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January 17, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Broadens Legislative Agenda

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

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Office of the Attorney General

January 17, 2019

Representative Jonathan Stickland: Files Free Tolls for School Buses

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

From Representative Jonathan Stickland

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Texas Public Interest Research Group

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 17, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Wants STAAR Test Eliminated

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

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Office of the Attorney General

January 17, 2019

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

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

From Texas Humane Network

January 16, 2019

Representative Celia Israel: Austin Legislators File Bill Supporting Sobering Centers

Today Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50) filed House Bill 830, a companion to Senate Bill 306 by Sen. Kirk Watson (SD 14), to clarify that an officer may divert an intoxicated individual to a sobering center in lieu of arrest or transport to the emergency department. "This bill protects our police officers and allows them to continue to use this innovative diversion program." Rep. Israel continued, "Sometimes, when you're delivering cutting-edge solutions, the law has to catch up."

From Representative Celia Israel

January 16, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Praise White House Announcement of Texas Judicial Nominees

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Wes Hendrix to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock, Mark Pittman to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth, and Sean Jordan for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Plano:

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 16, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Announces Results of Officer Elections

The Texas House Democratic Caucus held its officer elections today. The following officers were unanimously elected by members of the caucus: • Rep. Chris Turner, Chair • Rep. Celia Israel, First Vice-Chair • Rep. Toni Rose, Second Vice-Chair • Rep. Oscar Longoria, Treasurer

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

January 16, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Pledges to Oppose Any Effort by Democrats to Weaken Pro-Life Policies

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to President Trump thanking him for his consistent commitment to the pro-life cause and urging him to strongly reject any proposals from congressional Democrats that weaken pro-life policies. He was joined by a number of his pro-life colleagues in the Senate.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 16, 2019

Representative John Bucy, III: Files Legislation to Expand Medicaid in Texas

John H. Bucy III (D-Austin), State Representative for House District 136, today filed H.B. 840 and H.J.R. 46 to expand Medicaid in Texas. This is the first legislation he has filed since being sworn in to office last week.

From Representative John Bucy, III

January 16, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Backs 'Fair Shot' Legislation for Working Families

The Texas AFL-CIO will advocate for its broadest legislative agenda in years - a Fair Shot agenda that empowers Texas working families to improve their lives. A news conference to discuss the agenda is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Texas AFL-CIO headquarters, 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin. Texas AFL-CIO officers will be joined by working people whose lives are directly affected by actions of this Legislature.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 16, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: Texas Farmers, Ranchers Help Set National Policy

Food labeling, trade and rural broadband access were among the resolutions discussed and approved by farmers and ranchers from across the nation during the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana.

From Texas Farm Bureau

January 16, 2019

Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute: Announces Luminary Award Honoree Representative John Zerwas, M.D.

The Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) has announced the second round of honorees for the Annual Luminary Awards. The award will be given to State Representative John Zerwas, M.D. for his encompassing dedication to the healthcare industry. The award will be presented at the THBI Annual Luminary Dinner on the evening of February 11th, at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel.

From Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute

January 16, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Defends Texas Law Keeping Taxpayer Money from Companies that Boycott Israel

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked a U.S. District Court to deny motions for a preliminary injunction against a Texas law that prevents state-funded companies from boycotting Israel.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 16, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Congratulates Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick on their Inauguration

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement following the inauguration of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick: “I congratulate Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick on their inauguration and look forward to continuing to work alongside them to serve the people of this great state.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 16, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 21 States in Support of William Barr for U.S. Attorney General

Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined 21 attorneys general in encouraging the U.S. Senate to again confirm William P. Barr as U.S. Attorney General. He has received strong bipartisan accolades and support during the confirmation process. Barr previously served as attorney general for President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 16, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Every Child Deserves Access to an Excellent Education

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution declaring January 20, 2019 through January 26, 2019 as ‘National School Choice Week.’ Sen. Cruz secured the Student Opportunity Amendment as part of the historic tax reform bill passed in 2017, which expanded 529 College Savings Plans to include K-12 elementary and secondary school tuition for public, private, and religious school students, and is the most far-reaching federal school choice bill ever passed and signed into law.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 16, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Election Fraud Unit Arrests Non-Citizen Charged with Illegal Voting in Navarro County

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Marites Canete Curry, of Corsicana, was indicted on one count of illegal voting and arrested following an investigation by the Election Fraud Unit of his office. Curry is a non-citizen who voted illegally in Navarro County in the November 2016 general election.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 15, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Cruz, Abbott, Texas Delegation Urges White House to Protect Hurricane Harvey Recovery Funds

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Greg Abbott, and Texas members of the U.S. House of Representatives today sent a letter to President Trump urging him not to use any federal funds already appropriated for Hurricane Harvey recovery to end the partial shutdown.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 15, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: 2019 Inaugural Address

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took the oath of office today at 11:22 AM and was sworn in as the 42nd lieutenant governor of Texas. The ceremony took place on the north steps of the Texas Capitol where the lieutenant governor was introduced by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the longest serving Republican in the Texas Senate, and State Senator John Whitmire, D-Houston, the longest serving Democrat in the Texas Senate. In making his inaugural remarks, the lieutenant governor said:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 15, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Files Bill To Increase State Responsibility For Affordable Higher Education

The average yearly tuition and fees for a four-year university in Texas is $8,091. This plus the cost of living and other incidentals adds up. In fact, students graduating in Texas with a Bachelor's degree leave with an average debt of $30,516, which is over 70% of their first-year wages.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 15, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Base Budget Prioritizes Education

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 1, the general appropriations bill, establishing education, mental health and public safety as major priorities for the upcoming two-year budget. She also filed SB 500, the supplemental budget, which includes funding for school safety, state hospitals, pensions, Hurricane Harvey expenses and other needs.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 15, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Bill To Raise Teachers Salaries

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 3 providing a $5,000 annual salary increase for every classroom teacher in Texas. "The most important investment we can make in education is in our teachers. They are the key factor in preparing our students for success," Senator Nelson, a former teacher, said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 15, 2019

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Chairman Castro Statement on Court Ruling on 2020 Census

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today released the following statement on the court ruling today that says U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated federal law in attempting to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census:

From Congressional Hispanic Caucus

January 15, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Federal Judge Rules Against 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Today, Judge Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York blocked the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez serves as Policy Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the nation and a Texas plaintiff in the lawsuit.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 15, 2019

Jason Villalba Campaign: Villalba Launches Campaign for Mayor of Dallas

Local businessman and former Texas State Representative Jason Villalba, today, launched his campaign to be the next Mayor of Dallas at a press conference at the home of his grandmother, Celia Villalba, in Oak Cliff. At the announcement, Villalba outlined his innovative plans to successfully move Dallas forward and how the power of community needs to be harnessed to ensure that all citizens can take part in Dallas’ success and future.

From Jason Villalba Campaign

January 15, 2019

Representative Tom Oliverson: Files Resolution Recognizing the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

State Representative Tom Oliverson, MD (R-Cypress) filed House Resolution 24, legislation that will designate November 7, in 2019 as Victims of Communism Memorial Day.

From Representative Tom Oliverson

January 15, 2019

Texas Education Agency: State Board of Education hosts free conference Jan. 30

Are you looking for ways to involve more parents on your campus? Do you want students to take more ownership of their own education? How do you make sure that students have equal access to courses and technology across your district?

From Texas Education Agency

January 15, 2019

Representative Shawn Thierry: Announces Three-Pronged Strategy to Address Mental Health in Schools and Keep Texas Schools Safe from Threat of Gun Violence

State Representative Shawn Thierry (D - 146) announced three pieces of legislation tackling public school safety and addressing the mental health needs of Texas' children. The impetus for the bills is the alarming rise in student suicide and school violence in Texas.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

January 15, 2019

Representative Celia Israel: Files Animal Hot Car Rescue Bill

Today, Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50) filed HB 810, protecting Good Samaritans who remove pets facing extreme conditions while locked in a parked car. HB 810 continues the work of last session's HB 478, which removed liability of property damage for those who took action to rescue children, the elderly, and disabled adults.

From Representative Celia Israel

January 14, 2019

FWD.us: Statement on Expanding Work in Texas

FWD.us today announced an expansion of our focus to include immigration policy work at the state level in a number of key regions, including Texas. Expanding our work at the State level means that we can work on critical issues that affect millions of American families, and that we can help deepen our impact as we work concurrently on immigration issues at the federal level.

From FWD.us

January 14, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Diverting Funds from Hurricane Harvey Victims is No Solution to Shutdown

“Democrats refuse to come to the negotiating table with a legitimate offer that would end this partial government shutdown and provide vital funding for border security measures. Their negligence has harmed 800,000 federal workers who are not being paid while this standoff continues.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 14, 2019

Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute: Announces Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Jim Allison As 2019 Luminary Award Honoree

The Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) has announced that Nobel Prize winner James (Jim) Allison, Ph.D., of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will be a recipient of the 2019 Luminary Awards. The awards will be presented at the THBI Annual Luminary Dinner on the evening of February 11, 2019 at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Other honorees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

From Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute

January 14, 2019

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: TDLR Commissioner Ray Callas Honored by Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation today recognized Commissioner Ray Callas for his American Medical Association Medal of Valor, given in honor of his selfless commitment to his community during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

January 14, 2019

Representative Steve Toth: Creighton and Toth Announce Jones Preservation Act

State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and State Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) announced plans today to file legislation to protect the W.G. Jones State Forest from future development.

From Representative Steve Toth

January 11, 2019

Representative Roger Williams: Introduces Resolution Honoring Texas-25's World War II Veteran Richard Overton

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) today introduced a House resolution honoring the life and legacy of Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II Veteran and Austin-resident, who passed away at the age of 112 on December 27, 2018.

From Representative Roger Williams

January 11, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Statement on Tornillo Shelter Closure

"Earlier today, it was announced that the Tornillo Tent City has officially shut down. For more than seven months, the federal government has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to detaining migrant families and children in Texas, while many in our border communities are living without access to basic services such as hospitals, clean water, and wastewater infrastructure.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 11, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the LBB Adoption of Constitutional Spending Limit

The Legislative Budget Board (LBB), which is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, adopted a constitutional spending limit today that will hold budget growth to 9.89 % over the next two years. Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement following the LBB meeting:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 11, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: State Preservation Board Vote To Remove Confederate Plaque Is A Positive Step Toward Historical Accuracy, Healing Divisions

The State Preservation Board’s vote today to remove from the Texas Capitol a plaque that lies about the central role of slavery in causing the Civil War is a positive step forward, Texas Freedom Network President Carisa Lopez said today.

From Texas Freedom Network

January 11, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: First LGBTQ Caucus To Be Formed At Texas House Of Representatives; Rep. Mary Gonzalez To Serve As Chair

Yesterday's formation of Texas’ first ever LGBTQ Caucus marks a turning point in the fight for equal representation. Nearly one million Texans identify as part of the LGBTQ spectrum, signaling a drastic need for representation at all levels of elected office.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 11, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Tours U.S.-Mexico Border With President Trump

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), and other local and Border Patrol officials to tour the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 11, 2019

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: `Ten Members Named to Texas Industrialized Building Code Council

Ten Texans have been appointed to the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council. Texas Governor Greg Abbott made the appointments earlier this week. The Council oversees the regulation of industrialized housing and buildings in Texas, one of 39 programs licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

January 11, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Takes Aim At "Robin Hood"

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) has filed legislation to repeal the "Robin Hood" public school finance scheme. House Bill 712, authored by Landgraf, offers a full repeal of recapture provisions, otherwise known as "Robin Hood,” which send a portion of funds from so-called property wealthy school districts to other school districts across the state.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 11, 2019

Senator Borris Miles: US Government Shutdown to Impact 3.5 Million Texans on Food Stamps

The US federal government shutdown will impact more than 3.5 million Texans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits after February 2019. "While the shutdown is already hurting Texans all across our state, it's about to hit the poorest in our communities," said Senator Borris L. Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles

January 11, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Travis County District Court Should Require the City of Austin to Comply with Texas' Open Carry Law

During a trial this week, lawyers from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office asked a Travis County district court to require the city of Austin to allow residents to lawfully carry firearms in City Hall, as the state’s open carry law requires it to do.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 11, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins President Trump in McAllen at Roundtable on Border Security

Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined President Trump, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick in McAllen for a roundtable on immigration and border security. The Trump administration is requesting $5.7 billion from Congress to secure America’s borders – an amount that’s one-tenth of 1 percent of federal spending.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 10, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Reps. Cuellar and McCaul Pass Bipartisan Bill Promoting US-MX Economic Partnership and Cooperation

Today, Congressmen Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Michael McCaul (TX-10) announced the passage of H.R. 133, the United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act, in the House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation will bolster professional development and economic growth in both countries, including in the border region in Texas, with a focus on the energy, health, entrepreneurship, and education sectors.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 10, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Christian Rebuts Climate Catastrophists Call for Government Overregulation

A coalition of climate catastrophists, led by Environment Texas, sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott demanding immediate action to reduce emissions and combat what they claim is man-made climate change.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 10, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on President Trump's Meeting in McAllen

Lt. Gov. Patrick made this statement today following his meeting with President Donald J. Trump in McAllen: "I joined President Trump in McAllen today and I truly appreciate him coming to Texas to underscore the crisis at the southern border and immediate urgency of his border security plan.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 10, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Statement On President Trump's Visit To The Rio Grande Valley

Today, President Donald Trump visited the Rio Grande Valley to participate in a roundtable on immigration and border security issues and receive a briefing on border security. During his visit, President Trump continued to call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 10, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Trump's 'Photo Opportunity' in Texas Not Helping 800,000 Federal Workers

With President Trump in Texas today for a pointless "photo opportunity," the Texas AFL-CIO called for a resolution of the nearly three-week government shutdown that is harming not just 800,000 federal workers, but the entire nation.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 10, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Rule Would Let Companies Deny Many Workers in Texas Employment Benefits

The Texas AFL-CIO has formally opposed a pending rule that would give employers who conduct business via digital networks blanket authority to deny basic employment benefits to employees simply by calling them "marketplace contractors."

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 10, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Take It Down: State Preservation Board Must Remove Offensive, Historically Inaccurate Confederate Plaque From Texas Capitol

The State Preservation Board should vote on Friday to take down a deeply divisive and historically inaccurate plaque that lies about the history of the Civil War and slavery, Texas Freedom Network Political Director Carisa Lopez said today.

From Texas Freedom Network

January 10, 2019

Representative Phil Stephenson: House 191- Stephenson To Tackle Agricultural Pesticide Disposal In The 86th

Prior to the gaveling of the 86th Texas Legislature, Representative Phil Stephenson filed House Bill 191, relating to the disposal of pesticides. HB 191 would in effect set up an agricultural pesticide disposal program for unused, unwanted, and expired chemicals.

From Representative Phil Stephenson

January 9, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Release of County Affairs Interim Report

Today, January 9, 2019, the House Committee on County Affairs Interim Report was released. Chair of the Committee Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

January 9, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $735 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 $734.7 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 3.6 percent more than in January 2018.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 9, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Honors Richard Overton's Legacy on the Senate Floor

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) honored the life and legacy of Richard Overton, an Austinite and World War II veteran who was America’s oldest living man before he recently passed away at 112 years old.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 9, 2019

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Introduce Resolution Honoring Texas World War II Veteran Richard Overton

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today introduced a Senate resolution honoring Richard Overton, a Texan who lived to be the oldest World War II veteran and recently passed away at the age of 112.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 9, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Ryan Sitton Welcomes New Staff Member

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today announced the addition of Bryan Preston to his Austin staff. Preston serves as director of public affairs. "I'm pleased to welcome Bryan to our great team at the Railroad Commission," Sitton said.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 9, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Democrats Jeopardizing Livelihoods of Border Communities, Federal Employees to Spite President

On the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the government shutdown and the need for common sense border security funding.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 9, 2019

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Chairman Castro Gives Reaction to President's Address on Government Shutdown

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, last evening gave a quick reaction to the President’s government shutdown address. Following his reaction, he had a discussion with staff debunking some of the falsehoods the President claimed:

From Congressional Hispanic Caucus

January 9, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Sens. Cruz, Cornyn, Rep. Ratcliffe Introduce Lake Fannin Recreation Area Conveyance Act

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) today introduced the Lake Fannin Recreation Area Conveyance Act to reduce the federal estate in Texas and convey 2,025 acres to Fannin County for public recreation purposes.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 9, 2019

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Meets Friday in Austin

The Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation will meet Friday in Austin at 8:30 a.m. Commissioner Ray Callas will be recognized for his American Medical Association Medal of Valor, which was awarded November 11, 2018, in recognition of his work following Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

January 9, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement on Legislative Session Opening Remarks from Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and Speaker Bonnen

At a group press conference this morning, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen highlighted school finance, property taxes and other issues as shared priorities for the legislative session.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 9, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Democrats Are Sacrificing Our Security and the Security of Our Allies to Try to Score Political Points'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement after Senate Democrats voted against the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, legislation critical to Israel’s security.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 9, 2019

Insurance Council of Texas: Make a New Year's Resolution to Check Your Insurance

The Insurance Council of Texas urges Texans to include checking your insurance coverages as one of your New Year’s resolutions. This may save you money if you can find a better rate, but may also put you in a better position to rebuild or replace your property in the event of a storm, auto accident, or other loss.

From Insurance Council of Texas

January 9, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Response to President Trump's Address to the Nation

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement following President Donald J. Trump's prime time address to the nation this evening: “President Trump is absolutely right that Congress must pass his common sense border security bill and end this very real crisis at our southern border.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 9, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Sworn in by Governor Greg Abbott for Second Term

Attorney General Ken Paxton today was officially sworn in to a second term in office as Texas’ chief legal officer. Governor Greg Abbott administered the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony held at the courtroom of the Texas Supreme Court in Austin.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 9, 2019

Texas Values: Statement on Speaker Bonnen Election

Today the Texas House of Representatives elected Rep. Dennis Bonnen as the new Texas Speaker of the House. Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values said “We congratulate Speaker Dennis Bonnen on his election and we look forward to the future of the Texas House under this new leadership.

From Texas Values

January 8, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement Congratulating Speaker Dennis Bonnen

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made this statement today congratulating Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, on his election as Speaker of the Texas House: "I am happy to congratulate Speaker Dennis Bonnen on his election as Speaker of the Texas House. Dennis is a principled and skilled leader, and I know he is ready to take on the tough challenges we are facing this legislative session.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 8, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Sworn in for 86th Legislature

Sen. José Rodríguez was sworn in as Texas State Senator for Senate District 29 (SD 29) as the 86th Texas Legislature convened today. This is the Senator's fifth regular legislative session.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 8, 2019

Representative Rick Miller: Back and Ready To Fight For Reform

As the legislature reconvened for its 86th Regular Session, State Representative Rick Miller (R-Fort Bend) took the oath of office to serve a fourth term in the Texas House. “I am honored and privileged to serve as the voice for House District 26 in the Texas Legislature,” stated Rep. Miller.

From Representative Rick Miller

January 8, 2019

Common Cause Texas: Legislative Preview: Democracy Issues in the Spotlight

As the Texas Legislature gets underway, we're expecting democracy issues to be in the spotlight. At the federal level, House Democrats responded to Americans increasing demand for progress on democracy issues by making their first order of business H.R. 1, the For The People Act.

From Common Cause Texas

January 8, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Texas Legislature Reconvenes

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, joined legislators from across the state today as the Texas Legislature reconvenes for its 86th Regular Session, which will meet for 140 days in accordance with the Texas Constitution with education and rising property taxes shaping up to be the dominant issues of discussion.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 8, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement by the El Paso State Legislative Delegation on the shutdown and the wall

The President will be on live television this evening to explain why he shuttered the government - and may declare a state of emergency - over a border wall. But there is no good explanation. The federal government shutdown is unacceptable and must end. The purported reason for the shutdown does not meet any basic test of sound public policy.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 8, 2019

Speaker Dennis Bonnen: Bonnen Elected Speaker of the Texas House

Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) was elected Speaker of the House today by members of the Texas House of Representatives. State Representatives and distinguished guests convened in the House Chamber at the State Capitol this afternoon for the opening day of the 86th Texas Legislature. Members were first sworn into office before voting Rep. Bonnen in as the 75th Speaker of the House.

From Speaker Dennis Bonnen

January 8, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Elects Dennis Bonnen As Speaker Of The House

Today, the Texas House of Representatives elected Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) to serve as the Speaker of the House during the 86th Legislative Session. As required by the Texas Constitution, members of the Texas House elected their new presiding officer from their membership after the 86th Legislature convened earlier in the day.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

January 8, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Sworn In Again To Texas House Of Representatives

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) took the oath of office to serve again when the Texas House of Representatives convened to begin the 86th Texas Legislative Session on Tuesday.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 8, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: 86th Legislature Should Focus On Building A 21st-Century Texas, Not Bathrooms, Other Manufactured Controversies

With the opening of the 86th Legislature today, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller called on state lawmakers this session to reject manufactured controversies and focus their efforts on issues that drove a rising generation of Texans to the polls in large numbers in November.

From Texas Freedom Network

January 8, 2019

Headliners Foundation of Texas: Launches Lundquist Sports Journalism Initiative

The Headliners Foundation of Texas and sportscaster Verne Lundquist are teaming up to establish an institute in Lundquist’s name to promote excellence in Texas sports journalism.

From Headliners Foundation of Texas

January 8, 2019

Texas Values and Texas Values Action: Announces Legislative Team and Priorities

Texas Values and Texas Values Action announced today their legislative team and policy priorities for the 86th Texas Legislative Session. Nicole Hudgens has been with Texas Values for 4 years and has been promoted to Senior Policy Advisor. In this role, she will lead all legislative and lobbying efforts in the fight for faith, family, and freedom as well as oversee other members of Texas Values and Texas Values Action policy team.

From Texas Values

January 8, 2019

Representative Celia Israel: Files Legislation Leaving Health Care Expansion Up to Voters

In advance of the 86th Texas Legislative Session, Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50) filed House Joint Resolution 40 and House Bill 590, requiring the state to expand Medicaid to more than 1.6 million Texans who are currently uninsured, upon amendment approval by Texas voters.

From Representative Celia Israel

January 8, 2019

Texas Work Commission: Mourns Passing of Executive Director Larry Temple

With deep sadness, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announces the passing of its Executive Director Larry Temple, who died Saturday morning at the age of 66. Mr. Temple faithfully served the state of Texas for over two decades, from 1997 until 2019.

From Texas Work Commission

January 7, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Elects Executive Committee For The 86th Legislative Session

Today, the Texas House Republican Caucus voted to elect the Executive Committee of the House Republican Caucus for the 86th Legislative Session. Representative Dustin Burrows will serve as Chair, Representative Stephanie Klick as Vice-Chair, Representative Craig Goldman as Secretary and Representative Dan Huberty as Treasurer.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

January 7, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Defends State Laws Protecting the Health and Safety of Texas Women

A legal team from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today urged the U.S. District Court in Austin to dismiss a baseless lawsuit brought by radical pro-abortion activists seeking to strike down virtually all abortion-related laws and regulations in Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 7, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Biennial Revenue Estimate

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made this statement today following the release of Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar's biennial revenue estimate: "We are pleased that Comptroller Hegar's $119.1 billion biennial revenue estimate confirms the Texas economy remains strong despite cyclical fluctuations in our oil and gas industry.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 7, 2019

Texas Association of Manufacturers: Top 10 Policy Priorities for 86th Legislature

The Texas Association of Manufacturers today released its “TAM Top Ten,” which details the Association’s policy priorities for the 86th Legislature in 2019. “Competitiveness and job growth are at the core of our priorities for the 86th Legislature,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

January 7, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Statement On The Biennial Revenue Statement

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today issued a statement on the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE): "The Comptroller's revenue estimate confirms that the Texas economy is performing at a very high level. The principles of low taxes, smart regulation and limited government are working in Texas, while states that over-extended their budgets struggle," said Senator Nelson.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 7, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Rep. Turner Statement on Comptroller's Biennial Revenue Estimate

Rep. Chris Turner, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s announcement that Texas has $119.1 billion available in revenue for the upcoming budget cycle:

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

January 7, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Releases Biennial Revenue Estimate

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) today, showing the state is projected to have approximately $119.1 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2020-21 biennium.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 7, 2019

Pod Bless Texas: Texas Politicians Launch Pod Bless Texas

Kendall Scudder join to launch a new political podcast, Pod Bless Texas, in time for the opening of the 86th Texas Legislative Session.

From Pod Bless Texas

January 7, 2019

Young Conservatives of Texas: Announce New Chairman, Executive Director

Young Conservatives of Texas Announce New Chairman, Executive Director. Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) is excited to announce the selection of Saurabh Sharma as the 24thChairman of the State Board of Directors of YCT. Saurabh is a biochemistry student and the Chairman of Young Conservatives of Texas at The University of Texas at Austin.

From Young Conservatives of Texas

January 4, 2019

Representative Dan Huberty: House Public Education Committee Releases Interim Report

Today, the Texas House Committee on Public Education released its Interim Report to the 86th Legislature. Speaker Joe Straus previously issued charges to the committee covering a wide range of topics including Hurricane Harvey Recovery, special education and school safety. The document contains a summary of issues discussed and testimony received during hearings over the last 18 months, as well as recommendations for possible policy and legislative changes.

From Representative Dan Huberty

January 4, 2019

Representative Will Hurd: Reps. Hurd, Kelly Lead Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen National Cybersecurity

Today, U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23) and Robin Kelly (IL-02) continued their efforts to strengthen national cybersecurity by introducing a bipartisan bill to elevate and reauthorize the role of the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), who oversees the security of our digital infrastructure across the federal government.

From Representative Will Hurd

January 4, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Consumer Alert on Social Security Scam

Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans to beware of calls from scam artists pretending to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and attempting to fool unsuspecting people into giving them their Social Security number and money.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 4, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: VIDEO: On Fox, Cornyn Calls on Democrats to Get Serious About Border Security, Government Funding

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss border security and Democrats’ unwillingness to compromise on funding the government. Excerpts from his appearance are below, and video can be found here. “If we took up the House bill, we would only pass a short-term continuing resolution to February 8th, and then the same problem would be staring us in the face again.”

From Senator John Cornyn

January 4, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Presents 2018 Year in Review

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), the Railroad Commission of Texas released its 2018 Year in Review highlighting the regulatory agency's accomplishments during the past year. The Year in Review reflects significant milestones, exciting changes and a continuing commitment to protecting public safety and our natural resources while maintaining a strong regulatory environment.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 4, 2019

North Texas Commission: Speaker Joe Straus Addresses North Texas Commission Board, Encourages the Business Community to Stay Engaged to Keep Momentum

Outgoing Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus addressed the North Texas Commission’s Board of Directors Thursday afternoon. During the 20-minute call with the non-profit, non-partisan organization, Speaker Straus shared with the North Texas Commission Board his appreciation for the partnership throughout his tenure. Speaker Straus encouraged the Board to stay engaged, especially on the heels of the high voter turnout throughout the state.

From North Texas Commission

January 4, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Announces Committee Assignments for 116th Congress

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced his committee assignments for the 116th Congress. Sen. Cruz will continue to serve on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Committee on the Judiciary, and has additionally been named to the Committee on Foreign Relations. He will also continue to serve on the Committee on Rules and Administration and the Joint Economic Committee.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 4, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines Co-Founder

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the passing of Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines: “Herb Kelleher sketched out plans for a new Texas airline with his business partners on a cocktail napkin in 1971.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 4, 2019

Texas Medical Association: Texas Physicians Release 2019 Legislative Prescription for a Healthier Texas

The Bottom Line: The Texas Medical Association outlines its legislative priorities and solutions to improve health care for the 86th session of the Texas Legislature, which begins next week. Texas physicians say they are ready to fight for their patients in the upcoming session.

From Texas Medical Association

January 4, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Sworn into 116th Congress

Today, Congressman Cuellar (TX-28) was sworn into his eight term in the United States House of Representatives. After his swearing-in, Congressman Cuellar noted the following: “I am proud to continue serving the 28th Congressional District and the people of Texas. As Democrats enter a new majority in the House, we are prepared to re-open government, enact full-year appropriations, and make sure that the federal government continues to stay open year after year.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 4, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Sen. Cruz, Rep. Rooney Introduce Constitutional Amendment Imposing Term Limits on Members of Congress

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) today introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 3, 2019

Van Taylor Campaign: Plano Veteran Heads to Congress

This afternoon, Van Taylor (TX-03) was sworn in to the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Joined by his three daughters, Taylor proudly affirmed the oath of office. Following the ceremony, Representative Taylor stated, “Anne and I are humbled and thankful for the trust and confidence offered by the people of Collin County to take on the challenges facing our nation.

From Van Taylor Campaign

January 3, 2019

Representative Sylvia Garcia: Becomes One of the First Latinas in Congress to Represent Texas

Joined by many supporters, friends, and colleagues, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) made history today when she was sworn in as one of the first two Latinas ever to represent the State of Texas in the U.S. Congress. “Today is a significant, historic moment for the people of the Texas 29th Congressional District, particularly Texas’ Latinas,” said Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia.

From Representative Sylvia Garcia

January 3, 2019

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP: Trial Attorney Dick Sayles Joins Bradley Law Firm to Open Dallas Office

Nationally known trial attorney Richard A. “Dick” Sayles has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP to lead the firm’s new Dallas office. Mr. Sayles, along with 8 members of the Sayles Werbner team, will make up the firm’s first office in North Texas. It is the firm’s 10th location nationally and second in Texas, allowing Bradley to offer a full array of services to existing Texas clients.

From Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

January 3, 2019

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Texas Consumers Recoup More Than $240,000 From TDLR Enforcement Actions

Texas consumers received more than $240,000 during the 2018 fiscal year in restitution and refunds resulting from enforcement cases filed against Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) licensees. The payments were made by TDLR licensees who had complaints filed against them by consumers who were either owed refunds or were overcharged for services.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

January 3, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Obtains $50 Million in Debt Relief for Texans Victimized by Career Education Corporation

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a settlement with Career Education Corporation (CEC) requiring it to forgo collecting $50 million in debts owed by 6,800 Texas students who were taken advantage of by the for-profit education company’s unfair and deceptive practices.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 3, 2019

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Announce Confirmation of U.S. Marshal for EDTX in Tyler

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after the U.S. Senate confirmed John Garrison as U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler: “I am grateful my colleagues voted to confirm John Garrison as the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 3, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: 115th Congress in Review: Cornyn Highlights Achievements for Texas

“The past two years have been an unmitigated success for the country. We've delivered on promises we made. We've put money back in the pockets of hardworking families. We enhanced community safety and fought for victims. We've modernized infrastructure and supported our men and women in uniform. And I hope we can continue this momentum into the 116th Congress.”

From Senator John Cornyn

January 3, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Re-Files "Monica's Law" To Prevent Domestic Violence

Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence. House Bill 629, "Monica's Law," as Landgraf has dubbed it, would create an online, searchable and public database listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 2, 2019

Representative Will Hurd: Bill Supporting Libraries Passes House

Today, the House passed the Museum and Library Services Act (S. 3530), a bipartisan initiative to ensure the continued success of our libraries and museums across the nation originally introduced by Senator Reed (D-RI). U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined representatives Reps. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and David McKinley (WV-01) to introduce the House companion and push the bill to the finish line.

From Representative Will Hurd

January 2, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Chairman Craddick Announces Staff Changes

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today announced Jason Modglin as the new Director of Public Affairs for the Chairman's office. "Jason is a great addition to the Railroad Commission and will play an important role in my office, ensuring the Commission delivers efficient, effective regulation for the people of Texas," said Chairman Craddick.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 2, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Sends Letter To OMB Calling For Rule Approval For Mitigation Funding

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush sent a letter to Director Mick Mulvaney calling for Office of Management & Budget (OMB) approval of rules for $4.383 billion in mitigation funding appropriated to Texas by Congress in February of 2018.

From Texas General Land Office

December 31, 2018

Travis County Tax Office: Travis County Completes Required Voter Roll Maintenance, Removes Thousands Of Voter Registrations

Travis County completed voter roll maintenance this week, removing more than 23,000 voter registrations and dropping the historic voter registration number of more than 94 percent to 92 percent of the eligible voters in the county.

From Travis County Tax Office

December 31, 2018

South Texans' Property Rights Association: Statement On The Recent Passage Of The Farm Bill By Congress

“We applaud the members of the 115th U.S. Congress for their work and wisdom in passing the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the “Farm Bill”. We especially commend Congressman Michael Conaway of Midland who chairs the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture for his leadership role in negotiating a bi-partisan compromise in the bill’s conference committee which allowed the bill to reach final passage.

From South Texans' Property Rights Association

December 31, 2018

South Texans' Property Rights Association: South Texans Support Northeast Texans in Supreme Court Dispute with Power Company

Susan Kibbe, executive director of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA), has announced that her organization is leading a contingency of landowner groups in backing Northeast Texas property owners who are fighting encroachments by a large electric utility company. “As landowners, we have to stick together to protect due process and fair treatment for the families whose property is being used to accommodate the exploding growth of Texas’ population”, said Kibbe.

From South Texans' Property Rights Association

December 31, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement on U.S. District Court's Final Judgment and Stay of Ruling That Obamacare is Unconstitutional

Attorney General Ken Paxton tonight issued the following statement after a U.S. District Court today issued a final judgment and granted a stay of his ruling declaring Obamacare unconstitutional as it goes through the appeals process:

From Office of the Attorney General

December 28, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Announces $575 Million Settlement with Wells Fargo for Violating Consumer Protection Laws

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will pay $575 million to resolve claims that the bank violated consumer protection laws in Texas, 49 other states and the District of Columbia through alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 28, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on the Passing of Richard Overton

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) released the following statement on the passing of the nation’s oldest World War II veteran and Austin-resident, Richard Overton: “I join the Austin community and the entire country in mourning the loss of a great man, and our nation’s oldest veteran, Mr. Richard Overton,” said Rep. Williams.

From Representative Roger Williams

December 28, 2018

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Top House Democrats Call for Preservation of Records Related to Child Deaths in CBP Custody and Announce Plans for Oversight Hearings in 116th Congress

“We are devastated by the news that yet another child has died in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). After the new Congress begins next week, our Committees in the House of Representatives will hold hearings and conduct oversight of the two deaths that occurred earlier this month, as well as the conditions under which thousands of children are being held in DHS custody.

From Congressional Hispanic Caucus

December 26, 2018

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Chair Elect Castro Statement on Death of 8-Year-Old in Border Patrol Custody

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today made the following statement: “I’m deeply saddened by the death of 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez last night in U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) custody and offer my condolences to his family.

From Congressional Hispanic Caucus

December 21, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Bush Calls On Sec. Ben Carson To Ensure Recovery Efforts Continue In Case Of A Government Shutdown

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush asked U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to ensure uninterrupted processing of ongoing Hurricane Harvey rebuilding funds in the case of a federal government shutdown.

From Texas General Land Office

December 21, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: New Criminal Justice Reform Law Brings Texas Model Nationwide

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump signed the First Step Act into law, which includes Senator Cornyn’s prison reform provisions: “I’ve worked for years to bring the Texas model of successful prison reform nationwide, and this law will help us close the revolving door of recidivism for Americans looking for a second chance on life.

From Senator John Cornyn

December 21, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Bush Applauds Kickoff of Construction for First Homeowner Assistance Program Homes

Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced construction on the first two homes to be rebuilt under the Homeowner Assistance Program has begun in Rockport and Victoria. Construction is commencing on the first homes to be approved less than a month after the application process began.

From Texas General Land Office

December 21, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Comments on Secretary Mattis' Service

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement regarding the announced retirement of Secretary of Defense James Mattis after four decades of public service. “The American people are losing a very smart, tough and patriotic public servant in Secretary of Defense General James “Mad Dog” Mattis.

From Representative Brian Babin

December 21, 2018

Texas Workforce Commission: Texas' Unemployment Rate Remains at Historic Low 3.7 Percent

Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment was 3.7 percent in November, remaining at the same historic 42-year low it was in October. The Texas economy added 14,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November.

From Texas Workforce Commission

December 21, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Joins Pepsico In Supporting The EPCC Food Bank

Texas ranks among the top states in the country for food insecurity, with more than 4.3 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from. In light of this troubling situation, Rep. Mary González is proud to announce PepsiCo’s support of the El Paso Community College Tejano Food Bank. PepsiCo’s $5,000 donation to EPCC’s Tejano food pantry will be used to assist El Paso students.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

December 21, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Joins Pepsico In Supporting The EPCC Food Bank

Texas ranks among the top states in the country for food insecurity, with more than 4.3 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from. In light of this troubling situation, Rep. Mary González is proud to announce PepsiCo’s support of the El Paso Community College Tejano Food Bank. PepsiCo’s $5,000 donation to EPCC’s Tejano food pantry will be used to assist El Paso students.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

December 19, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Leads Yarn Drive For Children In Tornillo Shelter

Representative Mary E. Gonza?lez has announced a Yarn Drive for children being detained in the Tornillo Shelter. In addition to Senator Rodri?guez’s soccer ball initiative, this drive will provide children with the materials necessary for knitting. Rep. Gonza?lez’s goal is to collect 1,200 spools of yarn by the end of December.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

December 19, 2018

Texas School Coalition: As Commission Wraps Up, It's Time for Legislators to Invest in Students

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance concluded its work today and adopted its final report and recommendations to the 86th Texas Legislature. In response to that, the Texas School Coalition released the following statement:

From Texas School Coalition

December 19, 2018

Ancira Strategies: Ursula Parks Partners With Ancira Strategies

Former Legislative Budget Board Director Ursula Parks will collaborate with Ancira Strategies, bringing her unparalleled knowledge of the state appropriations process to one of Texas’ most respected public affairs firms.

From Ancira Strategies

December 19, 2018

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Chairman Elect Castro Remarks Following Investigation of Jakelin Caal's Death

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today made the following remarks after visiting the Antelope Wells Port of Entry and the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station where Jakelin Caal entered the U.S. and was held in Customs and Border Protection Custody prior to her tragic death on December 8th:

From Congressional Hispanic Caucus

December 19, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Releases 2017-2018 Texas Academic Performance Report

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the 2017–2018 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). TAPR pulls together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas. The scope and function of this year’s TAPR has been greatly expanded and for the first time will be available in two forms:

From Texas Education Agency

December 19, 2018

Representative Dennis Bonnen: Announces Former State Representative Robert L. "Robby" Cook III Will Serve as Special Advisor to the House

Representative Dennis Bonnen today announced former State Representative Robby Cook of Eagle Lake, Texas will serve in the Office of the Speaker as Special Advisor to the House, effective January 8, 2019. As Special Advisor to the House, Robby will be charged with working hand-in-hand with legislators as they represent their districts.

From Representative Dennis Bonnen

December 19, 2018

Senator Borris Miles: Statement on Obamacare Ruling

"Federal Judge Reed O'Connor has outrageously ruled that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. This could immediately leave 17 million Americans without insurance. “Dangerously, the ruling also allows insurers to return to business practices that included denying coverage for preexisting conditions, a change that could leave 27 percent of adults rejected for coverage without Obamacare's patient protections.

From Senator Borris Miles

December 19, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Dissecting Texas Leaders' Reactions to the Affordable Care Act Lawsuit

Like millions of Americans, CPPP is dismayed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s attack on the Affordable Care Act and the federal judge's lower court decision announced on Friday. It’s critical for all Texans to remember that the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land and that all coverage remains in effect while the decision is on appeal.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

December 19, 2018

Representative Garnet Coleman: Files Bill to Protect Health Care for Texans

Today, December 18, 2018, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement: "Today I filed House Bill 565 to ensure that all Texans have access to affordable, quality health care by expanding Medicaid and codifying the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections in Texas law.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

December 19, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Re-Elected To Caucus Leadership Positions

Yesterday, State Representative Mary González was re-elected as the Vice Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and as the Secretary of the House Border Caucus. "For months, the federal government has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to detaining migrant families and children in Texas, while many in our communities are living without access to basic services such as hospitals, clean water, and wastewater infrastructure," said Rep. González.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

December 19, 2018

Representative Jeff Leach: Files Legislation Proposing Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate the Possibility of a Personal Income Tax; Governor Greg Abbott Signals Strong Support

Today, Representative Jeff Leach filed House Joint Resolution 38, a measure that would amend the Texas Constitution to prevent and further safeguard Texas taxpayers from the imposition of a statewide personal income tax. If advanced by the Texas Legislature during the 86th Legislative Session, Texas voters would have the opportunity to ratify this constitutional amendment during the 2019 General Election.

From Representative Jeff Leach

December 19, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Files Legislation to Expand Dual Credit Opportunities for Students Across Texas

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) filed SB 251 to expand dual credit opportunities for students throughout Texas. SB 251 expands on bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Bettencourt in 2015, SB 1004, that created additional dual credit opportunities for Harris County students.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

December 19, 2018

Representative Shawn Thierry: Introduces "Red Cap" Bill: Distinctive Packaging of Prescription Opioids

From Representative Shawn Thierry

December 18, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Applauds Governor Abbott's Appointment of David Whitley as Texas Secretary of State

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised Governor Greg Abbott’s appointment of David Whitley as Texas Secretary of State. He currently serves as deputy chief of staff for the governor’s office. Whitley began working for then-Attorney General Abbott in 2004, serving in various roles including assistant deputy attorney general.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 18, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Criminal Justice Reform Clears Key Vote

On the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the recent changes made to the First Step Act and the resulting endorsements from key law enforcement groups. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here. “This legislation is based on prison reform but has taken on some additional attributes relative to how we sentence and how judges sentence people convicted of various crimes.”

From Senator John Cornyn

December 18, 2018

Texas Medical Association: Eager to Work Alongside Governor Abbott to Improve Access to Health Care in Texas

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) believes a Texas federal judge’s recent ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional provides a bipartisan pathway to strengthen access to health care and provide coverage for the 4.5 million Texans without health care coverage.

From Texas Medical Association

December 18, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Seeks Enforcement of HB 89 Against Airnb for Anti-Israel Policy

State Senator Donna Campbell, Chairwoman of Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security, released the following statement in response to Airbnb's announcement of a new policy discriminating against Israeli residents in the West Bank: "On November 19, Airbnb issued a press release announcing they would no longer allow listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be booked via the Airbnb platform.

From Senator Donna Campbell

December 18, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Elects Officers for the 86th Legislative Session

Today, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus met to elect the executive Board for the 86th Legislative Session. Through a unanimous vote, the Board was re-elected as follows:

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

December 18, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: $12.8 Million In Funding Approved For Montana Vista Wastewater Project

In 2018, there are still thousands of Texans that don't have access to clean water and adequate wastewater infrastructure. Thankfully, last Thursday, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) took a big step in helping those Texans and their communities. During TWDB’s Board Meeting, $12,865,000 in funding from the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) was approved to provide first-time wastewater service to 800 households in Montana Vista.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

December 18, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Urges HHS to Repeal Rule that Violates the Religious Liberty of Texas' Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption Service Providers

In a letter today to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Attorney General Ken Paxton urged prompt repeal of an Obama-era rule that violates the religious liberty of Texas’ faith-based foster care and adoption service providers by requiring them to abandon their core religious beliefs as a condition of receiving federal funding under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 18, 2018

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation: Community Safety Education Act Video Now Available Online For All Texans

An innovative instructional video and presentation on how citizens and law enforcement officers should interact during traffic stops is now available to the public. The Community Safety Education Act (S.B. 30) – introduced by State Senator Royce West and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott – mandates specific instruction on traffic stop behavior by motorists and law enforcement officers.

From Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation

December 18, 2018

Brian Babin Campaign: Dr. Babin Endorses Cornyn for Senate

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement officially announcing his endorsement of fellow Texan John Cornyn for United States Senate. “I am proud to endorse my friend John Cornyn for the United States Senate. John has been leading the charge in the Senate fighting against illegal immigration and to improve our healthcare system, and he’s been a leading advocate for strengthening our military and caring for our veterans.

From Brian Babin Campaign

December 18, 2018

Representative Joe C. Pickett: Leaving Legislature to Deal with Health Issues

Today, State Representative Joe C. Pickett of El Paso released the below statement: "With a heavy heart, I am stepping down as a member of the Texas House of Representatives effective January 4th, 2019. Just before last session, I learned I had cancer. I moved quickly and sought treatment which was somewhat successful, but not 100%.

From Representative Joe C. Pickett

December 18, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: Federal Court Ruling Against Affordable Care Act Must Not Stand

Statement by Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy: "If allowed to stand, today's outrageous ruling by a Fort Worth-based federal judge could eventually deprive millions of working people of a fair shot at affordable health care."

From Texas AFL-CIO

December 18, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Applauds Court Ruling Declaring Obamacare Unconstitutional

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded a U.S. District Court decision declaring unconstitutional the federal government’s Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 18, 2018

Texas House Committee on Pensions: Releases Interim Report

The House Committee on Pensions issued the interim report to the 86th Legislature providing an overview of the committee’s work and an analysis of issues facing pensions across the state. “This committee has worked hard to improve and save pensions across the State of Texas and this report shows the efforts that have been done and lays out the road ahead. We are committed to making sure that Texas pensions are fiscally responsible and actuarially sound while preserving the retirement for current employees and retirees,” said Chairman Dan Flynn.

From Texas House Committee on Pensions

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