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April 25, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Op-Ed: Putting a Stop to "School Lunch Shaming" in Texas

Throughout my 21 years in the Texas Legislature, I have fought hard to address the needs of my constituents in Dallas. While there are a number of issues that keep me awake at night, providing students with the tools they need to succeed remains my top priority.

From Representative Helen Giddings

April 25, 2017

Coalition for Health Care Access: Advocates praise bill to make primary health care available to more Texans

Advocates representing consumers, business, and a broad range of health care stakeholders are testifying in Austin today in support of expanding access to primary health care for Texans. House Bill 1415 by Representative Stephanie Klick would remove remaining barriers to full practice by registered nurses with advanced degrees.

From Coalition for Health Care Access

April 25, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Bill To Save The Lives Of Organ Recipients Scheduled For Hearing

House Bill 1938, filed by Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) in February, will be heard in the House Committee on Transportation this Thursday, April 27, 2017. HB 1938 will amend the current method of identifying as an organ donor on a Texas driver’s license.

From Representative Jason Villalba

April 25, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: SB 1166, calling for Sunset Commission review of Harris County Department of Education, approved by Texas Senate

The Texas Senate today passed Senate Bill 1166, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), that will require the Sunset Commission to review (without the authority to abolish) the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) as if it were a state agency. The review would be conducted by September, 2019.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

April 25, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces the EL CHAPO Act

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. The bill would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of “El Chapo” (formally named Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea) and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 25, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Legislation To Protect Girls From FGM

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today introduced legislation to protect Texas girls from female genitalia mutilation (FGM). All eight women of the Senate have signed on as joint authors.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 25, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Zika Legislation Unanimously Passes Out of Public Health Committee

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra's HB 3576 was unanimously voted out of the House Public Health Committee today. This legislation will provide more resources to aid the Department of State Health Services in tracking, studying, and preventing the spread of the Zika virus.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

April 25, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Railroad Commission transparency bill passes committee

The Texas Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee today passed Sen. José Rodríguez’s Senate Bill 568 (S.B. 568), which requires the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to develop a searchable internet database where the public can search for violations, inspection reports, and enforcement actions.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 25, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Slain victim's family members testify in support of Monica's Law

“Monica's Law,” filed as House Bill 2315, is awaiting a vote after being presented in a Texas House committee. State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed the legislation to prevent domestic violence by increasing accessibility to information about individuals with a history of domestic violence.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

April 25, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: State Senate Passes Senator Campbell's Texas Annexation Reform Act

The Texas Senate voted 20-11 today in favor of SB 715, also known as the Texas Annexation Reform Act. This bill makes the municipal annexation process more democratic by requiring the consent of the majority of registered voters in a proposed area for annexation and promoting greater communication between cities and residents.

From Senator Donna Campbell

April 24, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: House Democrats Block Amendment Rule for SB 4, the anti-Sanctuary Cities Rule

Representative Cesar J. Blanco, the House Democratic Whip issued the following statement: "Today House Democrats stood together to block a procedural maneuver that would have streamlined the debate on Senate Bill 4. Adopting the "amendment rule" would only give the author of the anti-sanctuary cities legislation an unfair advantage to fully vet and prepare for floor amendments.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Names Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has named Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director, serving in his South Texas office. “Casandra’s promotion to deputy state director is well deserved, and I look forward to continue working with her as we defend and advance the policies that will keep Texas strong and prosperous,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 24, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House Democrats Help Defeat SB 4 Calendar Rule

State Representative Todd Hunter, Chair of the House Committee on Calendars, proposed a calendar rule today that would require for all amendments to Senate Bill 4 (the controversial “anti-sanctuary city” bill) to be pre-filed by Tuesday, April 25th at 1:00 PM. The calendar rule was defeated on a vote of 90-52.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 24, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: SD 29 Youth Advisory Committee launches May uniform elections Voter Guide

The Senate District 29 Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), with the support of State Sen. José Rodríguez, launched a nonpartisan voter guide for the May 2017 Uniform Elections today, the first day of early voting. The goal is to educate members and voters in the community on local election candidates and promote informed voting habits.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 24, 2017

Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition: Patient Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Protect Patient Access to Medications

Texas patient advocates are calling on the Texas House Committee on Insurance to hold a hearing on HB 2882, legislation that would limit non-medical switching, a practice commonly used by health plans that kicks Texans off much-needed -- and previously-covered -- prescription medications for no medical reason.

From Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition

April 24, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Trump Shutdown Threat over Border Wall Funding is 'Irresponsible'

In response to threats from President Trump to shut down the government if Congress will not approve funds to build a fence on our southern border, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “President Trump is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get to build his symbolic border wall.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 24, 2017

Texas Health Care Association: Bill to avert Texas nursing home crisis gains momentum

Texas nursing facilities moved one step closer to better staffing and improving overall quality Monday as the Nursing Facility Reinvestment Allowance, or NFRA, was voted out of the House Human Services Committee.

From Texas Health Care Association

April 24, 2017

Representative Ramon Romero: Bills by Romero, Jr. and Bernal to curb substandard farmworker housing to be heard in committee Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs will hear House Bill 2365 and HB 1879 by Rep. Ramon Romero, Jr. (D- Fort Worth), and HB 2677 by Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), bills to strengthen oversight of migrant farmworker housing by mandating stricter inspection procedures, proactive enforcement efforts, more serious penalties for noncompliant growers, and enhanced community outreach and study on the need for additional farmworker housing.

From Representative Ramon Romero

April 24, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: HB 3328: A Step Towards BEtter Voter ID Education, Greater Transparency

Today, the Texas House Committee on Elections will hold a public hearing on HB 3328. The hearing will be held at 2:00 PM or upon final adjournment in E1.026.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 24, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Statement on Agua SUD

Yesterday, the Agua Special Utility District (SUD) announced that the board was hiring an attorney at taxpayer expense to conduct an internal audit. It is like the fox guarding the henhouse. It is more waste of taxpayer money.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 21, 2017

Texas Education Agency: SBOE approves streamlined science standards

The State Board of Education today gave final approval to streamlined science standards for kindergarten through high school. Streamlining eliminates, clarifies or combines some standards without adding additional content.

From Texas Education Agency

April 21, 2017

Texas Values: Victory! State Board of Education Preserves Strong Science Standards

Today, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted streamlined science TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the basic curriculum used by public schools) that ensures students and teachers may continue to have critical discussion and open debate on concepts regarding evolution, the origin of life, the fossil record, and cell complexity.

From Texas Values

April 21, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Hails Removal Of Anti-Evolution Requirements From Texas Public School Science Education

The Texas Freedom Network is hailing the State Board of Education’s final approval today of science curriculum standards that – for the first time in decades – no longer include misleading requirements designed to undermine the teaching of evolution.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 21, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Sales Tax Holiday On Emergency Preparation Supplies This Weekend April 22-24

This coming weekend is the Texas Sales Tax Holiday on Emergency Preparation Supplies. Beginning Saturday, April 22 through midnight on Monday, April 24, Texans can purchase emergency supplies and hurricane-proofing materials without paying a sales tax.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 21, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Applauds Texas House Vote to Raise the Age

Yesterday, the Texas House of Representatives took up House Bill 122 by Representative Harold Dutton and, with a vote of 92 to 52, approved the measure to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18.

From Representative Gene Wu

April 21, 2017

Representative Rick Miller: Texas House Passes School Finance Bill

On Wednesday, The Texas House of Representatives voted 134-16 to approve House Bill 21 by Rep. Huberty, a bill to reform the public school finance system. Public Education reform has been one of the top priorities for the Texas House, and this bill provides $1.6 billion in additional resources for education while making major improvements to the school's finance formulas.

From Representative Rick Miller

April 21, 2017

Representative Armando Walle: Responds to Redistricting Ruling

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruling on the Voting Rights Act and Constitutional challenges to the Texas House district maps passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011.

From Representative Armando Walle

April 21, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Federal Court Finds Intentional Vote Dilution In Drawing Of Texas House District Maps

Today, a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas found that the Texas Legislature engaged in intentional vote dilution in drawing multiple Texas House districts in the 2011 redistricting plans.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 21, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Statement on Redistricting Ruling

Today a three-judge court panel ruled that in 2011 Texas legislators unconstitutionally drew electoral maps for the Texas House of Representative with the intent to dilute minority voting strength.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

April 21, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Texas House Map Being Ruled Unconstitutional

Today, April 20, 2017, a panel of San Antonio-based judges found that lawmakers deliberately weakened votes of people of color in drawing the Texas House district maps in 2011. Chairman Coleman released the following statement:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

April 21, 2017

Phil King Campaign: House Unanimously Passes HB 89 - Legislation That Blocks Discriminatory Trade Practices Against Israel

Today HB 89 authored by Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) passed with unanimous support by the Texas House of Representatives. This legislation boosts the state’s global economy by prohibiting state pension funds from being invested in companies that boycott Israel.

From Phil King Campaign

April 21, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement on Josh McGee Confirmation

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick today strongly criticized a sneak attack on public pensions after Republicans prevailed in a 20-10 vote in the Texas Senate to confirm Josh McGee to chair the State Pension Review Board.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 20, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Passes Computer Science Legislation in Texas House

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra passed House Bill 728, which will allow more computer science options for high school students. This legislation directs the State Board of Education to develop and implement a rigorous computer science program that high school students can take that will count as an advanced math or science credit towards graduation.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

April 20, 2017

Representative Cesar Blaco: Military Sexual Assault Bill by Rep. Blanco Unanimously Passes Committee

Yesterday, House Bill 3039, the "Texas Military Justice and Protection Act", by Representative César Blanco, was voted out of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs Thursday. The bill now heads to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 20, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Praises Texas House for Passing Raise-the-Age Legislation

The following statement may be attributed to Cathy DeWitt, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Texas Association of Business. “The Texas House today took a big step to improve our justice system by passing raise-the-age legislation. Approving House Bill 122 is the right thing to do to ensure that 17-year-olds are not automatically put into the adult criminal justice system.

From Texas Association of Business

April 20, 2017

Representative Drew Darby: Passes Major Amendment on School Finance Legislation; Phases out Small District Penalty

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 21 by Representative Dan Huberty, a bill to reform the public school finance system. This legislation is a significant improvement to the state funding formulas to increase per-student funding and keep more local school tax dollars from going to Austin.

From Representative Drew Darby

April 20, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Presents Public-Private Partnership Bill

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) laid out House Bill 3874 in the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development . HB 3874 clarifies how state money may be used in certain qualifying Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 20, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Texas State House Maps Were Drawn to Intentionally Weaken Minority Voting Strength

Another defeat was handed to the State of Texas today by the three-judge court panel composed of Circuit Judge Jerry E. Smith, Chief District Judge Orlando L. Garcia and District Judge Xavier Rodriguez. Consistent with their previous ruling on Texas Congressional districts, Judges Garcia and Rodriguez ruled in the majority finding that Texas legislators in 2011 unconstitutionally drew the electoral maps for the Texas House of Representatives with the intent to dilute minority voting strength.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

April 20, 2017

Representative Dan Huberty: House Passes Public School Finance Reform Bill

Today, the Texas House passed House Bill (HB) 21, which provides $1.6 billion in additional resources for education while making several improvements to the state’s public school finance formulas. After several hours of debate yesterday, the bill was approved on second reading with a vote of 134-16. After final approval this morning, it now heads to the Texas Senate.

From Representative Dan Huberty

April 20, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Votes to scale back "Robin Hood"

On Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) voted for House Bill 21 to reduce the amount of money that Permian Basin taxpayers and school districts lose under the “Robin Hood” school finance system.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

April 20, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Champions Legislation to Reduce Recidivism Rates in Texas

Senator Miles is proud to announce that Senate Bill 677 has passed the full Texas Senate unanimously. "This legislation will be vital to those in our criminal justice system," said Senator Miles. "Too many inmates have trouble finding a job after they complete their sentence.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 20, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Administration Announcement of New Funding for Texas to Combat Opioid Addition

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that more than $27 million in new grant funding will go to Texas to fight opioid addiction:

From Senator John Cornyn

April 20, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Member Of House Committee On State Affairs Condemns Resurrected "Bathroom Bill"

Yesterday, the House Committee on State Affairs held a public hearing on State Rep. Ron Simmons’ HB 2899. The legislation would ban municipalities and school districts from enacting or enforcing non-discriminatory bathroom, shower and changing facility policies, except in accordance with state and federal law.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 20, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes Bill To Protect The Privacy Of Mental Health Professionals

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed House Bill 442 out of the Texas House. The bill was on the Local and Consent Calendar, which is reserved for bills which either impact only a single area or have the consent of the entire House. HB 442 will protect the privacy of mental health professionals by prohibiting the release of home addresses of certain mental health professionals in online registries.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 20, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Lays Out Oversize-Overweight Permit Bill In House Transportation Committee

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) laid out House Bill 2276 in the House Transportation Committee. HB 2276 increases the fee for an oversize-overweight permit issued by the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority (HCRMA) to provide for increased maintenance of oversize-overweight corridors in Hidalgo County.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 20, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Cyndie Park 2 Water Supply Corporation Awarded $900,000 for Water Distribution Improvements

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved $900,000 in financial assistance for the Cyndie Park 2 Water Supply Corporation in Nueces County to finance the planning, design, and construction of water distribution improvements.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 20, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on the visit to El Paso today of DHS Secretary and U.S. Attorney General

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, statement on the visit to El Paso today of DHS Secretary and U.S. Attorney General: El Paso crime rates consistently rank among the lowest for big cities, and the border has lower rates of violent crime than the rest of Texas.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 20, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Texas Senate Advances Legislation to Stop Weather-Related Lawsuit Abuse

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today released the following statement regarding the Senate Business and Commerce Committee voting 7 to 1 to advance Senate Bill (SB) 10, the consumer protection bill that stops rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse, while preserving the strongest protections in the nation for property insurance consumers:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

April 20, 2017

Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter: Texas Senate Committee Approves Kelcy Warren For Parks & Wildlife Commission

On a party line vote, the Texas Senate Nominations Committee approved the appointment of Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. All three Democrats on the committee voted against his appointment, while all four committee Republicans voted in favor.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

April 20, 2017

Representative Drew Springer: Files Amendment To Major School Finance Bill

On Wednesday, the Texas House of Representatives took up and passed HB 21 by Rep. Huberty, a bill to reform the public school finance system. Public education is one of the top priorities of the Texas House and this bill is crucial to ensuring proper funding for Texas school systems.

From Representative Drew Springer

April 20, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bill to establish a statewide Tom Lea Trail passes committee

Sen. José Rodríguez's bill creating a statewide Tom Lea Trail passed The Texas Transportation Committee late yesterday (Wednesday, April 19, 2017). S.B. 928 will designate a heritage trail commemorating Tom Lea, an El Paso artist, muralist, author, and war correspondent who was known across Texas and beyond.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 20, 2017

Representative Armando Martinez: Aims To Improve School Finance Bill

Earlier today, State Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco) proposed an amendment to House Bill 21. HB 21 creates a new public school finance system. The amendment would prohibit school districts from assessing a fee to provide transportation services to certain students.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 20, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Texas House Takes Up School Finance Reform Bill

On Wednesday, April 19th, Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra and his colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives considered HB 21, this session's public school finance legislation. The floor debate on HB 21 comes nearly one year after the Texas Supreme Court upheld the current system but expressed that the Legislature is doing the bare minimum in fulfilling its constitutional duty of providing free quality education to all Texas kids.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

April 20, 2017

Travis County Delegation: Votes To Support Texas Public Schools

Today, The Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 21 (HB 21) by Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty which increases per-pupil funding for the more than 5 million public school students in Texas.

From Travis County Delegation

April 20, 2017

Representative Lina Ortega: Applauds House Passage of H.B. 21

Today, following the passage of school finance legislation, Representative Lina Ortega released the following statement: “Though the bill is not perfect, today I was proud to stand with my House colleagues and support a school finance bill that moves us one step closer to a fully funded, equitable school finance system.”

From Representative Lina Ortega

April 20, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Statement House Bill 21

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio released the following statement Wednesday following the passage of House Bill 21, which provides more money for education and key reforms to the state’s school finance system:

From Speaker Joe Straus

April 20, 2017

AARP: Texas Senate Approves Major Nursing Home Quality Bill

The Texas Senate took a pivotal step toward improving the quality of care in Texas nursing facilities today by unanimously approving Senate Bill 932, which seeks to hold nursing home operators accountable for harming residents.

From AARP

April 20, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Session Watch: Big Data Abound

When it comes to making policy decisions around the Capitol, Big Data, defined as large data sets that can be analyzed for a host of patterns and trends, is driving many of the narratives.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

April 20, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Senate Passes SB 277 - Mission Preparedness Protection Act

The Texas Senate voted 23-8 in favor of Senate Bill 277, the Mission Preparedness Protection Act, to ensure that Texas maintains the military value of our bases and protects flight missions jeopardized by encroaching turbines from the wind farm industry.

From Senator Donna Campbell

April 20, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement On Bilingual Education Amendment

Today, Representative César J. Blanco (D-El Paso), offered an amendment to H.B. 21, the school finance bill, to increase the formula funding weight for the bilingual education allotment. Rep. Blanco's amendment was tabled.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 20, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Takes Action to Protect Vulnerable Texans

In unanimous 31-0 votes, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bills 932 and 933, a package of legislation offered by Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) that would increase quality-of-care standards for seniors and other vulnerable Texans in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

April 20, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Hurd, GSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection host dedication ceremony for Tornillo Land Port of Entry

Today, Congressman Will Hurd, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) joined to commemorate the naming of the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry (POE) in Tornillo, just outside of El Paso, Texas.

From Representative Will Hurd

April 19, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Applaud Senate Passage of Schwertner Bill to Hold Freestanding ERs Accountable for Consumers

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded Senate passage of Texas Senator Charles Schwertner’s SB 1592, which would ensure that independently owned freestanding emergency rooms (FSERs) are held to the same standards as hospital-based emergency rooms.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

April 19, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on Texas SBOE Preliminary Vote on Revised Science Standards

Today the State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to revised science curriculum standards that mostly align with compromise language offered by teachers and scientists on a state-appointed curriculum writing team.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 19, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bill to end arbitrary special education 'target' passes full Senate

The Texas Senate has passed Sen. José Rodríguez's bill eliminating the Texas Education Agency's cap on special education enrollment. "I appreciate my colleague's support in ensuring that the state never again sets an arbitrary cap, however it's described, on the services to which children are legally entitled," Sen. Rodríguez said.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 19, 2017

Texas Association of Business: New Economic Impact Study Finds Discriminatory Legislation Like SB 6 Could Cost Up To $5.6 Billion In Losses To Texas Economy Through 2026

Texas risks losses of up to $5.6 billion statewide through 2026 if the Texas Legislature approves discriminatory legislation like Senate Bill 6, the so-called “bathroom bill,” according to a newly released economic impact study by the Texas Association of Business (TAB).

From Texas Association of Business

April 19, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: 100 Black Men of American, Inc. Celebrate the 100th Legislative Day

Senator Borris L. Miles, Representative Jarvis Johnson and Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair, Representative Helen Giddings welcomed the Texas chapters of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to the State Capitol to celebrate the 100th Day at the Texas Legislature.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 19, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: SB 457, The Charter School Facilities Funding Act, Passes Education Committee

The Senate Education Committee voted to pass one of Senator Donna Campbell’s top priorities of the session today by a vote of 7-3. Senate Bill 457, the Charter School Facilities Funding Act, narrows the funding gap between traditional public schools and public charter schools.

From Senator Donna Campbell

April 19, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Visits Ronald McDonald House and TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday visited the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 19, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Visits with San Antonio Manufacturers and Business Leaders

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today toured the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant and met with executives and employees, where he discussed his efforts to reduce the burden of federal regulations on manufacturers.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 19, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Pre-Files 3 Amendments to School Finance Bill

Yesterday, Representative César J. Blanco, pre-filed 3 amendments to H.B. 21, the school finance bill. H.B. 21 is scheduled to be debated on the House floor on Wednesday, April 19.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 18, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Amends Elected Official Insider Trading Bill; Removes Special Treatment For Elected Officials From Statute

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

April 18, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Calling for True Tax Reform on Tax Day

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), author of the tax reform plan, Jumpstart America, today, on Tax Day, released the following statement: “April 18 is a day when Americans of all economic backgrounds are reminded how complex and unfair our tax system really is.

From Representative Roger Williams

April 18, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: SB 1, Appropriations Bill, Heads To Conference Committee

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was appointed chair of the conference committee for SB 1, the general appropriations bill. “This is a strong team of conferees, and I am confident we will reach an agreement with the House to responsibly balance this budget and meet the essential needs of our state,” Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 18, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Lt. Governor Patrick Releases Conference Committee Names for State Budget

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as one of only five Senate appointees to the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 1, the state's appropriations bill for the 2018-19 biennium.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 18, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: It's Time For The Texas State Board Of Education To Listen To Teachers

Today Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller urged the Texas State Board of Education to listen to teachers and scientists rather than out-of-state pressure groups and creationist activists when it votes this week on a proposed revision to the state’s curriculum standards for science.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 18, 2017

Thomas McNutt Campaign: McNutt Launches Campaign for Texas State Representative District 8

Thomas McNutt, Vice President of family-owned Corsicana staple, Collin Street Bakery, announced his campaign for State Representative of HD 8 today in Corsicana, TX. “The people of House District 8 deserve a consistent, conservative leader with the same values and beliefs as the voters of our district,” said Thomas McNutt.

From Thomas McNutt Campaign

April 18, 2017

Don't Poison Texas: Texas House Approves H.B. 3451 by a Vote of 127 to 12 to Require Study of Warfarin-based Poisons (Rat Poison) Before Use On Texas Lands for Feral Hogs

By an overwhelming vote of 127 to 12, the Texas House passed H.B. 3451. The legislation would require valid and independent scientific study before rat poison (warfarin) or any other toxic pesticide is spread across Texas lands for use on feral hogs.

From Don't Poison Texas

April 18, 2017

Annie's List: Announces Slate Of Candidate Endorsements For May 6 Elections Across Texas

Today, Annie’s List announced its endorsement of 16 new candidates running in local elections across the state on May 6. Annie’s List has successfully supported Texas Democratic women in winning more than 100 races since it’s founding in 2004.

From Annie's List

April 17, 2017

Representative Rafael Anchia: Condemns New Discrimination Bill

Last week, the House Committee on State Affairs scheduled HB 2899, by State Representative Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) for a public hearing on the bill that is a version of SB 6, the controversial "bathroom bill," in the lower chamber.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

April 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Visits Daikin Texas Technology Park

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited the Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller. There, he met with executives and employees while touring the facility – which is set to have its grand opening in May. During his tour, he discussed his efforts to create good-paying jobs and expand opportunity for hardworking Texans.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 17, 2017

Representative Chris Turner: Halt Investments In Russia

Today, State Representative Chris Turner (HD101 -- Grand Prairie) filed HCR 128, urging Congress to halt investments in Russia until federal investigations into election tampering and related interference have been completed.

From Representative Chris Turner

April 17, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Pro-life legislation supported by leading pro-life coalition

Four major pro-life organizations representing more than 10 million Texans have announced support of key bills before the House chamber of the 85th Texas Legislature. “We are thrilled a wide range of pro-life bills has been filed this session to better protect the life and dignity of the human person,” said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

April 17, 2017

Texas Municipal League: Airbnb to Texas Cities: Nothing but air

Airbnb’s announcement that it will finally start complying with one part of state tax law failed to mention the company continues to ignore local tax payments to more than 500 Texas cities and its effort to pass a state law wiping out local regulations protecting neighborhoods.

From Texas Municipal League

April 17, 2017

Kendall Scudder Campaign: Scudder Slams Hall On Vouchers

District 2, Texas Senate Candidate, Kendall Scudder, vehemently disagrees with his opponents vote to support school vouchers. “Bob Hall’s support of school vouchers is a clear attempt to defund our public schools and dismantle them brick by brick,“ Scudder said.

From Kendall Scudder Campaign

April 17, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Presents HB 1986 In House Transportation Committee

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) laid out HB 1986 in the House Transportation Committee. The bill creates a regional transit authority among Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy counties.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 17, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes HB 71 And HB 88 To Engrossment

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed House Bills 71 and 88 out of the Texas House. The bills were on the Local and Consent Calendar, which is reserved for bills which either impact only a single area or have the consent of the entire House.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 13, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Faith Based Adoption Initiative

More than a thousand faith partners have joined the Department of Family and Protective Services' faith-based collaboration that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has pushed since last May to encourage more families across the state to open their hearts and homes to a child in need.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 13, 2017

Texas Ranch Conservation: Legislation to Protect Hill Country Private Property Rights, Water, Receives Hearings in Senate, House

On Monday April 10, 2017, Senate Bill 1796 was heard in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs and on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, House Bill 3036 was heard in the House Committee on Environmental Regulation. Representative Tracy King (D-Uvalde) filed House Bill 3036 and Senator Jose Menendez (D-Bexar) filed Senate Bill 1796.

From Texas Ranch Conservation

April 13, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Anti-Immigrant Legislation Passes Another Hurdle

Today, the House Committee on State Affairs voted SB 4 out of committee on a party-line vote. SB 4 is the so-called ‘sanctuary city’ legislation that requires local law enforcement entities to enforce federal immigration law and comply with all ICE detainers.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

April 13, 2017

Texas Values: Texans Speak Out: Time for the House to Pass Privacy Act (SB 6)!

It has been four weeks since the Texas Senate passed the Texas Privacy Act (Senate Bill 6). A panel of Texans who have had their safety and dignity threatened in intimate facilities such as restrooms, showers, and locker rooms say they have waited long enough: It’s time for the Texas House to take action!

From Texas Values

April 12, 2017

Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas: Statement Opposing HB 3854

“HB 3854 creates an unfunded mandate for local governments that we simply cannot afford and jeopardizes public safety in our communities.

From Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas

April 12, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: TX House Committee On State Affairs Votes Senate Bill 4 Out Of Committee

Today, the Texas House Committee on State Affairs voted the final committee substitute for SB 4 out of the committee. The next step for the legislation is debate on the House floor.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 12, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Politicians Are Misusing Faith, Misleading On Claims About Safety To Scapegoat And Hurt LGBT Texans

Today SB6 supporters held a Capitol press conference to pressure Texas House members to pass their bill, which would require discrimination against transgender Texans in public restrooms. SB6 is one of 25 bills that would promote or require discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGBT) Texans.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 12, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Legislation to Save the First Desegregated Golf Course in the South Advances

Senator Borris L. Miles is proud to announce that SB 822, a bill to save an African American landmark has advanced out of the Senate. "Lions Municipal Golf Course (Muny) in Austin was the first desegregated golf course in the south," said Senator Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 12, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas House Committee Passes Anti-"Sanctuary Cities" Bill

Today the Texas House Committee on State Affairs passed Senate Bill 4, a dangerous anti-"sanctuary city" bill, which now moves to the full House chamber.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

April 12, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Passes Legislation for Nurses and Survivors of Sexual Assault

Today, the Texas House of Representatives finally passed two bills authored by Representative Donna Howard. HB 280 would establish a grant program to fund innovative approaches for reducing violence against nurses, and HB 281 would establish a secure and confidential tracking system for rape kits.

From Representative Donna Howard

April 12, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $620 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $620.2 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 4.9 percent more than in April 2016.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

April 12, 2017

Texas Values: Texans to Share Stories on Why Privacy, SB 6 is Priority

A panel of Texans who have had their safety and dignity threatened in intimate facilities such as restrooms, showers, and locker rooms will share their personal stories and speak out in favor of legislation that will protect privacy.

From Texas Values

April 12, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Texas School Bus Seat Belt Bill Passes Out of Committee

Today, Senate Bill 693, which would require all new school buses purchased by a district to be equipped with three-point seat belts, was unanimously recommended by the Senate Committee on Transportation to the full Senate.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

April 12, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Establishes #IAmTXEd website

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has established a website (www.tea.texas.gov/iamtxed) to feature all educator profiles published in the agency’s successful #IAmTXEd social media campaign.

From Texas Education Agency

April 12, 2017

Senator Robert Nichols: Passes Ports Corridor Bill

This week, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) passed Senate Bill 1524 from the Texas Senate, which creates a permit allowing vehicles to carry oceangoing or international trade shipping containers within 30 miles of a port of entry, or an international bridge.

From Senator Robert Nichols

April 12, 2017

Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter: Thousands Speak Out Against Kelcy Warren Nominations to Parks and Wildlife Commission

The Texas Senate Nominations Committee heard vehement opposition from the Sierra Club and others today over the nomination of Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

April 12, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on The Public Hearing for The Sandra Bland Act

Today, April 11th, Chairman Garnet Coleman laid out House Bill 2702—also known as The Sandra Bland Act—to the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. Chairman Coleman released the following statement:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

April 12, 2017

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: Rep. Helen Giddings Statement on Voter ID Ruling

Rep. Helen Giddings (Dallas) applauded the federal court ruling that declared Texas' voter ID law intentionally discriminatory and unconstitutional. "Yesterday, another federal court ruled that our state's Voter ID law was enacted with the intent of discriminating against minority communities." Rep. Giddings said.

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

April 12, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Statement on Voter ID Ruling

Yesterday a federal judge ruled that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

April 11, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: SB 75 Passes In The Senate

The Texas Senate today approved SB 75, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to require that minors obtain parental consent before signing a labor union contract. The bill now moves to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 11, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Visits Peterbilt Motors Company

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited the Peterbilt Motors Company's heavy-duty truck manufacturing plant in Denton. There, he met with executives and employees over lunch to hear their concerns and listen to their ideas on what can be done in Washington to further expand economic opportunity and reduce the burden of federal regulations on manufacturers across Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 11, 2017

Texas Home School Coalition Association: Survey Says: Texas Home Schoolers Strongly Support Increased Parental Choice In Education

THSC recently commissioned a poll of Texas home schoolers that shows strong support for increased parental choice in education, as well as other policies being considered by the Texas Legislature, including Education Savings Accounts (ESAs).

From Texas Home School Coalition Association

April 11, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement: Senate Vote SB 522 Opens The Door To Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement after the Texas Senate’s vote today for SB 522, 21-10 on second reading. SB 522 would allow county clerks and other public officials and employees the right not to issue a marriage license or conduct (as part of their official civil responsibilities) a marriage ceremony to which they have religious objections.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 11, 2017

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Commend the President's Suspension of BLM Red River Surveys

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) commended President Trump for his suspension, announced last week, of three flawed surveys conducted along the Red River by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that led to the attempted unconstitutional seizure of tens of thousands of acres of private property.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 11, 2017

TexPIRG: 1600 Texans Complain of Aggressive Tactics to Collect Medical Debt

Medical debt collectors often employ aggressive tactics and attempt to collect debt from the wrong customers – putting consumers' credit records at risk, according to the consumer advocacy group TexPIRG.

From TexPIRG

April 11, 2017

Representative Jeff Leach: State Representative Jeff Leach and Legislative Leaders Honor American Hero & U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach joined legislative leaders to honor U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. "Congressman Sam Johnson is one of the most honored, respected and admired leaders this nation has ever known.

From Representative Jeff Leach

April 11, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Votes to Approve Texas House Budget

In the early hours on Friday morning, at the end of a 16-hour session, the Texas House of Representatives approved the House version of Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, by a vote of 131 to 16.

From Representative Gene Wu

April 11, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Statement On Texas Voter Identification Case

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that Texas' voter ID law intentionally discriminates against Texans. Representative Eric Johnson has released the following statement in response to the ruling:

From Representative Eric Johnson

April 11, 2017

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

Today, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas found 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

April 11, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Texas Voter ID Law Ruling

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after a U.S. District Judge ruled that Texas’ voter-identification law was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

April 11, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Federal Judge Rules Texas Voter ID Law Discriminatory

For the second time, a Federal judge has ruled that the Texas’ Voter ID Law, Senate Bill 14 passed in 2011, is discriminatory in practice and intent. "Once again the courts have struck down this discriminatory law as a blatant attempt to make it harder for minorities to vote.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

April 11, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: U.S. District Judge Rules SB 14 Was Enacted With Discriminatory Purpose

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued an order on the plaintiff's claim of discriminatory purpose in Veasey v. Abbott, the protracted challenge against Texas's discriminatory voter ID law.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 11, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: SB 669 Unanimously Passed By Texas Senate

The Texas Senate, by a unanimous vote, today approved SB 669 authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. SB 669 strengthens the rights of taxpayers by making the appraisal process fair, accountable, and more transparent.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 11, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: If Minors Can Work Without Parental Consent, They Should Be Able to Unionize Without Parental Consent

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Texas Senate today demonstrated they "have no sense of irony or shame" after endorsing a double standard requiring minors to obtain parental consent to join a labor union in Texas, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 11, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Legislation to Study Cyber Attacks on Election Infrastructure Passes House Committee

Today, House Bill 1452 by Representative César J. Blanco, unanimously passed the House Committee on Government Transparency and Operations. H.B. 1452 requires the Secretary of State, Texas' Chief Election Officer, to study cyber threats on election infrastructure.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 10, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: America's Leadership in Space Begins in Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited the Atec, Inc. facility in Stafford to get a firsthand look at the NASA and DoD subcontractor, and discuss his efforts to advance the manned exploration of space, including the bipartisan Cruz-Nelson NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which was recently signed into law by President Donald Trump.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 10, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Worker safety bill to be heard Tuesday

The Texas Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee will hear Sen. José Rodríguez’s SB 473, which requires that workers in dangerous industries be given potentially life-saving rest breaks.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 10, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: On Passover We Give Thanks for the Gift of Freedom

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in observance of Passover: “At sundown this evening begins the first night of Passover. Our Jewish friends will gather together at the Seder table and read from the Haggadah.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 10, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Equality, Civil Liberties Groups Denounce Shameful Deal Pitting Rights Of Transgender Texans Against Planned Parenthood Funding

Leading equality and civil liberties organizations are expressing their disgust over a middle-of–the–night, backroom deal in which Texas House members last week bartered over the rights of transgender Texans and women’s access to reproductive health care services.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 10, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Railroad Commission transparency bill to be heard Tuesday

The Texas Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee will hear Sen. José Rodríguez’s SB 568, which requires the Railroad Commission of Texas to develop a searchable internet database where the public can search for violations, inspection reports, enforcement actions, and complaints.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 7, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Texas House Approves Balanced Budget That Prioritizes Education, Child Protection

The Texas House gave overwhelming approval early Friday to a balanced two-year state budget proposal that reduces state spending by more than $1 billion but puts additional resources into public schools and child protection.

From Speaker Joe Straus

April 7, 2017

Don't Poison Texas: Foremost National Expert on Feral-Hog Control - Dr. Tyler Campbell - Endorses Approach in H.B. 3451 and S.B. 1454

Dr. Tyler Campbell, a nationally recognized expert on feral hogs and feral-hog control, has issued a lengthy Statement, confirming that more study is needed before Texas uses warfarin poison on feral hogs.

From Don't Poison Texas

April 7, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Statement on Proposed House Budget

"Texas taxpayers can be happy with the House's proposed budget because in tight economic times, we met our obligations without raising taxes. At the end of Session, I expect the Legislature to pass one of the most conservative budgets ever seen.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

April 7, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas House Adds Good Provisions, but Conference Process Should Work Toward Stronger Final Budget Deal

After 15 hours of amendments and debate, the Texas House of Representatives passed its $218 billion state budget proposal for 2018-2019. Much less noticed: the House – unlike the Senate – sensibly recognized and approved in House Bill 2 paying for $2.6 billion (in state and federal funds) in Medicaid bills through August 2017, along with other supplemental changes needed for the current budget cycle to ensure that low-income Texans have health care.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

April 7, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on U.S. Airstrikes on Syria

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) Friday afternoon released the following statement after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. airstrikes which targeted a Syrian military airfield in retaliation of a chemical attack on civilians, including children, earlier this week.

From Representative Roger Williams

April 7, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on Military Strikes in Syria

In response to last night’s strikes against an air base in Syria, U.S Representative Will Hurd issued the following statement: “Bashar al-Assad showed a disregard for human life and longstanding norms against chemical weapons with his barbaric attack this week.

From Representative Will Hurd

April 7, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: The Only Thing Bad Actors Across the Globe Respect is Strength

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” with Shannon Bream to discuss the U.S. missile strikes in Syria and his efforts to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 7, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Praises Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) issued the following statement today applauding the U.S. Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: “Congratulations to Judge Gorsuch on being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Representative Brian Babin

April 7, 2017

Representative R.D. 'Bobby' Guerra: Texas House Passes Two-Year Budget

After a 15-hour marathon full of amendments and debate, the Texas House of Representatives finally passed the state's 2-year budget bill in the early hours on Friday morning.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

April 7, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Judge Gorsuch's Confirmation Is a Critical Step to Defend Liberty for Millions of Americans

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court:

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 7, 2017

Representative R.D. 'Bobby' Guerra: Sister Norma Pimentel Honored As Pastor Of The Day At State Capitol

On Wednesday, April 5th, Representative R.D. 'Bobby' Guerra had the honor of inviting the Rio Grande Valley's very own Sister Norma Pimentel, to lead the Texas House of Representatives in their morning invocation.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

April 7, 2017

Representative Tan Parker: Texas House of Representatives Passes Fiscally Disciplined State Budget For The 2018-19 Biennium

Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved the proposed House budget after working diligently over the last few months to produce a fiscally conservative and balanced budget that continues to address the important needs of the state.

From Representative Tan Parker

April 7, 2017

Texas House Republican Caucus: Texas House of Representatives Passes Fiscally Conservative State Budget

Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved the proposed House budget, also known as the committee substitute for Senate Bill 1. The House has exercised leadership in crafting a conservative, responsible budget that spends $106.8 billion in available revenue.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

April 7, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Applaud Committee Passage of Schwertner Bill to Hold Freestanding ERs Accountable for Consumers

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded Senate committee passage (Health & Human Services) of Texas Senator Charles Schwertner’s SB 1592, which would ensure that independently owned freestanding emergency rooms (FSERs) are held to the same standards as hospital-based emergency rooms.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

April 7, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Gorsuch: 'a Distinguished Jurist'

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke today on the Senate floor just before the Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 7, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Brutality in Syria Can't Be Ignored

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) reacted to last night’s airstrikes in Syria. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 7, 2017

Representative Drew Springer: Texas Legislature Passes House Budget

On Thursday, the Texas House of Representatives passed the budget for the 2018-2019 biennium. It was a lively 15 and a half hours of heated debate including a number of people and amendments that tried to harm rural Texas. Rep. Springer stood up to defend not only rural values but also was successful in defunding Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics from all taxpayer dollars.

From Representative Drew Springer

April 7, 2017

Representative John Culberson: Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after the United States launched missile strikes in Syria. “The Assad regime used chemical weapons in a barbaric attack on innocent men, women and children and this cruel act cannot go unpunished.

From Representative John Culberson

April 7, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Issues Statement on U.S. Military Strike in Syria

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) issued the following statement today in support of President Trump’s targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched on innocent civilians, including women and children:

From Representative Brian Babin

April 7, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

Following the U.S. airstrikes in Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack on his own people, Defense Appropriations member Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) wrote:

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 7, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Responds to Syria Strikes, Previews Gorsuch Vote on Fox News

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss last night’s missile strikes in Syria and the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 7, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement on U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding tonight’s U.S.-launched missile strikes in Syria: “Today, after eight years of Obama foreign policy failures, Syria is a humanitarian disaster.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 7, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on U.S. Strikes in Syria

Tonight, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement: “Tonight, the United States launched missiles at an airfield in Syria.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

April 6, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Introduces Legislation to Provide Local Pre-K Programs Direct Access to Federal Funding

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), founding co-chair of the Congressional Pre-K Caucus, introduced legislation that will help eligible local education entities across the country access federal prekindergarten (pre-k) funding

From Representative Joaquin Castro

April 6, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Issues Statement on Russia Investigation

In response to Chairman Devin Nunes’ announcement this morning, U.S. Representative Will Hurd, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement:

From Representative Will Hurd

April 6, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 18 - Tuition Set-Asides and Senate Bill 19 - Tuition Reform

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 18 - Tuition Set-Asides and Senate Bill 19 - Tuition Reform, by Senator Kel Seliger, R - Amarillo:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 6, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Receives Founder's Award From Texas CASA

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received the inaugural Jane Quentan Piper Founder's Award today from Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) during the organization's 2017 Texas Champions Award Luncheon.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 6, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Honors Life of Chief Deputy Greenwood on House Floor

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) spoke on the House floor on Wednesday to honor the life of Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood who was tragically murdered on Monday in Baytown, Texas.

From Representative Brian Babin

April 6, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Continues Fighting for Texas Veterans

Following the Senate’s passage by unanimous consent last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that extends the Veterans Choice Program. Representative Will Hurd who supported the measure, released the following statement:

From Representative Will Hurd

April 6, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Chairman Nunes' Recusal from Russia Investigation

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after Chairman Devin Nunes announced he will step aside from leading the committee’s investigation into Russia:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

April 6, 2017

Texas Ranch Conservation: Legislation Filed to Protect Hill Country Private Property Rights, Environment

Representative Tracy King (D-Uvalde) and Senator Jose Menendez (D-Bexar) filed House Bill 3036 and Senate Bill 1796 to protect private property rights and the environment.

From Texas Ranch Conservation

April 6, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Provides Roundup of Upcoming May Bond Elections

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced the release of the Spring 2017 Bond Election Roundup, which details bond election proposals for more than five dozen local governments.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

April 6, 2017

Permian Basin Petroleum Association: Dark Skies Advisory Group Recommended Lighting Practices

Today, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA), in collaboration with the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, located in Ft. Davis, Texas, released its Recommended Lighting Practices for oil and gas operations in the seven counties surrounding the Observatory.

From Permian Basin Petroleum Association

April 5, 2017

Representative Drew Springer: Lays Out Pro-Life Bill To Stop Taxpayer Funding Of Abortions

-- Today, Rep. Drew Springer laid out HB 1936, a bill that would prohibit state and local taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion providers and affiliates, such as Planned Parenthood.

From Representative Drew Springer

April 5, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Sends first bill of the session to the Senate

A bill authored by State Rep. Hugh D. Shine is headed to the Senate after the House members unanimously voted to pass HB 1619, relating to the prosecution and punishment of certain outdoor burning violations.

From Representative Hugh Shine

April 5, 2017

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Stands United For Unanimous Budget & Answer Critics

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus issued a letter to Texans explaining the perfectly appropriate transportation transfer in the Senate budget – a stance supported unanimously by the Texas Senate in a vote of 31-0.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

April 5, 2017

The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Opposes S.B. 18

Today, Senate Bill 18 (S.B. 18) passed out of the Senate. Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC) believe in making quality higher education accessible and affordable.

From The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

April 5, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Reacts to Federal Court Ruling on Workplace Discrimination

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of discrimination prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

April 5, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: SB 488, the Texas Ballot Integrity Act, Wins Senate Approval 24-6

The Texas Senate today gave its approval to Senate Bill 488, the Texas Ballot Integrity Act, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), to prevent local governments from misleading voters at the polls with deceptive ballot language, spending taxpayer money to ignore lawfully collected petition signatures, and suppressing petitions signed by those they are sworn to represent.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

April 5, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Celebrates Passage of HB 630

Following today's vote by the Texas House on House Bill 630, Representative Donna Howard released the following statement:

From Representative Donna Howard

April 5, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Texas Rural Schools Task Force issues report

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that, following almost a year of work across the state, the Texas Rural Schools Task Force has released a report, Texas Rural Schools Task Force: Elevating Support for Texas Rural and Small Schools.

From Texas Education Agency

April 5, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bill to end special education cap passes committee

The Texas Senate Education Committee unanimously passed Sen. José Rodríguez's bill eliminating the Texas Education Agency's cap on special education enrollment late Tuesday.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 5, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Statement on Passage of SB 19 in Texas Senate

Today, the Texas Senate passed SB 19 by Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), a bill to limit tuition growth at public universities and tie future tuition increases to performance.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

April 5, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Advances Three Milestone Legislation Bills

Senator Borris L. Miles is proud to announce that three key bills have advanced at the Capitol this week: SB 518 which offers a franchise tax credit to companies that offer a paid internship, SB 790 to continue the Women's Health Advisory Committee and SB 1269 for a comprehensive flood control study for the Houston region.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 5, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Scrap Tire Bill Passes Senate

S.B. 570, a bill by state Sen. José Rodríguez that outlines methods by which tires may be disposed and improves enforcement capabilities, passed the full Senate today. It now goes to the House for consideration.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 4, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Senate Fails to Make College More Affordable

The Texas Senate has approved two bills -- SB 18 & 19 -- that fail to address the state role in making college affordable for Texas students.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

April 4, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Texas House Advances Critical Lawsuit Reform Bill

The Texas House Insurance Committee today advanced House Bill 1774, a consumer protection bill that implements common-sense accountability measures to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse, while preserving the strongest protections in the nation for property insurance consumers.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

April 4, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Releases 2015-2016 Individual Graduation Committee data

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released data submitted by school districts and charters regarding locally established Individual Graduation Committees (IGCs) for the 2015-2016 school year.

From Texas Education Agency

April 4, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Texas Senate Passes Senator Zaffirini's Bill Enhancing Court Security

The Texas Senate today (Tuesday) overwhelmingly approved the Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 42) by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, which would implement the Texas Judicial Council's (TJC) recommendations to improve judicial security in Texas.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

April 4, 2017

Texas Aspires: House Committee To Hear Bipartisan Legislation To Incentivize District-Charter Partnerships

The House Public Education Committee will hear House Bill 3439 today. The legislation aims to incentivize partnerships between traditional public schools and public charter schools and is authored by Representative Linda Koop (R-Dallas).

From Texas Aspires

April 4, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Praises Committee Passage Of Hailstorm Claims Reform (HB 1774)

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions – representing the major homeowners insurance companies doing business in Texas – thanked members of the House Insurance Committee on Tuesday for passing House Bill 1774, which provides common sense reforms to curb hailstorm claims litigation which is harming both consumers and the insurance marketplace.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

April 4, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: SB 712 Expanding Long-Term Protective Orders Passes out of the Senate

Yesterday, Senate Bill 712 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was voted out of the Senate and will advance to the House for consideration. SB 712 allows additional circumstances under which a judge may choose to enter a protective order in excess of 2 years if an offender commits an act(s) constituting felony-level family violence.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 4, 2017

Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education: Calls On Legislature To Vote For Texas' Future, Not Shortchange Higher Education

Following the passage of the Senate version of the biennial budget, which included deep cuts to higher education, and in advance of the upcoming vote on the House version, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education

April 4, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Response to NCAA Statement on North Carolina Law

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today in response to the press release issued this morning by the Board of Governors of the NCAA: "We have always said that the Texas Privacy Act was not in conflict with the anti-discrimination goals of the NCAA and the statement they released this morning makes that abundantly clear.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 4, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.2 Billion in March

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.24 billion in March, 3 percent more than in March 2016. “Overall net growth in sales tax revenue represents mixed performances by major industry sectors,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

April 4, 2017

Texas Values: NCAA Boycott Ends; Time for Texas to Pass SB 6

Following last night’s NCAA men’s basketball final in which the University of North Carolina Tarheels defeated the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, the NCAA announced they will restore consideration of future collegiate athletics games in North Carolina.

From Texas Values

April 4, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Texas Legislature Honors Former Mayor of Lubbock Glen Robertson With House Resolution

Today on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Dustin Burrows (HD-83) recognized Lubbock's former two-term Mayor, Glen C. Robertson, with House Resolution 406, commending the Lubbock businessman's service as Mayor of Texas' 11th largest city.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

April 4, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Pre-Files 15 Budget Amendments

Today, Representative Cesar J. Blanco (El Paso) pre-filed 15 floor amendments for SB1, Texas' General Appropriations Act. Amendments to the budget were required to be filed by 10am this morning.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 3, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Eight of Senator Nelson's Bills Pass Local

The Texas Senate today approved eight bills authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The following bills, which next move to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration, were approved:

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 3, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Named #1 in Power Ranking

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was has been named #1 in the Texas Senate by Capitol Inside in their Texas Legislature Power Ranking List. The online publication named her for the second session in a row, noting her work in passing the Senate budget this week by a vote of 31-0.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 3, 2017

Texas Impact: Religious Leaders Call for Criminal Justice Reform

On Monday April 3rd, religious leaders from across the state traveled to the Capitol to share their stories and deliver faithful support for criminal justice reform in Texas. Faith leaders say they want to share a faithful message that all people are created in the image of God.

From Texas Impact

April 3, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Two Cruz-Sponsored Bills Signed into Law in Last Two Weeks

On Friday, The Dallas Morning News covered President Trump’s signing of legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas).

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 3, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement on the Shooting Death of Harris County Constable Clinton Greenwood

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the Baytown shooting death of Harris County Constable Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood: "Jan and I send our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Assistant Chief Deputy Greenwood, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, during this very difficult time.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 3, 2017

Public Citizen: Dallas County Commissioners tells NRC: We Don't Want Your Nuclear Waste

County Commissioner Theresa Daniel will introduce a resolution on Tuesday in an effort to tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that Dallas County opposes the transport of nuclear materials through its roads and railways.

From Public Citizen

April 3, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

For the past five years, roadway fatalities and injury crashes have been increasing in Texas and distracting driving has been one of the many factors to blame. The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) reminds all Texans that the National Safety Council (NSC) has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

From Insurance Council of Texas

April 3, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Thousands of Catholics to visit Texas Capital April 4

Nearly 4,000 Catholics have registered to participate in Catholic Advocacy Day, to be held April 4 at the Texas State Capital. The day will include a rally with the state’s bishops, who lead the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas, on the steps of the Capital beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, which is organizing the day, will livestream the rally on its Facebook page, TXCatholic.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

March 31, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Kevin Brady: President Trump Signs Into Law Cruz-Brady Bill to Disapprove Obama Administration Drug-Testing Rule for Unemployment Insurance

Today President Trump signed into law legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) to disapprove and nullify a drug-testing rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor in the final months of the Obama administration.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 31, 2017

DaSilva Strategic Group: DaSilva Retires from Healthcare Association Management and Lobbying

As announced last year, longtime Austin association executive and noted health care advocate in Texas government, Joe A. DaSilva, LFACHE, CAE (Ret.), retired today as the chief executive officer of the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA).

From DaSilva Strategic Group

March 31, 2017

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Author and Pass Six Pieces of Major Legislation in Just One Day

Yesterday, the Texas Senate, over the course of seven plus hours in one calendar day, passed the following major public policy bills, authored by Republican Senators from around the state. All five bills were priorities of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and the vast majority of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

March 31, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Praises Coast Guard for Advancing Presidio International Rail Bridge Permit Process

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement praising the U.S. Coast Guard for advancing Texas’ Presidio International Rail Bridge permit process after urging action in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing last week.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 31, 2017

Jeri's Seafood, Inc.: Issues Statement Regarding Legislation to Restore the Health of Gulf Coast Oyster Bays

Jeri’s Seafood today issued the following statement after the Texas House of Representatives’ Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism held a legislative hearing this week on House Bill 51 (Guillen), which relates to the management of commercial oyster boats and aims to restore the health of oyster bays along the Gulf Coast.

From Jeri's Seafood, Inc.

March 31, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces the Public Water Supply Invasive Species Compliance Act of 2017

U.S. Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday introduced a bill to provide certainty to water agencies who supply water to Texans and to protect the water supply future of Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 31, 2017

Don't Poison Texas: H.B. 3451, by Rep. Stucky, supported by "Don't Poison Texas, Receives 9-0 Vote from House Public Health Committee

The Public Health Committee of the Texas House of Representatives has voted 9-0 (with two members absent) to move H.B. 3451 to consideration of the full House. This legislation would require valid and independent scientific study before rat poison or any other toxic pesticide is spread across Texas lands for use on feral hogs.

From Don't Poison Texas

March 31, 2017

Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice: Statement on House Supplemental Budget Proposal

The following statement is from Rachel Hammon, executive director of the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice: “We thank House members for restoring budget funds to provide medically necessary therapy to children with disabilities.

From Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice

March 31, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Human Trafficking Bill Passes Texas Senate

Today, Senate Bill 128, which would enlist truck drivers in the fight against human trafficking, was unanimously voted out of the Texas Senate. It now goes to the House where Rep. Senfronia Thompson is carrying the companion bill.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

March 31, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Senate Bill 3, school vouchers

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 3, which redirects public school money to private schools: Instead of fixing the state's chronic, long-term underfunding, the Senate voted instead to squeeze the system even tighter by redirecting public money to private schools through vouchers.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 31, 2017

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Planned Parenthood Health Centers Remain Open Despite State Appeal

Today, the Texas attorney general appealed a federal court’s decision to allow Planned Parenthood health centers to continue offering preventive care – including birth control, cancer screenings, and HIV tests – to Medicaid patients.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

March 31, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 3 - School Choice

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 3 - School Choice, by Senator Larry Taylor, (R - Friendswood). Senate Bill 3 will establish Education Savings Accounts and a Tax Credit Scholarship program in Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 31, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Taxpayers should have a voice voting on pension bonds, says the Texas Senate

The Texas Senate today voted 21-10 to approve Senate Bill 151 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), which would require voter approval for a municipality to issue obligation bonds for a pension fund.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 31, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on Texas Senate Passage of SB 3 Private School Voucher Bill

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on today’s approval of Senate Bill 3 by the Texas Senate. The bill takes taxpayer dollars and funnels them to private and religious schools.

From Texas Freedom Network

March 31, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: Voucher bill is as shameful as the Senate budget

TSTA President Noel Candelaria issued the following statement on the Senate’s approval of SB3, the voucher bill: “First the Senate follows Dan Patrick’s lead and cuts state funding for public education

From Texas State Teachers Association

March 31, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement on Passage of Senate Voucher Bill -- SB 3

The Texas Senate passed a troublesome voucher bill today. In response, CPPP Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

March 30, 2017

Texas Values: Repeal-and-Replace of NC Privacy Law (HB 2): Left Furious, State Retains Control

Today, the North Carolina legislature voted to repeal and replace HB 2 in a compromise that doesn’t appear to lead to a violation of women’s and children’s privacy. The language of the compromise bill, HB 142, signals that control over these issues is best exercised by the states.

From Texas Values

March 30, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Raises Concern of TxDOT's Minority Contractor Issues

Senator Borris Miles joined more than 100 African American contractors from Houston and Dallas to speak at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Transportation Commission meeting this week. They expressed frustration with the lack of minority firms selected for highway and road projects, specifically the Texas 288 Tollway Expansion.

From Senator Borris Miles

March 30, 2017

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance: Three Bills Filed to Ensure Clean Water Recharges the Edwards Aquifer

Senator José Menéndez, Representative Donna Howard, and Representative Tracy O. King have filed bills that many believe are needed to protect the quality of water in the Edwards Aquifer. S.B. 1796 (Menéndez) / H.B. 3467 (Howard) state “The commission (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality -TCEQ) may not issue a new permit authorizing the discharge of sewage effluent directly into any water in the contributing or recharge zone of the San Antonio or Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer.” H.B. 3036 (King) expands the geographic area impacted by this legislation to include the regulated Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone.

From Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance

March 30, 2017

Texas House Republican Caucus: House Appropriations Committee Votes Out Fiscally Conservative and Transparent Budget

This week, the House Committee on Appropriations approved the House budget and supplemental budget for the next two years. The approved budget and supplemental budget will now move to the full House of Representatives for consideration and will be heard on the House floor next week.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

March 30, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement on North Carolina action on HB 2

The following statement regarding the North Carolina Legislature’s decision to make changes to House Bill 2 should be attributed to Chris Wallace, President, Texas Association of Business:

From Texas Association of Business

March 30, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 28 - Texas Port Expansion Act

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 28 - the Texas Port Expansion Act, by Senator Brandon Creighton, (R - Conroe). The bill passed with a unanimous vote.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 30, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Bill to name Highway 191 for Chris Kyle passes House

On Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) won passage of House Bill 1483, which would name Highway 191 in Ector County as the "Chris Kyle Memorial Highway." The stretch of highway in Odessa runs directly adjacent to the new Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

March 30, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Tragic Central Texas Bus Accident

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement after a fatal accident outside of Garner State Park involving New Braunfels residents: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the fatal bus crash near Garner State Park involving First Baptist Church New Braunfels.

From Senator Donna Campbell

March 30, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on SB 522 Hearing Today

Following is a statement from Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller on the consideration of SB 522 by the Senate State Affairs Committee today:

From Texas Freedom Network

March 30, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bill to end special education cap gets committee hearing tomorrow

Tomorrow, a Texas Senate Committee will take testimony in support of Sen. José Rodríguez's bill eliminating the Texas Education Agency's cap on special education enrollment. TEA adopted a monitoring policy that set an arbitrary 8.5 percent target for children receiving special education services in Texas public schools.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 30, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on New University of Houston Partnership

Today, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) introduced House Resolution 1164, which recognizes and honors the newly established partnership between the University of Houston and the United Health Foundation, known as Preventing and Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities in Houston, or TOUCH.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

March 30, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Teachers, Correctional Officers, Other Public Employees Hit by Unfair Shot Under SB 13

SB 13, given tentative approval today in the Texas Senate, is another overreach into the private lives of working Texans, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said. "It's their money," Patrick said of state and local employees. "They earned it. They should be able to spend it how they see fit."

From Texas AFL-CIO

March 30, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: Senate Bill 13 is a selective attack on educators and other public servants

TSTA President Noel Candelaria issued the following statement on the Senate’s approval of SB13, the dues deduction bill: “By approving Senate Bill 13, the Senate majority made a selective attack on educators, Child Protective Services workers and certain other public employees who voluntarily join employee associations and unions for professional development and other reasons important to their job performance.

From Texas State Teachers Association

March 30, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Rape Kit Testing Bill Unanimously Approved by Senate Committee

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously passed Senator Garcia's SB 1163. This bill will create a sustainable, voluntary fund for driver license applicants to contribute to end the state's rape kit backlog.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

March 29, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 30 - The Community Safety Act

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 30 - Educate and Inform - The Community Safety Act, by Senator Royce West, (D - Dallas) and Senator John Whitmire, (D - Houston):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 29, 2017

Texas Civil Rights Project: Mimi Marziani Appointed as Chair of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' Texas Advisory Committee

This week, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) appointed Mimi Marziani, executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, as chair of the Texas Advisory Committee.

From Texas Civil Rights Project

March 29, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Cardin Lead Bipartisan Group to Affirm Strategic U.S.-Mexico Partnership in Resolution

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a resolution to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the United States and Mexico and recognize the bilateral cooperation necessary to advance both countries’ shared interests in national security, defense, and trade.

From Senator John Cornyn

March 29, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Judge Gorsuch Should be Confirmed to the Supreme Court and He Will be Confirmed to the Supreme Court'

U.S Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined his colleagues in the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Cruz urged his Democratic colleagues who were willing to confirm Judge Gorsuch ten years ago to do so again.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 29, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Passes Tax Break for Veterans and Young Farmers from Senate

Senator José Rodríguez on Wednesday passed from the full Senate S.B. 330, which makes it easier for land owned by veterans and young beginning farmers to qualify for agricultural property tax valuation, which saves farmers several hundred to several thousand dollars in property taxes and makes new farms more attractive to investors.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 29, 2017

RAICES: Texas Senate Committee Hears Proposal to Legalize Child Abuse in Family Detention Centers

Today, formerly detained families will join immigration advocates, child welfare experts, and faith leaders to oppose Senate Bill 1018 which would allow the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to license family detention centers as childcare facilities.

From RAICES

March 29, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: A Message on The Texas Budget

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today on the Texas Budget:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 29, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Ballot Integrity Act, SB 488, by Senator Bettencourt Headed to Texas Senate

The Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations unanimously approved Senate Bill 488, the Texas Ballot Integrity Act, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), to prevent local governments from misleading voters at the polls with deceptive ballot language, spending taxpayer money to ignore lawfully collected petition signatures, and suppressing petitions signed by those they are sworn to represent.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 29, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Avalanche of Proposed Religious Refusals Bills Would Allow the Use of Religion to Justify Discrimination

Civil and religious liberties advocates today are warning that 17 bills filed for the current Texas legislative session masquerade as protections for “religious freedom” while opening the door to widespread discrimination and disregard of laws that should be equally applicable to all Texans.

From Texas Freedom Network

March 29, 2017

Texas Solar Power: New Study Finds Texas Solar Growth Bringing More Jobs, Increased Economic Development to State

Texas solar jobs grew 34 percent and produced $4.7 billion in total economic activity in Texas in 2016, according to a new study by The Solar Foundation. A Texas-specific analysis found that 9,396 solar workers produced $2.51 billion in direct sales in 2016.

From Texas Solar Power

March 29, 2017

Texas Mining and Reclamation Association: Texas Mining Industry Commends President Trump's Executive Order on Flawed Clean Power Plan

The Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) commends President Trump for his executive order withdrawing the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

From Texas Mining and Reclamation Association

March 29, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Talks Tax Reform on CNBC

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a second generation small business owner, joined Squawk Box on CNBC Wednesday morning to discuss his tax reform plan, Jumpstart America.

From Representative Roger Williams

March 29, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces $150 Million in TxDOT Funding for Pharr Interchange Project

Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) approved $218.2 million for Hidalgo County transportation projects, including $150 million for the US 83/US 281 Interchange project.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 29, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces $510 Million in TxDOT Funding for SD 20 Projects

Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) approved $510 million in funding for Senate District 20, including Brooks, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, and Nueces counties.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 29, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Senate Bill 5

Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 5, which imposes unreasonable penalties on voters who incorrectly fill out a declaration of reasonable impediment form:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 29, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Passage of The Help for Texas Heroes Act

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement after SB 27 passed unanimously on the Senate Floor today: “I applaud my colleagues for unanimously passing SB 27, the Help for Texas Heroes Act.

From Senator Donna Campbell

March 29, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of SB23 - E-Verify

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 23 - E-Verify, by Senator Charles Schwertner (R - Georgetown):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 28, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement on Passage of TX Senate Budget

In response, CPPP Invest in Texas Program Director Eva DeLuna Castro issued the following statement: "The Senate budget proposal passed today is not good enough for Texas.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

March 28, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 5 - Photo Voter ID

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 5 - Photo Voter ID, by Senator Joan Huffman (R - Houston):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 28, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Today's White House Action is a Win for Job Creation and Economic Growth

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today released the following statement praising the Trump Administration’s executive action to roll back a number of costly Obama-era climate regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, the rules for new power plants, and the methane rule:

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 28, 2017

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

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following Senate passage of Committee Substitute Senate Bill (CSSB) 1: "I am proud to announce that the Texas Senate passed CSSB 1 - the 2018-2019 budget for the State of Texas- this afternoon with a unanimous vote. On this day, in this body, on this budget, we are united and speaking with one voice.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 28, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Releases High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Study

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released results of a comprehensive study to gain a clearer understanding of the impact of the High-Quality Prekindergarten grants on 10 school districts and charter schools that received the grant funding.

From Texas Education Agency

March 28, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Applaud Senate Passage of Hancock Bill to Better Protect Consumers Against Surprise Medical Bills

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded Senate passage of Texas Senator Kelly Hancock’s SB 507, which would significantly expand protections for Texas consumers against the growing practice of surprise medical billing, also called “balance billing.”

From Texas Association of Health Plans

March 28, 2017

Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter: Statement On House Passage of Railroad Commission Sunset Bill HB 1818

Today, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously adopted the Railroad Commission Sunset bill, HB 1818, by Rep. Gonzales (R-Round Rock), but did not adopt amendments supported by Sierra Club and many others.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

March 28, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: House Committee Unanimously Passes Statewide Cybersecurity Disaster Recovery Legislation By Rep. Blanco

Yesterday, the House Committee on Government Transparency & Operation unanimously approved House Bill 1605, a statewide cybersecurity measure by Representative Blanco.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

March 28, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on the Senate Budget

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement on S.B. 1, the Senate's version of the state budget, which passed the Senate unanimously today: Passing a budget is our basic responsibility, one that none of us take lightly.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 28, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: State Budget Unanimously Passed By The Texas Senate

The Texas Senate today approved CSSB 1, the appropriations bill authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The bill, which passed unanimously, establishes a $106.3B FY 18-19 budget.

From Senator Jane Nelson

March 28, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Floor Fight Turns to 'Sanctuary Industries'

Today, State Representative Rafael Anchia, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), offered an amendment focusing on shifting penalties regarding immigration to ‘sanctuary industries’ rather than undocumented labor.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

March 28, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Applauds Committee Vote on School Finance Reform

The Texas House Public Education Committee voted Tuesday to advance House Bill 21, a major school finance proposal. The bill puts more dollars into the classroom, reduces Robin Hood by almost $400 million over two years and makes needed structural changes to the state’s school finance system.

From Speaker Joe Straus

March 28, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Administration Repealing Obama EPA Regulations

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order repealing the job-killing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations put in place by the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan:

From Senator John Cornyn

March 28, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Announces Updated Web-Based Scorecard Comparing Texas With Other States in Key Areas

The state of Texas leads the nation in total energy production and new residents, according to an updated 50-State Scorecard unveiled today by the Comptroller’s office.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

March 28, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Lays Out "Toxic Alert" Bill in Environmental Regulation Committee

Today, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez laid out House Bill 1927 before the Texas House Committee on Environmental Regulation. State Representative Hubert Vo (D-Houston) is a joint author of the bill.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

March 28, 2017

Texas Sierra Club: Statement on Trump's Executive Order Attacking Clean Air and Water

Donald Trump signed an executive order today to begin the process of repealing several Obama-era executive actions tackling the climate crisis and protecting clean air and water.

From Texas Sierra Club

March 28, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: President Trump Signs Arrington Co-Sponsored Legislation into Law

With a Republican held House, Senate, and Presidency, the legislative actions taken by the House of Representatives are quickly being signed into law by President Trump.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

March 28, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Catholic Advocacy Day at Texas Capitol is April 4

Nearly 4,000 Catholics have registered to participate in Catholic Advocacy Day, to be held Tuesday, April 4 at the Texas State Capitol.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

March 27, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Senate Unanimously Approves SB 730 to Ease Property Tax Burden on Small Business

In a unanimous 31-0 vote, the Texas Senate today approved Senate Bill 730 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) to bring property tax relief to small businesses around the state. SB 730 raises from $500 to $2,500 the exemption amount for business personal property. The current limit of $500 was set in 1995 and has not been increased since then.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

March 27, 2017

Patient Access for a Healthy Texas Coalition: Statement Regarding HB 1917/Protecting Patients

“We fully support House Bill 1917 and appreciate Chairman Richard Raymond and all co-sponsors for working to protect Texas patients.

From Patient Access for a Healthy Texas Coalition

March 27, 2017

Representative Matt Krause: Files House Bill 3572, Reforming Texas' Penal Laws

Representative Matt Krause has filed House Bill 3572 modifying Texas' Penal Laws. House Bill 3572 will reassign a penalty structure found in the penal Laws for offenses that are currently compiled outside the penal code.

From Representative Matt Krause

March 27, 2017

Representative Tony Dale: Files HB 2974 to Address Growing Crime of "Sextortion" - Online Extortion and Blackmail

State Representative Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) filed HB 2974 to address the growing crime of “sextortion”.

From Representative Tony Dale

March 27, 2017

Instructional Materials Coordinators' Association of Texas: Stop the Raid on Schoolbook Funds

More than 150 years ago, Texans set aside a fund to provide free textbooks to children in the state’s public schools, and ever since leaders have worked to keep faith with that covenant. Until now.

From Instructional Materials Coordinators’ Association of Texas

March 27, 2017

Lone Star Project: Plaintiffs in Texas Congressional Lawsuit File Motion to Block Use of Current Congressional Map

Moments ago the Plaintiffs in the ongoing Texas congressional redistricting case filed a joint motion asking the San Antonio Federal District Court for an injunction to block the use of the current congressional map during the 2018 mid-term elections.

From Lone Star Project

March 27, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on AHCA Legislation

This afternoon, U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “Under our current healthcare system, millions of American families and small businesses still don’t have access to the healthcare they need.

From Representative Will Hurd

March 27, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Republican Congress' Health Plan Fails

Today, the Republican controlled Congress failed to pass it's "repeal and replace" healthcare bill after failing to garner enough support. Since its introduction, the Republican alternative to President Obama's Affordable Care Act has been met by opposition by Democrats and Republicans.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

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