bill 85 during the first called special session of the Texas Legislature to increase benefits for Texas retired teachers.

From Representative Drew Darby

July 12, 2021

Representative Hugh D. Shine: Files Property Tax Relief Legislation

State Representative Hugh D. Shine (R-Temple) filed House Bill 223, 224 and House Joint Resolution 21 today to bring property tax relief to Texans across the state. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Wednesday, July 7, for the legislature to convene and address a dozen topics, including property tax relief.

From Representative Hugh D. Shine

July 12, 2021

Representative Rafael Anchia: Pensions Committee Quickly Passes 13th Check For Teacher Retirement System Retirees

Today, the Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee held a formal meeting to pass out House Bill 85, relating to a one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Texas Retirement System of Texas. This meeting marks the first official committee action of the current special session.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

July 2, 2021

Texas Health and Human Services: Expands Outpatient Competency Restoration Services In Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announces $1 million in federal Mental Health Block Grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to expand Outpatient Competency Restoration (OCR) services for Texans with mental health and substance use disorders living in mostly rural communities.

From Texas Health and Human Services

July 2, 2021

David Cook Campaign: Republican State Rep. David Cook Announces Re-Election

Following a successful Legislative Session some have called “the most conservative in a generation,” Republican State Representative David Cook today announced he will seek re-election to continue serving his neighbors in Texas House District 96. HD 96 covers southeastern Tarrant County including the cities of Mansfield, Kennedale, Crowley; portions of Fort Worth, Arlington, and Burleson; and unincorporated portions of Tarrant County.

From David Cook Campaign

July 2, 2021

Representative Richard Pena Raymond: Asks Governor Greg Abbott To Add $5 Billion Property Tax Cut Proposal To Special Session Agenda

Richard Pena Raymond, Chairman of the Defense and Veteran's Affairs Committee, will be introducing legislation during the Special Session of the Texas Legislature, which begins on July 8, 2021, allowing the people of Texas to vote on a $5 billion residential school property tax cut this November.

From Representative Richard Pena Raymond

July 2, 2021

Annie’s List: The Voting Rights Fight In Texas Intensifies With U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Today’s Supreme Court decision to gut a foundational portion of the Voting Rights Act and allow more restrictive voting laws in the State of Arizona further underscores the immediacy of the voting rights fight in Texas.

From Annie’s List

July 2, 2021

Luisa Del Rosal Campaign: Luisa Del Rosal Launches Campaign For Texas House

Luisa del Rosal today announced she is seeking the Republican nomination for State Representative of Texas House District 114. “What we have in Texas is exceptional. I know because I have seen the alternative to a free and fair society,” Luisa said.

From Luisa Del Rosal Campaign

July 2, 2021

Texas Nurse Practitioners: Nursing Organizations Ask Governor Abbott To Add Nursing Issues To Special Session Agenda

In light of a disappointing lack of action by the 87th Legislature to address an ongoing nursing shortage, alleviate regulatory burdens, and provide protections from workplace violence, a coalition of 16 nursing organizations today requested Governor Abbott add these issues to the agenda for the upcoming special session, set to begin July 8.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners

July 2, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Departure Of Senior Advisor

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today that his Senior Advisor, Sherry Sylvester, will be leaving his office at the end of July. Sylvester has worked for Lt. Gov. Patrick for the past seven years, working on his first campaign for lieutenant governor and serving on his transition team after he was elected.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 2, 2021

Environment Texas: Pathogens Pose Risk At 90 Percent Of Texas Beaches

With Texans returning to local beaches this summer, a new report warns that more work is needed to ensure that all waters are safe for swimming. In 2020, out of 61 Texas beaches tested, 55 were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one day according to Safe for Swimming? - Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s annual analysis of bacteria testing.

From Environment Texas

July 2, 2021

Progress Texas: SCOTUS Weakens Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Take Action To Save Democracy

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld two Arizona voting provisions that discriminate against minority voters. Progress Texas offers the following statement in response to the Court’s 6-3 ruling in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee.

From Progress Texas

July 2, 2021

Joan Huffman Campaign: Senator Huffman Announces Campaign For Re-Election To The Texas Senate

Today, Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, announced that she is running for re-election to continue serving the people of Senate District 17. Senator Huffman was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2008 and has since earned leadership roles in the Texas Senate that have allowed for her to become one of the most influential legislators in Austin.

From Joan Huffman Campaign

July 2, 2021

Speaker Dade Phelan: Issues Interim Charges Related To Texas-Mexico Border

Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) today issued a series of interim charges related to the Texas-Mexico border. Twelve committees received a unique charge, with each of these committees also receiving a general charge to review the distribution of federal pandemic recovery funds and their potential use to respond to the border crisis in addition to their individual directives.

From Speaker Dade Phelan

July 2, 2021

TexPIRG Education Fund: Under New Law, FCC Required Phone Companies To Confirm Call ID Is Legitimate

Starting Wednesday, Americans can expect to receive fewer annoying, illegal robocalls. That’s the deadline the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed on most phone providers nationwide to install Caller ID verification to confirm whether calls on their network are actually coming from the number on display.

From TexPIRG Education Fund

July 2, 2021

Keith Bell Campaign: Conservative State Rep. Keith Bell Announces For Re-Election

Republican State Representative Keith Bell announced today that he will seek re-election to the Texas State House following a session that many have called “one of the most conservative sessions in Texas history.” Rep. Bell is eager to continue the momentum of Republican victories he just helped secure on behalf of House District 4, which is comprised of Kaufman County and part of Henderson County.

From Keith Bell Campaign

July 2, 2021

Jay Dean Campaign: Rep. Jay Dean Announces For Re-Election Following “Most Conservative Session In Texas History”

Representative Jay Dean has today announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2022. Rep. Dean represents House District 7, which covers Gregg and Upshur Counties. This comes following what is widely being called the “most conservative legislative session in Texas history.”

From Jay Dean Campaign

June 28, 2021

Jake Ellzey Campaign: Congressman Dan Crenshaw Asks Susan Wright To End Her Untrue Attacks

Congressman Dan Crenshaw today released a video in which he calls on Susan Wright to end her campaign of false attacks on veteran combat Fighter Pilot and Conservative Texas legislator, Jake Ellzey.

From Jake Ellzey Campaign

June 28, 2021

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On HHS Secretary

“Secretary Becerra’s visit to El Paso, following Kamala Harris’ photo-op last week, is indicative of one thing: the Biden-Harris administration is simply trying to check the attendance box on a border crisis their policies created.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 28, 2021

Senator Jose Menendez: Statement On STAAR Test Results Becerra’s Visit To Fort Bliss

“Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released results for the 2020-2021 STAAR test. While the results have shown that there was a decline in performance, it is critical to note that this test was administered during a global pandemic.

From Senator Jose Menendez

June 24, 2021

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: Statement On Gov. Abbott Vetoes

Today, Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) issued the following statement regarding the recent vetoes of Sen. Lucio's priority legislation and a portion of the state budget: “I was disappointed to learn of Governor Abbott's vetoes of two of my bills, Senate Bill 474 and House Bill 686.

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

June 24, 2021

Railroad Commission of Texas: RRC Begins Implementing Legislative Bill To Bring Rate Relief To Customers Of State’s Natural Gas Utilities

Thanks to prudent action by the Texas Legislature, relief is on the way for customers of the state’s gas utilities who were facing potentially high gas bills resulting from Winter Storm Uri. On June 16, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1520, which directs the RRC and the Texas Public Finance Authority to work together to issue customer rate-relief bonds, the proceeds of which gas utilities would use to pay for the extraordinary cost of natural gas due to high demand during February’s winter storm.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 24, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On Looming Cancellation Of Federal Unemployment Benefits

Gov. Greg Abbott’s ill-advised decision to cancel $300-a-week federal Unemployment Insurance benefits on Saturday will take desperately needed funds from hundreds of thousands of workers along with many Texas businesses that are still being slammed by the pandemic, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.

From Texas AFL-CIO

June 24, 2021

David Spiller Campaign: Conservative Republican State Rep. David Spiller Announces Campaign For Re-Election

Republican State Representative, David Spiller, of Jacksboro has announced he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 68. Spiller’s announcement comes after the completion of what many are calling the “most conservative legislative session in Texas history.”

From David Spiller Campaign

June 24, 2021

Wayne Christian Campaign: Christian Formally Announces Bid For Re-Election

Today, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian formally announced the launch of his campaign for re-election. "Over the course of my first term, I have seen Texas lead America closer to energy independence than we have been in over fifty years," said Christian.

From Wayne Christian Campaign

June 24, 2021

Mary Gonzalez Campaign: Rep. Mary E Gonzalez Announces Re-Election Run For House District 75

Today, TX State Representative Mary E González declared her intention to seek re-election for House District 75. Vice Chair González holds key positions on the House Appropriations and Public Education committees and boasts a strong track record of results.

From Mary Gonzalez Campaign

June 24, 2021

South Texans’ Property Rights Association: Supports Governor Abbott’s Border Initiative

The South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA) supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s criticism of the Biden Administration’s failed executive and administrative actions and inactions that have only exacerbated the crisis of illegal immigration and trespassing in our southern border region.

From South Texans’ Property Rights Association

June 22, 2021

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On Governor Abbott’s Call For A Special Session On July 8th

Today, Governor Abbott called for a special session July 8th without announcing an agenda for it. Texas Freedom Network Political Director Carisa Lopez issued the following statement: “We hope that Governor Abbott will act in good faith and use this special session to fix our grid, expand healthcare, and get our Texas economy moving again.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 22, 2021

Railroad Commission of Texas: RRC Commissioners Finalize FY 2022 Oil And Gas Monitoring And Enforcement Plan

RRC’s commissioners today put a final stamp of approval on the agency’s Fiscal Year 2022 Oil and Gas Monitoring and Enforcement Plan. The plan outlines the Railroad Commission’s strategic priorities in its oversight of the oil and gas industry and ensuring the protection of public safety and the environment.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 22, 2021

AARP Texas: Petitions PUC For Payment Options To Protect Residential Electricity Customers

AARP Texas today filed a petition with the Public Utility Commission of Texas seeking an emergency rule to help residential electricity customers facing disconnection due to non-payment.

From AARP Texas

June 22, 2021

Todd Hunter Campaign: Hunter Delivers Legislative Wins For Coastal Bend

It will be more difficult for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) to raise insurance rates under legislation successfully pushed this year by State Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi.

From Todd Hunter Campaign

June 22, 2021

Representative Matt Krause: Chairman Krause Requests The Attorney General And Department Of Public Safety Investigate Mindgeek-Pornhub

In a letter sent to the Office of the Attorney General and Texas Department of Public Safety, Chairman Matt Krause has requested a criminal investigation into MindGeekPornhub’s involvement in the uploading and distribution of sexual assaults on women and children, child pornography, and non-consensual intimate images on internet platforms in Texas.

From Representative Matt Krause

June 22, 2021

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse: To Promote Fair Courts And Stop Lawsuit Abuse, Watchdogs Launch “It Starts With You” Awareness Campaign

As a new study shows consumers are paying nearly $500 more for everyday goods and services each year because of lawsuit abuse, Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (TALA) and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) organizations are kicking off a summer-long campaign to remind Texans that they play a pivotal role in stopping lawsuit abuse.

From Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse

June 22, 2021

Serve America Movement: New Third-Party Forms To Tackle Texas’ Toughest Issues Using Principles Over Ideology

Today, Texans from across the State filed the necessary paperwork to form the SAM Party of Texas. The new party will be affiliated with the Serve America Movement (SAM) – a group of Americans working to disrupt political extremism and self-serving politics.

From Serve America Movement

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