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March 24, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on American Health Care Act

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) Friday released the following statement on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017. “My constituents sent me to Washington to provide relief for hardworking American families who have been stuck with unaffordable coverage and fewer choices under Obamacare.

From Representative Roger Williams

March 24, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: U.S. House Delays Action on Disastrous Health Care Bill

Today the U.S. House paused in its efforts to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a frightening scheme that would mean much more expensive insurance for millions of Americans and no meaningful coverage for millions more.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

March 24, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Republicans' Healthcare Bill

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after Republicans decided not to hold a vote on their healthcare reform legislation: “Members of Congress from across the country realized that this bill would hurt their constituents.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

March 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement on Attacks in London and Antwerp

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in response to the attacks in London and Antwerp. "Yesterday’s terror attack in London – committed by a radical Islamic terrorist and claimed by ISIS – was an act of barbarism.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 24, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Protects the Privacy of Mental Health Professionals

State Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco) recently presented House Bill 442 to the House Committee on Licensing and Registration. HB 442 would prohibit the release of home addresses of certain mental health professionals in online registries.

From Representative Armando Martinez

March 24, 2017

Senator Konni Burton: Pens Open Letter to her Federal Representatives

Today, State Senator Konni Burton sent an open letter to her federal Congressman, Kenny Marchant, and both United States Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, urging them to support full repeal of Obamacare. The following was sent to each of their offices:

From Senator Konni Burton

March 23, 2017

Fast Growth School Coalition: Statement Regarding the Senate Education Committee's 7-3 Vote on SB 3, Diverting State Funds from Public Schools

The following statement on the Senate Education Committee’s approval of school vouchers (SB 3) should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, executive director of the Fast Growth School Coalition:

From Fast Growth School Coalition

March 23, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Human Trafficking Bill Gets Unanimous Stamp of Approval from Senate Committee

On Wednesday, March 22, Senate Bill 128, which would enlist truck drivers in the fight against human trafficking, was unanimously approved by the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation. It now goes to the full Senate for final vote.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

March 23, 2017

Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter: Railroad Commissioners Fail to 'Self-Police' Conflicts

Texas Railroad Commissioners took tens of thousands of dollars from energy interests with cases pending before their agency in recent years, a new study finds, contradicting Texas Sunset Commission testimony in 2012 that claimed that the commissioners “self-police” themselves against such conflicts.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

March 23, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Icon Roy Williams

Representative Helen Giddings released the following statement on the passing of Civil Rights activist, Roy Williams. "Roy Williams waged many important battles and achieved significant victories on behalf of the underserved.

From Representative Helen Giddings

March 23, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Texas Medicaid Health Plans Joined by TMA in Taking Major Step to Make Medicaid Simpler, More Efficient for Texas Physicians

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) in collaboration with the Texas Medical Association (TMA) today announced a joint effort to reduce red tape and administrative burdens for physicians and health care providers seeking to participate in the Texas Medicaid program.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

March 23, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Adds Former Lawmaker to Team for Remainder of 85th Session

The Texas Association of Business is proud to announce that for State Representative Jim Keffer will be working with the rest of the TAB lobby team for the remainder of the 85th Legislative Session.

From Texas Association of Business

March 23, 2017

Representative Harold Dutton: Raise the Age Bill Passes Out of Committee

From Representative Harold Dutton

March 22, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Advocates for Medicaid Reforms in Health Care Meeting with President Trump

State Senator Donna Campbell, an emergency room physician who represents Senate District 25, was one of eight of female leaders invited by President Trump to participate in a special panel Wednesday at the White House focused on health care reforms.

From Senator Donna Campbell

March 22, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes' Announcement

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), issued the following statement: “Chairman Nunes’ actions today compromise the effectiveness of the House Intelligence Committee.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

March 22, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Helps memorialize fallen Wink firefighter Coby Slaughter at Capitol

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) helped unveil the etching of Coby Slaughter’s name on the Volunteer Firefighter Memorial on the Texas State Capitol grounds on Wednesday. “The simple truth is that Coby Slaughter and countless other first responders in Texas are truly exemplary in their selfless service and sacrifice,” Landgraf said.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

March 22, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Renews Call for Texas House Redistricting Committee to Hold Hearings on Federal Court Ruling in Perez v. Abbott

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Redistricting, has renewed his call for the House Committee on Redistricting to meet and discuss the implications of the recent federal court ruling in Perez v. Abbott.

From Representative Eric Johnson

March 22, 2017

Public Citizen: The Railroad Commission Sunset Bill Needs Amendments to Improve the Vital Functions of the Agency

A bill in the Texas House of Representatives (HB 1818) to reauthorize the Railroad Commission for another 12 years does not address most of the critical reforms that the agency urgently needs, Public Citizen said today.

From Public Citizen

March 22, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: SB 359 Requiring Domestic Violence Training For Child Custody Mediators Passes out of the Senate

Today, Senate Bill 539 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was voted out of the Senate and will advance to the House for consideration. SB 539 requires mediators that handle child custody cases to complete 4 hours of domestic violence training.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 22, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on CSSB 1 - The Budget

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Committee Substitute Senate Bill (CSSB) 1 out of the Senate Finance Committee: "I commend Chairman Jane Nelson and the members of the Senate Finance Committee which passed out CSSB 1 this morning with a 15-0 bi-partisan vote.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 22, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Fights to Save the 1st Integrated Golf Course in the South

Senator Borris Miles voiced support for SB 822, to preserve and protect Austin's Lions Municipal Golf Course (Muny). "I stand in support of SB 822, to protect the historical and cultural impact Muny has had on African American history as the first integrated golf course in the South," said Senator Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles

March 22, 2017

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Hundreds of Texans, 25+ Organizations Convene for First-Ever Texas Energy Day

Technology, innovation and Texas pride are the main attractions at today’s first-ever Texas Energy Day at The Capitol, an event sponsored by more than 25 organizations, associations and chambers of commerce from across the state.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

March 22, 2017

Representative Joseph Deshotel: Urges Congress to Fund Coastal Spine

Today, March 22nd, 2017, Representative Deshotel will introduce HCR 106, which declares that the State of Texas supports the development and construction of a coastal barrier to protect the Gulf Coast region from storm surges and flood damages.

From Representative Joseph Deshotel

March 22, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Committee Approves CSSB 1, Appropriations Act

The Senate Finance Committee today unanimously approved CSSB 1 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, establishing the state's budget over the next two years. CSSB 1 next moves to the full Senate for consideration.

From Senator Jane Nelson

March 22, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bill to return control of college tuition to Lege heard in Senate

Senator José Rodríguez's S.B. 442, which returns control of college tuition to the Texas Legislature, was heard in the Senate Higher Education Committee Wednesday. Prior to 2003, the Legislature had regulatory authority to set tuition rates, generally mandating that the same tuition rate be charged across the state.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 22, 2017

Texas 21 Organization: Broad Health Coalition Backs Texas Lawmakers Proposing to Raise Minimum Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Two Texas lawmakers proposing to raise the state’s minimum tobacco age of sale to 21 – backed by a coalition of health care organizations – at a press conference Tuesday urged passage of their bills to protect and save the lives of young Texans by keeping them from becoming addicted to tobacco.

From Texas 21 Organization

March 22, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 17 - Franchise Tax Reduction

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 17 - Franchise Tax Reduction, by Senator Jane Nelson, (R - Flower Mound): "During the 2015 Legislative Session we reduced the franchise tax by 25% - a major cut, saving Texas businesses nearly $2.5 billion dollars.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 22, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Seeks Hearing on Redistricting Ruling

Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus(MALC) are seeking a hearing by the Texas House Committee on Redistricting to discuss the recent redistricting ruling in Perez v. Abbott and to begin the process for determining a remedy that addresses the Court's findings of intentional discrimination by the State of Texas.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

March 21, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 2 - Property Tax Reform

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 2 - Property Tax Reform, by Senator Paul Bettencourt, (R - Houston):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 21, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Senate Bill 2

Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of Senate Bill 2, which requires a local election for every tax rate increase of more than 5 percent:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 21, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Approves Senator Nelson's SB 17, Phasing Out Franchise Tax

The Texas Senate today approved SB 17 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to phase out the franchise tax over time if sufficient revenue is available. “There is widespread support to eliminate the franchise tax, which hinders the ability of Texas businesses to grow and prosper.

From Senator Jane Nelson

March 21, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Major Step Forward for Texas Taxpayers: SB 2 Passes! Texas Senate approves the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017, on 18-12 vote

Senate Bill 2, the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), today passed the Texas Senate on an 18-12 vote. “Texas taxpayers know the truth,” Senator Bettencourt said.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 21, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Senate Passes Short-Sighted Revenue Bills

Today the Texas Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Sen. Bettencourt, which would limit the ability of cities, counties, community colleges and hospital districts to provide the public services Texans all rely on.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

March 21, 2017

State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas: Firefighters to be Honored at State Capitol Memorial Service

State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) will host the 2017 First Responder Legislative Day and Memorial Service at the Texas Capitol on March 22, 2017.

From State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas

March 21, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas State Government Faces Significant, Long-Term Financial Challenges

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today released a special edition of Fiscal Notes highlighting long-term financial obligations facing Texas state government. Prior to the 2017 legislative session, Hegar sent a letter to lawmakers outlining some of these obligations which, if left unaddressed, could negatively impact the state’s credit rating and limit the amount of revenue available for general spending.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

March 21, 2017

Texas Municipal League: Tax Relief Bill Shortchanges the Elderly

A bill passed by the Texas Senate imposing state restrictions on city revenues would give the smallest tax breaks, if any, to elderly and disabled homeowners. “The method the Senate has chosen for providing property tax relief guarantees that homeowners who qualify for the over 65 or the disabled exemption on their homes will get practically no tax cut,” said Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League.

From Texas Municipal League

March 21, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Achieves Conservative Victories Through Changes to Republican Health Care Bill

Today House Republicans unveiled several key conservative changes to the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) fought to include in the legislation during its markup in the House Budget Committee.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

March 21, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Joins President Trump for Signing of NASA Transition Authorization Act

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), who is Chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, today joined a group of his colleagues at the White House to watch President Donald Trump sign the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law.

From Representative Brian Babin

March 21, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: President Signs NASA Bill, Cornyn Provisions to Set Goal of Astronaut Landing on Mars

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law, including language from Sen. Cornyn’s MANIFEST Act to require NASA to develop plans for the future of U.S. human space exploration and set the goal of landing an astronaut on Mars:

From Senator John Cornyn

March 21, 2017

Network of Texas IAF Organizations: Call on State Leaders to fund the best economic development strategy in the state

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Texas IAF leaders from across the state will hold a press conference at 12:30 pm on the south steps of the Capitol to address the critical need for state funding for the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education Fund.

From Network of Texas IAF Organizations

March 21, 2017

Texas Aspires: To Testify on Seven Assessment and Accountability Bills Before House Public Education Committee

Texas Aspires’ executive director, Courtney Boswell, and Texas Aspires Foundation’s director of policy, Molly Weiner, will testify on seven bills before the House Public Education Committee today, March 21, 2017.

From Texas Aspires

March 21, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: The Future of American Leadership and Exploration in Space is Secure

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) at a White House ceremony where the president signed the bipartisan Cruz-Nelson NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 21, 2017

Episcopal Health Foundation: ACA enrollment numbers in Texas highlight concerns about proposed replacement plan in Congress

Texans who are enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance for 2017 are more likely to be older, have low to moderate incomes, and receive significant financial assistance to buy plans.

From Episcopal Health Foundation

March 21, 2017

Texas AFT: Private-school voucher bill hearing set for Tuesday at the state Capitol

SB 3, the big voucher bill of the 2017 session by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), comes up for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, March 21.

From Texas AFT

March 21, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Encouraged by Passage of SB 25

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops is encouraged by passage of Senate Bill 25 from the Senate today.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

March 21, 2017

Texas Retired Teachers Association: Retired Teachers to Meet in Austin for Annual Convention & Capitol Rally

More than 1000 retired educators will meet in Austin next week at the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) 64th Annual Convention at the Hilton Austin. Attendees from all over Texas will participate in this year’s convention March 27-28, followed by a day of grassroots lobbying at the Texas Capitol on March 29.

From Texas Retired Teachers Association

March 21, 2017

Texas Alliance for Life: Texas Senate OKs Ban on "Wrongful Birth" Lawsuits

Today the Texas Senate gave preliminary OK to SB 25, bill to ban "wrongful birth" lawsuits, on a 21-9 vote. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate tomorrow and go on to the House.

From Texas Alliance for Life

March 21, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on House Intelligence Committee Hearing

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on today’s public hearing: “Two portions of today’s hearing stood out as particularly significant.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

March 21, 2017

Representative Paul Workman: Legislation to Undo Government Intrusion Into Private Industry Hiring Practices Heard in House Committee

State Representative Paul Workman today presented House Bill 577, which would prohibit local governments from adopting "ban the box" or "fair chance hiring" ordinances, to the House Committee on Business & Industry.

From Representative Paul Workman

March 20, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texans Deserve a Vote on the Issuance of Pension Obligation Bonds

The Senate State Affairs Committee today voted 7-2 to approve Senate Bill 151 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), which would require voter approval for a city to issue pension obligation bonds (POBs).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 20, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Just a Decade Ago, Not a Single Democrat Spoke a Word of Opposition to Judge Gorsuch When Confirmed as Federal Judge

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today spoke in support of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. In the first day of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Sen. Cruz is a member, the senator praised Judge Gorsuch’s experience and commitment to the rule of law.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 20, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Voters Deserve a Say on the Issuance of Pension Obligation Bonds

The Senate State Affairs Committee today voted 7-2 to approve Senate Bill 151 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), which would require voter approval for a city to issue pension obligation bonds (POBs).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 20, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Restore the Buying Power of the Minimum Wage

Working poor Texans need a substantial increase in the minimum wage to support their families and their communities, the Texas AFL-CIO said today. In a news conference and in testimony before the House Business and Industry Committee, Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Director René Lara said the era in which the $7.25 wage floor was decent money has long passed.

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 20, 2017

Texas Conservative Coalition: Texas House and Senate Members Letter to Feds: Repeal Obamacare and Allow States to Effect Replacement Solution

On Friday, March 17, 65 members of the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) signed the attached letter. While the letter speaks for itself, the following comments were made with its release:

From Texas Conservative Coalition

March 20, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Gorsuch Enjoys 'Broad Spectrum' of Support

Today in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) delivered an opening statement praising President Trump’s pick to fill the vacancy left by the late Judge Antonin Scalia.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 20, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform Foundation: Releases "The Long Story of Asbestos Litigation in Texas and Its National Consequences"

Texans for Lawsuit Reform Foundation has released its latest paper, “The Story of Asbestos Litigation in Texas and Its National Consequences,” a comprehensive look at Texas’ involvement with asbestos litigation – the longest running mass-tort in America.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform Foundation

March 20, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on Healthcare Bill

In advance of Thursday’s vote overhauling the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement: “We must remember, that regardless of its goals, Obamacare has not made healthcare more accessible or more affordable.

From Representative Will Hurd

March 20, 2017

Texas Alliance for Life: Texas Senate Passes First Pro-Life Bill of the Session

On Wednesday, March 15, the Texas Senate passed its first pro-life bill of the session when it gave final approval to SB 8, a ban on partial-birth abortion. SB 8 also bans the sale or donation of tissues and organs after abortion and thereby bans research on those tissues and organs.

From Texas Alliance for Life

March 20, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces the Groundbreaking of the Edinburg Driver License Mega Center

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, joined the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the community of Edinburg for a groundbreaking ceremony of the new Driver License Mega Center.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 17, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Proposes Alternative Language Notices for TCEQ

State Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco) recently presented House Bill 98 to the House Committee on Natural Resources. HB 98 requires an alternative language notice for public meetings held by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) during permitting proceedings of the National Pollutant Discharge System (NPDES).

From Representative Armando Martinez

March 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Names Boris Ryvkin National Security Advisor

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today named Boris Ryvkin National Security Advisor, serving in his Washington, D.C. office. “I am grateful to have Boris joining our senior staff team and look forward to working with him as we defend and promote the policies that will keep both Texas and the United Sates strong and secure,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces Legislation to Re-Designate North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced his intention to introduce legislation next week to re-list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, companion legislation to H.R. 479 sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe in the U.S. House of Representatives.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 17, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Holds First Hearing as Vice Chair

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Thursday morning presided over his first subcommittee hearing as vice chair of the subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.

From Representative Roger Williams

March 15, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Senate Gives Overwhelming Approval to SB 8

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 8, also known as the Pre-Born Protection and Dignity Act, by a 24-6 vote that crossed party lines. The legislation would institute a statewide ban on the sale of fetal tissue from elective abortions and prohibit partial-birth abortion in state law.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 15, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Commends the Passage of Senate Bill 8 - Pre-Born Protection and Dignity Act

Lt. Governor Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 8 - the Pre-Born Protection and Dignity Act, by Senator Charles Schwertner (R - Georgetown): "Texans count on us to ensure that the sanctity and dignity of life is protected. In the wake of discovering the notorious Planned Parenthood videos last year, in which employees were caught callously discussing the procurement of aborted baby body parts, the Texas Senate is taking aggressive steps to criminalize these despicable acts. They have also taken an unshakable stand against partial birth abortion.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 15, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Bill Would End Construction Contracting Method in Texas Before It Has a Chance

A bill that would forbid publicly funded state or local Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in Texas will be heard Thursday in the House Economic and Small Business Committee.

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 15, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senate Finance Committee Approves SB 2, the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act, on 9-5 Vote

The Senate Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 2 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) on a 9-5 vote this evening in favor of regular Texas home and business owners over substantial governmental opposition.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 15, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: "Stop S.B. 4 to Keep our Communities Safe, Our Economy Strong, and Hardworking Families Together"

Today, S.B. 4, the anti-sanctuary cities bill was laid out in the House State Affairs Committee. Rep. Cesar J. Blanco issued the following statement: "While I am glad that my bill to protect immigrant witnesses and victims of crimes was rolled into the committee substitute for SB 4, I remain wholeheartedly opposed to the overall bill.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

March 15, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Counting the Costs of Texas Health Care

The cost of health care in Texas is rising faster than both the general inflation rate and the growth of the state’s population. In fiscal 2015, Texas state government spent $42.9 billion on health care services, or 43.1 percent of all its appropriations from state, federal and other sources.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

March 15, 2017

The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: S.B. 6 Creates a Hazard in Texas

Today, Senate Bill 6 was voted out of the Senate, a week after hundreds of Texans testified against the bill in committee. The bill would require transgender people to use restrooms and changing facilities in public buildings that do not match their gender identity.

From The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

March 15, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: House Committee on State Affairs Holds Hearing on Anti-Sanctuary City Legislation

Today, the Texas House Committee on State Affairs is holding a public hearing on CSSB 4, the committee substitute to Senate Bill 4. CSSB 4 is significantly different legislation from SB 4. State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement before the committee's public hearing:

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

March 15, 2017

Representative Lina Ortega: Debate Over Anti-Immigrant Legislation Starts in the Texas House

State Representative Lina Ortega issued the following statement on today’s House Committee Hearing on so-called “sanctuary cities” bill: "The House Committee on State Affairs will hear Senate Bill 4 after it was passed out of the Senate on a party-line vote last month.

From Representative Lina Ortega

March 15, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on Senate Passage of Transgender Discrimination Bill

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on today’s approval of Senate Bill 6 by the Texas Senate. The legislation targets transgender people for discrimination in public schools, universities and other government buildings. The bill now moves to the Texas House of Representatives.

From Texas Freedom Network

March 15, 2017

Representative Drew Springer: Lays out Tax Bills in House Committee on Ways & Means

On Wednesday, Rep. Drew Springer laid out two important tax bills to the House Committee on Ways & Means. This committee, of which Rep. Springer also serves on, handles all of the tax policy for the State of Texas. The two bills that Springer laid out, HB 27 and HB 1370, are essential in ensuring that our local and state governments work together to serve the people's best interests.

From Representative Drew Springer

March 15, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Applauds Texas House Approval of Texting While Driving Ban

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions – representing the major auto insurance companies doing business in Texas – continues this legislative session to support House Bill 62 and Senate Bill 31, bills that enact a statewide prohibition on texting while driving.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

March 15, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Commends the Passage of Senate Bill 6 - Texas PRivacy Act

Lt. Governor Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 6, the Texas Privacy Act, by Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R - Brenham): "The people of Texas elected us to stand by our principles and uphold conservative values. The Texas Privacy Act reflects common decency and common sense and is essential to protect public safety.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 15, 2017

Dress for Success: Day at the Texas Capitol

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Dress for Success staff and volunteers from Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio met with lawmakers at the Texas Capitol to highlight the organization’s work to assist disadvantaged women.

From Dress for Success

March 15, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Submits Fiscally Responsible DPS Border Security Budget Riders to House Appropriation Committee

Austin, Texas- Representative Cesar J. Blanco filed three budget riders to be considered by the House Appropriations Committee this Friday. All three budget riders submitted by Rep. Blanco relate to DPS' budget and border security operations.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

March 15, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senate Finance Committee Approves SB 2, the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act, on 9-5 Vote Texas Taxpayers Help Advance SB 2 in Dramatic, 10-Hour Hearing

The Senate Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 2 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) on a 9-5 vote this evening in favor of regular Texas home and business owners over substantial governmental opposition. Texans traveled from around the state to address committee members tonight and encourage their support of SB 2, the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 15, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Sponsors "We the People" Bus to Capitol Calling for Property Tax Reform

State Senator Van Taylor chartered a bus for constituents wishing to submit testimony in yesterday's committee hearing for S.B. 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017.

From Senator Van Taylor

March 15, 2017

Representative Shawn Thierry: Unveils Bill Package to Improve Texas Veterans' Quality of Life

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Representative Thierry will present three new pieces of legislation supporting veterans’ rights and protections. Representative Thierry's veterans bill package stems from recommendations made in the Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services report which was published in October 2016.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

March 15, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Senate Bill 6

Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement, also to be placed in the Senate Journal, based on his comments on the Senate floor, regarding Senate Bill 6, which targets vulnerable Texans for discrimination:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 15, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Works to Bring UIL Events to the Brazos Valley

On Friday, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed SB 1981, a bill that could have a big impact on the future of competitive high school events in Texas.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

March 15, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding Senate Bill 6

"Today, the Texas Senate advanced the divisive Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), known as the Bathroom Bill. This discriminatory legislation would have a significant negative effect on Texas' economy, and it would hit Senate District 13 the hardest.

From Senate Borris Miles

March 15, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Senate Passes Cruz-Sponsored Resolution to Disapprove Obama Administration Drug-Testing Rule for Unemployment Insurance

Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that disapproves and nullifies a drug testing rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor during the final months of the Obama administration.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 15, 2017

Keep Texas Open for Business: Statement on Senate's Passage of SB 6

The following statement from Keep Texas Open for Business in reaction to the Senate’s approval of SB 6 should be attributed to Chris Wallace, President of the Texas Association of Business: “We’re disappointed the Texas Senate would choose to pass discriminatory legislation like Senate Bill 6, despite clear indications that its passage will have an economic impact in Texas.

From Keep Texas Open for Business

March 15, 2017

Representative Tan Parker: Chairman Parker Appoints Phil Stephenson as Chairman of Sub-Committee on State and Local Bonded Indebtedness

Today, Representative Tan Parker, Chairman of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services, appointed Representative Phil Stephenson to the critical position of Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on State and Local Bonded Indebtedness.

From Representative Tan Parker

March 15, 2017

Texas Values: Privacy Act (SB 6) Clears Senate! Next Stop: Texas House

By a vote of 21-10, and after an afternoon full of lively debate, the full Texas Senate approved the Texas Privacy Act, SB 6 by Senator Lois Kolkhorst, today. All 20 Republicans and Democratic Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. voted for passage of the most talked about bill in Texas and possibly nationwide.

From Texas Values

March 14, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Champions Much Needed Property Tax Reform and Relief for Texas Taxpayers

Dozens of exasperated Texas taxpayers who have seen average property tax bill increase by 33.7 percent in five years are in Austin today to share their stories with the Senate Finance Committee as it considered property tax reform bills, particularly Senate Bill 2 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 14, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Texas Senate Confirms Donna Bahorich as SBOE Chair

The Texas Senate today, by unanimous vote, confirmed Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointment of Donna Bahorich as chair of the State Board of Education. “I’m honored that Gov. Abbott and the Texas Senate have affirmed their confidence in me to continue to chair the State Board of Education.

From Texas Education Agency

March 14, 2017

Texans for Voter Choice: Act Introduced in Texas House to Provide Voters More Meaningful Choices on Election Day

Texans for Voter Choice, a new reform coalition formed to promote Texans’ freedom of choice at the polls, today called on the Texas Legislature to enact HB 3068, known as the Texas Voter Choice Act (“TVCA”). The TVCA establishes reasonable requirements for new party and independent candidates to appear on the ballot.

From Texans for Voter Choice

March 14, 2017

Annie's List: Sells Out Hillary Clinton Event

“We are thrilled by the overwhelming response to our Houston luncheon, honoring former Board Chair Amber Anderson Mostyn and featuring Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

From Annie's List

March 14, 2017

Representative Matt Krause: Files House Joint Resolution 123, Proposing a Constitutional Amendment that Protects the Unborn and Prohibits Abortion

Representative Matt Krause has proposed House Joint Resolution 123 which would amend the Texas Constitution to prohibit abortion to the fullest extent possible. HJR 123 does not require the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child as well as allowing the use of in vitro fertilization and birth control.

From Representative Matt Krause

March 14, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Texas Senate's #BacktheBlue Day

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the Texas Senate's Back the Blue Day:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 13, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: 14 Million to Lose Health Insurance Under GOP Plan; Medicaid Cut $880 Billion

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) reacted to the Congressional Budget Office report that showed the negative impacts of the health care plan proposed by Congressional Republicans. The analysis indicates 14 million people could lose their health insurance coverage under the Republican plan, and Medicaid would be cut $880 billion, by 2018.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

March 13, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Carries SJR 1 to Unanimous Passage in Texas Senate

Today the Texas Senate unanimously passed SJR 1, authored by Senator Donna Campbell and members of the San Antonio delegation, including Sen. Menendez, Sen. Uresti, and Sen. Zaffirini.

From Senator Donna Campbell

March 13, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Hancock, Smithee Legislation Would Grant State Authority To Protect Texans Against Price-Gouging in Emergency Medical Situations

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded Texas Senator Kelly Hancock and House Rep. John Smithee’s introduction of legislation (SB 2064 and HB 3867) to protect Texans from price-gouging for emergency care provided by freestanding emergency rooms and hospital-based emergency rooms.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

March 13, 2017

Representative Ina Minjarez: Statement on the Immediate Investigation to the Death of Jennifer Delgado and her unborn child

Today, Representative Ina Minjarez has sent an official letter to Commissioner Hank Whitman of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services formally requesting an immediate investigation into the death and the situation leading up to the death of her constituent, Jennifer Delgado and her unborn child.

From Representative Ina Minjarez

March 13, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Legislators Introduce Measures To Require Greater Transparency From Freestanding ERs, Ensure Consumers Are Better Informed

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded the introduction of four bills in the Texas Legislature to significantly increase transparency requirements of facilities known as freestanding emergency rooms.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

March 13, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Greater Houston Partnership Endorses Property Tax Relief for 1st Time, Supports SB 2

Recognizing that the property tax burden on business and home owners in Texas is among the highest in the country, the Greater Houston Partnership has endorsed property tax reform and relief and passed a resolution to support Senate Bill 2 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 13, 2017

Representative Rick Miller: Statement Regarding House Bill 4089

On Friday, Representative Rick Miller (R-Fort Bend) filed House Bill 4089 as compromise legislation that seeks to preserve benefits for existing veterans and their families. As part of the program, for nearly 100 years, Texas has provided Texas’ veterans with up to 150 free credit hours at any public college or university in the state.

From Representative Rick Miller

March 13, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Court Rules Intentional Discrimination Against Latinos and African Americans

Tonight, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas released its ruling regarding discriminatory intent on the congressional maps drawn by the Texas Legislature in 2011. Judges Garcia and Rodriguez ruled in favor of the decision while Judge Smith dissented.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

March 10, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman and Senator John Whitmire: File Sandra Bland Act Together

Today, March 10th, Senator John Whitmire (D-15) filed Senate Bill 1849 as the Senate companion to House Bill 2702, The Sandra Bland Act by Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147).

From Representative Garnet Coleman

March 10, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: San Antonio Congressional Delegation Reintroduces Key Cyber Bill

This week, the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act was reintroduced in both the House and Senate. Co-sponsored by every Congressman in the San Antonio delegation, the bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC), to help train local law enforcement and government entities to better prevent cyber-attacks.

From Representative Will Hurd

March 10, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Focuses on Foster Care Children

State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) spent the past few weeks in the Texas House fighting for Texas' foster care children. During debate on HB 5, which shifted foster care responsibilities from the Health and Human Services Commission to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and created an advisory council to improve foster care services, Rep. Martinez successfully added an amendment to improve the makeup of the council.

From Representative Armando Martinez

March 10, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Files Bills to Help End Texas Roadway Fatalities

With spring break just around the corner, we know that there will be more cars and trucks on Texas roads. With safety and increased traffic in mind, Senator Garcia has filed a roadway safety package of legislation.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

March 10, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Sixth Largest County in Texas, Collin County, Votes to Support Property Tax Reform and Relief; Collin County Judge Keith Self to Testify for SB 2 at Tuesday's Hearing in Austin; Public Welcome

In recognition that average property tax bills that have risen 21.6 percent from 2013 to 2016, Collin County Commissioners stood up for hard-pressed taxpayers and passed a unanimous resolution in support of Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform & Relief Act of 2017.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 10, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Files Bill to Protect the Elderly from Financial Exploitation

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) recently filed House Bill 3972 to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation. This bill would require broker-dealers or investment advisors who suspect that an elderly client is being financially abused to report it to the State Securities Board.

From Representative Eric Johnson

March 10, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bills Filed to Curb Predatory Wraparound Mortgage Scams

Home mortgage scams in El Paso and Austin have prompted three senators to propose legislation to curb the abuse and protect homeowners. Senators Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), Kirk Watson (D-Austin), and José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) today filed several bills to address “wraparound” home mortgage scams, which leave homeowners at the mercy of a middleman who may or may not keep up with the mortgage payments.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 10, 2017

Texas Workforce Commission: Texas Adds 51,300 Jobs in January

Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 51,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent.

From Texas Workforce Commission

March 10, 2017

Texans for Responsible Hog Management: Senator Watson and Representative Stucky File Bill Halting Warafin Poison on Texas Fields and Pastures

Legislators have filed legislation to halt Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s plan to spread toxic warfarin poison across Texas lands in an effort to eradicate feral hogs. Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Lynn Stucky have filed SB 1454 and HB 3451 in the Texas Senate and House of Representative to prevent indiscriminate use of warfarin poison.

From Texans for Responsible Hog Management

March 10, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Castro, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Local Cybersecurity Defenses

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) yesterday reintroduced The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act, H.R. 1465, legislation that allows non-profit entities, including universities, to work more closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address cybersecurity risks and incidents at the state and local level.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

March 10, 2017

The Texas Living Waters Project: Statewide Evaluation of Water Utility Conservation Efforts Gains National Recognition

The Texas Water Conservation Scorecard has been featured as the March 2017 cover story in the Journal of the American Water Works Association, a nationally-renowned publication that features thought leadership from water industry professionals.

From The Texas Living Waters Project

March 10, 2017

Senator John Cornyn, Patrick Leahy, and Ted Cruz: Introduce Bill to Enhance Cybersecurity

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act to authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) to help prepare for and respond to cybersecurity risks at the national, state, and local levels.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 10, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Veteran Alert: Republican Files Anti-Veteran Legislation

Today, Rep. J.M. Lozano filed H.B. 3766, which guts the Hazlewood Education Benefit for Texas Veterans and their families. Representative Cesar J. Blanco, a proud U.S. Navy Veteran, issued the following statement:

From Representative Cesar Blanco

March 9, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Aims to Strengthen Punishment for Assaults on Pregnant Women

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) on Thursday filed House Bill 3539, which would make it a third-degree felony to assault a pregnant woman in Texas. Current state law only classifies that crime as a Class A misdemeanor.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

March 9, 2017

Representative Toni Rose: Files House Bill 3619, The Kelley Alert Bill

Today, Representative Toni Rose filed House Bill 3619, designed to produce a regional and state wide alert similar to that of the Amber and Silver Alert systems. The proposed Kelley Alert would activate in the case of a missing adult whom law enforcement officials deem as in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.

From Representative Toni Rose

March 9, 2017

Senators Paul Bettencourt and Lois Kolkhorst: Stand for Religious Liberties; File SB 1609, Homeowners' Religious Freedom Act

State Senators Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) today filed Senate Bill 1609, which will prevent homeowners’ associations (HOA) from placing burdensome restrictions on religious displays.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 9, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Drives Effort to End Toll Road Headaches

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed Senate Bill 1437, legislation to address many of the common frustrations associated with the billing practices of toll road authorities in Texas.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

March 9, 2017

Representative Tan Parker: Intends to File Legislation to Protect the Elderly from Financial Exploitation

Yesterday Representative Tan Parker announced his intention to file legislation to better protect senior citizens from financial abuse and exploitation. In addition, he joined AARP in unveiling the newly published "Managing Someone Else's Money" guides during National Consumer Protection Week.

From Representative Tan Parker

March 8, 2017

Texas Values: Over 50 Texas Business, Organization Leaders Support SB 6

A growing list of business, organization, and civic leaders are announcing their support for legislation that protects privacy in Texas. In time for the Senate committee public hearing Tuesday on the Texas Privacy Act (SB 6), Texas Values issued a joint letter of over 50 leaders who support this landmark bill.

From Texas Values

March 8, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Texas Lost Battalion

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today submitted a statement to the Congressional Record to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the capture of the Texas Lost Battalion, the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment from Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, by the Imperial Japanese Army on Java on March 8, 1942.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 8, 2017

AARP: Family Caregiver Bill to Help Millions of Texans

A bill filed this week in the Texas Senate would ensure that Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training.

From AARP

March 8, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Senate Unanimously Approves SB 7 to Stamp Out Statewide Epidemic of Improper Student-Educator Relationships

The Texas Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 7 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) to crack down on inappropriate student-educator relationships.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 8, 2017

Representative John Raney: Lays Out First Bill as Vice Chair of Higher Education, Protecting Student Veteran Benefits

Today, State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan/College Station), presented one of his top priority bills, which protects student veterans' education benefits. HB 846 prevents institutions of higher education from imposing additional financial and administrative burdens on student veterans who use state and federal military education benefits to pay for tuition.

From Representative John Raney

March 8, 2017

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse: Small Business, Grassroots Lawsuit Abuse Watchdogs Support SB 10, HB 1774, Urge Texas Legislature to Pass Hail Storm Lawsuit Reform

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups, the state’s small business and grassroots-led lawsuit abuse watchdogs, today voiced their support for Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 1774, legislation aimed at reining in hail storm lawsuit abuse, while ensuring consumers are protected.

From Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse

March 8, 2017

Representative Justin Rodriguez: Calls for Transparency of Spending for Voter Education Campaigns by Filing House Bill 3285

Today, Representative Rodriguez filed House Bill 3285 to ensure accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars for voter education efforts.

From Representative Justin Rodriguez

March 8, 2017

Annie's List: Statement on International Women's Day

Upon the occasion of International Women’s Day, Annie’s List Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin released the following statement: “Today, when many are reflecting upon the unique contributions of women, the Texas GOP has chosen to set three bills for the Senate Calendar which aim to further question Texas women’s autonomy, morality and choices.

From Annie's List

March 8, 2017

Representative Kevin Roberts: Files Texas Legislative Review Act

This week, State Representative Kevin Roberts filed House Bill 2926 and House Joint Resolution 94, which work together to create the Texas Legislative Review Act. Representative Roberts had previously filed House Bill 1290, which would require that state agencies would have to take one regulation off the books for every regulation that they add.

From Representative Kevin Roberts

March 8, 2017

Ratliff Company: Announces the Addition of Randy Elliston

Thomas Ratliff today announced the addition of Randy Elliston as a lobbyist with Ratliff Company. Chief Elliston will direct his efforts to assisting the Dallas Police Retired Officers Association (DPROA) and other clients of the firm.

From Ratliff Company

March 8, 2017

Texas Values: Senate Committee Passes Texas Privacy Act (SB 6), 8-1 Vote

In the early hours of Wednesday, March 8, just before 5 a.m., the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee passed the Texas Privacy Act (SB 6), after nearly 20 hours of testimony by those supporting and those opposing the most talked about legislation during the 2017 Texas Legislative session.

From Texas Values

March 8, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Stands with Charter School Parents to Support Facility Funding

State Senator Donna Campbell appeared with public charter school parents, who presented thousands of letters in support of increased facility funding for charter schools, at a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday.

From Senator Donna Campbell

March 8, 2017

Representative Toni Rose: Files Bill Exempting Persons with a Severe Mental Illness from the Death Penalty

Today, Representative Toni Rose was joined by representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, the Texas NAACP, the Texas Catholic Conference, Texas Impact and Concord Baptist Church in unveiling House Bill 3080, which will exempt persons with severe mental illnesses from the death penalty.

From Representative Toni Rose

March 7, 2017

Representative Matt Krause: Files House Bill 2189, Creating an Alert for Incidents of Police Targeted Violence

Representative Matt Krause has proposed House Bill 2189 which creates the Blue Alert Program. This alert will generate a statewide alert to assist in the capture of individuals suspected of seriously injuring or killing a law enforcement officer. Chairman Whitmire has also filed an identical bill in the Senate (Senate Bill 1138), which all 31 state senators have signed on as authors.

From Representative Matt Krause

March 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: House Introduces Bill to Repeal ACA and Block Medicaid Patients from Coming to Planned Parenthood

Today, House Republicans released a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act that includes a provision to specifically block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

March 7, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Senate Bill 6

Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 6, which targets vulnerable Texans for discrimination: S.B. 6 is problematic in a number of ways, from creating legal issues to nullifying local control to targeting, instead of protecting, vulnerable Texans.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 7, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Obamacare Replacement Major Step in Right Direction

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the American Health Care Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here. “The fact of the matter is that Obamacare has been one broken promise after another.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 7, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: To Host Grand Opening for District Office on Friday

State Representative Hugh D. Shine will host a grand opening of his district office on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The local chambers of commerce will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by a come-and-go reception.

From Representative Hugh Shine

March 7, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Second Round of Lone Star Governance Training Sessions Scheduled

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced a second round of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) highly successful Lone Star Governance training sessions and encouraged school board members across the state to attend.

From Texas Education Agency

March 7, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Files Major Sunset Reform Legislation for Dental, Optometry Boards

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed Senate Bill 313 and Senate Bill 314, legislation to reform the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) and the Texas Optometry Board (TOB), respectively.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

March 6, 2017

Representative Dan Huberty: Files School Finance Reform Bill

Texas House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty on Monday filed House Bill 21, which provides $1.6 billion in additional resources for education while making several improvements to the state’s school finance formulas.

From Representative Dan Huberty

March 6, 2017

Senator Van Taylor and Representative Jodie Laubenberg: File Collin College Nursing Baccalaureate Bill

State Senator Van Taylor and Representative Jodie Laubenberg filed SB 1328 and HB 2251 respectively enabling Collin College the ability to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

From Senator Van Taylor

March 6, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement Regarding President Trump's Executive Order to Facilitate Stronger Vetting Procedures for Refugees

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent executive order to facilitate stronger vetting procedures for refugees: “As I stated when President Trump’s administration previously took the responsible step of acting to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our refugee programs, we live in a dangerous world.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 6, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Emergency Leave Bill Approved By Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 73, filed by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to address the use of emergency leave by state employees. “This bill will prevent abuses of emergency leave policies at our state agencies," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

March 6, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds President Trump's Updated Executive Order on Immigration

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), who has been pushing legislation since 2015 to pause the UN-led refugee resettlement program, issued the following statement today applauding President Trump’s updated executive order to prevent foreign terrorists from entering the United States:

From Representative Brian Babin

March 6, 2017

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Report Explores: Why was the 'Rainy Day Fund' created?

As the Texas Legislature looks at options to pay for the next biennial state spending plan, the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) today released a report that explores the creation and original purpose of the Economic Stabilization Fund, more popularly known as the “Rainy Day Fund.”

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

March 6, 2017

Representative Ed Thompson: Files Legislation Aimed at Improving Landfills

Today, Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) filed HB 2958, a bill relating to a temporary moratorium on permits for municipal solid waste facilities. The bill was filed to evaluate the operational procedures that solid waste facilities, or landfills, use, as well as curb the development of new landfills in Texas until tighter regulations can be achieved.

From Representative Ed Thompson

March 6, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Greater Houston Partnership and Rio Grande Valley Partnership Endorse SB 10 and HB 1774

Two of the most influential economic development groups in Texas, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, have passed resolutions supporting Senate Bill (SB) 10 by Sen. Kelly Hancock and House Bill (HB) 1774 by Rep. Greg Bonnen to stop hail-related lawsuit abuse while preserving some of the strongest protections in the nation for Texas property insurance consumers.

From Texans for Education Reform

March 6, 2017

Senator Lois Kolkhorst: Women's Rights are Human Rights

In May of 2016, President Obama issued an edict that all school children could declare their own gender and use the restroom, locker room and shower of their choice. Thankfully, the newly-appointed Attorney General has since rescinded that order, saying it was done "without due regard for the primary role of the states."

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst

March 6, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Filing of Senate Bill 28 - Texas Ports Act

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the filing of Senate Bill 28 - Texas Ports Act by Senator Brandon Creighton, (R - Conroe): "Texas ports serve as gateways to the state economy - creating nearly 1.6 million jobs for Texans.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 6, 2017

Representative DeWayne Burns: Files Legislation to Protect Property Owners from Eminent Domain Abuse

This week, State Representative DeWayne Burns filed legislation taking aim at eminent domain abuse. House Bill 2684 will help level the playing field for property owners when they face-off with government entities and corporations with infinitely greater resources.

From Representative DeWayne Burns

March 3, 2017

Texas Values: SB 6 Supporters Call for Protecting Privacy in Video Series

“It makes me feel very, very uncomfortable,” Shiloh, a fourth grader, said about her elementary school’s recent bathroom policy, which now allows boys into the girls’ restroom.

From Texas Values

March 3, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Releases Statement Regarding Recent Threats Against Jewish Institutions

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement regarding the recent rise in threats against Jewish Community Centers: “Today, law enforcement arrested a man in St. Louis, charging him for at least eight bomb threats against Jewish institutions in recent weeks.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 3, 2017

Representative John Zerwas: Files Supplemental Appropriations Bill

House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Zerwas on Friday filed House Bill 2, the supplemental appropriations bill for the 2016-17 budget cycle.

From Representative John Zerwas

March 3, 2017

Representative Dennis Bonnen: Authors Property Taxpayer Empowerment Act

Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) today filed the Property Taxpayer Empowerment Act (House Bill 15) to help Texans hold local governments accountable for setting property tax rates.

From Representative Dennis Bonnen

March 3, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Health, Policy Specialists Decry Lies and Misinformation Behind Texas Anti-Abortion Laws

Health and policy specialists often ignored by legislators pushing anti-abortion laws went to the Texas Capitol on Friday to call out the lies and misinformation behind those many laws and proposed bills.

From Texas Freedom Network

March 3, 2017

Texas Hog Hunters Association: Judicial Victory for Texas Hog Hunters Against Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's Poison Program

This afternoon, State District Judge Jan Soifer issued a temporary restraining order enjoining Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture from implementing the “emergency rule” that they had issued to try to facilitate the use of rat poison across Texas lands for feral hogs.

From Texas Hog Hunters Association

March 3, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement Following the Filing of Senate Bill 27 - The Help for Texas Heroes Act

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released this statement today following the filing of Senate Bill 27 – The Help for Texas Heroes Act, by Senator Donna Campbell (R – New Braunfels).

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 3, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Files SB 27, The Help for Texas Heroes Act

Today State Senator Donna Campbell filed Senate Bill 27 to enhance and expand existing mental healthcare services for Texas veterans. The Help for Texas Heroes Act will increase access to mental health care for our veterans and reflects the commitment of state leaders to reduce the suicide rate among our state's veteran population.

From Senator Donna Campbell

March 3, 2017

Representative Jim Murphy: Chairs First Hearing of House Committee on Special Purpose Districts

The House Committee on Special Purpose Districts met for its first hearing Thursday, March 2, to hear organizational testimony. Chairman Jim Murphy expressed enthusiasm for the makeup of his committee, which includes a former mayor, constable, city councilman, county commissioner, and community college trustee.

From Representative Jim Murphy

March 3, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Works to Reform Child Care Licensing, Enhance Care Options for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 1208, new legislation to improve outdated licensing standards for foster homes and other related child care settings and provide new, specialized care options for child abuse victims.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

March 2, 2017

Texas Aspires: Former Texas Education Commission Michael Williams Named Vice Chair of Texas Aspires Board

Former Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, who has served on Texas Aspires’ Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in 2016, has been unanimously named Vice Chair of the board.

From Texas Aspires

March 2, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Attorney General Sessions' Decision to Recuse Himself from Investigations Related to Presidential Campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from investigations related to the presidential campaign:

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 2, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Congratulates Rick Perry on Confirmation

Congressmen Roger Williams (R–Austin) on Thursday released the following statement after former Texas Governor Rick Perry was confirmed as President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of Energy.

From Representative Roger Williams

March 2, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Applauds House Lawmakers for Today's Passage of Foster Care Reforms

The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday took its first steps to pass two bills that will bring reform to the state's foster care system. State Representative Hugh D. Shine voted for HB 4 and HB 5, which address much-needed changes.

From Representative Hugh Shine

March 2, 2017

Americans for Parental Equality: Condemns Outrageous Threats to Lobbyist

Americans for Parental Equality, an organization that wants Family Courts to replace "standard visitation orders" with 50-50 equal access to children of divorced parents, was shocked to learn that supporters of the proposed policy had allegedly threatened a lobbyist for the Family Law Foundation - which opposes the equal parenting.

From Americans for Parental Equality

March 2, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Chair Coleman on The Sandra Bland Act

Today, March 2nd, Chair Garnet Coleman filed House Bill 2702, also known as The Sandra Bland Act. Chair Coleman released the following statement, which mirrors the preamble and the findings in House Bill 2702:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

March 2, 2017

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities: Disability Community Warns Gov. Abbott of Block Grant, Per Capita Cap Risks

In an open letter [attached] sent to Governor Greg Abbott last week, disability rights group ADAPT of Texas explained the probable damage of repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and adoption of Block Grants or Per Capita Caps on Medicaid.

From Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

March 2, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Files Legislation for Border Infrastructure Funding

Representative Cesar J. Blanco, recently filed House Bill (H.B.) 2374 to ensure the Texas-Mexico border region receives its maximum allowed set-aside of federal transportation funds designated by federal law.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

March 2, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Votes to Confirm Perry as Secretary of Energy

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after former Texas Governor Rick Perry was confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Energy.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 2, 2017

Representative Ron Simmons: Lawmakers Unveil Legislation Designed to Deliver Opportunities for At-Risk and Special Needs Students

Representatives Ron Simmons, Jason Isaac, and Jason Villalba today announced legislation to authorize Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for special needs and at-risk students, as well as children with unique challenges.

From Representative Ron Simmons

March 2, 2017

Representative Lloyd Doggett: "With this latest revelation, Sessions must go"

Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) issued the following statement after it was reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions twice spoke with Russia’s Ambassador to the United States last year, contrary to testimony he provided under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings:

From Representative Lloyd Doggett

March 2, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Files SB 1160 in Honor of Women's History Month

In recognition of the start of Women's History Month, Senator Sylvia Garcia has filed SB 1160 to increase pay equity amongst all workers. SB 1160 seeks to shrink the wage gap by prohibiting an employer from asking about an applicant's wage history, whether through a question on an employment form, or by requesting that information from a previous employer.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

March 2, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Honors Texas Independence Day

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) honored the 181st anniversary of Texas independence Day. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 2, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: And Senator Bob Casey Introduce Legislation to Improve Access to Retirement Benefits for Servicemembers

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced the Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to allow members of the National Guard and military reserves to take full advantage of federal retirement benefits.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 2, 2017

Representative James Frank: House Lawmakers Approve HB 5 CPS Reform Measure

Today, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved the first bill of the 85th session. House Bill 5, a child welfare reform bill, was authored by Rep. James B. Frank (HD-69, Wichita Falls).

From Representative James Frank

March 2, 2017

Texas Medical Association: TPHC Praises Bill to Make State College Campuses and Offices Tobacco-Free

“The 35-member Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) commends Rep. Rick Miller for filing House Bill 2652, which will rid Texas state college campuses and state buildings of harmful tobacco smoke, e-cigarette vapor, and tobacco products.

From Texas Medical Association

March 2, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement on Senate Passage of Governor Abbott's Emergency Items

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released this statement today following the passage of all four of Governor Greg Abbott's emergency items: "On January 31st, Governor Greg Abbott laid out four emergency items in his State of the State address -- Ending Sanctuary Cities (SB 4), Ethics Reform (SB 14), Child Protective Services (SB 11), and Convention of States (SB 21).

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 2, 2017

TexProtects: Statement on House Passage of HB4

Today, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 4 by Rep. Cindy Burkett, which would increase the payments offered to “kinship caregivers.” TexProtects supported HB4 and CEO Madeline McClure issued the following statement:

From TexProtects

March 1, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Applauds House Passage of Bill to Support Kinship Caregivers

Today the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 4 sponsored by Rep. Burkett, which would expand the eligibility of financial assistance to certain kinship caregivers within the Child Protective Services (CPS) system.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

March 1, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House Republican Politicizes CPS/Foster Care Reform

Today, the full Texas House of Representatives considered House Bills 4 and 5, two important CPS/Foster Care reform bills, along with a number of amendments proposed to each bill. HBs 4 and 5 were passed to engrossment by unanimous, bipartisan votes of 145-0 and 144-0, respectively.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

March 1, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Texas Senate Gives Unanimous Approval to SB 11

This afternoon, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) issued the following statement regarding the Texas Senate's unanimous vote in favor of Senate Bill 11: "Today, the Texas Senate gave its unanimous approval to Senate Bill 11 and took a powerful first step towards fixing the gaps in our foster care system and ensuring that each and every child in this state is kept safe from harm.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

March 1, 2017

The University of Texas System: Chancellor McRaven ends plan for UT project in Houston

University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven announced today that he is ceasing any additional efforts to launch a UT project on land it purchased in Houston last year.

From The University of Texas System

March 1, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: House Approves Two Bills To Improve Child Protection

The Texas House on Wednesday approved the first two major bills of the 2017 legislative session, unanimously passing legislation to improve child protection in the state. The House approved House Bill 4, authored by Rep. Cindy Burkett, which would provide additional support for family members who care for a child who has been removed from his or her home.

From Speaker Joe Straus

March 1, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement on Senate Passage of Senate Bill 11

“With the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 11, the Texas Senate took a giant step forward to ensure Texas fulfills our legal and moral obligation to protect our most vulnerable children. SB 11’s reforms are innovative and forward thinking—but they are also long overdue.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

March 1, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding the UT Houston Land Purchase

"I respect the decision by the University of Texas System (UT) to not proceed with the development of a local campus on the 300 acres located in my Senatorial District. I met with UT administration and leadership several times, and questioned the recently-appointed regents regarding this purchase at their nomination hearing.

From Senator Borris Miles

March 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: The President's Speech Laid Out a Vision Americans Have Been Hungry For - Bringing Back Jobs and Economic Growth

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on Fox News with Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum last night and MSNBC’s Morning Joe today to discuss President Trump’s remarks to the joint session of Congress.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 1, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: A 'Broad, Welcoming Vision'

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress last night. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 1, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Nearly 70 Businesses, Chambers Call on Texas Legislature to Reject Senate Bill 6, Discriminatory Legislation

In an open letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and state lawmakers, nearly 70 Texas businesses and chambers of commerce voice their opposition to Senate Bill 6, saying the bill would legalize discrimination, is unnecessary and poses a significant threat to Texas’ economy.

From Texas Association of Business

March 1, 2017

Anti-Defamation League: To Texas Supreme Court: Opposite & Same Sex Marriage Must Be Treated The Same

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) yesterday filed a friend-of-the court brief with the Texas Supreme Court urging it to reject the plainly unconstitutional argument that local government can provide more rights or benefits to couples in opposite-sex marriages than in same-sex marriages.

From Anti-Defamation League

March 1, 2017

Texas Council on Family Violence: The Texas Council on Family Violence Names Members to the Board of Directors

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) names board members: Sherri Kendall, CEO of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) in Houston; Jim Malatich, CEO of a recent merger of two domestic violence programs Hope’s Door in Collin County and New Beginning in Garland; Jeff Allar, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for the VGL Group; Laura L. Squiers, Deputy Executive Director is the Deputy Executive Director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.

From Texas Council on Family Violence

March 1, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Praises President Trump's Joint Address to Congress

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress: “The President delivered a powerful and moving speech. He laid out a strong and bold agenda that will better the lives of all Americans.

From Representative Brian Babin

March 1, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Statement on President Trump's Address to a Joint Session of Congress

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s first joint address to Congress: “The most important thing about this President is not how he delivers a speech, but how he has already delivered on his promises in just 40 days.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

March 1, 2017

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition: Shakira Pumphrey to Speak at National Day of Empathy

On Wednesday, March 1, Shakira Pumphrey, J.D., Policy Director will speak on behalf of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) at the Texas State Capitol in support of the annual Day of Empathy.

From Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

March 1, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Issues Statement on WOTUS Rule

In response to President Trump’s executive action mandating a full review of the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, U.S. Representative Will Hurd issued the following statement:

From Representative Will Hurd

March 1, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding Injured HPD Officers

"Our hearts go out to the two officers, Officer Ronny Cortez and Jose Muñoz, that were injured today in Southwest Houston. As a former police officer, I know too well the sacrifices they make to safeguard our community.

From Senator Borris Miles

March 1, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Files Celebratory Gunfire Bill

Today, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) filed HB 2583, which would prevent and deter instances of celebratory gunfire. This past New Year, Representative Martinez survived being struck in the head by a stray bullet fired in celebration of the holiday.

From Representative Armando Martinez

March 1, 2017

Texas Border Coalition: There's a Better Solution than Trump's Border Wall

Today, Texas Border Coalition (TBC) Chairman J.D. Salinas, III, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address:

From Texas Border Coalition

February 28, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Educator Misconduct Bill, SB 7, Headed to Texas Senate

The Senate Education Committee today voted 9-0 unanimously to approve Senate Bill 7 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), which will strengthen and enhance educator misconduct laws in Texas.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 28, 2017

AARP: Legislature Looks To Help Texas' 3.4 Million Family Caregivers

Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training, under a bill filed this week in the Texas Legislature.

From AARP

February 28, 2017

Senator Van Taylor and Representative Scott Sanford: File Legislation to Stop Proliferation of Toll Roads

State Senator Van Taylor and State Representative Scott Sanford filed the Keep Free Lanes Free Act. Filed as S.B. 891 and H.B. 1311 respectively, these bills would prohibit the conversion of any free lanes into tolled or managed lanes.

From Senator Van Taylor

February 28, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Committee Approves Senator Nelson's SB 17 and SB 532

The Senate Finance Committee today approved two bills authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound - SB 17 providing franchise tax relief and SB 532 addressing cybersecurity.

From Senator Jane Nelson

February 28, 2017

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences: Earns Accreditation from National Association of Medical Examiners

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) has earned its reaccreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) Inspection and Accreditation Program, which promotes standards for a quality medicolegal death investigation system.

From Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

February 28, 2017

Texas Values: Rule of Law To Be Defended in Texas Supreme Court Same-Sex Case

In the only case of its kind in the nation, attorneys will appear before the Texas Supreme Court to prove that city taxpayers are not legally required to pay for same-sex spousal benefits.

From Texas Values

February 28, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Files Bill to Protect West Dallas Residents From Involuntary Displacement

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) recently filed House Bill 2480, a bill to combat the involuntary displacement of residents in rapidly gentrifying areas of West Dallas.

From Representative Eric Johnson

February 28, 2017

Representative Briscoe Cain: Files Bill to Protect Speech on College Campuses

On Wednesday February 28, Rep. Briscoe Cain (Deer Park) joined Rep. Matt Shaheen (Plano) in filing HB 2527, a bill designed to protect free speech on college campuses. This comes after reports of universities in Texas attempting to silence students and student groups for engaging in political speech considered unpopular in academia.

From Representative Briscoe Cain

February 28, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding Harris County Juvenile Detention Center

"On Friday, February 24, 2017, ABC 13 KTRK- Houston reported how state funding cuts are now forcing the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center to terminate a contract with the county psychiatric hospital, which served children with severe mental health problems.

From Senator Borris Miles

February 28, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Session Watch: Counties Visit Capitol and the Finance Committee Gets Specific

The Capitol has been a busy place, as my office has hosted leaders from Uvalde, Zavala, Kinney, and Maverick counties for county days. Each delegation provided me with meaningful insight on legislation that will directly impact their county.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

February 27, 2017

TDP: Vulnerable Republican Senator Don Huffines needs to remember who he works for

Last week, Representative Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) proposed new legislation, HB 2355, specifically aimed to help homeless youth attend college and navigate through higher education resource programs.

From Texas Democratic Party

February 27, 2017

Representative Shawn Thierry: Files Bill to Help Homeless Students Succeed in College

Last week, Representative Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) proposed new legislation, HB 2355, specifically aimed to help homeless youth attend college and navigate through higher education resource programs.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

February 27, 2017

Common Cause Texas: Sessions' DOJ Reverses Course on Texas Voter ID Law

The right to vote is a keystone of our democracy but Texas’ voter ID law intentionally stripped hundreds of thousands of Texans of that right.

From Common Cause Texas

February 27, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Court to Determine Discriminatory Intent on Texas Voter ID Law

Tomorrow the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas will hear arguments to determine whether the state intentionally discriminated against minority voters when it passed legislation requiring Texans to present highly restrictive forms of photo identifications when voting.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

February 27, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 27, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Unveils Long-Awaited Deal on Telemedicine

This morning, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) announced the filing of Senate Bill 1107, legislation that would provide a clear and accountable regulatory structure for the operation of telemedical services in Texas.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

February 27, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Files Bill to Establish Alamo Day in Texas

State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) has filed House Bill 724, which establishes March 6 as Alamo Day in Texas. The holiday will officially recognize the Battle of the Alamo, a critical moment in our state's history.

From Representative Jason Villalba

February 27, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Texas's First Pride at Work Group Elects Officers

The Texas AFL-CIO is proud to announce the election of officers in the state's first Pride at Work organization, a labor constituency group that advocates for working people from the perspective of the LGBTQ community.

From Texas AFL-CIO

February 27, 2017

Texas House Republican Caucus: Executive Committee Appoints Floor Leaders

Today, the Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman, Tan Parker, announced the appointment of Representative Jim Murphy as the Caucus Floor Leader for the 85th Legislative Session. Representative Murphy served in the same capacity in the 84th session.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

February 24, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Visits With Texas Law Enforcement

Congressmen Roger Williams (R–Austin) met with local law enforcement officers throughout Texas’ 25th congressional district in Burnet, Erath, Johnson, Tarrant and Travis counties during this week’s district work period.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Visits With Texas Military Leaders and Job Creators

– U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today made stops in Fort Worth and Dallas to visit with Texas military leaders and job creators. At the first stop, Sen. Cruz received a briefing and base update from the leadership of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Fort Worth, which was recently selected by the U.S. Air Force to receive the first Air Force Reserve F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 24, 2017

Texas League of Conservation Voters: Supports Bill to Test for Lead in Public School Water

The Texas League of Conservation Voters applauds legislation filed today to protect communities across the state affected by high levels of lead in our public school drinking water.

From Texas League of Conservation Voters

February 24, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Senator Lucio Moves Forward Bill to Correct Judges' Instructions for Capital Punishment Juries

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) commends Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., for filing Senate Bill 1065, which will improve the rights of jurors serving in death penalty sentencing trials.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

February 24, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Hoping to Keep New Doctors in Texas, Schwertner Asks Medical Schools to Consider Graduate Medical Education

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed legislation that would require Texas medical schools to do a better job of matching medical school graduates with an in-state, post-graduate medical residency program, also known as Graduate Medical Education (GME).

From Senator Charles Schwertner

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