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May 11, 2021

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Passes HB 2723 Improving 86th Session SB 2’s Property Tax Rate Setting Transparency

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) unanimously passed HB 2723 authored by House Ways and Means Chair Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas), companion to Senator Bettencourt's SB1434, to improve the accessibility and awareness of taxing entities property tax websites by creating a statewide website listing all truth-in-taxation websites.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 11, 2021

Representative Jacey Jetton: Supports Election Integrity Legislation

State Representative Jacey Jetton announces support for election integrity legislation passed by the Texas House, following more than 15 years of bipartisan efforts to increase confidence in the outcomes of our elections.

From Representative Jacey Jetton

May 11, 2021

TexProtects: Statement From TexProtects CEO Sophie Phillips On Urgent Actions To Take In The Face Of Texas Child Protective Services Crisis

Last week, a new report in the decades-long lawsuit against the foster care system in Texas, along with news of an increase in instances of children sleeping in CPS offices, demonstrated, once again, that the foster care system in Texas has a long way to go to ensure that children in state care are safe and well.

From TexProtects

May 10, 2021

Network of Texas IAF Organizations: Statement On Postponement Of Chapter 313 Expansion Bill (HB1556) Until Next Session

The Network of Texas IAF Organizations believes Chapter 313 creates a major tax drain to our state budget, which represents millions that could be spent on schools and other important priorities, which is why we have worked on this policy all session.

From Network of Texas IAF Organizations

May 10, 2021

Senator Paul Bettencourt: SB1365 Passes Out Of House Public Education Committee To Restore Education System Accountability

Public Education Chair Harold Dutton (D-Houston) and House sponsor of SB 1365 authored by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) was voted out of committee 7-5-1 and moves to the floor of the House.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 10, 2021

Texans For Healthcare Access: Texas Is Losing In National Competition For Health Care Workers

Texans for Healthcare Access today released a short video raising awareness about the state’s overregulation of health care professionals, pointing out that Texas ranks 46th in health profession overregulation, even behind California.

From Texans For Healthcare Access

May 10, 2021

Mike Collier Campaign: Democratic Candidate For Lt. Governor Mike Collier On Trump’s Endorsement Of Dan Patrick

Texas Democratic Lt. Governor Candidate and Former Biden for Texas Senior Advisor Mike Collier issued the following statement: “In 2012, Mitt Romney carried Texas by 16 points. In 2020, Donald Trump nearly lost with a slim margin of 5 points.

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 10, 2021

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Statement On Trump Endorsement

“Over the last five years in my role as Chairman of President Trump’s presidential campaign in Texas, he and I have become good friends. I am honored to have his endorsement.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

May 10, 2021

Representative Carl O. Sherman: Says “Make Juneteenth A State Holiday”

Juneteenth was recognized in the State of Texas as an official holiday on January 1, 1980. Currently however, the holiday is considered only a partial staffing holiday and government offices do not officially close on June 19th allowing instead for employees to officially celebrate only by choosing it as one of four optional holidays recognized by Texas.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman

May 10, 2021

Texas State Teachers Association: TSTA, Faculty Group Urge Conferees To Use Higher Revenue Estimate To Budget $1.2B More For Higher Education And Free Up Another $6.7B In Federal Funds For K-12

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina and Texas Faculty Association President Pat Heintzelman released the following joint statement: State Comptroller Glenn Hegar has added $3.12 billion to the biennial revenue estimate for the upcoming budget period.

From Texas State Teachers Association

May 10, 2021

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Bill To Strengthen Monica’s Law Passes Out Of Texas House

Legislation by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) to bolster the state’s online protective order registry passed out of the Texas House by a vote of 145 - 1 on Tuesday.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 10, 2021

Representative Hugh D. Shine: Texas State House Passes Legislation Creating The 478th Judicial District In Bell County

The Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 3774 on Friday, May 7. Authored by State Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano), House Bill 3774 relates to the operation and administration of and practice and procedure related to proceedings in the judicial branch of state government.

From Representative Hugh D. Shine

May 7, 2021

Representative Hugh D. Shine: State House Passes Medicaid Managed Baylor Scott And White Healthcare Program

House Bill 3662 is a landmark piece of legislation for Central Texas because the area is predominately rural and lacks a tax base large enough to create a public healthcare system as seen in major cities around Texas.

From Representative Hugh D. Shine

May 7, 2021

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Effort To Slash STAAR Test Passes In Texas House

Legislation joint authored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) to reduce STAAR testing passed out of the Texas House by a vote of 136 - 6 on Friday.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 7, 2021

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Racially Motivated Voter Suppression Law Advances In Texas

Today, May 7, 2021 the Texas House of Representatives voted on Senate Bill 7 — a racially motivated law that aims to intimidate and suppress the vote. Despite last minute changes after hours of push back, SB 7 passed the Texas House of Representatives on a vote of 78 - 64.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

May 7, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On House Passage Of SB 7

Statement on SB 7, the voter suppression bill approved today by the Texas House, by Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy: “SB 7 gives new momentum to an ugly legacy of Texas voter suppression, making voting harder, especially for Texans who are Black, Latino, Asian-American, immigrants, or persons with disabilities.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 7, 2021

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: SB 1334 To Provide Additional Financing Tools To Border Bridges Sent To The Governor

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa's Senate Bill 1334 has now been sent to Governor Greg Abbott for final approval before becoming law. This bill will give city and county owned toll bridges another funding tool to invest in our port of entry infrastructure.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

May 7, 2021

Senator Cesar J. Blanco: Private Marcelino Serna Nominated For The Texas Legislative Medal Of Honor

Today, the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor Committee nominated Private Marcelino Serna for the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor. Senator César J. Blanco authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 30 nominating Private Serna for the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor.

From Senator Cesar J. Blanco

May 7, 2021

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Statement On SB 29

Today, SB 29 by Senator Perry, which would prevent trans youth from participating in sports, was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

May 7, 2021

Common Cause Texas: SB7: Controversial Voter Suppression Bill Passes On House Floor

At around 3:30am this morning, Senate Bill 7 (subbed in on the House floor for House Bill 6) passed the Texas State House by an 81 to 64 vote. We have a full play by play in this Twitter thread including a breakdown on the amendments that were attached before passage.

From Common Cause Texas

May 7, 2021

League of Women Voters of Texas: Texas Voters Have Lost Today

"For democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. In total disregard for what voters want, the Texas House of Representatives chose to pass a major election bill - SB 7 - that greatly limits voting methods, complicates voter assistance, and adds criminal penalties for election workers.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

May 7, 2021

Progress Texas: Texas House Votes Along Party Lines To Advance Voter Suppression Bill SB7

After pushing back debate on Senate Bill 7 multiple times throughout the day, representatives finally took a vote on the voter suppression bill around 3 a.m. Friday morning. The Texas House voted 81-64 along party lines to pass the bill on second reading after speeding through a number of amendments.

From Progress Texas

May 7, 2021

Texas Right 2 Vote: Texas Voter Restrictions Closer To Governor Abbott’s Desk

The Texas House of Representatives spent hours on Thursday night through the early morning hours on floor debate, proposed amendments, and negotiations on Senate Bill 7 (SB7) , an omnibus election bill.

From Texas Right 2 Vote

May 7, 2021

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Passage Of Texas Voting Rights Bill

“Today, the Texas House passed SB 7 on second reading, a bill to safeguard our elections in Texas, despite immense pressure from woke corporations and the liberal media.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 6, 2021

Senator Cesar J. Blanco: Texas Senate Passes School Safety Bill By Senator Blanco

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 168 by Senator César J. Blanco (El Paso). Senate Bill 168 will ensure active shooter exercises are safely conducted and do not harm the mental health and well-being of students and teachers.

From Senator Cesar J. Blanco

May 6, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Collective Bargaining For Houston Firefighters Upheld

The Texas AFL-CIO and the Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation (ALF) hailed today’s 14th Court of Appeals ruling upholding the constitutionality of collective bargaining between the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association and the City of Houston. The ruling requires Houston to pay court costs to the union.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 6, 2021

National Association for Gun Rights: Urges Speaker Phalen To Send Constitutional Carry Bill To Gov. Abbott Without Delay

The National Association for Gun Rights celebrates the advancement of NAGR-backed Constitutional Carry (House Bill 1927) out of the Texas State Senate by a vote of 18-13. If signed by the governor, H.B. 1927 would make Texas the twenty-first state to remove the requirement for law-abiding citizens to obtain a government permission slip to carry a firearm.

From National Association for Gun Rights

May 6, 2021

Progress Texas: Permitless Carry – What The Hell Are They Thinking?

In a party-line vote, the Texas Senate approved legislation that will allow nearly anyone to carry handguns with no training or licensing on Wednesday. Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to permitless carry bill HB 1927 passing in the Senate.

From Progress Texas

May 6, 2021

Senator Jose Menendez: Stands Opposed To Permit-less Carry in Texas

Senator José Menéndez released the following statement in response to the passage of House Bill (HB) 1927: “I joined the minority in voting against HB 1927, the so-called "permit less carry" bill, which would allow anyone--including domestic abusers, members of White supremacist groups, felons, and the mentally ill to carry a firearm without any type of training, background check, license or permit.

From Senator Jose Menendez

May 6, 2021

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Votes For Pro-Life Heartbeat Act As It Passes Out Of Texas House

Legislation cosponsored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) to prohibit abortion procedures after detection of a fetal heartbeat passed out of the Texas House by a vote of 83 - 64 on Thursday. “Senate Bill 8 is one of the most important pro-life bills I’ve been proud to support,” Landgraf said.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 6, 2021

Texas Alliance of Life: Texas House Give Initial Approval To The Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, To Completely Protect Unborn Children From Abortion

On Wednesday, May 5, the Texas House gave preliminary approval to one of Texas Alliance for Life's top legislative priorities -- the Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280 -- on an 80-64 vote. The House is expected to give final approval today, and HB 1280 will go to the Senate where it is expected to receive approval.

From Texas Alliance of Life

May 6, 2021

Physicians for Free Market Healthcare: Texas House Committee Passes Bill To Regulate Physician Compensation

The Texas House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence yesterday approved Senate Bill 207 to limit physician compensation and restrict access to essential health care. More than 60 doctors from across the state testified in hearings in March and April voicing strong opposition to the bill.

From Physicians for Free Market Healthcare

May 6, 2021

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Passes Major Bi-Partisan Bill To Restore Education System Accountability Reforms

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) along with 2 co-authors including Chair of Senate Education Committee Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) and Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) passed an important piece of bipartisan legislation through the full Senate on a vote of 20-11 to ensure the implementation of the statutory turnaround model for low-performing or failing public schools in Texas to keep putting students first.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 6, 2021

Senator Cesar Blanco: Statement On House Bill 1927, The Permitless Carry Bill

"Today's passage of House Bill 1927, the Permitless Carry Bill, does a great disservice to El Paso and every community and family impacted by gun violence. By doing away with current background checks and safety training requirements to carry handguns in Texas, our communities will not be any safer.

From Senator Cesar Blanco

May 6, 2021

Annie’s List: Texas Republicans Don’t Care About Our Health & Safety

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, releases the following statement in response to today’s preliminary passage of Senate Bill 8, House Bill 1280, and House Bill 1927.

From Annie’s List

May 6, 2021

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Statement On Passage Of HB 1927

The following statement was released by SDC Chair Carol Alvarado on behalf of the caucus: HB 1927 strips away the last remaining safeguards protecting Texans from untrained and unfit individuals being able to carry a handgun in public.

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

May 6, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of House Bill 1927

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of House Bill 1927, carried by Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown: “I am proud that the Texas Senate passed House Bill 1927 today, the Constitutional Carry bill, which affirms every Texan's right to self-defense and our state’s strong support for our Second Amendment right to bear arms.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 6, 2021

Senator Sarah Eckhardt: Statement On The Senate Passing HB 1927

"Today, on a party-line vote, the Texas Senate gave its stamp of approval to a bill that will allow the lawless carry of handguns despite the objections of a majority of Texans and law enforcement from across the state.

From Senator Sarah Eckhardt

May 5, 2021

Lilith Fund: Extreme Abortion Ban Passes Texas House

Today, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve on second reading Senate Bill 8, a bill that bans abortion before most even people know they're pregnant with no exceptions. It now moves on to final consideration by the Texas House.

From Lilith Fund

May 5, 2021

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Six-Week Abortion Ban Advances To Final Stage In Texas House

Today, the Texas House advanced Senate Bill 8, a six-week abortion ban, to the final stage of the legislative process. Once the bill receives final passage, it will go to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law and take effect Sept. 1.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

May 5, 2021

Mike Collier Campaign: Democratic Candidate For Lieutenant Governor Mike Collier And Texas Gun Safety Activist Rhonda Hart Host Call Denouncing Permitless Carry Bill

Today, before the Texas Senate passed the permitless carry bill pushed by Dan Patrick, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Mike Collier and Texas Gun Safety Activist Rhonda Hart teamed up to denounce the legislation and Patrick’s reckless leadership on the dangerous legislation.

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 5, 2021

Progress Texas: Texas House Votes To Pass Extreme Six Week Abortion Ban (SB 8)

Progress Texas releases the following statement in opposition to Senate Bill 8, a six-week abortion ban that just passed on second reading in the Texas House and has already passed through the Texas Senate. “Instead of addressing the real and immediate problems Texans face, legislators are trying to ban abortion and push essential reproductive health care further out of reach,” said Diana Gómez, advocacy manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

May 5, 2021

Texas State Teachers Association: Voting Suppression Bill Is A Shameful, Desperate Attempt At Political Survival

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: The Texas State Teachers Association opposes House Bill 6, the voter suppression bill that the Texas House of Representatives is expected to debate tomorrow.

From Texas State Teachers Association

May 5, 2021

Texas Freedom Network: TFN, Faith Leaders Reject Texas Lawmakers Draconian Assault On Abortion Rights

Texas Freedom Network: TFN, Faith Leaders Reject Texas Lawmakers Draconian Assault On Abortion Rights

From Texas Freedom Network

May 5, 2021

Representative James Talarico: Leads Efforts To Kill Anti-Trans Legislation

Over the past few weeks, the House Public Education Committee has considered legislation that is harmful to transgender students. HB 4042 and SB 29 require that public schools force students to participate in UIL Sports based on their sex assigned at birth—effectively banning trans youths’ access to sports in Texas.

From Representative James Talarico

May 5, 2021

Railroad Commission of Texas: Texas Fights Back Against Woke Environmental Movement

House Bill 17 protects consumers by prohibiting political subdivisions from discriminating against specific fuel sources like natural gas and coal; this will ensure cities and counties cannot pass California-style ordinances that ban gas hook-ups in new buildings or homes.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

May 5, 2021

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: House Democratic Leaders Respond To TX Businesses’ Condemnation Of Voting Rights Restrictions

Today, a broad coalition of companies and executives released a letter calling on elected leaders to support reforms making elections more accessible, and opposing any measures to restrict eligible voters’ right to vote.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

May 5, 2021

Distilled Spirits Council: Texans Overwhelmingly Approve Of Modernizing State’s Alcohol Laws

Texans overwhelmingly support modernizing the state’s alcohol laws to allow cocktails to-go, permit seven-day spirits sales and increase distillery sales, according to a statewide poll released today by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

From Distilled Spirits Council

May 5, 2021

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Active Shooter Alert Bill Passes Out Of Senate Committee

Legislation by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) to create the Texas Active Shooter Alert System took another important step in the process to becoming law as it was passed unanimously out of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 5, 2021

Common Cause Texas: Discriminatory Voter Suppression Bill HB 6 Headed To The House Floor

Moments ago, the Calendars Committee voted to send House Bill 6 to the floor of the TX House of Representatives on Thursday. At the beginning of session, Speaker Phelan had some idealistic words about how he viewed the role of the Speaker: “It’s about being an honest broker, it’s about calling balls and strikes, it’s not about politics...it’s about trust.”

From Common Cause Texas

May 5, 2021

Mayes Media Group: Wins Two More Coveted Pollie Awards

Mayes Media Group, a North Texas-based advertising agency specializing in political communications, is proud to announce it has received two coveted Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants.

From Mayes Media Group

May 5, 2021

Progress Texas: More Than 200 Texas Physicians From Over 30 Specialties Urge Legislators To Vote Against Senate Bill 8 Open Letter

Over 200 physicians including obstetrician gynecologists, family physicians, pediatricians, internists, emergency room physicians, psychiatrists, dermatologists, and radiologists have signed an open letter to House Speaker Dade Phelan and members of the Texas House expressing strong opposition to Senate Bill 8.

From Progress Texas

May 5, 2021

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Extreme Six-Week Abortion Ban, Trigger Ban Headed To TX House Floor

Two extreme anti-abortion bills are scheduled to be heard on the House floor this Wednesday, May 5. Senate Bill 8, would ban abortion at six weeks, and House Bill 1280, known as a “trigger ban” would ban nearly all abortions if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

May 3, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On Senate Resolution 342 – Urging PUC To Lower The Statewide Pricing Cap

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of Senate Resolution 342, urging the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to significantly lower the system-wide energy pricing cap:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 3, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Updated Biennial Revenue Estimate

"I am not surprised by Comptroller Hegar’s announcement today affirming that our conservative policies — low taxes and reasonable regulation — as well as our commitment to keeping our state open — have caused the Texas economy to take off like a rocket.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 3, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Bills To Help Unemployed Texans Advance

The Texas AFL-CIO thanked the Texas House for advancing two bills that would upgrade the Unemployment Insurance system in Texas. HB 157 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, would bolster the existing Shared Work program, which allows employers to reduce hours for employees and at the same time allows employees to receive partial benefits.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 3, 2021

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Catholic Bishops Oppose “Permitless Carry” In Open Letter To Texas Legislators

In an open letter to the Texas Legislature and the 8.5 million Catholics who live in the state, the state’s Catholic bishops call on people to join them in opposing “permitless carry,” as it is being presented in a bill that has moved through the Texas House and is expected to be considered by the Texas Senate the week of May 3.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

May 3, 2021

Senator John Cornyn: Central Texas Airports To Receive $232K In Coronavirus Relief Funds

Several airports in central Texas were awarded a number of federal grants totaling $232,162 to combat the spread of coronavirus, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 3, 2021

Progress Texas: Over 25 Voting Rights & Criminal Justice Orgs Sign Letter Condemning Bills That Criminalize Voting Activities

Today, Progress Texas sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dade Phelan, and members of the Texas House and Senate condemning bills that criminalize or increase penalties for voting errors, including Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6.

From Progress Texas

April 30, 2021

Representative Michelle Beckley: Public Hearing Scheduled On Beckley’s Vote Centers For Denton County Bill

Representative Michelle Beckley’s House Bill 661 has been scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee on Elections. This bill follows on her promise to establish Election Day Vote Centers in Denton County, her 87th Legislative Session priority. Representative Beckley had this to say:

From Representative Michelle Beckley

April 30, 2021

Representative James Talarico: Passes Bill To Curb Mental Health Crisis In Texas Schools

After a global pandemic, an economic collapse, and a deadly winter storm, Texas schools are facing a mental health crisis. Even prior to the pandemic, the suicide rate among students increased 60% in the last decade.

From Representative James Talarico

April 30, 2021

Keep Texas Trucking Coalition: Statement On House Passage Of HB 19 On Third Reading

Texas relies on commercial vehicles, and the House’s passage of HB 19 is further proof that the Texas Legislature will take common-sense steps to ensure our legal system is balanced while protecting access to the courts for those who are truly injured.

From Keep Texas Trucking Coalition

April 30, 2021

Representatives Donna Howard and Victoria Neave: Texas House Passes Last Of Eleven Policy Recommendations Of Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force

On Friday, the final day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Texas House passed the last of eleven policy recommendations issued by the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force (SASTF).

From Representative Donna Howard

April 30, 2021

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Decreases Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs In Nursing Facilities

Texas has decreased its use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities by 58 percent – more than any other state, according to a report from the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

April 30, 2021

Progress Texas: SB 7 Voted Out Of House Elections Committee On Party-Line Vote

Progress Texas releases the following statement on the House Elections Committee’s vote to push forward Senate Bill 7 without testimony and without notice: “Republicans are making a mockery of our legislative processes to push forward their voter suppression bills,” said Wesley Story, communications manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

April 30, 2021

Common Cause Texas: SB7: Discriminatory Voter Suppression Bill Advanced Out Of House Elections Committee Without Public Hearing

The highly controversial voter suppression bill SB7 was voted out of the House Elections Committee on a party line vote after going through the motions of an actual hearing.

From Common Cause Texas

April 30, 2021

MOVE Texas: Statement On The Passage Of Voter Suppressing SB 7 Through The House Elections Committee

This evening, after state leadership rushed through voter-suppressing Senate Bill 7, MOVE Texas released a statement rebuking the bill and the legislators complicit in shepherding in restrictive, discriminatory anti-voter legislation that will disproportionately harm Black and brown voters, disabled, elderly and low-income voters.

From MOVE Texas

April 30, 2021

Representative Jessica Gonzalez: Democratic Members Of Texas House Elections Committee Release Statement On The Unprecedented Actions Of The Elections Committee

State Representative Jessica González (D-104), Representative Michelle Beckley (D-65), Representative Art Fierro (D-79), and Representative John H. Bucy III (D-136) issued a letter to the United States Department of Justice today urging the Department of Justice to monitor future proceedings of the House Committee on Elections.

From Representative Jessica Gonzalez

April 29, 2021

Texas DPS: Department of Public Safety And Travis County District Attorney’s Office Release Joint Statement

“The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office take the allegation of drugging women very seriously. We work hard to ensure that potential victims are always treated with respect and dignity, and we encourage all women to continue reporting potential crimes to us.

From Texas DPS

April 29, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Praises Consensus Police Reform Votes

The United Labor Legislative Committee, the state labor federation’s lobbying arm in Texas, endorsed the three measures by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, that moved forward today: HB 829 (progressive disciplinary matrix in certain municipalities); HB 830 (practices regarding fine-only misdemeanors); and HB 834 (corroboration requirements in undercover drug cases).

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 29, 2021

Representative Claudia Ordaz Perez: Legislation To Help Small Businesses Passes The Texas House

Yesterday, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 3271 by freshman State Representative Claudia Ordaz Perez. The legislation creates two programs under the Office of the Governor that provides a path to capital to sustain and grow sole proprietorships and businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

From Representative Claudia Ordaz Perez

April 29, 2021

Progress Texas: POLL: Texans Overwhelmingly Oppose Provisions In HB 1515/SB 8, The Proposed Six-Week Abortion Ban

Today, the Trust Respect Access coalition is releasing data from polling on abortion laws and anti-abortion bills in the Texas Legislature. The poll includes approval ratings as well as opinions on legislative priorities and House Bill 1515/Senate Bill 8, companion bills that would ban abortion at six weeks gestation, before many people even know that they are pregnant.

From Progress Texas

April 29, 2021

Common Cause: Briscoe Cain Attempts To Sneak Racist Voter Suppression Bill Through Committee With No Notice And Without Allowing A Hearing

Briscoe Cain attempted to bring the highly controversial, discriminatory Senate Bill 7 up for a vote in the House Elections Committee. Minutes before the vote was called, members of the committee received an over 20 page committee substitute that they were told was identical to HB 6, Cain’s similar bill that was heard in committee earlier this session.

From Common Cause

April 29, 2021

Senator John Cornyn: New Cornyn, Johnson, Brady, Burgess Bill Will Help Strengthen Electric Grid Infrastructure Against Extreme Weather

“Whether we face subzero temperatures, gale force winds, or any other type of extreme weather, Texas’s electric grid must be able to withstand the impact,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This bipartisan legislation is an outstanding start to ensure the life-threatening outages Texans endured this February won’t happen again.”

From Senator John Cornyn

April 29, 2021

Progress Texas: House Elections Committee Just Tried To Bring Up Senate Bill 7 Without Notice Or Testimony

House Elections Committee Chairman Briscoe Cain just attempted to bring up the discriminatory, anti-voting Senate Bill 7 after introducing a committee substitute minutes before that is supposedly identical to House Bill 6. The bill was not previously on the calendar to be heard today.

From Progress Texas

April 29, 2021

TexPIRG: Safe Streets Coalition Slams HB19 For Making Roads More Dangerous

A bill that the state House will hear Thursday could put millions of Texans at risk on the road. House Bill 19, introduced by Rep. Jeff Leach, would alter state laws concerning citizens’ rights following a crash with a commercial vehicle.

From TexPIRG

April 29, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 2202

"Texans reject critical race theory and other so-called 'woke' philosophies that maintain that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex or that any individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 29, 2021

Senator Roland Gutierrez: Ratepayers Bill Of Rights Amendment Passes Texas Senate

On Wednesday afternoon Senator Roland Gutierrez (D-Bexar) successfully filed an amendment to Senate Bill 2194, also known as the “Ratepayers Bill of Rights”, a law that guarantees essential protections to Texas electric utility ratepayers. The amendment is meant to address the current lack of consumer confidence in their energy providers.

From Senator Roland Gutierrez

April 29, 2021

Senator Cesar J. Blanco: Texas Senate Approves “Lie & Try” Firearm Safety Legislation By Blanco

Today, the Senate approved Senate Bill 162 by Senator César J. Blanco. Senate Bill 162 will make it a crime in Texas to lie on a background check form in an attempt to illegally purchase a firearm.

From Senator Cesar J. Blanco

April 28, 2021

Senator Jane Nelson: Texas Schools To Receive Additional Resources To Address Learning Loss And Help Districts Recover

State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today announced the release of $11.2 billion in new federal funds to help public schools address student learning loss and costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Helping students who are falling behind is the most critical mission in public education right now and likely for months to come,” Senator Nelson, a former teacher, said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 28, 2021

Senator Kelly Hancock: Cheers! Texas Legislature Passes Cocktails-To-Go

The Texas Senate today passed HB 1024 by Rep. Charlie Geren and Sen. Kelly Hancock making to-go cocktails from your favorite restaurant a permanent perk of living in the great state of Texas. “Texas restaurants took a serious hit during the pandemic," said Hancock, Chairman of the Senate Business & Commerce Committee.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

April 28, 2021

Representative Michelle Beckley: Beckley’s State Budget Amendment For Increased Attorney General Accountability Is Adopted

On Thursday, April 22, 2021 Texas' state budget for the next biennium was debated on the House Floor. I offered state budget amendments, which respectively institute a pay raise for certain state healthcare employees and enforce key accountability provisions for the Office of the Attorney General.

From Representative Michelle Beckley

April 28, 2021

Texas State Teachers Association: Members’ Efforts To Get Federal Stimulus Funds To Districts Starting To Pay Off For School Children

The Texas State Teachers Association is pleased that our members’ demands are beginning to pay off for Texas school children and applaud state officials for releasing $11.2 billion of the federal stimulus money earmarked for public education in Texas.

From Texas State Teachers Association

April 28, 2021

Representative James Talarico: Files Bill To Ban School Lunch Debt

A study by the School Nutrition Association found that three-quarters of public school districts have unpaid meal debt. The National School Lunch Program only provides free lunches to students under 130% of the poverty line––an annual income of $34,450 for a family of four in the contiguous 48 states.

From Representative James Talarico

April 28, 2021

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: South Texas Democratic Primary Voters Overwhelmingly Support, Trust Small Business Over Personal Injury Trial Lawyers

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today released the results of a poll conducted among 500 Democratic Primary voters in 17 South Texas counties from April 20-22, 2021. The poll was conducted by Ragnar Research Partners and covered all of House Districts 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41, and part of House Districts 31, 43, 74 and 80.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

April 28, 2021

Progress Texas: More Than 370 Texas Lawyers Raise Legal Concerns, Express Strong Opposition To House Bill 1515 And Senate Bill In Open Letter

Over 370 attorneys including county attorneys, current and former elected officials, former judges, law professors, and other members of the State Bar of Texas have signed an open letter to House Speaker Dade Phelan and members of the Texas House expressing strong opposition to House Bill 1515 and Senate Bill 8.

From Progress Texas

April 28, 2021

Representative Lloyd Doggett: Texas Democrats Urge Administration To Stand Up For Uninsured Texans, Guard Against Abbott Obstructing Progress

This afternoon, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) led all fellow Texas Democratic Members in urging the Biden Administration to utilize renegotiation of its Medicaid Section 1115 waiver as an opportunity to achieve significant reductions in the unacceptably high number of uninsured Texans.

From Representative Lloyd Doggett

April 27, 2021

Senator Cesar Blanco: House Committee Approves “The Vanessa Guillen Act” By Senator Blanco

Yesterday, the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs approved Senate Bill 623 by Senator César J. Blanco. Senate Bill 623 aims to protect Texas soldiers from military sexual assault and provide avenues of justice and resources for victims.

From Senator Cesar Blanco

April 27, 2021

Senator John Cornyn: Calls On Biden To Present Border Plan During State Of The Union

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged President Biden to outline for the American people during tomorrow’s State of the Union address how his Administration plans to handle the migrant crisis.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 27, 2021

Senator Roland Gutierrez: Files Resolution Demanding AG Sue To Correct Census Counts

Today, Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D-Bexar) filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 44 demanding that the Texas Attorney General pursue a lawsuit to force an accurate Census count for Texas. "No matter what side you come down on, we all know this is not the true and accurate count of persons in Texas," Gutierrez stated. "That is all we are asking for is that we get it right."

From Senator Roland Gutierrez

April 27, 2021

Central Texas Interfaith: CTI Position Statement Opposing HB 1925 And City Of Austin Proposition B

Central Texas Interfaith (CTI), a coalition of over 50 religious and civic institutions continues its commitment to comprehensive solutions to end homelessness, including investments in housing, social services and programs such as rental assistance that prevent homelessness.

From Central Texas Interfaith

April 27, 2021

Representative Philip Cortez: Rent Relief Program To Undergo Legislative Scrutiny Again

The Texas Rent Relief Program, which has been plagued problems forcing tenants and landlords to wait weeks or months for relief, will be the focus of the House Committee on Urban Affairs at a public hearing on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, upon adjournment of the House floor session.

From Representative Philip Cortez

April 27, 2021

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Bill To Protect Highway Patrol Officers

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved SB 2222 filed by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to provide bullet resistant windshields for Department of Public Safety (DPS) patrol vehicles. "Just a few weeks ago one of our troopers was murdered in cold blood, shot in his patrol car, and we are not going to stand by while our troopers are being ambushed," Senator Jane Nelson said. "Here in Texas, we back the blue, and passing this bill will help protect our officers from those who would do them harm."

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 27, 2021

Senator Kelly Hancock: Electric, Gas Weatherization Measure Passes Texas Senate

The Texas Senate on Monday passed legislation authored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) that requires emergency preparedness plans from facilities within the Texas electric and natural gas supply chain.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

April 27, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Statement On The Appointment Of 2022-2023 Budget Conferees

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed Senate Finance Chairman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound and Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood to the 2022-2023 budget conference.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 26, 2021

Annie’s List: Women In The Texas Capitol Community Deserve Better

“Over the weekend, the Texas Capitol community learned of allegations of harm against a female staffer. My heart is with her and with the women who work in and around our state legislature. Women who are risking their personal safety just by doing their jobs,” said Royce Brooks, Annie's List Executive Director.

From Annie’s List

April 26, 2021

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Texas Gains 2 Congressional Seats; More Than Any Other State

Today, after months of delay, the U.S. Census Bureau released apportionment data that determines the number of representatives a state receives in the United States Congress and Electoral College based on population changes over the last decade.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

April 26, 2021

Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers: To Host Press Conference On Civil Rights Legislation

Representative Bowers introduced the Texas CROWN Act—Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair—as HB 392 in the 87th Legislative Session. This civil rights legislation prohibits race-based hair discrimination—the denial of employment, educational and housing opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists or bantu knots.

From Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers

April 26, 2021

MOVE Texas: Statement After Texas Gains Two Electoral College Votes

Following the announcement moments ago that Texas will gain two electoral college votes, MOVE Texas released a statement underscoring the profound impact this change will have on ensuring that every eligible voter in Texas’ rapidly diversifying electorate will be able to have their voice heard in our democracy.

From MOVE Texas

April 26, 2021

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Texas Gains Two New Congressional Districts

Today, the United States Census Bureau announced the apportionment count based on the 2020 Census. This count revealed that Texas will add two new Congressional districts due to its rapidly growing population.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

April 26, 2021

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Texas Voters Show Strong Support For Legislation Protecting Free Speech On Social Media

– A new poll commissioned by the Hispanic Republicans of Texas shows 64% statewide support among Texas voters for legislation that would protect free speech on social networks by preventing them from blocking, banning, or discriminating against a user based only on their viewpoint.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

April 26, 2021

Texas Faculty Association: Urges Budget Conferees To Add Another $1.2 Billion For Higher Education To Final Appropriations Bill

The Texas Faculty Association calls on the legislative budget conferees to add another $1.2 billion to the Texas higher education budget — on top of what the House and the Senate already have approved — for the next two-year budget period.

From Texas Faculty Association

April 26, 2021

Texas State Teachers Association: Texas Falls Farther Behind Most States In Two Key Indicators Of Education Funding

Despite increased education funding from House Bill 3, the 2019 school finance law, Texas this year fell farther behind the national average in two key indicators, per-student spending and teacher pay, the National Education Association’s latest report on state-by-state education spending shows.

From Texas State Teachers Association

April 26, 2021

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network: Senate Passes Legislation Expected To Save Thousands Of Lives Lost To Colorectal Cancer

With overwhelming bi-partisan support, Senate lawmakers on Friday passed SB1028 – a bill that will eliminate a major financial barrier for Texans to receive their preventive colorectal cancer screenings. The bill was passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee unanimously before being passed by the full Senate and has now been received in the House for a hearing Tuesday, April 27th.

From American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

April 26, 2021

AARP Texas: Act Now So Avoidable Blackouts Never Happen Again

With about a month remaining in the Texas legislative session, AARP Texas today called on legislators to sprint to action on consumer-focused utilities reforms so that avoidable power disruptions like the deadly winter storm blackouts never happen again.

From AARP Texas

April 22, 2021

National Association For Gun Rights: Chairman Allen West, National Association For Gun Rights, And Texas Gun Rights Form Coalition To Pass Constitutional Carry In Texas

Texas GOP Chairman Allen West and the National Association for Gun Rights have officially teamed up to help Texas become the 21st Constitutional Carry state in the nation. Texas Gun Rights, official affiliate group of the National Association for Gun Rights, is leading the ground game in Texas and actively lobbying the Texas Legislature.

From National Association For Gun Rights

April 22, 2021

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Sinema, Cuellar, Gonzales Introduce The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act to Address Migrant Influx At Border

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23) today introduced The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act, their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to respond to the surge in migrants coming across our southern border.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 22, 2021

Representative Jake Ellzey: Ellzey, As Joint-Author, Passes Navarro College Nursing Bill Unanimously Out Of The Texas House

House Bill 885, authored by Representative Jake Ellzey (R-Midlothian) and Representative Cody Harris (R-Palestine), passed unanimously out of the Texas House of Representatives. HB 885 allows Navarro College to offer a baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

From Representative Jake Ellzey

April 22, 2021

Senator Borris Miles: Sends Resolution To Remove Racially Offensive Geographical Feature Names To The Senate Floor

- Senator Borris L. Miles receives bipartisan support on Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 as the other 30 Senators signed on as co-authors of the resolution. "I'm pleased to announce that Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 received signatures from all Texas Senators," said Senator Borris L. Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 22, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Unanimous Passage Of Senate Bill 22

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 22, the First Responders Pandemic Care Act, by Sen. Drew Springer, R-Muenster: "During the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas first responders repeatedly went beyond the call of duty to assist their fellow Texans, often putting their own health at risk.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 21, 2021

Representative Chris Turner: Passes Amendment To Protect Teacher Pay Raises

Today, Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) successfully amended a school finance clean-up bill to protect the pay raises granted to teachers and full-time school staffers under House Bill 3 in 2019. Rep. Turner released the following statement on the passage of his pro-educator amendment.

From Representative Chris Turner

April 21, 2021

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Members Of Texas Delegation Call On Department Of Education To Ensure Texas Schools Receive Federal COVID Aid

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and all democratic members of the Texas delegation are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to ensure schools receive the federal support Congress provided through COVID-19 relief legislation.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

April 21, 2021

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Casts 65,000th Consecutive Vote, Maintains Perfect Voting Record

As the Texas Senate considered its Local and Uncontested Calendar Monday (April 19) morning, Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, cast her 65,000th consecutive vote, a record unmatched among legislators not only in Texas, but also nationwide.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

April 21, 2021

Senator Ted Cruz: Slams President Biden For Halting Border Wall Construction In Hidalgo County, Urges Completion Of Levee Wall Before Hurricane Season

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden in response to his administration halting border wall construction in the Rio Grande Valley and in doing so, halting construction of an essential levee wall needed to provide safety and security for the residents of Hidalgo County before a busy hurricane season.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 21, 2021

The Network of Texas IAF Organizations: Bishops And Faith Leaders Call On Lt. Governor/Senate to Reject HB1927 Dropping License & Training Requirements To Carry Guns

Bishops and faith leaders across Texas, along with the Network of Texas IAF Organizations, will hold a Zoom press conference on Wednesday April 21st at 4pm to oppose HB1927 “Unlicensed Carry” Legislation which is headed to the Senate.

From The Network of Texas IAF Organizations

April 21, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: What To Look For In House Budget Debate

The Texas labor movement today called on the Texas House to go further to address the needs of working families when it debates SB 1, the 2022-23 state appropriations bill.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 21, 2021

Environment Texas: Texas House Backs Green Solutions To Water Problems

The Texas House gave final approval today to legislation to fund rain gardens, green roofs, constructed wetlands and other “nature-based” strategies for reducing water pollution, flooding and impacts of drought. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has pledged to dedicate up to $4.5 million per year for the new Water Resource Protection Program.

From Environment Texas

April 21, 2021

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Prepares For State Budget Debate

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) is preparing for the state budget debate on the House floor. Senate Bill 1, the state’s budget for 2022 and 2023, is set for debate on the House floor on Thursday. “I’m fighting for resources for the Permian Basin,” Landgraf said.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

April 21, 2021

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces Homeowner Assistance And Reimbursement Programs Office Locations In Advance Of Application Release

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the locations of regional Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Programs (HARP) offices in advance of the application release.

From Texas General Land Office

April 21, 2021

Representative Carl O. Sherman: Statement Regarding The Derek Chauvin Verdict Earlier This Afternoon

“While Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts today in the death of George Floyd, this is only the beginning of justice that our country is crying out for at this time. The Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz said today this verdict represents a pivotal moment for not only his state, but the entire country.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman

April 20, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On George Floyd Verdict

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on today’s “guilty” verdicts in the trial of Derrick Chauvin in connection with the death of Houstonian George Floyd: “Today’s verdict in Minnesota cannot bring George Floyd back. It cannot undo the excruciating horror the world saw with its own eyes.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 20, 2021

The Network of Texas IAF Organizations: Bishops And Faith Leaders Call On Lt. Governor/Senate To Reject HB1927 Dropping License & Training Requirements To Carry Guns

Bishops and faith leaders across Texas, along with the Network of Texas IAF Organizations, will hold a Zoom press conference on Wednesday April 21st at 4pm to oppose HB1927 “Unlicensed Carry” Legislation which is headed to the Senate.

From The Network of Texas IAF Organizations

April 20, 2021

Senator Roland Gutierrez: Releases Documentary On Cannabis Legalization

Today, State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D-Bexar County) announced the release of Legalize Texas, a documentary about cannabis legalization in Texas. The documentary focuses on several subjects and experts who explain the benefits of cannabis legalization and what it could mean for Texas.

From Senator Roland Gutierrez

April 20, 2021

Representative Mary Gonzalez: H.B. 129 Passes The Texas House; Expanding Digital Citizenship Education

Today, House Bill 129, by Rep. Mary González relating to digital citizenship instruction in public schools passed out of the Texas House of Representatives. "Today marks a step toward healing the terrible wounds El Paso suffered from the August 3, 2019 Cielo Vista Walmart massacre.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

April 20, 2021

Senator Cesar Blanco: Announces The Vanessa Guillen Act

Today, Senator Blanco joined members of Vanessa Guillén's family and a group of legislators for a press conference to highlight legislation filed in honor of Vanessa Guillén. At the press conference Senator Blanco announced his Senate Bill 623 will now be known as the Vanessa Guillén Act.

From Senator Cesar Blanco

April 20, 2021

TexPIRG: House Resolution Up In Committee Would Transform Texas’ Transportation Infrastructure

The current transportation system in Texas has been designed, built and centered around the automobile, and it is a public health disaster. A resolution, HJR 109 (Walle), being heard in Tuesday’s House Transportation Committee, would propose a constitutional amendment asking voters to approve expansion of what TxDOT is allowed to do with gas tax revenues.

From TexPIRG

April 20, 2021

Representative Rafael Anchia: Offers Legislation To Remove Confederate Monuments

Today, Rep. Anchía laid out House Bill 1186 in the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. HB 1186 directs the State Preservation Board to remove seven confederate monuments and renaming the John H. Reagan building on the Texas Capitol grounds.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

April 19, 2021

Representative Celia Israel: Statement Addressing Medicaid Coverage And Access To Healthcare In Texas

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded the extension of Texas’ 1115 Waiver. The State of Texas has relied on these dollars for 10 years to cover the costs of caring for a large portion of uninsured Texans. Now, at least $11 billion in federal funds are at stake annually.

From Representative Celia Israel

April 19, 2021

Texas Council of Community Centers: Expresses Deep Concerns About Impact Of Federal Government’s Reversal Of The 10-Year 1115 Waiver Extension

– The following is a statement from Danette Castle, CEO of the Texas Council of Community Centers regarding the impact of the federal government’s action to rescind the 10-year Medicaid 1115 waiver extension, agreed upon after months of negotiation between the State of Texas and the federal government.

From Texas Council of Community Centers

April 19, 2021

Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute: Report Outlines Impact Of Pandemic Preparedness For Texas Economy

Texas Senate Bill 264(87R) proposes creating an agency called the Texas Research Consortium to Cure Infectious Diseases, or TRANSCEND for short. The goal of this proposed bill is to position Texas as a leader in the nation in preparing for and averting the next pandemic and other emerging infectious disease threats.

From Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute

April 19, 2021

Secure Democracy: “Texans Expect Their State Lawmakers To Work Hard – Not To Interfere With Their Liberty”

In response to the Senate State Affairs Committee holding the sixth public hearing on voting this legislative session, Secure Democracy issued the following statement: “Texans expect their state lawmakers to work hard to defend their liberty — not interfere with it,” said Sarah Walker, executive director of Secure Democracy.

From Secure Democracy

April 19, 2021

Texas General Land Office: GLO Homeowner Assistance And Reimbursement Programs Application To Open Saturday

On Saturday, April 24, at 9 am the application for the Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Programs (HARP) will be available in all eligible counties affected by flooding events in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley in 2018 and 2019, as well as Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019.

From Texas General Land Office

April 19, 2021

Senator Jose Menendez: Statement Following Today’s Tragic Shooting Rampage At The Austin Arboretum

Senator José Menéndez releases the following statement following the senseless shooting rampage that occurred in Northwest Austin Sunday afternoon leaving three people dead, and resulting in a manhunt for the suspected gunman.

From Senator Jose Menendez

April 19, 2021

Representative Carl O. Sherman: Sherman’s HB Says All Voices Should Be Heard Relating To Historical Monuments

Monday at the Texas State Capitol marks Monument Day. To that end, all House Bills relating to the topic of monuments are set to be heard in committee next week.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman

April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Top Legislative Priorities On-Track

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today applauding the Texas Senate for their hard work in passing 25 of the 30 priority bills he targeted for the 87th Legislative Session:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 16, 2021

Texas Gun Rights: Applauds House Passage Of Constitutional Carry Bill

Texas Gun Rights applauds the advancement of Constitutional Carry in the Texas House. If signed into law, H.B. 1927 would make Texas the twenty-first state to remove the requirement for law-abiding citizens to obtain a government permission slip to carry a firearm.

From Texas Gun Rights

April 16, 2021

Progress Texas: Biden Administration Rescinds Texas Medicaid Expansion Waiver

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to news that the Biden administration rescinded approval for changes to Texas’ Medicaid program that were previously granted by the Trump administration.

From Progress Texas

April 16, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Labor Endorses Police Reform Bills

The Texas AFL-CIO has endorsed six policing reform bills that stem from misconduct in the deaths of George Floyd and so many others. “The ongoing run of tragic deaths and other mistreatment of persons of color at the hands of law officers must end,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 16, 2021

Representative Jake Ellzey: Co-Authors Bills That Pass The House Further Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights

Today, two bills co-authored by Rep. Jake Ellzey passed the Texas House to further protect constitutional rights. HB 1927 will allow citizens who are 21 years of age or older to lawfully carry a handgun for personal protection without seeking a license to carry, more commonly known as a concealed carry license.

From Representative Jake Ellzey

April 16, 2021

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Statement On Anti Trans Bills

Yesterday, the Texas House Public Health Committee heard and voted out H.B. 1399 by Rep. Krause which would prohibit gender transition treatments for children, and remove professional liability insurance coverage for physicians offering this care. The Texas House LGBTQ Caucus issued the following statement: "We are deeply disappointed in this action.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

April 16, 2021

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Texas Veterans To Receive $1,400 Payments From American Rescue Plan Beginning This Week

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that Texans who receive Veterans’ benefits could expect Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 hit their bank accounts beginning this week.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

April 16, 2021

Representative Jacey Jetton: Joint-Authors Property Tax Reform Bills

State Representative Jacey Jetton announces support for House Bill 59 by Chairman Murr and House Bill 958 by Chairman Oliverson. These bills take significant steps to reduce property taxes without cutting education funding. “Property taxes are out of control in Texas,” Jetton said.

From Representative Jacey Jetton

April 16, 2021

Progress Texas: Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills Voted Out Of Public Health Committee

Progress Texas releases the following statement in opposition to the slate of extreme anti-abortion bills that were just voted out of the House Public Health Committee.

From Progress Texas

April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 13

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 13, the Oil & Gas Investment Protection Act, by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury: "The oil and gas industry is one of the cornerstones of the Texas economy, providing millions of jobs for hardworking Texans.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 19

"I congratulate Sen. Schwertner and the Texas Senate on the passage of Senate Bill 19 which ensures that the state of Texas will no longer do business with companies that discriminate against Second Amendment businesses.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On Passage Of Senate Bill 18

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 18, the Protect Second Amendment Businesses Act, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe: "During emergencies or disasters, Texans should not have to worry about the infringement of their Second Amendment rights.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 28

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 28, the Charter School Equity Act, by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston: "I commend Sen. Bettencourt and the Texas Senate for their leadership on this critical issue.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 15, 2021

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas: Applauds Passage Of Key Legislation For Children’s Health Care As Part Of The Healthy Families, Healthy Texas Plan

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) applauds the passing of three bills that will further support children’s health and well-being as it relates to telehealth and telemedicine, coverage for children on Medicaid, and maternal health.

From Children’s Hospital Association of Texas

April 15, 2021

Representative Four Price: Texas House Passes Telemedicine Bill Authored By Representative Price

Representative Four Price filed House Bill 4 to make permanent the emergency waivers that have been temporarily granted during the Pandemic for the delivery of certain established adult and child healthcare programs by healthcare providers. Telemedicine, a subject Representative Price has worked on for several legislative sessions, has grown in popularity with patients and healthcare professionals, especially since the onset of COVID-19.

From Representative Four Price

April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 29

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 29, the Fair Sports for Women and Girls Act, by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock. "I congratulate Sen. Perry and the Texas Senate on the passage of Senate Bill 29.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 15, 2021

Senator Sarah Eckhardt: Statement On The Senate Passing SB 10

Earlier today, the Senate passed SB 10, a bill that would silence the voices of county and city governments at the state legislature. Senator Sarah Eckhardt released the following statement: “I seek a better partnership between local and state government.

From Senator Sarah Eckhardt

April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 10

"The vast majority of Texans in both political parties have long-supported ending taxpayer-funded lobbying and it is a top priority for me.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 15, 2021

Representative James Talarico: Javier Ambler’s Law Passes The Texas House

In 2019, Javier Ambler, an unarmed Black man, was killed by Williamson County Sheriff's deputies as he repeatedly cried "I can't breathe" and "please save me". The deputies were followed by a camera crew for “Live PD,” a reality TV program that relies on violent police encounters to boost their ratings.

From Representative James Talarico

April 15, 2021

Travis Central Appraisal District: 2021 Appraisal Notices On Their Way To Travis County Property Owners

Notices of Appraised Value are being mailed out to 389,530 Travis County property owners this week. The notices include the market value assigned to a property as of Jan. 1 and the taxable value of that property based on its exemptions.

From Travis Central Appraisal District

April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 21

"Across Texas, repeat and violent offenders are being released on personal recognizance or very low bail by judges and magistrates who do not fully consider an offender's violent history, putting Texas communities and law enforcement at risk.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 15, 2021

Representative Philip Cortez: Passes Medicaid Bill For Texas Children

Texas has the highest number and percentage of uninsured children in the country. According to the United States Census, Texas' child uninsured rate rose from 9.8% in 2016 to 12.7%, over double the national average, in 2019 before the pandemic.

From Representative Philip Cortez

April 15, 2021

Representative Drew Darby: Congratulates San Angelo Businessman Randy Brooks On Appointment To Texas A&M System Board Of Regents

Representative Drew Darby is proud to recognize longtime San Angelo community partner and businessman Randy Brooks for his recent appointment by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

From Representative Drew Darby

April 15, 2021

Senator Kelly Hancock: Texas Senate Pass ERCOT Board Reform, Electric Reliability Legislation

The Texas Senate today passed legislation authored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) increasing oversight of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors and ensuring enough reserve power on the grid to meet net load by requiring that intermittent generation resources pair with replacement baseload sufficient to manage their own variability.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

April 14, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 20

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 20, the Second Amendment Protections for Travelers Act, by Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels: "Congratulations to Sen. Campbell and the Texas Senate for passing this important reform to ensure Second Amendment rights remain in place when Texans are traveling.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 14, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 15

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 15, the Ban the Sale of Personal Data from Certain State Agencies Act, by Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville: "I congratulate Sen. Nichols and the Texas Senate on the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 15 to protect the personal data and privacy of Texans.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 14, 2021

Harris County GOP: Statement On Congressman Kevin Brady’s Retirement Announcement

Harris County Republican Party Chairman Cindy Siegel released the following statement regarding Congressman Kevin Brady's announcement that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives following the remainder of his term in 2022:

From Harris County GOP

April 14, 2021

Representative James Talarico: Passes Historic Early Childhood Legislation Through The House

Today, Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock) passed a sweeping bill to dramatically improve the quality of early childhood education in Texas. Modern brain science suggests the first three years of a child’s life are the most important. 85% of brain development occurs before the age of three. Yet Texas lags behind the nation in early childhood outcomes.

From Representative James Talarico

April 14, 2021

War Veterans Fund PAC: Announces Endorsement Of Jake Ellzey For TX-6

Today, the War Veterans Fund PAC (www.warveteransfund.org) announced its candidate endorsement of Texas State Representative Jake Ellzey for the May 1st Special Election for Congressional District Six in Texas.

From War Veterans Fund PAC

April 14, 2021

Speaker of the House: Phelan Statement On Passage Of Healthy Families, Healthy Texas Bills

"Today, the Texas House made great strides in improving the health outcomes for citizens across the Lone Star State with the passage of House Bills 4,18, 133, and 290. This transformative legislation will expand availability of health services to all Texans, create savings in prescription drug costs, protect maternal health, and cut red tape involved in providing coverage for our vulnerable children.

From Speaker of the House

April 14, 2021

Texas Freedom Network: TFN President Warns Against New Wave Of Discriminatory Religious Exemptions Bills

Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez today warned against the latest legislative efforts to pass sweeping and discriminatory religious exemptions laws in Texas.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 14, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 23

"I congratulate Sen. Huffman on the passage of Senate Bill 23 which affirms our support for law enforcement in Texas and the critical role they play in keeping Texas communities safe. Senate Bill 23 makes it clear that Texans do not support defunding the police.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 13, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 14

"I congratulate Sen. Creighton and the Texas Senate on the passage of Senate Bill 14. A rational and predictable regulatory environment, along with low taxes and lawsuit reform, have made the Texas economy one of the strongest in the nation and a force in the global economy.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 13, 2021

Jake Ellzey Campaign: Ellzey To Report More Than $500,000 In Contributions

State Representative Jake Ellzey today announced he will report over a half million dollars in contributions in support of his campaign for US Congress in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Ellzey is filing his finance report with the Federal Election Commission next week.

From Jake Ellzey Campaign

April 13, 2021

Representative Jake Ellzey: Passes HJR125 Aiding The Surviving Spouse Of A Disabled Homeowner

Representative Jake Ellzey gets unanimous support in the House on HJR125. The constitutional amendment proposed under HJR125 allows the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse's residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person's death.

From Representative Jake Ellzey

April 13, 2021

AARP Texas: Revise Senate Bill 6 / HB 3659 To Protect Nursing Home Residents

The Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee is scheduled to discuss legislation on Wednesday, April 14, that provides liability immunity for certain businesses, including nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, for claims arising during a pandemic or other emergencies.

From AARP Texas

April 13, 2021

Gun Owners of America: Responds To Sellout License To Carry Instructors

Rachel Malone, Texas Director of Gun Owners of America, responded to License to Carry (LTC) instructors who are opposing efforts to restore the right of self-defense in Texas, stating: “Earlier today, a small contingent of License to Carry instructors sided with Bloomberg-funded organizations and opposed pending legislation to restore Texans’ right to carry a handgun without having to obtain a permit.

From Gun Owners of America

April 13, 2021

Progress Texas: NCAA Says It Will Only Hold College Championships In States Where Transgender Student-Athletes Can Participate

Today, as Texas lawmakers hold hearings on anti-trans bills that would prevent transgender children from receiving life-saving, gender-affirming care, the NCAA announced that it will only hold college championship games in states where transgender student-athletes can participate without discrimination.

From Progress Texas

April 13, 2021

Representative Jacey Jetton: Joint-Authors HB 3520

State Representative Jacey Jetton announces support for House Bill 3520, taking a vital step in combatting human trafficking in Texas. The bill, authored by Chairman Todd Hunter, would raise the minimum age for individuals who work in a sexually oriented business to 21 and imposes penalties for businesses that violate this statute.

From Representative Jacey Jetton

April 13, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 1234 And Senate Bill 598

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of 2 election security bills, Senate Bill 1234, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and Senate Bill 598, by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 13, 2021

Senator Cesar J. Blanco: Senate Passes Landmark Military Sexual Assault Legislation By Senator Cesar Blanco

Today, the Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 623 by Senator César J. Blanco. Senate Bill 623 aims to protect Texas soldiers from military sexual assault and provide avenues of justice and resources for victims.

From Senator Cesar J. Blanco

April 12, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Texas Senate Takes Side Of Low-Road Employers

“It’s bad enough the State of Texas affords next to nothing in such benefits unless the federal government insists. Under SB 14, construction workers would not get rest breaks in 100-degree weather, fair hiring ordinances would go away, and tens of thousands of working people would continue to face the terrible choice of whether to work sick and risk infecting others or whether to skip a paycheck.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 12, 2021

Texas Freedom Network: Legislative Bullying Of Transgender Kids Marks A New Low For Anti-LGBTQ Texas Lawmakers

With several bills instituting health care and sports bans for transgender youth moving at the Texas Capitol this week, Texas Freedom Network’s president and a clergy leader associated with the faith-organizing movement Just Texas today joined in condemning the growing legislative assault on transgender young people, their families and their health care providers.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 12, 2021

Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas: Senate Puts Texas On Path To Faster Recovery By Passing SB 14

The Texas Senate delivered a major victory for employers and employees across Texas on Monday by giving preliminary approval to Senate Bill 14, which would provide consistency in government regulations on labor and employment practices at private-sector businesses.

From Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas

April 12, 2021

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Introduce Resolution Honoring Baylor Men’s Basketball Team As NCAA Champions

“I am proud to honor Baylor men’s basketball team for bringing home to Waco an incredible victory. This one-of-a-kind team showcased the competitiveness and dedication of Texans throughout the tournament, and they will no doubt continue to be a serious contender for seasons to come. Sic ‘em Bears!”

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 12, 2021

Texas Cancer Survivors Coalition: Introducing New Texas Cancer Survivors Coalition To Bring United Voice To Texas State Capitol

Today, a group of cancer survivors and advocates announced the founding of the newly-formed Texas Cancer Survivors Coalition. The goal of the organization is to bring a united voice to the Texas State Capitol on behalf of cancer survivors and their support networks, while supporting and proposing state legislative and regulatory initiatives that directly impact cancer care and wellness.

From Texas Cancer Survivors Coalition

April 12, 2021

Common Cause Texas: Launches Letter Campaign To Make Sure Speaker Phelan Sees Viral Poll Watcher Video

Last week, Common Cause Texas released this deeply alarming video in which we hear the presenter call for volunteer poll watchers who will have the "courage" to go from the predominantly Anglo Harris County suburbs to the Black and Brown communities in the urban core.

From Common Cause Texas

April 12, 2021

MOVE Texas: Announces Claudia Yoli Ferla As New Executive Director

Today, MOVE Texas is proud to announce that Claudia Yoli Ferla will be the group’s new Executive Director, effective immediately. As the first woman of color and first Dreamer to assume this leadership role, Claudia will guide the direction of one of the largest and most effective youth voter registration organizations in the nation.

From MOVE Texas

April 12, 2021

Senator Cesar Blanco: Passes Legislation To Assist Veterans With Citizenship & Reduce Congestion At Ports Of Entry

Today, the Texas Senate passed two bills by Senator César Blanco, Senate Bill 886 and Senate Bill 1308. Senate Bill 886 will authorize and require the Texas Veterans Commission to assist eligible veterans with the citizenship process.

From Senator Cesar Blanco

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