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February 15, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement in Response to the President's False Declaration of a National Emergency

State Sen. José Rodríguez, released the following statement after the President declared a false state of national emergency: It is difficult to fathom an emergency declaration after having had two years to work with a compliant Congress to get done what the President thinks ought to be done.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

February 15, 2019

Texas Education Agency: San Benito CISD Teacher Earns $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today joined Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, at a surprise ceremony in the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District to present Krystal Contreras with the Milken Educator Award. The national award recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education.

From Texas Education Agency

February 15, 2019

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Endorses Ray Lopez in House District 125

Ray Lopez advanced to the runoff in the special election for House District 125. State Representative César Blanco (D - El Paso), Chair of the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC), offered the following statement: “The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee fully supports Ray Lopez as the next state representative for House District 125.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

February 15, 2019

Representative Cesar J. Blanco: Texas Border Caucus Chair Rep. Blanco Responds to Trump's National Emergency Declaration

"Trump's national emergency declaration for his border wall is dangerous and radical. There is no national security crisis on the border. The only crisis we have is a humanitarian crisis.

From Representative Cesar J. Blanco

February 14, 2019

Jackson Walker: Elects 13 Attorneys to Partnership; 9 in Austin

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the election of 13 attorneys to the Firm’s partnership. They are: Austin: Collin Baker, Tyler Davey, William Dillard, Noah Galton, Andee Hartig, Kati Orso, David Snyder, Scott Weatherford, Jennifer Wertz

From Jackson Walker

February 14, 2019

Insurance Council of Texas: Report: Insurance Working for Texas

In addition to providing financial security and helping manage risk for Texans in all walks of life, insurance companies invested nearly half a trillion dollars in the Texas economy in 2017 through municipal bonds, stocks, and mortgage and real estate loans, helping keep the economy going strong.

From Insurance Council of Texas

February 14, 2019

Lilith Fund: In Austin and The Rio Grande Valley, Advocates Show Up for "Rosie's Law" To Expand Abortion Care Access for Low-Income Texans

“Rosie’s Law,” (House Bill 895) authored by Rep. Sheryl Cole, D-Austin, is the first bill of its kind that would expand insurance coverage for abortion for Texans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The bill is part of a historic initiative led by Texas-based abortion funds, who provide financial assistance to thousands of Texans seeking abortion and are committed to removing the barriers low-income Texans face when seeking care.

From Lilith Fund

February 14, 2019

Representative Briscoe Cain: Texas Heartbeat Bill (HB 1500) Announces Over 40 Supporters in Texas House

Today, Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) announces the initial co-authors for the Texas Heartbeat Bill, a bill which also authored by Thus far, thirty-nine other distinguished State Representatives from across the Lone Star State have co- authors for this life-protecting legislation.

From Representative Briscoe Cain

February 14, 2019

South Texas Property Rights Association: South Texas Landowners Issue Statement on the Border Wall and Congressional Compromise

The South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA), a prominent landowner group with over 500 members representing ownership of five million acres of land on or near the Rio Grande River, have released an encompassing statement on their views of what should and should not be done to secure the border with Mexico.

From South Texas Property Rights Association

February 14, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: '181 Down, 95,000 to Go'

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley's apology to Texas lawmakers is wholly inadequate in addressing the breach of trust created by wrongly implying that tens of thousands of Texans may have engaged in criminal voting, Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay said today.

From Texas AFL-CIO

February 14, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Secures Key Appropriations Language Protecting Sensitive Areas and Requiring Local Communities and DHS to Reach Mutual Agreements on Barriers

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the Conference Committee on Homeland Security Appropriations, announced that he added language in the fiscal year 2019 appropriations package to protect sensitive areas in the Rio Grande Valley. He also included language requiring U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reach mutual agreements with local communities in Starr County regarding the design and alignment of border barriers.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 14, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Why SB 2 & HB 2 Are the Wrong Approaches to the Property Tax Puzzle

The Texas Senate may soon vote on SB 2, a misguided proposal that would limit the ability of cities and counties to decide how much to devote to police, fire, paramedics, and other local services. Special areas like community colleges and hospital districts would suffer similar restrictions on their ability to support services.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

February 14, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Files HB 189 To Provide For A Full Day of Prekindergarten for Our Texas Kids

In November, the Texas State Board of Education recommended that the Texas Legislature fund a full day of Pre-K. Quality full day Prekindergarten has significant, persistent benefits. Research has consistently shown that quality pre-kindergarten programs benefit not only individual students, but school districts and communities. I am honored to have filed HB 189, which will provide for a full day of prekindergarten in our public schools across Texas.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

February 14, 2019

Anti-Defamatoin League Austin: Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force commends APD for arrest in beating of gay couple

The Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force (HCTF) today praised the Austin Police Department for the arrest of four men they believe were behind the attack of Spencer Deehring and Tristan Perry as they left the downtown club Rain, and continuing to investigate this attack as a possible hate crime.

From Anti-Defamatoin League Austin

February 13, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: Featured on NPR to Voice Opposition of Border Wall

Today, Representative Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) appeared on NPR to discuss the negative environmental and economic impacts a border wall would have on Texas' Southern border. Representative Gutierrez was joined by U.S. Congressman Will Hurd, Investigative Reporter Melissa del Bosque and Starr County resident Nayda Alvarez to discuss the damage a wall will bring to border communities if constructed.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

February 13, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Urges U.S. District Court to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Texas' Electoral College System

A legal team from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today urged the U.S. District Court in San Antonio to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the time-honored Electoral College system used in every presidential election since 1789.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 13, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Sen. Cruz to Congress: Make El Chapo Pay for the Wall

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called upon his Senate colleagues to pass his EL CHAPO Act to secure funding to build a wall following the conviction of Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka ‘El Chapo,’ on all 10 federal criminal counts against him.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 13, 2019

Fred Rangel Campaign: Rangel Finishes in Strong First Place in HD125 Special Election

Last night, election returns in the House District 125 special election showed businessman and Republican candidate Fred Rangel finishing strongly in first place, earning 2,319 votes or just under 38 percent, in a five-candidate field. Finishing second and advancing to the runoff is former San Antonio councilman Ray Lopez, who earned 1,186 votes or 19.4 percent.

From Fred Rangel Campaign

February 13, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Industry Paid More than $14 Billion in Taxes and Royalties in 2018, Up 27% from 2017

According to just-released data from the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA), the Texas oil and natural gas industry paid more than $14 billion in state and local taxes and state royalties in fiscal year 2018, up 27 percent from fiscal year 2017 and the second-highest total in Texas history. TXOGA President Todd Staples hosted a media briefing this morning to share the data as well as the Association’s priorities for the 86th Legislature.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

February 13, 2019

TexPIRG: Questionable Lending Drives Texas to Nation's Highest Auto Debt

The amount of money Texans owe on their cars is now at an all-time high -- up 75 percent since the end of 2009 to $6500 per capita, the nation’s highest. Americans’ rising indebtedness for cars raises concerns about the financial future of millions of households as lenders extend credit to more and more Americans without the ability to repay, according to a new TexPIRG Education Fund report. “Texans deserve both protection from predatory and unfair practices in auto lending, and a transportation system that provides more people the freedom to live without owning a car,” said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Director.

From TexPIRG

February 13, 2019

Texas Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy: High Fees from Texas Retail Electric Providers

With Texas consumers facing increased electric bills due to rising costs and wildly fluctuating temperatures, it is more critical than ever that Texas consumers have clear and accurate information regarding their residential electricity plans.

From Texas Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy

February 12, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Launches New Feature on Public GIS Map Viewer

The Railroad Commission of Texas' Public Geographic Information System (GIS) Map Viewer can now display data for multiple wells in a defined radius area set by a user. Surface and downhole data on multiple wells can now be easily downloaded and opened with software such as Microsoft Excel.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

February 12, 2019

Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas: Sen. Creighton, Rep. Goldman File Consistent Employment Regulation Bills

The Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas today released the following statement regarding the of filing Senate Bill 15 by Sen. Brandon Creighton and House Bill 1654 by Rep. Craig Goldman, or the Consistent Employment Regulations bills:

From Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas

February 12, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Files Texas Small Business Protection Act to Protect Businesses from Overreaching City Ordinances

State Senator Donna Campbell filed Senate Bill 762 today to protect small businesses from overreaching ordinances that insert big government into the employment practices of private businesses. The Texas Small Business Protection Act would prohibit Austin, San Antonio, and other cities from enforcing involuntary paid sick leave policies on small businesses, burdening them with unnecessary costs and threatening their ability to stay open.

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 12, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Texarkana Court of Appeals Issues Opinion Protecting Taxpayers in Kilgore ISD

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Texas 6th District Court of Appeals in Texarkana issued an opinion yesterday stating that Kilgore ISD had no right to reject or lower local option homestead exemptions for taxpayers in Gregg County.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 12, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: San Antonio Representative Files Bill to Legalize the Production and Regulation of Hemp Products in Texas

Today, I filed Texas House Bill 1657 that will legalize the production and regulation of hemp products. Industrial hemp operating on a commercial scale is a big win for Texas farmers because it is a drought tolerant crop that requires less water and resources to grow. Hemp is an ecologically sound plant that produces strong fabric and has thousands of uses.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

February 12, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Health & Human Services Committee Approves Senate Bill 10

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee today unanimously approved SB 10, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which establishes the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium and leverages the expertise of our state's medical schools to bolster mental health resources for Texas children and adolescents.

From Senator Jane Nelson

February 12, 2019

Texas Association of Manufacturers: Texas Manufacturers' Day at the Capitol Focuses on Jobs, Competitiveness

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) and its members gathered at the State Capitol today to celebrate Texas Manufacturers’ Day, impressing upon lawmakers that “manufacturing matters” to the state’s economy and the roughly 870,000 Texans who work in the industry.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

February 12, 2019

Representative Jonathan Stickland: Files Red Light Camera Ban

Today, State Representative Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) filed HB 1631 which would ban red light cameras across the state. Representative Stickland commented, "The people of Texas have already started rejecting red light cameras through city bans and lawsuits. They've had enough. It's time that we protect the rights of Texans and finally ban red light cameras once-and-for-all."

From Representative Jonathan Stickland

February 12, 2019

Representative Victoria Neave: Files H.B. 1583 To Help The 35,000 Federal Employees In Texas Impacted By Government Shutdowns

State Rep. Victoria Neave filed House Bill 1583 to provide emergency relief to federal government employees in Texas who are at risk of losing their homes because of a federal government shutdown. H.B. 1583 creates a "Government Shutdown Housing Relief Loan Program" to provide furloughed federal employees with a 0% interest loan from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to pay for their rent, mortgage, or utility payments during a government shutdown.

From Representative Victoria Neave

February 12, 2019

Stratfor: Hires Industry Veteran to Guide Next Phase of Growth

Stratfor, the world’s leading geopolitical risk analysis company, has recently hired a new senior executive to help expand the company’s presence in global markets. Ted Obenchain will serve as Vice President of Business Development and oversee a diverse strategic growth portfolio for the firm.

From Stratfor

February 12, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Supports Property Tax Relief, But Not 2.5% Cap

Today, the Senate Committee on Property Tax voted 4-0 to favorably report Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) to the full Senate. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was present, not voting on SB 2, otherwise known as the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

February 12, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Resource on Public School Bible Courses

Efforts by religious conservatives to get more schools to teach courses about the Bible got the public support of President Trump late last month. Texas in 2007 passed a law encouraging school districts to offer such courses, and lawmakers in at least six other states have proposed similar legislation this year alone.

From Texas Freedom Network

February 11, 2019

Texas Association of Health Plans: Texas Insurer, Business and Consumer Groups Agree on Ending Surprise Billing for Texas Patients

A group of eight Texas health insurance, business, and consumer groups released a consensus statement today calling for an end to the practice of sending surprise medical bills to patients. The statement, which was signed by the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), AARP Texas, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and others, highlights the prevalence of surprise medical billing for out-of-network emergency care in Texas, as well as consumers’ inability to ensure they receive in-network care for an emergency.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

February 11, 2019

Representative Nicole Collier: Everman Floodwaters To Be Discussed In Town Hall Hosted by Representative Collier

In an effort to provide Everman residents with the most up-to-date information regarding flooding issues in the city and jurisdictional control, state Representative Nicole Collier, House District 95, will host a town hall at 1 p.m., on Saturday, February 16, at the Everman City Hall Annex. The annex is located at 213 N. Race Street, in Everman.

From Representative Nicole Collier

February 11, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: El Paso Adopts San Antonio Representative's Border Wall Opposition Bill as County Resolution

Earlier this week, the El Paso County Commissioners Court adopted a County Resolution in support of House Bill 990, which opposes a border wall in South Texas. El Paso County Commissioner David Stout sponsored the resolution. The Resolution states that the County of El Paso is, "...in full support of House Bill 990 filed by Representative Roland Gutierrez to ensure that El Paso County, the state of Texas and its citizens are protected from the negative effects prompted by the federal government."

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

February 11, 2019

Texas Association of Manufacturers: STUDY: Aligning State Franchise Tax with Federal Acquisition Regulation Would Generate $76.1 Million in Additional State Revenue and Help Recover 4,000 Defense-Related Aerospace Jobs

The Texas Association of Manufacturers today released an economic impact study that shows the State of Texas would realize more than $76 million in additional state revenue from the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry – and help recover 4,000 lost jobs – if Texas aligned state franchise tax policy with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

February 11, 2019

Fred Rangel Campaign: Senator Cornyn Endorses Fred Rangel for Texas House

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has endorsed Fred Rangel, Republican candidate for House District 125 in the February 12 special election. “I am proud to endorse Fred Rangel for Texas House in this important special election,” said Sen. Cornyn. “San Antonio Republicans have a tremendous opportunity to win back a valuable Texas House seat.

From Fred Rangel Campaign

February 11, 2019

Representative Rick Miller: Files House Bill 1536

On Friday, Representative Rick Miller (Fort Bend) filed HB 1536, also known as the For Our Children bill, which seeks to implement evidence-based and transferrable Trauma Informed Care throughout the Department of Family and Protective Services.

From Representative Rick Miller

February 8, 2019

Black Business Journal: Names The 2019 Top Ten Super Lawyer Award Winners

Presented annually, the TOP 10 Lawyer Award recognizes ten Black professionals in the legal field who have achieved professional excellence and have actively paved the way to success for others. "These individuals demonstrate brilliance in a variety of professional settings. They have reached the pinnacle of their careers and still they strive for more", said Black Business Journal Publisher Anita C Roberts.

From Black Business Journal

February 8, 2019

Representative Will Hurd: Named Ranking Member of House Intelligence Subcommittee

This week, former CIA undercover officer, cybersecurity entrepreneur and former Oversight and Government Reform IT Subcommittee Chair U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) was appointed to serve as the Lead Repbulican of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness (INMAR).

From Representative Will Hurd

February 8, 2019

Representative Joaquin Castro: San Antonio Delegation Introduces Legislation to Address Threats to U.S. Cybersecurity

“We must continue to enhance our nation’s cybersecurity efforts and properly safeguard the U.S. from outside organizations that seek to undermine our national security,” said Congressman Cuellar.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 8, 2019

TexProtects: Child Protection Advocates to Descend on Texas Capitol February 12

Child abuse and neglect cost Texans $53 billion in 2017, expenses borne by our education, health, criminal justice and child protection systems. Worse, it cost precious lives – 172 fatalities that year – and the trauma it inflicted on survivors could last well into adulthood. But there is a solution: Prevention is key.

From TexProtects

February 8, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 16-State Coalition Brief Asking the 6th Circuit to Protect and Health Safety of Women

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 15 other state attorneys general, filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to defend a Kentucky law that protects women’s health and safety. The state law, which was in existence for nearly 20 years before being overturned by a lower court last September, requires abortion clinics in Kentucky to maintain agreements with ambulances and hospitals to transport and transfer women in case of complications.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 8, 2019

Representative Dustin Burrows: Introduces Legislation to Protect First Responders from Illegal Denials of Workers' Compensation Insurance Claims

Today, Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) and four joint authors filed House Bill 1521 which would penalize insurers that illegally deny Texas first responders access to medical treatment for line-of-duty injuries covered under state workers’ compensation laws.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

February 7, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Files SB 694 to Increase Monitoring of Quarries

Continuing her commitment to protect the Hill Country, State Senator Donna Campbell filed Senate Bill 694 calling for increased inspections of aggregate production operations to monitor air and water quality at quarries.

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 7, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Files Legislation to Protect Victims of Heinous Crimes From Improper Contact by Their Perpetrator

State Representative Jeff Leach has filed House Bill 1343, providing victims of sexual abuse and assault, sexual exploitation and kidnapping with further protections to prevent improper contact by their assailant.

From Representative Jeff Leach

February 7, 2019

Representative Briscoe Cain: Files The Texas Heartbeat Bill

Today, Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) filed House Bill 1500, known as the Texas Heartbeat Bill. This commonsense piece of legislation codifies the straightforward idea—if the heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected. The Texas Heartbeat Bill ensures that unborn Texans exhibiting a heartbeat are protected from the cruel and unusual practice of abortion.

From Representative Briscoe Cain

February 7, 2019

Representative James Talarico: Files First Bill

State Representative James Talarico (D-Round Rock) has chosen to make school safety the focus of his first bill. As a former middle school teacher, Talarico's first piece of legislation creates a ratio of mental health professionals to law enforcement officials in Texas public schools.

From Representative James Talarico

February 7, 2019

Supreme Court of Texas Children's Commission: Releases Report on Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint

In Texas and nationwide, there is increased awareness to address the impact of trauma on children, youth, young adults, and families who interface with the child welfare system. On February 8, 2019 at the Texas Law Center, the Honorable Darlene Byrne and Children’s Commission staff will present Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint, a roadmap that outlines the paradigm shift needed to better serve Texas children and families involved with the child welfare system.

From Supreme Court of Texas Children's Commission

February 7, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Cruz Praise Committee Approval of U.S. District Court Nominees for Texas

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of J. Campbell Barker and Michael Truncale to fill a vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Matthew Kacsmaryk to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and David Morales to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas:

From Senator John Cornyn

February 7, 2019

Common Cause Texas: Whitley Confirmation Hearings Fail to Resolve Serious Concerns

Anthony Gutierrez, Executive Director of Common Cause Texas just finished testifying against the nomination of Secretary of State nominee David Whitley before the Senate Nominations committee, raising a number of questions and concerns that were not resolved in the course of Mr. Whitley's questioning.

From Common Cause Texas

February 7, 2019

Texas Values Action: Texans Respond to Liberal #BanTheBible Bill Efforts

After Texas Values Action sounded the alarm on Democrat bills filed before the Texas Legislature that would effectively #BanTheBible, conservatives from across Texas and around the country have responded in force. Through our action center at NoBibleBan.com Texans have sent over 37,000 messages and phone calls to the Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senators, and State House members.

From Texas Values Action

February 7, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: RRC Commissioners Assess More Than $355,000 in Penalties

The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $355,976 in fines involving 202 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

February 7, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: MALC Policy Committee Submits Statement to Senate Nominations Committee on SoS Whitley Confirmation Hearing

Today, the Senate Nominations Committee held confirmation hearings for several appointed officials, including acting-Secretary of State David Whitley. Acting-Secretary Whitley was appointed to the role by Governor Greg Abbott in December 2018, having previously served as his deputy chief of staff.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

February 7, 2019

Headliners Foundation of Texas: Star Studded Advisory Council For Lundquist Institute Named

The Headliners Foundation of Texas and sportscaster Verne Lundquist are proud to announce the inaugural members of the Verne Lundquist Sports Media Institute Advisory Council. This Council is comprised of industry leaders who will not only boost the Institute’s profile in the sports media and academic worlds, but also, serve as a valuable sounding board as the Institute identifies the best opportunities for supporting sports journalism education.

From Headliners Foundation of Texas

February 7, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Files HB 209 & HJR 21 to Legalize Medical Cannabis

I am proud to announce the filing of House Bill 209 and HJR 21, which seeks to make access to medical cannabis available for more patients with debilitating medical conditions, instead of it being reserved only for patients with epilepsy.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

February 7, 2019

Representative Matt Krause: Files The Appraisal District Reform Act

Representative Matt Krause's Appraisal District Reform Act (HB1333) which brings much needed reform and transparency to both appraisal districts and appraisal process. Specifically, this legislation would: ? Improve notification of property value increases, changes to exemptions, and eligibility of exemptions.

From Representative Matt Krause

February 7, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: Offers Legislative Fix To DPS-SOS Data Share Debacle

Yesterday, Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) filed House Bill 1450 to clean up the mess in Texas surrounding claims of voter fraud. House Bill 1450 will remove the Secretary of State from receiving sensitive personal information provided on a driver's license application for voter registration.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

February 7, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Hundreds Turn Out For First Hearing of Senate Committee on Property Tax

Hundreds of Texas taxpayers turned out for the first hearing of the Senate Committee on Property Tax. The Committee met to discuss the Texas Property Tax Reform & Relief Act of 2019 (SB 2), authored by Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and Co-Authored by three committee members: Vice-Chairman Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), and Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 7, 2019

Representative Steve Toth: Seeks Additional Court for Montgomery County

Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) introduced HB 1437 today that would create an additional judicial district in Montgomery County. "If you look at the data, compared to other counties with similar populations such as Fort Bend and Williamson counties, Montgomery County is facing higher civil, family, and felony caseloads with fewer judicial courts," Rep. Toth said.

From Representative Steve Toth

February 6, 2019

Representative Carl Sherman: Appointed to House Appropriations Education Subcommittee

Texas House member Carl Sherman, (D-HD 109) was appointed to the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee today. “Today’s subcommittee assignment in Appropriations to Article III was of great importance because this committee oversees our public and higher education systems, Teacher Retirement System (TRS), and several other state agencies of importance to district 109,” said Rep. Sherman.

From Representative Carl Sherman

February 6, 2019

Representative Ron Wright: Responds to the President's State of the Union Speech

Today, Congressman Ron Wright spoke out regarding President Trump’s State of the Union Speech. Wright said, “The President was very clear with his vision for America’s future. On the issues that matter most, protecting freedom and the American people, he is unwavering.

From Representative Ron Wright

February 6, 2019

Representative Gene Wu: Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers From Porch Pirates

State Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) has filed H.B. 760 to defend consumers against the increasing scourge of package thieves --- commonly known as "porch pirates." This legislation would increase the criminal penalty for stealing packages addressed to a victim and from the steps of a victim's home. Currently, package theft is only prosecuted as a Class C Misdemeanor ticket or as a Class B Misdemeanor, like shoplifting.

From Representative Gene Wu

February 6, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $954 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 $953.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 4.6 percent more than in February 2018.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

February 6, 2019

Representative Cesar Blanco: Response to Planned Trump Visit to His District in El Paso

"Trump's political rally in El Paso is a slap in the face to our community. This was ground-zero for his family separation policies. This is where migrant children have died in the custody of his administration. As demonstrated in his State of the Union, this President is out of touch with reality.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

February 6, 2019

Representative Gene Wu: Introduces Legislation to Investigate Equity of Pay Between Geners and Race

State Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) has filed H.B. 761 to create the Texas Pay Equity Task Force, a commission charged with studying the issue of pay parity between both gender and race in state agencies.

From Representative Gene Wu

February 6, 2019

Distilled Spirits Council: Texas Senate Bill Would Repeal Unconstitutional Loophole and Promote a Free Market for Package Store Ownership

Legislation introduced in the Texas Senate would remove a decades-old anticompetitive and unconstitutional limit on package store ownership and promote a free and fair market in Texas. State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, has introduced Senate Bill 645 that would remove the limit on package store ownership and the so-called “consanguinity loophole.”

From Distilled Spirits Council

February 6, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Texas' Voter Registration Procedures are Consistent with Federal Voter Laws

A legal team from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office vigorously defended Texas’ voter registration procedures during oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. They demonstrated that Texas’ registration process is consistent with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and that the trial court’s slate of costly and unreasonable requirements drastically exceeded the demands of federal law.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 6, 2019

Representative Roger Williams: President Trump's Second State of the Union Address

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Tuesday night following President Trump’s State of the Union Address to the nation: “Tonight, President Trump delivered a strong message that reminded us of how far this nation has come under his administration.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 6, 2019

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on the State of the Union Address

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a member of the House Committees on Intelligence and Education and Labor, tonight made the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 6, 2019

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on President's State of the Union Address

Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address:

From Representative Michael McCaul

February 6, 2019

Representative Randy Weber: Statement on 2019 State of the Union

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, President Donald Trump addressed the nation in his second State of the Union address. Congressman Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement: “For two years, the President has kept his promises and led our nation from a position of strength.

From Representative Randy Weber

February 6, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Governor Abbott Attempts To Sell Revenue Caps In State Of The State Address

Today, Governor Abbott delivered the 2019 State of the State address. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is the Dean of the Travis County delegation to the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Rodriguez serves on the House Committees on Calendars, State Affairs and Ways & Means, and he currently serves as policy chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

February 6, 2019

Representative Brian Babin: Response to Trump's State of the Union Address

“In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Trump discussed the progress we have made in two short years and the challenges ahead that we can overcome by ‘Choosing Greatness’. I was pleased with the plan he laid out to protect America’s workforce, strengthen national security, and revive our aging infrastructure.

From Representative Brian Babin

February 6, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Statement in Response to Governor Abbott's State of the State

Today the Governor delivered his State of the State at the Capitol. There were some good points, and some things that I was disappointed to hear. I was pleased to hear the Governor reiterate his commitment to address and reform our school finance system.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

February 6, 2019

Representative Sergio Munoz Jr.: Statement on Gov. Abbott's State of the State Address

This morning, Governor Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State Address on the House Floor during a joint session with the Texas Senate. Among his emergency items, the Governor outlined school finance reform, teacher pay raises, property tax relief, school safety, disaster response and mental health programs.

From Representative Sergio Munoz Jr.

February 6, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Responds to Governor Abbott's "State of the State" Address

Today, Governor Greg Abbott delivered his biennial "State of the State" address to the 86th Legislature, announcing a bold vision for the future of Texas, including designating as emergency items the following issues: school finance reform, teacher pay, school safety, mental health, property tax reform, and Hurricane Harvey recovery & future disaster response.

From Representative Jeff Leach

February 6, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Statement on Governor Abbott's State of the State Address

The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association: “As the Governor pointed out, Texas is number one in the nation for oil and natural gas production, and the Texas oil and natural gas industry is responsible for helping the United States achieve something that for decades has seemed unattainable – energy independence.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

February 6, 2019

Representative John Bucy III: Elected Chair of Young Texas Legislative Caucus

John H. Bucy III (D-Austin), State Representative for House District 136, today was elected Chair of the Young Texans Legislative Caucus. "Young Texans have unique opportunities but face unique challenges," Bucy said. "We need to work together to address issues ranging from full day pre-K and student loan debt to adequate housing and jobs.

From Representative John Bucy III

February 5, 2019

Texas Realtors: Commend Gov. Abbott for Prioritizing Property Tax Reform

Texas Realtors commended Gov. Greg Abbott for declaring property tax reform an emergency item for the 86th Texas Legislature during his State of the State address on Tuesday. “We appreciate Gov. Abbott’s leadership on improving the property tax process for our state’s taxpayers,” said Tray Bates, 2019 Texas Realtors chairman.

From Texas Realtors

February 5, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement on 2019 State of the State

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s 2019 State of the State Speech: “The Texas miracle of job creation and economic growth continues today because of principled economic policies, including keeping our legal system fair and efficient, championed by Gov. Abbott and the Texas Legislature.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

February 5, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Expresses Support for Governor's Emergency Items

State Senator Donna Campbell expresses strong support for Governor Greg Abbott's emergency items highlighted in today's State of the State Address. "I strongly support Governor Abbott bringing these emergency items forward to give the Legislature more time to find meaningful solutions.

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 5, 2019

Texas Alliance for Safe Communities: Statement Regarding Gov. Abbott's State of the State Speech

The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) today released the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State speech: “Texans deserve a criminal justice system that delivers justice and protects our communities. TASC applauds Gov. Greg Abbott for laying out policies to make Texas safer by addressing mental health issues in our schools, among veterans and in our communities.

From Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

February 5, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the State of the State Address

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the State of the State Address by Gov. Greg Abbott: “I congratulate Gov. Abbott on his speech today, which was a tremendous message to the people of Texas that we are committed to addressing their priorities and to ensuring that our state continues to be a place of hope where they can fulfill their dreams.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 5, 2019

Texas American Federation of Teachers: Statement on Gov. Abbott's State of the State Speech

The governor is out of step with the Texas public when it comes to school students, teachers and the misuse of standardized testing. The governor has rightly declared increasing teacher pay as an emergency item for the session, but he fails to see the real emergency.

From Texas American Federation of Teachers

February 5, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Response to Governor Abbott's State of the State Address

This morning Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address at the Capitol. In response, CPPP CEO Ann Beeson issued the following statement: “We are pleased to hear Governor Abbott reiterate his commitment to remodeling Texas public school finance this legislative session.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

February 5, 2019

Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas: Statement Regarding Gov. Abbott's State of the State Speech

The Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas today released the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s 2019 State of the State speech: “Texas job creators support Gov. Abbott’s commitment to cutting burdensome red tape to keep our economy strong and competitive,” ASSET Spokesperson Annie Spilman said.

From Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas

February 5, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Seeks Summary Judgment to Protect Texans and Physicians from Unlawful Obamacare Requirement

Leading a multistate coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a summary judgment motion asking a U.S. District Court to strike down an unlawful Obamacare requirement that increases costs to Texas taxpayers and violates the medical judgment and conscience rights of physicians across the country.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 5, 2019

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas: Response to State of the State Address

Today, Governor Greg Abbott released his emergency priority items during the biennial State of the State address. Greg Abbott’s history of prioritizing anti-abortion legislation: During the 85th Texas Legislature, Greg Abbott called a special session, attacking immigrant and transgender Texans and prioritizing abortion restrictions:

From NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

February 5, 2019

Texas Retailers Association: Statement on Governor Abbott's Proposals Regarding Property Tax Reform

The Texas Retailers Association represents all sectors and sizes of the retail industry in Texas. We applaud Governor Abbott and the state’s leadership for making both property tax reform and school finance major priorities for the 86th Legislative Session. TRA and its members depend on a business-friendly environment as well as a well-educated workforce for continued success in Texas.

From Texas Retailers Association

February 5, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Statement on Governor Greg Abbott's State of the State Address

The following statement was released by THRC Chairman Dustin Burrows in response to today’s State of the State address: “During Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address to the Texas Legislature today, the Governor provided strong guidance on what both chambers should prioritize during the 86th Legislative Session.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

February 5, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Priorities for 86th Legislature

The following statement was released by SDC Chairman, José Rodríguez: While the Texas Legislature has taken great efforts to ensure the prosperity of our State, there are still many issues we must face together.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

February 5, 2019

Representative Victoria Neave: Elected Co-Chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation

This morning, State Representative Victoria Neave was elected Co-Chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation (DALD) by her colleagues. Each legislative session, the members of the DALD select one Democrat and one Republican as joint leaders of the bi-partisan House delegation.

From Representative Victoria Neave

February 5, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Senate Bill 10 To Strengthen Mental Health

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 10, which establishes the Mental Health Care Consortium to foster collaboration among health-related institutions with the goal of improving early identification and access to mental health services, addressing psychiatry workforce issues, promoting and coordinating mental health research, and strengthening judicial training on juvenile mental health.

From Senator Jane Nelson

February 4, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Cruz, Abbott, Texas Delegation Urge Administration to Release Billions in Hurricane Harvey Response Funds

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Greg Abbott, and Texas members of the U.S. House of Representatives today sent a letter to Acting Director Russ Vought of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging him to expedite issuance of the rules and regulations governing the Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriated by Congress one year ago so Texas can receive over $4.3 billion for flood mitigation projects to prevent future storm damage.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 4, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Amicus Brief Calling on Supreme Court to Rein in the Administrative State and Uphold the Separation of Powers

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Chevron deference, the doctrine that requires federal courts to defer to agency interpretations of statutes. Attorney General Paxton urged the high court to review the D.C. Circuit’s decision in United Parcel Service v. Postal Regulatory Commission, which deferred to an administrative agency’s view of the law without analyzing the underlying statute Congress passed.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 4, 2019

Representative Celia Israel: Files Legislation Addressing Public Safety

Rep. Celia Israel (House District 50) has filed three bills to address public safety on our roads and around our communities. Since November 7, 2000, a day has not passed without a death on Texas roads. In 2017 alone, Texas suffered 3,721 traffic deaths. This is a crisis, and it is preventable.

From Representative Celia Israel

February 4, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads Multistate Coalition Urging SCOTUS to Review California Law That Infringes Protected Second Amendment Rights

Leading a multistate coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an important Second Amendment case challenging the constitutionality of a California law that bans the sale of many handguns commonly sold in Texas and other parts of the country to law-abiding California residents for self-defense.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 4, 2019

Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition: Lauds Efforts to Address Bail Reform

The following statement on Texas State Senator John Whitmire’s (D-Houston) and State Representative Andrew Murr’s (R-Junction) comprehensive bail reform legislation should be attributed to Bill Hammond, chief strategist for the Texas Smart-on-Crime Coalition: “The current bail system is corrupt and broken. A person’s wealth should never decide their freedom, but that’s exactly what’s happening in Texas.

From Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition

February 4, 2019

Texas Alliance for Safe Communities: Statement Regarding Filing of Senate Bill 628 and House Bill 1323

The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) today released the following statement regarding the filing of Senate Bill 628 by Sen. John Whitmire and House Bill 1323 by Rep. Andy Murr.

From Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

February 4, 2019

Texas Pets Alive!: Spreading the Love at First-Ever No Kill Day at the Texas Capitol

February is all about celebrating love, and Texas pet lovers will gather on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol this Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11am to show their love for our four-legged friends. During the first No Kill Day event, Texas Pets Alive! President Lorri Michel will share the latest statistics on the vast strides we have made in preventing the killing of shelter animals in Texas.

From Texas Pets Alive!

February 4, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.8 Billion in January

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.8 billion in January, 6 percent more than in January 2018. “The growth in sales tax collections was primarily due to continued strong spending in oil- and gas-related sectors,” Hegar said. “Remittances from restaurants also grew, while those from retail trade were flat relative to a year ago.”

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

February 4, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Launches "Boots on the Ground" Oil & Gas Inspector Training

Continuing its culture of learning, the Railroad Commission of Texas today launches its first-ever new inspector training school - "Boots on the Ground." This training will focus on new oil and gas inspectors with less than two years tenure at the RRC.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

February 4, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks U.S. District Court to Grant Summary Judgment Declaring DACA Unlawful

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a multistate motion for summary judgment with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asking it to declare the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful and to stop the federal government from issuing or renewing any DACA permits in the future.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 4, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Seeks Stronger Punishment For Assaults On Pregnant Women

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed legislation making it a felony to assault a pregnant woman in Texas. House Bill 902, authored by Landgraf, makes it a third degree felony for assaulting a pregnant woman if the actor knew or should have known the woman was pregnant at the time of the assault.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

February 4, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Files HB 216 to Support Historically Underutilized Businesses

The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program began in 1991 to increase minority and women-owned business participation in state procurement and contracting from which such businesses had often experienced difficulty becoming involved. Although there have been many inroads made by Historically Underutilized Businesses over the last two decades, the percentage of contracts that they receive is unsatisfactory.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

February 4, 2019

Common Cause Texas: Whitley's "Illegal Voting" Scandal Should Rule Out Senate Confirmation

Following the much-publicized debacle caused by the Texas Secretary of State sending out an advisory that made claims about “voter fraud” and “illegal voting”, Common Cause Texas is taking the unprecedented step of formally opposing the confirmation of David Whitley to the position of Sec. of State. Mr. Whitley was appointed to the position in December of 2018 but still requires confirmation by the Texas Senate.

From Common Cause Texas

February 1, 2019

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Elects Executive Committee, Historic Moment for Texas Legislature

Four openly LGBTQ female legislators will comprise the Executive Committee of the House LGBTQ Caucus, the first caucus of its kind at the Texas Capitol. Members of the newly created House LGBTQ Caucus met Wednesday morning to hold Officer Elections, discuss the caucus’ legislative agenda and future direction.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

February 1, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Offers Assistance to Texas District and County Attorneys as They Investigate Catholic Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a letter offering his office’s assistance to all district and county attorneys in Texas as they prepare to investigate cases involving clergymen accused of sexually abusing children. On Thursday, the 15 Texas Catholic Dioceses publicly identified nearly 300 priests against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse have been made.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 1, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Announces 20182019 Accreditation Statuses

The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charter schools across the state. Accreditation statuses are based on state academic accountability ratings, the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (known commonly as School FIRST), data reporting, special program effectiveness, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

From Texas Education Agency

February 1, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Let Texas Defund Planned Parenthood Immediately

Attorney General Ken Paxton today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to stay a U.S. District Court’s unlawful injunction and allow Texas to immediately end taxpayer payments to Planned Parenthood through the state’s Medicaid program.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 1, 2019

Texas Education Agency: BLGY Architecture receives Employers for Education Excellence Award

The State Board of Education today presented the Employers for Education Excellence Award to BLGY Architecture of Austin for its extensive support of Round Rock and Austin schools and teachers. The award, created by the Texas Legislature in 2007, recognizes Texas employers that encourage and support employees who actively participate in school activities and promote voluntarism in the public schools.

From Texas Education Agency

February 1, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Property Tax Reform & Relief Bill Filed In The Texas Senate

Today, Senator Paul Bettencourt, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Property Tax, filed Senate Bill 2 cited as the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019. The proposed legislation lowers the rollback rate from the current 8% to 2.5% for taxing entities that collect more than $15 million in tax revenue annually. This bill also makes changes to the appraisal process.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

February 1, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Calls for Apologies, Probe in Bogus Voter Suppression Scheme

The Texas AFL-CIO today called on state leaders who suggested tens of thousands of voters might have cast ballots illegally to apologize and explain how an outrageous assault on voting rights took place.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 31, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Statement on Governo Abbott's Tax Proposal

Today the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker announced a misguided tax plan that would be devastating to our city and county governments. This plan would prevent our cities and counties from being able to fully fund our police, firefighter and other critical public services, which would put our citizens and communities at risk.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

January 31, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Celebrates 100 Years of Texas Oil and Natural Gas

The following statement can be attributed to Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association: You’d be hard-pressed to find a story more dynamic, inspirational and impressive than the story of the Texas oil and natural gas industry over the past 100 years.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

January 31, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: School, Police, Fire, and Hospitals Need Funding, Not Caps

State Sen. José Rodríguez, chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on HB 2/SB 2: The legislature cut $5.4 billion from public education in 2011, and since then, has failed to resolve these deficiencies in public school finance, a major driver of local property taxes.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 31, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Praises Joint Effort On Property Tax Reform

Today, House Bill 2 was filed by Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows, which is the first step in the legislative process to accomplish meaningful reform of the property tax system in Texas. During a historic press conference this morning, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Property Tax Committee Chairman Paul Bettencourt, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows agreed property tax reform is a top priority of the state and identical companion bills have been filed in both chambers.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

January 31, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: MALC Policy Committee Demands That SoS Advisory Be Rescinded, Investigations Halted

Today, the MALC Policy Committee issued the following demands to the Texas Secretary of State in regards to Election Advisory No. 2019-02. “Over a dozen civil rights organizations have expressed grave concerns to Secretary of State David Whitley regarding his initiative to identify and purge non-citizens from counties’ voter rolls.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 31, 2019

Murphy Nasica & Associates: Announces Four New Company Partners

Today, Murphy Nasica & Associates (MNA), one of the largest, winningest political consulting firms in America announced four new company partners: Creative Director Joey Parr, Director of Analytics Blake Reynolds, Director of Operations Sam Spahn, and Director of Grassroots Stephanie Terek.

From Murphy Nasica & Associates

January 31, 2019

Fred Rangel Campaign: Governor Abbott Endorses Fred Rangel for Texas House

Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott has endorsed Fred Rangel, Republican candidate for House District 125 in the February 12 special election. “I am proud to endorse Fred Rangel for the Texas House of Representatives,” said Gov. Abbott. “Fred has been an active local Republican and business and community leader in San Antonio for many years.

From Fred Rangel Campaign

January 31, 2019

Representatives Michael McCaul and Henry Cuellar: Introduce Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

Congressmen Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced H.R. 836 – the Interdiction for the Protection of Child Victims of Exploitation and Human Trafficking Act. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Cortez Masto (D-NV). Governor Greg Abbott of Texas extended his support for this legislation.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 31, 2019

Representative Dustin Burrows: Co-Authors House Bill 2

Today, Representative Dustin Burrows joined House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Governor Greg Abbott to introduce House Bill 2, which will slow the annual increase in property taxes, empower Texans with the automatic right to vote “no” on excessive tax increases and provide taxpayers the transparency to understand which elected officials or government entities raised their taxes. An identical (companion) bill, SB2 was filed in the Senate.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

January 31, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Leaders Make a Misguided Tax Plan Worse

Today the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker announced a regurgitated tax plan rejected last session that would prevent cities and counties from raising the necessary funds for firefighters, police and paramedics. The new proposal is even worse, capping tax revenue at 2.5 percent, which is lower than any proposal offered in the previous legislative session.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 31, 2019

Jolt Action: Opens New Headquarters In Houston Ahead Of 2020

Jolt, an organization working to increase the civic participation of young Latinos, is expanding operations into Houston, Texas. Jolt will receive a special acknowledgement from The City of Houston to celebrate and commend the grand opening of its new office in the heart of Houston's East End community for its unwavering commitment to preparing and empowering the next generation of community leaders in Texas.

From Jolt Action

January 31, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Files Senate Bill 2 - The Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act

Today Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, and Speaker Bonnen announced that Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) filed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act. Representative Burrows (R-Lubbock) filed the identical bill in the house.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 31, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick joined Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen today to announce the filing of two identical property tax reform bills in the Texas Senate and the Texas House. “This is a historic day. Legislation has been filed in both the Texas Senate and the Texas House that will finally address the rate of growth of local property taxes.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 31, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Statement From Rep. Chris Turner

The following statement was released by HDC Chairman Chris Turner in response to Gov. Abbott's press conference today: “Property taxes are too high because the state of Texas has relied on rising school property taxes to balance the state budget.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

January 31, 2019

Texas Conference of Urban Counties: Statement on State's Revenue Caps Proposal

Today, Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, and House Speaker Bonner announced a plan to impose a 2.5% revenue cap on larger taxing units, among other reforms. The following Texas Conference of Urban Counties statement was issued today:

From Texas Conference of Urban Counties

January 31, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Files Bill To Address 'Food Deserts'

Today, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez filed legislation that would establish a Grocery Access Investment Fund program to fund projects that seek to increase food access in low- to moderate-income communities located in underserved areas.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 31, 2019

Speaker Dennis Bonnen: Property Tax Legislation Filed in House, Senate

Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen today joined Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Representative Dustin Burrows and Senator Paul Bettencourt at a news conference to announce that the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate have filed identical legislation to reform the state’s property tax system.

From Speaker Dennis Bonnen

January 31, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Urges Congress For Medicaid Block Grant

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed legislation urging congress to establish a Medicaid block grant program in Texas. House Concurrent Resolution 29, authored by Landgraf, petitions the state's congressional delegation to pursue block grant legislation in Washington, D.C. to allow Texas to administer its own health care for the poor.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 31, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Executive Committee Appoints Floor Leaders For The 86th Legislature

Today, Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows announced the appointment of Representative Jim Murphy as the Caucus Floor Leader for the 86th Legislative Session. Representative Murphy will be joined by the following members who will serve as Deputy Floor Leaders: John Raney, Cole Hefner, Justin Holland, Tony Tinderholt, and Bill Zedler.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

January 30, 2019

Senator Nathan Johnson: Statement On Medicaid Expansion By Public Referendum

Today, Texas State Senator Nathan Johnson filed SB 524 and SJR 34, legislation that would put Medicaid expansion on the November ballot for state-wide voter approval. "Medicaid expansion is, at this point, a conservative action. Over the past several years, the 36 states that have expanded Medicaid – including those led by Republican majorities – have benefitted from improved health and net economic benefit.

From Senator Nathan Johnson

January 30, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Files Legislation Urging Protection Of Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Yesterday, Senator Hinojosa filed Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) No. 13 to protect Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park from the proposed construction of a border wall through this treasured site. This SCR, if passed, would urge the United States Congress to oppose construction of a border wall through the 600 acre park along the Rio Grande which serves as a wildlife corridor that allows native species to survive.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 30, 2019

Christian Life Commission: Announces Public Policy Priorities

The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission is pleased to announce their public policy priorities for the 86th Texas Legislative Session. “Our Commissioners chose these priorities because we believe they reflect a commitment to the time-honored Baptist principles of religious liberty, care for the poor, and the common good.

From Christian Life Commission

January 30, 2019

Texas Alliance for Safe Communities: Pasadena Police Chief Blasts Harris County Jail Release Policy that Led to Dangerous Crime Spree

Pasadena, Texas Police Chief Josh Bruegger has released a video blasting Harris County’s dangerous pretrial release policy. Earlier this month, Jakouri Jones allegedly committed a series of armed robberies in Pasadena, and shot at a witness and his children. The 230th District Court judge in Harris County released Jones on personal recognizance (PR) twice in one week, allowing him to continue his crime spree.

From Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

January 30, 2019

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Record Number of Republican Committee Chairs Appointed by Lt. Governor Patrick

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has named a record number of Republican committee chairs in the Texas Senate. Fourteen Republican Senators have been named Chair of a standing committee in the Texas Senate. There are nineteen total Republican members. Senators Bettencourt, Birdwell, Buckingham, Campbell, Creighton, Hall, Hancock, Huffman, Hughes, Kolkhorst, Nelson, Nichols, Perry, and Taylor will all serve as committee chairs this session. (a full committee list can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Th1xCq)

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

January 30, 2019

Texas 21 Coalition: Statement On American Lung Association "State Of Tobacco Control" Report

The Texas 21 Coalition – representing 74 public health organizations – issued the statement below today in response to the American Lung Association’s 17th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. The ALA gave Texas an “F” grade in five areas, including “Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21.”

From Texas 21 Coalition

January 30, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Releases 2018 Annual Report

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath today announced the release of TEA’s 2018 Annual Report on Texas public schools. The annual report is TEA’s second, and is intended to share the success stories of schools that are meeting the needs of their students with highly effective and efficient approaches to education, identify operational challenges that impact almost every school system, and highlight the strategic priorities TEA is directly engaged in with school districts across the state to overcome these challenges.

From Texas Education Agency

January 30, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Files Bills To Promote Responsible Gun Ownership, Prevent Gun Violence & Protect Survivors Of Family Violence

Today, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez filed legislation to promote responsible gun ownership, prevent gun violence and protect survivors of family violence. Rep. Rodriguez hosted the Stop Gun Violence Caucus at the 2018 Texas Democratic Convention with Moms Demand Action - Texas and March for Our Lives - Austin.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 30, 2019

Representative Hugh Shine: Employee Stock Ownership (ESOP) Legislation Filed

State Representative Hugh D. Shine filed House Bill 1198 that allows a professional corporation to organize as a Employee Stock Ownership Company (ESOP) giving ownership to employees.

From Representative Hugh Shine

January 30, 2019

Representative Morgan Meyer: Received Seniority Appointment To House Public Ed Committee

Last week, Speaker Dennis Bonnen appointed state Representative Morgan Meyer to the House Public Education Committee. Meyer was named as a seniority appointment to the committee, meaning he requested the assignment.

From Representative Morgan Meyer

January 30, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush sends President Donald J. Trump letter requesting help getting mitigation rules approved by HUD and OMB

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced he sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting help getting rules for Texas' Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) mitigation funding approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). It has been nearly a year since the funding was appropriated by Congress.

From Texas General Land Office

January 29, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Announces Policy Committee For The 86th Legislature

Today, the Texas House Republican Caucus is pleased to announce that Representative Scott Sanford has been selected to serve as Chairman of the Policy Committee and Representative Andrew Murr has been chosen to serve as Vice-Chair. Members elected the following legislators to serve on the Policy Committee from the six geographical regions of the state:

From Texas House Republican Caucus

January 29, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Houston Police Shooting: 'Unconscionable and Unacceptable'

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke of yesterday’s tragic police shooting in Houston on the Senate floor. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here. “I’d like to start by saying a few words about the horrific shooting that occurred in Houston, Texas, about 5 o’clock yesterday.”

From Senator John Cornyn

January 29, 2019

Representative Victoria Neave: Files H.B. 535 To Open The Doors For More Texas Students To Attend College By Increasing Texas' FAFSA Completion Rate

State Rep. Victoria Neave has filed House Bill 535 to broaden the opportunities for students to apply for federal funding to pay for college by requiring the completion of either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid ("TAFSA") form (for students not eligible to fill out the FAFSA) prior to graduating from a public high school.

From Representative Victoria Neave

January 29, 2019

Common Cause Texas: This is What Voter Suppression Looks Like

In the ongoing debacle surrounding the Texas Secretary of State's claims of tens of thousands of non-citizens voting in state elections, today the Texas Tribune learned that the SOS' office is making calls to several counties saying their initial list contained a "significant number" of people who are indeed citizens and should not have been on the list in the first place.

From Common Cause Texas

January 29, 2019

Representative James Talarico: To Visit All 57 Schools In District

State Representative James Talarico is announcing his commitment to visit all 57 public school campuses in House District 52 by the end of the year. As a former middle school teacher, Talarico ran on strengthening public schools. Last week, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen appointed Talarico to the committees on Public Education and Juvenile Justice.

From Representative James Talarico

January 29, 2019

Distilled Spirits Council: Texas House Legislation Would Repeal Antiquated "Blue Law" and Allow Package Stores to Ope on Sundays

Texans would have the opportunity to purchase their favorite distilled spirits from package stores on Sundays under new legislation introduced in the Texas Legislature. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, has introduced House Bill 1100 that would allow Texas package stores to open seven days a week.

From Distilled Spirits Council

January 29, 2019

Representative Matt Krause: Governor Greg Abbott Announces Support For Representative Krause's Removing Barriers To Work Act, Abolishing Student Loan Default As Ground For Nonrenewal Of A Professional Or Occupational License

Representative Matt Krause's Removing Barriers to Work Act would end the practice of removing or denying an occupational license on the basis of failure to make a payment on student loans. Regarding the proposed legislation, Governor Greg Abbott stated, “the Removing Barriers to Work Act will go a long way in protecting occupational licensing, and will ensure that those with student loans have the ability to pay those loans back and make a living in their respective fields.

From Representative Matt Krause

January 29, 2019

Jolt Action: Texas Voter Citizenship Check Is Voter Suppression In Action

In response to a dramatic Advisory released last week, Jolt Action and twelve organizations signed onto a letter urging the secretary of state to stop voter suppression efforts and provide guidance to voter registrars and election administrators across the state.

From Jolt Action

January 29, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez Re-appointed as MALC Policy Chair

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) unanimously re-appointed State Representative Eddie Rodriguez as Policy Chair and created a policy committee to assist with our mission of identifying and advocating for policies of interest to the Latino community.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 28, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Blasts Latest Voter Intimidation Effort

The Texas AFL-CIO today blasted the state for yet another in a long series of efforts by Texas statewide leaders designed to intimidate voters in Texas. "It is personally offensive to me that Attorney General Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott and others are trying to cast a shadow on my patriotism and my citizenship," said Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay, a naturalized citizen.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 28, 2019

Representative Jonathan Stickland: Files Unfunded Mandate Repeal

Today, State Representative Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) filed HB 1133. This bill would allow local ISDs a campus-wide classroom average of 22 students, instead of requiring 22 students per class, repealing a burdensome and unfunded mandate.

From Representative Jonathan Stickland

January 28, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 23-State Coalition Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Confirm that the Second Amendment Applies Beyond the Home

Joining a 23-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case involving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding individuals to carry firearms outside of their homes.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 28, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Renaming SH 71 In Honor Of Trooper Carlos Ray Warren

Today, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez filed HB 1122 to rename the portion of SH 71 in Travis County that runs east from SH 130 to the municipal limits of Bastrop in Bastrop County in honor and recognition of Trooper Carlos Ray Warren’s service. Trooper Warren died in the line of duty along SH 71 while interrupting an abduction at a rural highway rest area on March 5, 1991.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 28, 2019

Common Cause Texas: Voter Suppression Bill Filed On Heels Of "Illegal Voting" Claims

Late Friday, the Texas Secretary of State released a highly suspect advisory claiming 95,000 non-U.S. citizens were registered to vote in Texas and 58,000 of those people had cast ballots in state elections since 1996. The advisory demanded that local county election officials send notices to those people requesting they provide documentation to prove their citizenship.

From Common Cause Texas

January 28, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Receives "Champion for Children" Award by the Equity Center

The Equity Center, representing over 600 of Texas’ school districts, recognized Representative Mary González with the “Champion for Children” award on Sunday for her tireless advocacy in building a robust and equitably funded public education system. The Equity Center works to provide all public school districts with fair and equal access to Texas’ resources.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 28, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Publishes Updated Regional Reports

The Comptroller’s Data Analysis and Transparency (DAT) Division recently updated reports on Texas' 12 economic regions as well as an overall state summary. The reports offer a snapshot of each region’s economy and trends over time. The demographic and economic data used for these reports is up-to-date as of September 2018.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 28, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: New Resources Outline Texas School Finance Solutions

Remodeling the way we pay for Texas public schools will be a top priority this state legislative session. CPPP is here to help demystify Texas public school finance and to offer fact-driven policy solutions to ensure all students can reach their full potential.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 28, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Morath Announces New Math Innovation Zones Cohort

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced that 15 school districts and open-enrollment charter schools and one Education Service Center have been selected to launch Texas Education Agency (TEA) Math Innovation Zones for the 2019-2020 school year.

From Texas Education Agency

January 28, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Today in Finance

"Senate Bill 1 funds every agency exceptional item relating to human trafficking -- a horrendous crime that needs to be met with the full force of state government," said Senator Nelson.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 28, 2019

Insurance Council of Texas: Texas Traffic Fatalities Drop

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, after seven straight years of increases, the number of traffic fatalities in Texas fell in 2018. Traffic fatalities dropped 4% from 3,720 in 2017 to 3,567 last year. The number of fatal auto pedestrian accidents also dropped.

From Insurance Council of Texas

January 28, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Seeks To Reduce Overpass Strikes & Save Taxpayers' Money

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed legislation aimed at reducing the number of overpass strikes due to over-height semi-trucks by holding those drivers or their employers liable for the costly damage. House Bill 799, authored by Landgraf, seeks to hold the owner of the vehicle strictly liable for any damage to a bridge or overpass caused by the height of the vehicle.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 28, 2019

Public Interest Legal Foundation: Statement: 95K Noncitizens Registered To Vote In Texas

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today commended the State of Texas for revealing nearly 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote. A majority cast at least one ballot since 1996, according to state officials. “This shows why Harris county must release the alien voting records we have sought for a year,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

From Public Interest Legal Foundation

January 28, 2019

Texas Values: Bush, Thousands of Texans at Capitol Life March

Texas Values staff, along with thousands of other Texans, marched today in the 2019 Texas Rally for Life in memory of the millions of aborted children and to call for an end to this barbaric practice. Commissioner George P Bush and Congressman Chip Roy are also expected to attend.

From Texas Values

January 25, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Secretary of State's Office Discovers Nearly 95,000 People Identified by DPS as Non-U.S. Citizens are Registered to Vote in Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement after the Secretary of State’s office discovered that about 95,000 individuals identified by the Department of Public Safety as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in Texas, and roughly 58,000 of them have voted in one or more Texas elections:

From Office of the Attorney General

January 25, 2019

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Chairman Castro Statement on Reopening the Government

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today put out the following statement on the President’s announcement to reopen the government: “I am relieved that a deal has been reached to temporarily reopen the government and back pay the 800,000 Americans who missed two paychecks.

From Congressional Hispanic Caucus

January 25, 2019

Representative Giovanni Capriglione: HB 1096 Will Modernize Texas Government IT, Close Cybersecurity Gaps and Improve Cost Efficiency and Customer Service

With outdated IT hardware and software among the cybersecurity and budgetary threats to state agency information technology (IT) and staffing, Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) today introduced legislation to modernize state IT. In 2017, Rep. Capriglione authored H.B. 8, the Texas Cybersecurity Act with Senator Jane Nelson.

From Representative Giovanni Capriglione

January 25, 2019

Texas Alliance for Life: Texas Rally for Life will include Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, and more than 5,000 attendees

This Saturday, January 26, 2019, thousands of pro-life Texans will attend the annual Texas Rally for Life at the Capitol in Austin. The event commemorates the 46th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that has claimed the lives of more than 60 million unborn children and harmed countless women since 1973.

From Texas Alliance for Life

January 25, 2019

Representative Celia Israel: Files Legislation Improving Government Transparency

This week, State Representative Celia Israel (HD-50) filed House Bill 1001, addressing limitations in the current Whistleblower Law. The Whistleblower Law provides certain protections to public employees who report a violation of the law, typically in the form of waste, fraud, and abuse. Currently, statute limits public employees to report violations to "an appropriate law enforcement authority" in order to be protected from adverse personnel action.

From Representative Celia Israel

January 25, 2019

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on Agreement to Reopen the Government

Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement on today's funding agreement:

From Representative Michael McCaul

January 25, 2019

Anti-Defamation League: Condemns Heinous Alleged Homophobic Assault In Austin; Calls For Hate Crime Charges To Be Brought Against Suspects

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today forcefully condemned the alleged homophobic assault of two men in Austin by a group of men who had reportedly been shouting anti-gay slurs at the victims. ADL called on investigators to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

From Anti-Defamation League

January 25, 2019

Senator Nathan Johnson: Files First Bills On Criminal Justice Reform

Texas State Senator Nathan Johnson introduced his first bills today. The three pieces of legislation, SB 460, SB 461, and SCR 10, are aligned with bipartisan objectives to improve the criminal justice system in Texas. "Throughout the 86th session, I will introduce legislation reflecting discussions I have had over the past two years regarding how we can enable Texans to become more self- sufficient, healthy, and productive," Johnson said.

From Senator Nathan Johnson

January 25, 2019

Texas School for the Deaf: Students Showcase Technologies at Texas Capitol Schoolhouse

Lawmakers, staff and visitors to the state Capitol today are in for a special treat from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) students, among those from districts across the state, are demonstrating the latest technology applications used in Texas school classrooms today.

From Texas School for the Deaf

January 25, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioners Assess More Than $1 Million in Penalties

The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $1,206,465 in fines involving 290 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 25, 2019

Representative Steve Toth: Introduces Emergency Response Bill

Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) has introduced legislation to require Texas schools and law enforcement agencies to establish active shooter response plans. The bill calls for law enforcement agencies to conduct annual drills while also requiring law enforcement to immediately contain or eliminate a threat.

From Representative Steve Toth

January 25, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Combats Child Trafficking At The Border

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed legislation that would criminalize, under state law, misrepresenting a child as a family member at a border crossing. House Bill 888, authored by Landgraf, seeks to combat human trafficking by making it a Class B misdemeanor to knowingly misrepresent a minor as a family member to a peace officer or federal special investigator at a port of entry.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 25, 2019

Representative Carl Sherman: Appointed to House Appropriations Committee

Texas House member Carl O. Sherman, (D-HD 109) appointed to the highly sough after Appropriations Committee by Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonnen. The esteemed committee is led by Chairman John Zerwas, which has jurisdiction over all bills and resolutions appropriating money from the state treasury, among other key duties.

From Representative Carl Sherman

January 24, 2019

Representative Nicole Collier: Appointed to Chair A Committee In The House

Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Dennis Bonnen, has appointed state Representative Nicole Collier, House District 95, chair of the House's nine-member Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and vice chair of the House's General Investigating Committee. Additionally, Speaker Bonnen re-appointed Rep. Collier to the Business & Industry Committee.

From Representative Nicole Collier

January 24, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appoints Senate Hughes to The State Preservation Board

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, to the State Preservation Board today. Upon his announcement the lieutenant governor made the following statement: "I am proud to appoint Sen. Hughes to this important committee and I'm confident he will ensure that our state's vibrant history is preserved."

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 24, 2019

Texas Alliance for Safe Communities: Soaring Crime Rate Forcing Alaska to Roll Back Failed Bail Reform Policies

After seeing it’s communities terrorized by a 35 percent increase in violent crime and a 26 percent increase in overall crime in the last five years, Alaska is attempting to roll back it’s pretrial catch and release policies. Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday rolled out four bills aimed at improving public safety and protecting Alaskans. Texas legislators will debate enacting similar policies this legislative session.

From Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

January 24, 2019

Pastors for Texas Children: Statement from Pastor Charles Johnson, Executive Director

“We are extremely disappointed in the manner in which State Senator Kel Seliger has been treated by the Lt. Governor. Senator Seliger has been a champion for his District and a fierce advocate for local public schools since he was first elected.

From Pastors for Texas Children

January 24, 2019

Senator Kelly Hancock: Files Consumer Protection Disaster Relief Bills in Harvey's Wake

Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) today filed a legislative package addressing two significant concerns raised in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Senate Bill (SB) 442 would require all homeowner's insurance policies that do not provide flood coverage to explicitly state so by providing written notice to the insured, and SB 443 would extend the disaster relief homestead exemption from two to five years.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

January 24, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Fiscal Notes: Texas School Finance - Doing the Math on the State's Biggest Expenditure

The Comptroller’s office examines the history and intricacies of the Texas school finance system in a special edition of Fiscal Notes, released today. In 2016, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the school finance system meets minimum constitutional requirements but needs "transformational, top-to-bottom reforms."

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 24, 2019

Annie's List: Endorses Coda Rayo-Garza In Special Election For Texas House District 125

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, Democratic women to office in Texas, is proud to announce the PAC’s first endorsement of 2019: Coda Rayo-Garza for Texas House District 125.

From Annie's List

January 24, 2019

Equality Texas: Rep. Zedler Files Controversial Anti-LGBTQ Bill HB 1035

Equality Texas, the largest statewide organization solely dedicated to securing full equality for LGBTQ Texans, today condemned Rep. Bill Zedler’s HB1035 as blatant discrimination against LGBTQ Texans.

From Equality Texas

January 24, 2019

Representative Tom Oliverson: Receives Committee Assignments for the 86th Legislature

Today, State Representative Tom Oliverson, MD (R-Cypress) was named Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Insurance and was also appointed to the Committees on Natural Resources and Calendars. Dr. Oliverson is honored to serve on these committees and acknowledges the trust placed in him by Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen.

From Representative Tom Oliverson

January 24, 2019

Representative Hugh Shine: Co-Authors HB 991 Regarding Imminent Domain

State Representative Hugh D. Shine has become a coauthor on House Bill 991 filed today by Representative DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) which would increase protections for property owners in Texas by adding minimum provisions to imminent domain issues involving easement and condemnation.

From Representative Hugh Shine

January 24, 2019

Representative Hugh Shine: Texas House of Representatives Releases Committee Assignments

The Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) today announced committee assignments, naming State Rep. Hugh D. Shine to the House committee on Business and Industry. The representative from Temple will also serve as a member of the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues committee.

From Representative Hugh Shine

January 24, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC Members Appointed to a Third of Leadership Positions

Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) were appointed to nine chair positions, twelve vice chair, and the position of Speaker Pro Tem for the 86th Legislature. The newly-appointed committees position MALC members in 33 out of 34 House committees and account for nearly a third (29%) of chair positions announced.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 24, 2019

Representative Cole Hefner: Appointed to Appropriations, Transportation, And Local & Consent Calendars Committees

Today, Representative Cole Hefner (R-Mount Pleasant) was appointed by Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) to three Texas House committees: Appropriations, Transportation, and Local and Consent Calendars.

From Representative Cole Hefner

January 24, 2019

Representative Candy Noble: Receives Committee Assignments For The 86th Legislative Session

Today, Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session, appointing Representative Candy Noble to the powerful House Committee on Ways & Means, the House Committee on Human Services, and the House Committee on General Investigating.

From Representative Candy Noble

January 24, 2019

Representative Alex Dominguez: Appointed to Natural Resources Committee and County Affairs Committee

Today, Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced Texas House Committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session. State Representative Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville) was appointed to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on County Affairs.

From Representative Alex Dominguez

January 24, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Defends Legal Standards Keeping Violent Criminals in Prison

Attorney General Ken Paxton today defended the existing federal standards to maintain criminal sentences. Today’s argument at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit aims to hold the legal standards in place and keep admitted pedophile Ricky Langley in prison for the murder of a six-year-old boy.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 23, 2019

Representation Chris Turner: Named Chair Of House Committee On Higher Education

Today, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen named state Representative Chris Turner (HD 101 – Grand Prairie) chair of the House Committee on Higher Education. "It is an honor to be selected to chair the Higher Education Committee, and I thank Speaker Bonnen for naming me to this post,” said Turner. "The Higher Education Committee plays a critical role in expanding the accessibility of higher education for all Texans and ensuring we fulfill our workforce needs now and in the future.”

From Representation Chris Turner

January 23, 2019

Representative Rafael Anchia: Appointed Chair Of International Relations And Economic Development Committee; Also Appointed To House Administration And Energy Resources Committees

Today, Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced the appointments to the House Committees for the 86th legislative session. Speaker Bonnen has selected Rep. Anchia to serve as Chairman of the newly-formed International Relations and Economic Development Committee (IRED). IRED represents a consolidation of two former committees, the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, which Rep. Anchia chaired since the 83rd session, and the Economic & Small Business Development Committee.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

January 23, 2019

Representative Matt Krause: Assigned to Four Committees for the 86th Legislature

House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced the committee assignments for the 86th Legislature, naming Representative Matt Krause to four committees. Representative Krause will serve on the Transportation, Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Redistricting, and General Investigating committees.

From Representative Matt Krause

January 23, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appoints Senator Hall to Senate Agriculture Committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today that he has appointed Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Upon his announcement the lieutenant governor made the following statement: “No one works harder for the people of his district than Sen. Hall and I am confident he will bring the same work ethic and commitment to conservative principles to the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee.”

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 23, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Education Is the Gateway to Our Hopes, Dreams, and Future

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks at the 2019 Texas School Choice Week rally held at the Texas State Capitol. There, Sen. Cruz announced his intention to introduce a federal scholarship tax credit in the coming days, and highlighted the school choice victories achieved in the last two years, including his Student Opportunity Amendment, which is the most far-reaching federal school choice bill ever passed and signed into law.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 23, 2019

Representative Lina Ortega: Named to Transportation, Public Health, and House Administration Committees for the 86th Legislature

Today, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen released his committee appointments for the 86th Legislative Session. Representative Lina Ortega was appointed to three committees: Public Health, Transportation, and House Administration.

From Representative Lina Ortega

January 23, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: Supports Eminent Domain Reform

Calling eminent domain reform "the property rights issue of our time," Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening joined State Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) today in Austin to roll out the reform bill, HB 991.

From Texas Farm Bureau

January 23, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Appointed Vice Chair Of Transportation Committee

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) was appointed by Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen to serve as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and also as a member of the House Committee on Business and Industry.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 23, 2019

Representative Ed Thompson: Named Vice-Chairman of Environmental Regulation Committee, Appointed to Transportation, House Administration

Speaker Dennis Bonnen today announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session of the Texas House of Representatives, appointing Representative Ed Thompson as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and as a member of the House Committee on Transportation and House Committee on House Administration.

From Representative Ed Thompson

January 23, 2019

Representative DeWayne Burns: Representative Burns and Senator Kolkhorst File Major Eminent Domain Reform Legislation

Rep. DeWayne Burns (HD-58) and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (SD-18) along with other prominent property rights advocates, announced on Wednesday, the filing of HB 991 and SB 421. These bills, once codified into law will create a substantially more fair, equitable and transparent eminent domain process for thousands of Texans who are faced each year with the prospect of losing their private property through forced condemnation.

From Representative DeWayne Burns

January 23, 2019

Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.: Re-Appointed to House Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chair of Land & Resource Management Committee

Today, State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. (D-Palmview) was appointed to serve as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Land and Resource Management Committee by Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. Currently serving his fifth term in the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Muñoz’s key committee appointments give our region a strong voice in the budget-making process as well as how the state manages the use of public lands and its resources.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.

January 23, 2019

Joe Moody Campaign: Moody Named Speaker Pro Tem

On Wednesday, January 23rd, Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) was appointed speaker pro tempore, the number two job in the Texas House of Representatives. The post was last held by Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), who was elected speaker of the house two weeks ago.

From Joe Moody Campaign

January 23, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Bills To Address Opioid Epidemic

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed a package of bills to confront opioid abuse in Texas. Lawmakers may file legislation through March 8, 2019. "Opioid abuse is on the rise across our communities, from teenagers to mothers, and the effects are devastating," said Senator Nelson.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 23, 2019

Representative Phil Stephenson: Gets Committee Assignments for the 86th Texas Legislature

New Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced House Committee assignments today. For the 86th Texas Legislative Session Representative Phil Stephenson will serve on Pensions, Investments and Financial Services (PIFS) as well as Corrections.

From Representative Phil Stephenson

January 23, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Receives Committee Appointments; Named Chairman of Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

Today, Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session, appointing Representative Jeff Leach as Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and as a member on the House Committee on Pensions, Investments & Financial Services and the House Committee on Redistricting.

From Representative Jeff Leach

January 23, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Appointed to Three Most Influential House Committees

This morning, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for Members of the Texas House of Representatives in the 86th Texas Legislature. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez has been appointed to the House Committees on Calendars, State Affairs and Ways & Means.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 23, 2019

Texas Values Action: #BanTheBible, Anti-Christian Bills filed in Texas. Faith Leaders Oppose.

Texas Values Action sounded the alarm today on numerous bills filed in the Texas Legislature that allow the government to criminalize people of faith and effectively ban the Bible. These bills highlight a growing national trend to punish people of faith by forcing them to celebrate LGBT viewpoints or values and reject their own sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage, human sexuality, and life.

From Texas Values Action

January 23, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Receives Committee Assignments for 86th Legislative Session

Today, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session. Representative Mary González has been appointed Vice Chair of the Local & Consent Calendars Committee and to the House Committee on Public Education, and retains her position on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 23, 2019

Representative Dustin Burrows: To Chair House Committee On Ways And Means

Today, Texas House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Bonnen named State Representative Dustin Burrows to Chair the House Committee on Ways and Means. This committee assignment is for the 86th Texas Legislative Session and the interim.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

January 23, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Chairman Coleman on House Committee Assignments

Today, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) announced the committee assignments for each House member during the 86th Texas Legislature. Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement: "I am pleased and humbled to be reappointed Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs and to continue my service on the House Committee on Public Health.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

January 23, 2019

Representative Steve Toth: Appointed to House Appropriations and Tourism Committees

This morning, Dennis Bonnen, the Speaker of the House, announced committee appointments for Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) and fellow members of the Texas House of Representatives. Representative Toth was selected to serve on the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism.

From Representative Steve Toth

January 23, 2019

Representative Cesar Blanco: Appointed to Key House Committees

Today, Texas House Speaker Bonnen named committee assignments for the Texas House of Representatives for the 86th Legislature. Representative Cesar J. Blanco was appointed to two key committees: (1) the House Committee on Environmental Regulation, and (2) the House Committee on International Relations & Economic Development.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

January 23, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Launches Texas' First Online Searchable Database of Oil & Gas Inspection and Enforcement Data

Today, the Railroad Commission of Texas launched its RRC Online Inspection Lookup (OIL) tool for searching statewide oil and gas inspection and enforcement information, including notices of violation and intentions to sever leases. For the first time in RRC history, RRC OIL allows anyone, anywhere at any time to search online records of oil and gas well inspections and violations.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 23, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Statement Regarding House Committee Assignments

“Today, Speaker Dennis Bonnen delivered committee assignments to the Texas House and the Texas House Republican Caucus is excited to see the leadership of the committee process consists of 22 of our Republican members serving as Committee Chairs.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

January 23, 2019

Representative James Talarico: Appointed to the Public Education Committee

Newly-elected State Representative James Talarico, 29, has been appointed to the much sought-after Public Education Committee in the Texas House. “We must fix our broken school finance system. We owe it to our property taxpayers, our teachers, and our kids.

From Representative James Talarico

January 23, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: San Antonio Representative Files Bill Opposing Trump's Border Wall

Today I filed Texas House Bill 990 which calls for the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to submit a report to the Governor, as well as the Legislature, regarding the effects of the construction of a border wall. The Rio Grande Floodplain is home to several towns that have seen devastating damage from record breaking floods recently, something that a border wall would only make worse.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

January 23, 2019

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Appointed Chairman of Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

Today Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments on the House Floor. Representative Poncho Neva?rez was appointed Chairman of Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Representative Neva?rez previously served as Vice-Chair from 2015 through January 2019.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

January 23, 2019

Rouser: Progressive Activism Venture "Rouser" Launches

Founded by three Austin women, Rouser, announces today the launch of its weekly podcast, “THE RABBLE,” to demystify Texas politics for new activists. Rouser co-founders and “THE RABBLE” co-hosts – Becky Bullard, Ashley Cheng and Kristen Gunn – each left their businesses and corporate jobs with the mission of helping other “normals” like them figure out how to get involved in local activism and organizing.

From Rouser

January 23, 2019

Lilith Fund: "Rosie's Law" Would Expand Abortion Care Access for Low-Income Texans

“Rosie’s Law,” (House Bill 895) authored by Rep. Sheryl Cole, D-Austin, is the first bill of its kind that would expand insurance coverage for abortion for Texans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The bill is part of an historic initiative led by Texas-based abortion funds, who provide financial assistance to thousands of Texans seeking abortion and are committed to removing the barriers low-income Texans face when seeking care.

From Lilith Fund

January 22, 2019

Senator Kel Seliger: Statement Regarding the Senate Agriculture Committee

"Today, I was disappointed to learn that I am no longer the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. When, in her comment to the press, Sherry Sylvester threatened to remove me as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, she was acting as a spokesperson for the Lt. Governor.

From Senator Kel Seliger

January 22, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Senator Seliger's Recent Comments

Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement this afternoon: "Senator Seliger has been removed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and will not be serving on that Committee. I met with Sen. Seliger earlier today and gave him an opportunity to apologize for a lewd comment he made on radio about a female staffer that has shocked everyone. He had 48 hours to apologize, but failed to do so.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Launches New Dose of Reality Website to Educate Texans About the Dangers of Opioid Abuse

In his office’s latest initiative to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, Attorney General Ken Paxton today launched Dose of Reality, a new comprehensive website to inform and educate Texans about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 22, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Texas Gained 3,200 Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Jobs in December, 50% of Jobs Recovered

Upstream* oil and natural gas employment rebounded with a 3,200 job gain in December, offsetting the 300 job drop in November, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

January 22, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'School Choice Is the Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century'

In conjunction with National School Choice Week, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) today introduced the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities Through Education Act (CHOICE Act).

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Announces $120 Million Settlement with Johnson & Johnson for Falsely Marketing Hip Replacement Devices

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas will receive $8.5 million as part of a $120 million multistate settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit resolving alleged unfair and deceptive marketing of two hip replacement devices.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 22, 2019

Ron Reynolds Campaign: Increase the Minimum Wage

From Ron Reynolds Campaign

January 22, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Feinstein Appointed Chairs of Senate Narcotics Control Caucus

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) were appointed to serve as Co-Chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Both Senators serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and have a record of combatting drug addiction and drug trafficking.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 21, 2019

Texas Association of Broadcasters: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to Address Texas Broadcasters in Austin on Jan. 22

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, R-Houston, will address Texas broadcasters in Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Legislative Day conference.

From Texas Association of Broadcasters

January 21, 2019

Senator Beverly Powell: Statement on MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to advocating for civil rights. He successfully organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott and led the March on Washington, calling for jobs and freedom. In his famous, "I Have a Dream" speech, he called for equality. It was through his efforts, that the 24th Amendment was ratified and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

From Senator Beverly Powell

January 21, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Reverend King Devoted His Life to Preaching a Gospel of Hope and Love for All Mankind'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in observance of Martin Luther King Day: “This Martin Luther King Day, may we unite as a nation to reflect on the legacy Reverend King forged in the most turbulent of times.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 21, 2019

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on President Trump's Compromise Plan to Secure our Border and Reopen the Government

Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after President Trump announced his compromise plan to secure our border and reopen the government.

From Representative Michael McCaul

January 21, 2019

Senator Beverly Powell: Receives Committee Assignments

Today, Texas State Senator Beverly Powell (SD 10) was appointed to serve on the Senate Education, Senate Higher Education, Senate Health and Human Services, and Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development committees.

From Senator Beverly Powell

January 21, 2019

Senator Nathan Johnson: Announces Committee Assignments

Texas State Senator Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas) today announced his committee assignments for the 86th Texas Legislature. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Johnson to serve on the Health and Human Services, Veteran Affairs and Border Security, Water and Rural Affairs, and Administration Committees.

From Senator Nathan Johnson

January 21, 2019

Senator Borris Miles: Receives Senate Committee Assignments

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced his list of Senate Committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session, appointing Senator Borris L. Miles to the following committees: Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and Economic Development and Nominations.

From Senator Borris Miles

January 18, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Reappointed Chair of Senate Finance Committee

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was reappointed as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. She was also reappointed to the State Affairs Committee.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 18, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Looks Forward to Chairing Veteran Affairs Committee, Taking On Greater Roles in Education, Finance, and Business & Commerce

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick reappointed State Senator Donna Campbell as the Chair of Veteran Affairs and Border Security for a third consecutive session, with Senator Campbell also receiving assignments to serve on Finance, Education, Business & Commerce, Health and Human Services, and the Intergovernmental Relations committees.

From Senator Donna Campbell

January 18, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Lt. Gov. Patrick Releases Senate Committee Assignments For 86th Legislature

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced Senate committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa will serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee for the six consecutive session. He will continue his appointments to the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 18, 2019

Senator Peter P. Flores: Appointed to Legislative Committees for 86th Texas Legislature

Senator Peter P. Flores was appointed to serve on the following Senate Committees for the 86th Texas Legislature: · Finance, Member · Natural Resources & Economic Development, Member · Criminal Justice, Member · Health and Human Services, Member

From Senator Peter P. Flores

January 18, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Senate Committee Appointments Announced

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Senate Committee appointments for the 86th Legislature. Senator José Rodríguez was appointed as Vice Chairman of the new Agriculture Committee, and was reappointed to serve on the Senate Committees on Transportation, and Natural Resources and Economic Development. In addition, the Senator will serve on the new Water and Rural Affairs Committee.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 18, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Named Chair of Newly Formed Senate Committee on Property Tax

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) has been named Chairman of the newly formed Senate Committee on Property Tax by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R-Texas). He previously served as the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform during the 85th Interim and Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief during the 84th Interim.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 18, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces 2019 Texas Senate Committee Appointments

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today upon announcing Senate Committee assignments for the 2019 Legislative Session: “The appointments I am making today call on all senators, including freshmen in both political parties, to play a significant role in crafting the bold and visionary public policies that will help accomplish the goals I identified in my inaugural speech — and set the stage for an even greater Texas for future generations.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 18, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Mike Morath Statement on the Appointment of Penny Schwinn as Tennessee's Commissioner of Education

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath today released the following statement after it was announced that current TEA Chief Deputy Commissioner of Academics Penny Schwinn has been appointed by Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee to serve as his state’s new Commissioner of Education:

From Texas Education Agency

January 18, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Champions Pro-Life Initiatives

As the 46th annual March for Life takes place in Washington, DC, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) helped introduce four pro-life bills that would protect the lives of unborn children, prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions, and safeguard federal funds for women’s health services.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 18, 2019

Texas Workforce Commission: Texas Employment Growth Continues in December

As 2018 concluded, the Texas economy added another month of positive employment growth, with 38,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added for the month of December. Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, and has remained at the same historic 43-year low since October 2018.

From Texas Workforce Commission

January 18, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: We March for the Unborn of Our Generation

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released a video message supporting the 2019 March for Life, where millions of Americans rally in D.C. and across the country in support of pro-life policies at all levels of government:

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 18, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Commends 5th Circuit Decision Regarding Exclusion of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit after it reversed the district court’s decision preventing Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 18, 2019

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Statement on Appeals Court Ruling That Would Block Health Care Access for Thousands of Texans

Today a three-judge panel on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to vacate the preliminary injunction that blocked the state from barring Planned Parenthood’s participation in the Medicaid program and sent the case back to a federal district court for further review.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

January 18, 2019

Representative Dan Huberty: Files Sand Mining Regulation to PRevent Future Flooding

State Representative Dan Huberty today filed several bills aimed at mitigating future flooding along river ways and lakes in Texas by strengthening regulations on aggregate production operations (APOs), more commonly known as sand mines, in order to decrease the amount of sedimentation and siltation released into the water.

From Representative Dan Huberty

January 17, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Broadens Legislative Agenda

The Texas AFL-CIO launched a Fair Shot legislative agenda that includes both perennial wage and benefit topics and cutting-edge issues that affect a broad spectrum of working families in Texas. Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said the Fair Shot agenda recognizes that accelerating change in workplaces demands a labor platform that enters new arenas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 17, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Co-Authors Legislation For A $5,000 Teacher Salary Increase

Yesterday, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa joined Senator Jane Nelson, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, as co-author of Senate Bill 3.This bill, if passed, will provide Texas' 350,000 classroom teachers a permanent $5,000 salary increase. Senator Hinojosa released the following statement:

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 17, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Oil and Natural Gas Royalties Paid to State Up 18%, Totaling $2.0 Billion in FY 2018

The Texas oil and natural gas industry paid $2.0 billion in royalties to the State of Texas in fiscal year 2018, up 18 percent over the previous year. The majority of these royalties are used to capitalize the Permanent School Fund (PSF), which benefits the public schools of Texas, and the Permanent University Fund (PUF), which benefits public higher education in Texas.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

January 17, 2019

Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers: Proudly Announces the 2019 Dallas Woman's March this Sunday, January 20th, 2019

State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers (HD 113), announces and invites all to participate in this years Dallas Woman's March this Sunday, January 20th, 2019. For the past two years, our great City of Dallas has been a part of a global movement that celebrates women and this year is no different.

From Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers

January 17, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Commends Travis County District Court Decision Requiring the City of Austin to Comply with Texas' Handgun Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement on today’s decision by the Travis County District Court that the City of Austin violated Texas law when it refused to allow duly-licensed residents to lawfully carry firearms in City Hall. The court also ordered the city to pay a fine to the state of Texas for each day it prevented investigators from the office of the Attorney General from lawfully carrying firearms.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 17, 2019

Representative Jonathan Stickland: Files Free Tolls for School Buses

Today State Representative Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) filed HB 891 which would prevent toll roads from collecting tolls from school buses. Today Representative Stickland commented, "Taxpayer dollars already subsidize and have helped build the sweetheart deals foreign companies received to build the toll roads.

From Representative Jonathan Stickland

January 17, 2019

Texas Public Interest Research Group: New Report: Hazardous Meat & Poultry Recalls Nearly Double

From E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce to Salmonella-tainted beef, major recalls in 2018 drove Americans to investigate their refrigerators for contaminated food and caused stores and restaurants to toss millions of pounds of meat and produce. TexPIRG Ed Fund’s new report How Safe is Our Food? reveals that these recalls are part of a larger trend over the last five years indicating systemic problems with our current food safety system.

From Texas Public Interest Research Group

January 17, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Elected to NALEO Educational Fund Board of Directors

Last month, State Representative Mary González was elected to serve on the non-partisan board of directors for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. In this role, Rep. González will work to facilitate and advance Latinx political engagement.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 17, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Elected to NALEO Educational Fund Board of Directors

Last month, State Representative Mary González was elected to serve on the non-partisan board of directors for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. In this role, Rep. González will work to facilitate and advance Latinx political engagement.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 17, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Commends President Trump's Nomination of Former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Sean Jordan to the U.S. District Court in Plano

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended President Trump’s nomination of former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Sean Jordan to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Plano. He is currently the co-chair of Jackson Walker’s appellate practice group in the law firm’s Austin office.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 17, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Wants STAAR Test Eliminated

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) has filed legislation to effectively repeal the STAAR test by eliminating the requirement to use public school assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation or to make certain accountability determinations.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 17, 2019

Texas Humane Network: Animal Legislation Group: It's Time to End Practice of 'Pet Leasing'

The Texas Humane Legislation Network applauds legislation filed today by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) that would make the practice of pet leasing illegal in the state.

From Texas Humane Network

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