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June 27, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds EPA Decision to Repeal Sweeping Federal Overreach in Waters of the United States Rule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and 19 other state attorneys general in supporting the repeal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 27, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds Decision to Rollback Obama-era WOTUS Rule

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) issued the following statement today applauding the EPA’s decision to repeal the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that would have given the federal government unprecedented authority to regulate virtually all water flows in America, including ditches and farmland ponds:

From Representative Brian Babin

June 27, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on WOTUS Rule

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s removal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

From Representative Roger Williams

June 27, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Op-Ed: From "Sanctuary Cities" to "Show Me Your Papers"

By the end of the 85th Legislative Session, the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill had regrettably escalated into a "show me your papers" bill. Senate Bill 4 is an emotionally divisive issue and threatens to disrupt the lives of all our citizens, not only those who are undocumented but also U.S. citizens of Hispanic ethnicity.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

June 27, 2017

Anti-Defamation League: Files Brief Supporting Challenge To Texas Immigration Law

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) filed an amicus brief in federal court in support of several Texas cities seeking to halt implementation of Senate Bill 4 (“SB4”). This bill would require local police to question legally detained or arrested individuals, as well as victims and witnesses, about their immigration status, and would punish officials who refuse to comply with federal immigration law.

From Anti-Defamation League

June 27, 2017

Representative Rick Miller: Announces Re-Election

Today, State Representative Rick Miller announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Currently serving in his third term, Miller continued to build on the momentum he gained during his first two terms in the House.

From Representative Rick Miller

June 27, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Cosponsors the Protecting the Second Amendment Act

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced his cosponsorship of the Protecting the Second Amendment Act, which was introduced by Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.). The bill would amend the Gun Control Act to nullify generalized, routine, or ongoing reporting requirements on lawful gun owners based on geographic location or sales records of multiple long guns, and prohibit future executive action against them.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 27, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Cuellar-Backed Bills Support Transitions from Poverty to Workforce

Last week, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) took three separate steps to help struggling Americans lift themselves from poverty by pursuing education and entering the workforce. Local leaders including the Superintendent of Floresville Independent School District applauded the decisions.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 27, 2017

Aurora Martinez Jones Campaign: Associate Judge Aurora Martinez Jones Kicks off District Court Campaign

Aurora Martinez Jones, Associate Judge for Travis County, has filed for election to the 459th Civil District Court, and says her top campaign priority is to work hard to care for the children and families of Travis County with a focus on children in the state’s foster care system.

From Aurora Martinez Jones Campaign

June 27, 2017

Najvar Law Firm: Don Zimmerman Exonerated as TEC Drops Inquiry Based on 2015 Complaint Filed by Political Opponent

The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) has now resolved all enforcement efforts related to Zimmerman’s 2014 payment to his wife for campaign work without any finding that a violation occurred and without any fine.

From Najvar Law Firm

June 27, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 12-State Coalition in Supporting Freedom of Speech in Public Policy Debates

Leading a 12-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, arguing that the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general are abusing their authority by punishing ExxonMobil Corporation for its climate change views.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 27, 2017

Senator Joan Huffman: Requests Legislation to Establish Safe and Appropriate Reporting of Instances of Campus Sexual Assault be Added to the Special Session

Today, Senator Joan Huffman (R - Houston) called on Governor Greg Abbott to add legislation requiring institutions of higher education in Texas to establish safe, appropriate, and reliable avenues for reporting instances of sexual assault and violence to the official proclamation for the upcoming First Called Session of the 85th Legislature.

From Senator Joan Huffman

June 27, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on CBO Score for Senate Healthcare Bill

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill: “Like the House’s legislation, the Senate healthcare bill will force working families and seniors to pay jacked up prices for worse care.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

June 27, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on the CBO score of the Senate health care bill

“Today the independent Congressional Budget Office calculated that the Senate health care legislation will leave 22 million more Americans uninsured. My most vulnerable constituents - people with disabilities, older Americans, children, working families - would be hit the hardest. This is unacceptable.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 26, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Supreme Court Ruling on Refugee Executive Order a 'Good Start'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today praised the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to reinstate parts of President Trump’s executive order on refugees and vetting in Trump v. Hawaii. In a per curiam opinion, the Court agreed to hear the dispute this fall, and it overruled lower court injunctions that baselessly claimed to apply to foreign persons with no connection to the United States.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 26, 2017

Texas Charter Schools Association: Congratulates Generation 22 Charters

On Friday, June 23rd, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) endorsed the decision by Commissioner of Education Mike Morath to approve five Generation 22 open-enrollment public charter schools.

From Texas Charter Schools Association

June 26, 2017

Jason Westin Campaign: Statement from Dr. Jason Westin on CBO score of Senate Version of Trumpcare

“Today’s CBO score proves that Republicans in Congress aren’t serious about helping Americans access quality, affordable health care.

From Jason Westin Campaign

June 26, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on CBO Estimate for Senate GOP Health Care Plan

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the revised Senate Republican discussion draft of legislation to replace Obamacare will lower average premiums after 2020 and reduce the deficit by $321 billion:

From Senator John Cornyn

June 26, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Trinity Lutheran Decision Is "Landmark Victory for Religious Freedom"

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia vs. Comer. “The Court’s decision today stops blatant religious discrimination by a state and is a landmark victory for religious freedom and free exercise in our country,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 26, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on President Trump's Travel Order

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling to reinstate much of President Trump’s executive order on extreme vetting to take effect:

From Representative Brian Babin

June 26, 2017

Representative Drew Springer: Asks Governor To Address School Finance For Rural Schools

Today, Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting that the special session call be expanded to address funding for small, rural school districts. As a representative of 22 rural counties in north and west Texas, Rep. Springer is well-aware of the devastating effects that the funding shortfall will have on small school districts and has stressed the need to continue funding for these schools.

From Representative Drew Springer

June 26, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Praises Supreme Court's Decision to Reinstate Trump Administration's Travel Ban

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised the United States Supreme Court for its decision to allow crucial parts of President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration to take effect. The high court agreed to hear the arguments on the temporary travel ban at the start of the fall term.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 26, 2017

Representative Andrew Murr: Texas Legislature Reforms Child Welfare System

In January, at the start of the 85th Legislative Session, Governor Greg Abbott made it clear to members of the House and Senate that improving Child Protective Services and Texas’ foster care program needed to be a top priority for this Legislature. I wholeheartedly concurred with the Governor’s assessment as the CPS system in Texas has been inadequate for far too many years.

From Representative Andrew Murr

June 26, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Today's Supreme Court Ruling on the Trinity Lutheran Case Is a Major Victory for Religious Freedom

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised a 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that religious institutions should be eligible to receive public funds for secular purposes. The case revolved around Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, which sought to participate in a state program that reimburses the cost of rubberizing playground surfaces.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 26, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds U.S. Supreme Court's Decision to Review Important Religious Liberty Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted review in a religious liberty case from Colorado. The case involves Jack Phillips and his custom-cake business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, who declined to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony based on his deeply-held religious belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 26, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Texas in Death Penalty Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled for Texas in a death penalty case involving Erick Davila, a Fort Worth man who killed a 5-year-old and her grandmother at a children’s birthday party while attempting to shoot rival gang members.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 26, 2017

Texas Home School Coalition Association: Scores Major Victory for Parents: SB 999 Signed by Governor Abbott

The Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) realized victory on behalf of Texas parents on June 15, 2017, when Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 999 into law. Introduced by Sen. Royce West during the 2017 Texas Legislative session, SB 999 enacts the following changes:

From Texas Home School Coalition Association

June 23, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: DOJ Will Assist Texas in Defending the Constitutionality of Senate Bill 4

Attorney General Ken Paxton today expressed his appreciation to President Trump and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after the DOJ formally announced that it will support the attorney general’s defense of a lawsuit to uphold the constitutionality of a ban on sanctuary cities (Senate Bill 4) in Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 23, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Five Generation Twenty-Two charter school applicants complete final step

Five Generation Twenty-Two charter school applicants today successfully completed the final step of the state’s application process allowing them to begin operation in Texas for the 2018-2019 school year once any contingencies are met.

From Texas Education Agency

June 23, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Wins Six Awards from National Federation of Press Women

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, won six top honors at the National Federation of Press Women's (NFPW) Annual Communications Contest for her work published in 2016, the organization has announced.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

June 23, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: California Ban On Travel Highlights Risks Of Discrimination Obsession At The Texas Capitol

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is warning that California’s decision this week to bar nonessential state travel to Texas highlights the growing risks from legislative efforts to pass laws discriminating against LGBT people.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 23, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Recent Texas Relocation Report Shows Californians Top List of Those Flocking to Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released his assessment of the recent Texas Relocation Report, a study by the Texas Association of Realtors. In the report, Texas ranked second among states adding new residents from other states, based on the influx and outflow of people.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 23, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Statement On Today's Anti-Texas Action By The California State Legislature

“Today, the California Legislature prohibited the expenditure of its state funds for state employee travel to Texas because of our morals and ethics. Months ago, I offered an amendment to the Texas state budget to counter this type of nonsense --- my amendment would have reciprocated if another state did this very thing.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

June 22, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: VIDEO: Cornyn Discusses Senate GOP Health Care Plan

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke about the discussion draft of legislation introduced by Senate Republicans to replace the failing Affordable Care Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be downloaded here.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 22, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Today's 5th Circuit Ruling Is a Victory for Religious Liberty

Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed a ruling today by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed a challenge against the state of Mississippi’s religious freedom law (HB 1523). Attorney General Paxton sided with Mississippi in an amicus brief filed in the 5th Circuit on behalf of nine states last November.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 22, 2017

Children's Defense Fund Texas: Statement on U.S. Senate Health Care Proposal

Following the release of the U.S. Senate's health care proposal this morning, Patrick Bresette, Texas Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund, released the following statement: “Today we learned why the U.S. Senate kept their version of the health care repeal bill secret for so long.

From Children's Defense Fund Texas

June 22, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Senate Healthcare Bill

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement regarding Senate Republicans’ proposed healthcare legislation: “The new healthcare bill would be a disaster for Texans. It was drafted in secret by just 13 guys in the Senate, and then made public only after getting lobbyists’ approval.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

June 22, 2017

Texas Values: Breaking Victory! 5th Circuit Court Upholds Religious Freedom; Marriage Viewpoint

Today the Fifth Circuit unanimously rejected a constitutional challenge to Mississippi’s religious-freedom law, known as HB 1523, which shields churches, religious organizations, state employees, and small businesses from government penalties if they refuse to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies and other activities that violate their religious or moral beliefs.

From Texas Values

June 22, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Remembers Legacy of Gen (R) Shoemaker

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Wednesday after the passing of retired General Robert M. Shoemaker.

From Representative Roger Williams

June 22, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Sens. Cruz, Johnson, Lee, and Paul Issue Joint Statement on Senate Health Bill

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) issued the following statement Thursday responding to the release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 22, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: We Must Deliver on Our Promise to Repeal Obamacare and Lower Healthcare Costs

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act, introduced today by the U.S. Senate: “Four months ago, I joined with a group of five other senators with very different perspectives on health care policy – representative of the full spectrum of the Republican Party – for the sole purpose of working together to fulfill our commitment to voters to reduce premiums and provide better, more affordable healthcare.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 22, 2017

Travis Clardy Campaign: Rep. Travis Clardy to Seek Re-Election to Texas House of Representatives

Today, State Rep. Travis Clardy announced his plans to seek re-election to represent House District 11 in the Texas House of Representatives. “It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve the people of Cherokee, Nacogdoches, and Rusk counties," Clardy said.

From Travis Clardy Campaign

June 22, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Sen. Coryn, Rep. Cuellar Letter to Amb. Lighthizer Asking for NAFTA Meeting

Today, Senator John Cornyn (TX) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) sent a letter to Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, requesting that he meet with all Members of Congress representing constituencies along the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 22, 2017

Public Citizen: Blocked Energy Solutions/WCS Merger is Latest Blow to Nuclear Waste Dump Site in Texas

Yesterday a federal judge sided with the Justice Department in refusing to permit the proposed merger of Energy Solutions and its competitor in nuclear waste disposal, Waste Control Specialists. This ruling is just the latest blow to WCS, which has long been in financial trouble, having never turned a profit from disposing of radioactive waste.

From Public Citizen

June 22, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Senate GOP Health Care Reform Plan

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of legislation to replace the failed Affordable Care Act (ACA): “After years of debate, hearings, and stories from folks harmed by Obamacare, today is a critical step towards delivering on our promise to provide the relief Texans so desperately need.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 22, 2017

Tony Dale Campaign: Representative Tony Dale Announces Reelection Bid For 2018

State Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) announced today that he seeking reelection to House District 136 representing southwestern Williamson County in the Texas House of Representatives. The district consists of the communities of Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.

From Tony Dale Campaign

June 22, 2017

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Open Letter To Texas Lawmakers: An Attack On Any Texan Is An Attack On All Texans

As the Texas Legislature prepares to meet in a special session, today a broad and diverse coalition of advocacy organizations is releasing an open letter condemning the cruel politics driving an extremist legislative agenda that threatens the rights, health and lives of vulnerable Texans.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

June 21, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Warren Introduce Bill to Ease Requirements on Military Members Seeking Commercial Driver's Licenses

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced the Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2017, which streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is also an original cosponsor of the legislation.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 21, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Announces Run for Re-Election to Texas House in District 114

Today, Rep. Villalba announced his run for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, serving House District 114. Villalba has served three terms in the Texas Legislature and has been named Legislator of the Year by organizations such MADD, the SPCA and the Dallas Police Association.

From Representative Jason Villalba

June 21, 2017

Texas Clean Energy Coalition: Market forces can drive U.S. transition to a cleaner, affordable, and reliable electric grid

Today, the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry suggesting that market forces can drive the nation’s transition to an affordable and reliable electric grid that relies on U.S.-produced clean energy.

From Texas Clean Energy Coalition

June 21, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on U.S. Election Security Standards

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after this morning’s open hearing with former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

June 21, 2017

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe Of Texas: Statement

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott for signing legislation to allow the Tribe to better exercise its deeply held religious beliefs. HB 1891 allows tribal members to expand the hunting of anterless deer for use in religious ceremonies. Current state law restricts hunting of anterless deer to three months of the year.

From Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

June 21, 2017

Briscoe Cain Campaign: Cain Announces Re-Election Campaign

Monday, Rep. Briscoe Cain announced his re-election campaign to the Texas House of Representatives from District 128. Cain was recently named the most conservative legislator in Texas by a Rice University study.

From Briscoe Cain Campaign

June 20, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Implores Houston City Council to Join the Lawsuit Against Senate Bill 4

Today, State Representative Gene Wu appeared before Houston City Council to speak in support of joining the lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Senate Bill 4. Signed into law by Governor Abbott in May, the bill has been the subject of massive protests, and has drawn widespread condemnation from around the nation.

From Representative Gene Wu

June 20, 2017

Representative Richard Pena Raymond: Formally Requests Laredo City Council & Webb County Commissioners Court To Join Lawsuit Against Senate Bill 4 - "Show Me Your Papers Law"

State Representative Richard Peña Raymond today formally requested that Mayor Pete Saenz and the Laredo City Council and Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina and the Webb County Commissioner's Court join and be part of the lawsuit recently filed by the City of El Cenizo and Texas League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Inc. against the State of Texas in an effort to stop the implementation of Senate Bill 4, the so called "show me your papers" law, also referred to as "the sanctuary cities" law.

From Representative Richard Pena Raymond

June 20, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: $81m for Farmworkers Jobs Program

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced the National Farmworkers Jobs Program would receive $81,896,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, consistent with 2016 funding. He also pushed the Department of Interior to improve cooperation with state governments on worker protection standards.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 20, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement on the Passing of Otto Warmbier

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Otto Warmbier, an Ohio native and student at the University of Virginia who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year before he was returned to his family earlier this month:

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 20, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Leading a Coalition of 35 States, AG Paxton Urges FCC to Reject Petition by Broadband Industry to Strip Texas of its Consumer Protection Powers

In an effort to protect Texas consumers, Attorney General Ken Paxton today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a petition by the broadband industry to strip states of their authority to investigate and settle claims over false and misleading advertising about broadband Internet speed.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 20, 2017

Richard Pena Raymond Campaign: Representative Richard Pena Raymond Announces Re-Election

State Representative Richard Peña Raymond announced today he is seeking re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 42, representing Laredo, Texas. Representative Raymond is currently serving his 12th term as a House Member.

From Richard Pena Raymond Campaign

June 20, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Zika Legislation by Rep. Guerra Signed into Law

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra's bill addressing the Zika virus was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. This key 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

June 20, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Joins 10-State Coalition Supporting Sanctuary Cities Executive Order

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas joined a 10-state coalition filing an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of President Trump’s Executive Order regarding sanctuary cities.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 20, 2017

Representative Ron Simmons: Announces 2018 Re-Election Bid

On Sunday, State Representative Ron Simmons announced he will be seeking re-election to the Texas House for District 65 on WFAA Channel 8’s “Inside Texas Politics” program.

From Representative Ron Simmons

June 20, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Introduces Bill to Enhance Safety and Protection of Members of Congress

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) today filed legislation to grant properly trained and certified Members of Congress the ability to conceal carry a personal firearm wherever their duties take them. T

From Representative Brian Babin

June 20, 2017

Representative Ina Minjarez: Honored to be named Texas Monthly's Rookie of t

After being elected to serve the constituents of House District 124 in April of 2015, Representative Minjarez served only 30 days in the 84th Legislative Session. With the 85th Legislative session being her first full session, she still qualified for the Rookie of the year category.

From Representative Ina Minjarez

June 20, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Truth is Far More Powerful Than Force'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today titled “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.”

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 20, 2017

Mike Schofield Campaign: State Rep. Mike Schofield to seek reelection

State Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy) announced today that he will seek re- election to a third term representing Katy and Cypress in the Texas House of Representatives, District 132, in the 2018 election.

From Mike Schofield Campaign

June 20, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 20-State Coalition Urging EPA to Respect States in WOTUS Review

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 20-state coalition in requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 20, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Improving Food Safety Procedures on the Border

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced new measures for the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to more efficiently fight disease and food-borne illnesses, including some border-specific efforts that could save businesses money and avoid wasted food.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 20, 2017

Robert Nichols Campaign: Senator Nichols Announces Bid for Re-Election

Texas State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) announced today his intention to file for re-election to the Texas Senate. “Serving Senate District 3 is the greatest honor of my life,” said Nichols. “I humbly ask for voters’ support to continue working on behalf of East Texas.

From Robert Nichols Campaign

June 19, 2017

TexProtects: Statement on veto of Sexual Abuse Prevention Training bill

Statement from Madeline McClure, founding CEO of TexProtects: “At the beginning of the 85th Legislative Session, Governor Abbott declared protecting Texas children from abuse among his top priorities. We are therefore perplexed and disappointed in his veto of HB 1342, the only bill requiring children to receive self-protection training against predators.

From TexProtects

June 19, 2017

Anti-Defamation League: Troubled by Signing of Adoption Law That Allows Agencies to Discriminate

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is deeply troubled by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of House Bill 3859 into law. This legislation empowers private child placing agencies to

From Anti-Defamation League

June 19, 2017

Ed Thompson Campaign: Representative Ed Thompson Announces Re-Election Campaign

Conservative State Representative Ed Thompson today announced he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in House District 29, the area covering the northern part of Brazoria County, including the cities of Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Brookside Village, Hillcrest, Iowa Colony, and Liverpool.

From Ed Thompson Campaign

June 19, 2017

John Wray Campaign: Representative Wray Announces Re-Election

Today State Representative John Wray announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Currently serving his second term, Wray delivered on his promise to continue conservative and effective representation for House District 10, which encompasses Ellis County and Western Henderson County.

From John Wray Campaign

June 19, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Governor Abbott Signs Four Property Tax Reform Bills Passed by Senator Bettencourt

Governor Greg Abbott has signed four taxpayer friendly appraisal reform bills to bring added transparency, accountability, and simplicity to the property tax process in Texas. Three bills authored by Senator Bettencourt, SB 731, SB 945, and SB 1286, as well as one bill authored by Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston) and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Bettencourt will now become law.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

June 15, 2017

Representative Armando Walle: Condemns Governor Abbott's Veto of Used/Scrap Tire Disposal Bill

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to Governor Abbott's veto on Senate Bill 570, authored by Sen. José Rodríguez (D-El Paso), regulating used and scrap tire disposal. Senate Bill 570 was sponsored and passed in the House by Rep. Walle, who also authored the companion House bill.

From Representative Armando Walle

June 15, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On Gov. Abbott Signing Discriminatory Adoption/Foster Care Bill

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing HB3859 today. This new law allows child welfare services providers that contract with the state to use religion as justification to discriminate against LGBT Texans and others, including people of minority faiths.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 15, 2017

Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition: Governor Abbott's Decision to Veto SB 790 Will Impair State's Ability to Serve Vulnerable Women

The Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition (TWHC) is disappointed in Governor Abbott’s decision to veto SB 790 by Senator Borris Miles, the companion bill to HB 279 by Representative Donna Howard. This bill would have extended the Women’s Health Advisory Committee (WHAC) until September 2019.

From Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition

June 15, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Governor Abbott Vetoes HB 3281, An Affordable Housing Bill

Today, Governor Greg Abbott vetoed a bill related to “homestead preservation districts,” an innovative tool that cities use to preserve existing affordable housing. State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding the veto:

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

June 15, 2017

Representative Rodney Anderson: A Win for Texas Children: Children's Hearing Aid Bill Signed Into Law

Today Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 490 by State Representative Rodney Anderson into law. House Bill 490 provides insurance coverage for medically necessary hearing aids and cochlear implants for children age 18 and younger.

From Representative Rodney Anderson

June 15, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Governor's vetoes hurt consumers, limit water safety measures

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed bills by state Sen. José Rodríguez that would have given consumers vital loan information and set deadlines for well owners to secure their deteriorated water wells.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 15, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Gov. Abbott Signs Bill To Enforce Reporting Of Officer-Involved Shootings

House Bill 245, authored by Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), was signed into law today by Governor Greg Abbott. The new law creates a civil penalty for law enforcement agencies that fail to report officer-involved shootings and peace officer injuries and deaths to the Office of the Attorney General. The law will go into effect on September 1, 2017.

From Representative Eric Johnson

June 15, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding Governor's Veto of SB 790 and HB 2182

"According to the World Health Organization statistics, Texas has the highest number of pregnancy-related deaths in a developed world. For Black women, the numbers are even worse.

From Senator Borris Miles

June 15, 2017

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: Applauds the Signing of Landmark Legislation SB 589 Texas Puts the Welfare and Safety of Children First!

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 589, the landmark legislation authored by Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville), which protects vulnerable children with disabilities by requiring the licensing and regulation of behavior analysts in the state.

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

June 15, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Announces Over $216,000 in Donations to End Lunch Shaming As Governor Signs Bill Requiring Grace Periods

Joined by donors, allies, and parents, Rep. Helen Giddings announced over $216,000 in donations to end "lunch shaming" in Texas schools. On May 23rd, Rep. Giddings and Feeding Texas, the statewide network of food banks, kicked off a fundraising campaign to fill the lunch accounts of needy children in schools.

From Representative Helen Giddings

June 15, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Governor's veto of scrap tire bill endangers health and safety of Texans

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today vetoed state Sen. José Rodríguez's S.B. 570, which would have helped communities deal with the problem of scrap tires being illegally dumped, an issue that is particularly troubling for local health authorities trying to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 15, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Sandra Bland Act signed by Governor

Today, June 15, 2017, Governor Abbott signed SB 1849, known as the Sandra Bland Act into law. SB 1849 by Senator Whitmire is the Senate companion to HB 2702 that Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) wrote in the House.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

June 15, 2017

Texas Values: Victory! Gov. Abbott Signs Religious Liberty Bill, Freedom to Serve Children Act

Legislation designed to allow faith-based foster homes and adoption agencies to keep operating according to their faith-based principles (HB 3859) was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott this afternoon.

From Texas Values

June 15, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Outraged by Governor's Veto of SB 790

After receiving word of Governor Greg Abbott's veto of SB 790, which would extend the Women's Health Advisory Committee by another two years, State Representative Donna Howard issued the following statement:

From Representative Donna Howard

June 15, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Supports $4b Veterans Budget Increase

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced significant funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a $4 billion discretionary funding increase, in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for FY 2018.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 15, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Amicus Brief Asking Texas Supreme Court to Rule Against Unlawful Bag Ban

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court, asking the court to affirm a decision by the San Antonio Court of Appeals against unlawful bag bans.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 15, 2017

Texas-Mexico Trade Coalition: Texas and Mexico Business Leaders Unite To Advocate For Strong Economic Future

Today, prominent Texas and Mexico business leaders announced the formation of an organization designed to develop, promote, and grow trade opportunities between Texas and Mexico.

From Texas-Mexico Trade Coalition

June 15, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Fifth Anniversary of DACA

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

June 14, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Addresses Today's Shooting Outside Washington

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) addressed this morning’s tragic shooting at a practice for a charity baseball game and thanked the U.S. Capitol Police for their role in protecting the lives of those involved.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 14, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Statement on Shooting at Republican Congressional Baseball Practice

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement in response to this morning’s shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA: “I am deeply sickened and angry by this morning’s targeted shooting of Republicans at a congressional baseball practice.

From Representative Brian Babin

June 14, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Honors Gregory S. Coleman by Naming Fellowship Program

Attorney General Ken Paxton today named the Office of Solicitor General’s fellowship program after the late Gregory S. Coleman, who served as the first solicitor general of Texas. As the chief appellate lawyer for the state of Texas, the solicitor general supervises all appellate litigation on behalf of the attorney general’s office.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 14, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following Wednesday morning's shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, UT graduate, Zack Barth who serves as a legislative aide for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, and two U.S. Capitol Police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

June 14, 2017

Plug-In Texas: Governor Abbott Signs Renewed Texas Emissions Reduction Plan into Law

Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1731 into law on June 12. This new state legislation authored by Senator Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, among other policy enhancements, renews the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). TERP is a sixteen-year-old state-sponsored grants program deploying cost effective strategies to limit mobile source emissions, which are responsible for more than one-half of harmful emissions in the state.

From Plug-In Texas

June 14, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Announces Operator of Newly Created Texas Bullion Depository

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today the selection of Lone Star Tangible Assets (LSTA) as the vendor that will partner with the Comptroller’s office to build and operate the Texas Bullion Depository — the nation’s first state-administered gold bullion depository.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

June 14, 2017

AARP: New Scorecard Shows Where Texas Needs Improvement To Serve Older Adults, People With Disabilities

Texas ranks 35th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.

From AARP

June 14, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after this morning’s shooting at a practice for the Congressional baseball game: “My prayers are with Congressman Scalise, the injured Capitol Police officers, Congressman Williams’ injured staff member, and all of their loved ones after this morning’s terrible attack.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

June 14, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Gunman at Congressional Baseball Practice

Congressman Roger Williams’ office (R – Austin), released the following information Wednesday after shots were fired at the Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

From Representative Roger Williams

June 14, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Life-Changing Adult Stem Cell Therapy Bill Signed by Governor Abbott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 810 by Chair Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). HB 810 allows patients with terminal illnesses or severe chronic diseases to access adult stem cell treatments that often are their last hope of significantly improving their physical well-being or even saving their own lives.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

June 14, 2017

Texas Education Agency: New STAAR Report Card provides Texas parents stronger student-specific information, helpful resources

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has announced that Texas parents will now have access to greater individualized student information with the launch of the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Report Card.

From Texas Education Agency

June 14, 2017

Texas 21 Coalition: Vows To Continue Legislative Push To Protect Youth From Tobacco Harms

While bills to raise the minimum legal sale age of tobacco to 21 in Texas stalled during the 85th legislative session, the Texas 21 Coalition says the groundwork laid this year will ensure future success of the legislation designed to protect Texas youth from the deadly impact of tobacco.

From Texas 21 Coalition

June 14, 2017

Texas Values: Cheers Gov. Abbott's Signing of County Clerk Freedom Bill As 'Great First Step'

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Monday that includes language giving County Clerks the freedom to leave their names off marriage licenses and marriage applications.

From Texas Values

June 14, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Ranks 41st in Latest National Rankings of Child Well-Being

Many Texas kids are not growing up with the support, educational opportunities or economic stability they need, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Following Texas’s 85th legislative session, which repeatedly prioritized politics over common-sense policies that could have broadly improved children's lives, this national report ranks Texas 41st in child well-being.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

June 14, 2017

Representative Diego Bernal: "The Student Fairness in Feeding Act" has been signed by the Governor

Texas ranks second in the nation for food insecurity. Nearly two million Texas children struggle with hunger; our schools need every possible tool to aid these students. "The Student Fairness in Feeding Act," which was signed by the Governor on Friday, allows schools to address student hunger with two major mechanisms:

From Representative Diego Bernal

June 14, 2017

Environment Texas: Watson, Howard Lead Legislature in Environmental Voting

Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson and Rep. Donna Howard were the only two legislators to get perfect marks on Environment Texas’ biennial scorecard of environmental votes in the Texas Legislature, the group reported today. Meanwhile a record 27 legislators failed to cast a single vote for the environment.

From Environment Texas

June 14, 2017

Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter: Abbott's Veto Pen Targets Low-Income Texans, Clean Air, Groundwater Research

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott cut funds from important low-income and clean air planning programs, as well as brackish groundwater research, using his line item veto power. Abbott also signed SB 1731 into law, which keeps the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) alive but at much lower funding levels.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

June 14, 2017

Texas Cable Association: Board Elects New Executive Officers

Members of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) Board of Directors have elected the 2017-2018 Executive Committee and Board of Directors for one-year terms. TCA has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960.

From Texas Cable Association

June 14, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Applauds Governor Abbott for Signing Senate Bill 1- the State Budget

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following Gov. Greg Abbott's signing of the 2018-2019 state budget into law: "The Texas Senate took the lead on the conservative state budget which Gov. Abbott signed today. This budget is more than a billion dollars less in general revenue than our current budget and contains no new taxes and no new fees.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

June 14, 2017

Environment Texas: Governor Abbott Vetoes Clean Air Funding

Governor Greg Abbott today vetoed funding for two crucial programs for reducing air pollution in the state. “This veto is penny wise and pound foolish,” said Brian Zabcik, the Clean Air & Clean Water Advocate at Environment Texas. “It sacrifices the long-term health of all Texans for an imagined financial gain.”

From Environment Texas

June 14, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement On Governor Abbott Signing State Budget

Today, Governor Abbott signed into law S.B.1, the State budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal years, while vetoing certain line items worth approximately $120 million in state spending. Representative Blanco voted in favor of adopting the 2018-2019 state budget because of the major investments it makes in El Paso and District 76.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

June 14, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Gov. Abbott Signs Bill To Shut Off School-To-Prison Pipeline

Representative Eric Johnson’s House Bill 674 was signed into law today by Governor Greg Abbott. The law is effective immediately, meaning out-of-school suspensions for students in prekindergarten through second grade are now banned in Texas except in cases involving drugs, weapons, or extreme violence.

From Representative Eric Johnson

June 12, 2017

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Receives $1Million Dollar Appropriation to High Speed Internet to Rural Communities Through Public Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will receive a special legislative appropriation of one million dollars to bring high-speed internet connections to Texas communities via public libraries.

From Texas State Library and Archives Commission

June 12, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Governor Abbott Signs S.B. 27- The Help for Texas Heroes Act, Sponsored by Rep. Blanco

Governor Abbott has signed into law S.B. 27, The Help for Texas Heroes Act. S.B. 27 was authored by Senator Campbell and sponsored by Representative César J. Blanco in the Texas House.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

June 12, 2017

Dade Phelan Campaign: State Representative Dade Phelan Announces Re-Election Campaign

Today, State Representative Dade Phelan announced that he will run for re-­?election to the Texas House of Representatives. Phelan is currently serving his second term as the Texas House Representative for House District 21, which covers part of Jefferson County and all of Orange County.

From Dade Phelan Campaign

June 12, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: State Budget Signed Into Law

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, issued the following statement about today’s signing of SB 1, the General Appropriations Act. "All Texans will benefit from the budget signed into law today. This is a smart, responsible fiscal roadmap for the next two years.

From Senator Jane Nelson

June 12, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Named "Best Legislator" By Capitol Inside

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been named to Capitol Inside's "Best Legislators" list for her work during the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. "I am honored to receive this recognition for the fifth time.

From Senator Jane Nelson

June 12, 2017

Coalition for Health Care Access: ICYMI: Amarillo VA Nurse Practitioner First in Texas to Get Full Practice Authority

An Amarillo nurse practitioner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the first in Texas to be granted full practice authority.

From Coalition for Health Care Access

June 12, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Announces Administrator of Newly Created Texas Bullion Depository

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that Tom Smelker, director of Treasury Operations, has been named administrator of the future Texas Bullion Depository. Smelker will oversee the depository and work closely with the vendor ultimately selected to build and operate the depository.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

June 12, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby"Guerra: HB 2537 Signed into Law

Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2537 by Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra into law. HB 2537 will require high school counselors to provide information on financial assistance or waivers for post-secondary education to students who are in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

June 12, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Legislation Directs DHS Search & Rescue

After Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) directed them to do so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report on its search and rescue efforts, including the causes of death of migrants attempting to cross the southwest border.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 12, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Bill to Support Officer Mental Healthcare Signed into Law

Governor Greg Abbott has signed HB 2619 into law. This bill, by State Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas), will create a new grant program to support officer mental healthcare in police departments across the state.

From Representative Helen Giddings

June 12, 2017

Texas Humane Legislation Network: Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen Animal Cruelty Laws

Last night, Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation that would increase the punishment for violent animal cruelty offenses and address loopholes that have allowed animal abusers to avoid prosecution, said the Texas Humane Legislation Network.

From Texas Humane Legislation Network

June 12, 2017

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Advocates Deliver 15,000 Petition Signatures To Tell Governor Abbott: Stop the Attacks on Planned Parenthood

On Monday, Planned Parenthood advocates will deliver over 15,000 petition signatures to Gov.Greg Abbott from Texans that oppose the state’s controversial 1115 waiver application for the Healthy Texas Women program.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

June 12, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Requests Attorney General Opinion on the Constitutionality of Municipal Tree Ordinances

Continuing her campaign to protect property owners in Texas, State Senator Donna Campbell sent an official letter to the Attorney General requesting an opinion on the constitutionality of tree ordinances such as the one currently being enforced in Austin.

From Senator Donna Campbell

June 9, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Praises VA Announcement to Synchronize Health IT with DoD System

Recently, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced his decision to implement the same Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the Department of Defense (DoD), in an effort to synchronize patients’ healthcare records once they leave the military.

From Representative Will Hurd

June 9, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Discusses Trade and Economic Opportunity with Local Community Leaders and Businesses in El Paso

Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) participated in a roundtable discussion with community leaders and executive board members of the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso. There, he discussed the importance of trade to the Texas economy, his efforts in rolling back burdensome federal regulations, and expanding economic opportunity for hardworking Texans.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 9, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Child Support Division Receives Best of Texas Digital Government Award

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Support Division of his office received the 2017 award for the Best Mobile/Wireless Project from the Center for Digital Government. The award recognizes the Child Support Division for their work on the Child Support Interactive Mobile Web and Kiosk Project.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 9, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Votes to Repeal Dodd-Frank, End "Too Big To Fail" Bailouts & Strengthen Financial Accountability

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) voted this week to pass the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), which creates a more reliable and accountable financial system by repealing the most onerous provisions of Dodd-Frank that have hampered economic growth and job creation.

From Representative Brian Babin

June 9, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Praises Placement of Women's Health on Emergency Call

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today praised the decision to place maternal mortality on the call for the upcoming special session. "It is vitally important that we determine the root causes for the unacceptable rise in maternal morbidity and address those issues," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

June 9, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Meets with Asst. U.S. Trade Representative

Yesterday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) hosted Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Christopher Jackson and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Cameron Bishop to discuss the modernization of NAFTA and the need for America, not China, to lead the world on trade.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 9, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on Financial CHOICE Act

On Thursday after the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act to replace Dodd-Frank, U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement: “Through duplicative regulations and excessive red tape, Dodd-Frank created an uneven playing field between large financial institutions and community banks and credit unions, who provide nearly half of all small loans to businesses and farmers.

From Representative Will Hurd

June 8, 2017

TexPIRG: Statement on Passage of the Wrong Choice By U.S. House

The following statement can be attributed to TexPIRG Director Bay Scoggin. “Today, the U.S. House, on a nearly party-line vote, approved HR10, the Financial Choice Act, which is the Wrong Choice for all of us who aren’t Wall Street banks or predatory lenders and would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB.

From TexPIRG

June 8, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on passage of the Financial CHOICE Act

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, released the following statement Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act, H.R. 10.

From Representative Roger Williams

June 8, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Blumenthal Bill to Fight Online Exploitation of Children Passes Committee

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statements after their bipartisan legislation, the PROTECT Our Children Act, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 8, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Questions Former FBI Director Comey

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today questioned former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey in a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be downloaded here.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 8, 2017

Representative Lina Ortega: Applauds Signing of HB 1410

Following last week’s signature by the Governor, Representative Lina Ortega released the following statement: "I am grateful to have passed House Bill 1410, which ensures that children in our Child Protective Services system have the best possible chance of reuniting with their parents.

From Representative Lina Ortega

June 8, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Attorney General Sessions for Ending Obama-Era DOJ Cronyism

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement to end the improper practice, implemented at the Department of Justice under the Obama Administration that sometimes required defendants who choose to settle lawsuits to contribute funds to preferred third-party groups that were neither victims nor parties involved in the case:

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 8, 2017

Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter: Statement on EPA's Pruitt Delaying Cleaning Up Smog in Texas

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a plan Tuesday to delay implementing the 2015 ozone standard one year, from 2017 to 2018. EPA’s decision will impact several million people, especially children, living in San Antonio and El Paso, since they are on track to be designated by EPA in ozone nonattainment due to unhealthy air quality.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

June 7, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Joins Vice President Pence in Visiting Johnson Space Center to Congratulate NASA's Newest Astronauts

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), who is Chairman of House Space Subcommittee, today joined Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) for the 2017 Astronaut Selection Announcement Ceremony at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

From Representative Brian Babin

June 7, 2017

Representative Andrew Murr: Lean State Budget Approved By The Texas Legislature

On May 29th, another 140-day term of the Texas Legislature came to an end. Working with less revenue, with shortfalls forecasted by the Texas Comptroller due to the economic downturn in oil and gas prices, the Legislature nonetheless put together another two-year state budget.

From Representative Andrew Murr

June 7, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Comey's Written Testimony

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding former FBI Director James Comey’s written testimony for tomorrow’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

June 7, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Co-Sponsors Bipartisan 'Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017'

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill he is co-sponsoring to solve the severe staffing shortage faced by Customs and Border Protection.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 7, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on call for Special Session

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding today’s call by the Governor for a Special Session:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 7, 2017

Representative Tan Parker: Reflects On Call For Special Session

State Representative Tan Parker issued the following statement today following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement that he is calling the Texas Legislature back to Austin for a special session beginning July 18, 2017: “First and foremost, I want to thank Governor Abbott for his leadership on setting a special session agenda that addresses a robust number of conservative priorities for the people of Texas.

From Representative Tan Parker

June 7, 2017

Representative Ron Simmons: Applauds Governor Abbott For Legislative Items On Call For Special Session

Governor Greg Abbott today announced his plans to call the Texas Legislature back for a special session to address many legislative issues that were not passed during the 85th Regular Session.

From Representative Ron Simmons

June 7, 2017

Representative Armando Walle: Responds to Announcement of Special Session and Inclusion of Maternity Mortality

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement regarding Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement of what will be included in the call for the legislative special session to begin July 18th, 2017.

From Representative Armando Walle

June 7, 2017

Texas Values: Gov. Abbott Calls Special Session including Privacy in Bathrooms; Signs Partial-birth Abortion Ban Into Law

Today brought about good news on several fronts, including two issues central to the work being done by Texas Values – protecting privacy in bathrooms, showers, and intimate spaces and expanding protections for the life and dignity of the unborn.

From Texas Values

June 7, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Governor Abbott Calls Sweeping Special Session To Begin July 18

Today, Governor Greg Abbott called for a special session that will begin on July 18. After Texas Medical Board sunset legislation passes the Texas Senate, the governor called on the legislature to take up a number of conservative priorities that have failed to gain traction in the Texas Legislature.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

June 7, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Special Session Agenda Fails to Address the Real Problems

Today, Governor Abbott called lawmakers back to Austin to address the Texas Medical Board Sunset Bill that was held hostage by Lieutenant Governor Patrick. After this bill has passed the Senate, 19 items will be added to the agenda. The special session will last 30 days starting on July 18th, 2018.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

June 7, 2017

Texas League of Conservation Voters: Statement on Governor's Special Session

"The Governor’s call today for a special session strikes squarely at the heart of local control in Texas. Several items on the Governor’s list include issues that will further chip away at Texas cities’ right to govern in ways that meet the needs of their communities, such as preventing cities from regulating what property owners can do with trees on private land.

From Texas League of Conservation Voters

June 7, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Texas Auto Insurers Celebrate Texting While Driving Ban Becoming Law

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions (TCAIS) – representing the major auto insurance companies doing business in Texas – thanked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday for signing House Bill 62 – a statewide ban on texting while driving – into law, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

June 7, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Priorities Included in Special Session Agenda for Texas Legislature

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s issues to be addressed in the one-month special session include many of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops’ priorities, especially pro-life legislation and parental choice for special needs students.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

June 6, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Statement

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement Tuesday after Governor Greg Abbott announced that he is calling a special legislative session: "I hope that Members will take advantage of the next six weeks to spend with their families after a long 140-day legislative session.

From Speaker Joe Straus

June 6, 2017

Empower Texans: Statement on Special Session Call

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's call for a special session, the president of Empower Texans, Michael Quinn Sullivan, offered the following statement. "Texans insist on substantive property tax reform, and Gov. Abbott has answered their call," said Sullivan.

From Empower Texans

June 6, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Applauds Governor Abbott for Calling Special Session to Include Pro-Life Issues, Property Tax Relief, and Annexation Reform

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement after Governor Abbott’s press conference calling for a special session this afternoon: “Time ran out on a number of issues critical to Texas families and homeowners this past legislative session. Fortunately, we have a Governor who listens to the people and has boldly provided a remedy.

From Senator Donna Campbell

June 6, 2017

Texas Municipal League: Statement On the Governor's call for a special session

“The list of proposed topics for a special session represents an all-out assault on the ability of Texas voters to decide what’s best for their communities and their neighborhoods. “From proposed revenue caps, to spending caps, to tree ordinances, to texting while driving and more, no one has ever proposed such sweeping restrictions on local voters having a voice in shaping the character of their communities.

From Texas Municipal League

June 6, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Applauds Governor Abbott's Special Session Call

Governor Greg Abbott announced that he was calling a special session of the Texas Legislature to address issues that were not resolved during the 85th Legislative Session. Among the items included in Governor Abbott’s call are property tax reform and relief for Texans. The special session is scheduled to begin on July 18, 2017 and will last for thirty days.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

June 6, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On The Legislative Special Session Announcement

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement calling back the Texas Legislature for a special session beginning July 18 to address various issues, including divisive, culture war topics like public restroom regulations, abortion and private school vouchers:

From Texas Freedom Network

June 6, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement on Gov. Greg Abbott's Special Session Call

The following statement on Gov. Abbott’s decision to include bathroom legislation in his Special Session call should be attributed to Chris Wallace, President of Texas Association of Business, on behalf of the Keep Texas Open for Business Coalition:

From Texas Association of Business

June 6, 2017

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Statement on Called Special Session on Property Taxes

The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) today issued the following statement after Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will include the property tax issue in a call for a special session of the Texas Legislature. The following statement can be attributed to Dale Craymer, president of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA):

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

June 6, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement on Abbott Call for Special Session

Today Governor Greg Abbott called a special session of the Texas Legislature to address 20 items including a misguided second attempt to limit local governments' ability to raise revenue (SB 2). In response, CPPP Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

June 6, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Applauds Call for Special Session

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following Governor Greg Abbott's announcement that he is calling the Texas Legislature back to Austin for a special session beginning July 18, 2017: "I want to congratulate Governor Abbott for his big and bold special session agenda which solidly reflects the priorities of the people of Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

June 6, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Co-Chairs Hispanic-Serving Institutions Caucus

U.S. Representative Will Hurd has announced that he will serve as one of the four inaugural co-chairs of the new Congressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus, which serves to ensure that the 472 HSI’s in the United States are advocated for in Congress.

From Representative Will Hurd

June 6, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Senate Set to Pass VA Reform Bill Today

Today at a press conference, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed his bipartisan legislation, the America Law Enforcement Heroes Act, which was signed into law by President Trump last week, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which is expected to pass the Senate later today.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 6, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition Urging President Trump to Protect Individual Rights from Regulatory Overreach

Attorney General Ken Paxton urged President Trump to lead a regulatory reform effort to protect individual rights from federal overreach. A coalition of 16 state attorneys general signed a letter authored by Attorney General Paxton and sent to the president on May 22.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 6, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Texans Left With Few Options Under Obamacare

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Obamacare’s harmful impact as carriers in the state of Texas are pulling out of the exchanges, leaving some areas with only a few options from which to choose.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 6, 2017

Texas Values: Parents to Gov. Abbott: Call Special Session on Privacy in Bathrooms Today

The 85th Texas Legislature regular session ended last week and the problem of privacy in school restrooms, showers, and locker rooms was not resolved as House leadership killed legislation that passed the Senate as well as another measure that had a majority of support of House members.

From Texas Values

June 6, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Supporting President Trump's Travel Ban

Leading a coalition of 16 states, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton yesterday filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court supporting President Trump’s executive order temporarily pausing the entry of foreign nationals from six terror-prone counties.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 6, 2017

Konni Burton Campaign: Senator Burton Officially Announces Campaign For Reelection

Today, State Senator Konni Burton (R) officially announced the beginning of her campaign for reelection to Senate District 10: "I am extremely proud of the work our team has done on behalf of the people of Senate District 10 and am excited to ask for their support again.

From Konni Burton Campaign

June 6, 2017

Elliott McFadden Campaign: Democrat McFadden, endorsed by over 125 community leaders, launches campaign to unseat Congressman Lamar Smith

Non-profit CEO Elliott McFadden launched his campaign today for the Democratic nomination to defeat Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), calling the 30-year career politician an ideological extremist and tool of corporate interests.

From Elliott McFadden Campaign

June 6, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on VA's Health Modification

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Monday after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin announced his decision to overhaul the VA electronic medical system to make it compatible with the Department of Defense (DoD).

From Representative Roger Williams

June 5, 2017

Representative Gina Hinojosa: Passes Key Legislation and Receives Honors in the 85th Legislative Session

District 49 State Representative Gina Hinojosa completed a successful first term by passing nine pieces of Legislation headed to the Governor’s desk, including four stand-alone bills, two additional bills that were amended onto other pieces of legislation and passed, and three amendments to the state budget.

From Representative Gina Hinojosa

June 5, 2017

Joan Huffman Campaign: Huffman Announces Reelection Campaign

State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) today announced she will seek reelection to the State Senate. Huffman represents Senate District 17, which includes portions of Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris Counties.

From Joan Huffman Campaign

June 5, 2017

Railroad Commission of Texas: Exiting European Climate Accord Is Good For Texas

Last week, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, clearly demonstrating his commitment to putting America first and prioritizing jobs for middle-class Americans.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 5, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: We Have a Historic Opportunity to Modernize our Nation's Air Traffic Control System and Increase our Global Competitiveness

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today attended the White House announcement of the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) system reform and modernization initiative. “I am grateful this administration has been eager and willing to reduce the burden of federal regulations and mismanaged bureaucracy on a variety of America’s core industries,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 5, 2017

RPT: My Pledge to the RPT

This weekend, following the resignation of RPT Chair Tom Mechler on May 20, I was honored to be elected by the State Republican Executive Committee to serve as Chair to fill his unexpired term. I am deeply humbled and I look forward to visiting all corners of our great state to help elect more Republicans up and down the ballot!

From Republican Party of Texas

June 2, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.5 Billion in May

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.5 billion in May, 4 percent more than in May 2016. “State sales tax collections in May indicate a Texas economy expanding at a moderate pace,” Hegar said. “Growth in sales tax revenue occurred across most major industry sectors, including oil- and gas-related sectors.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

June 2, 2017

Senator John Cornyn and Representative Will Hurd: Veterans' Recruitment Bill Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) released the following statements after their bipartisan legislation, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, was signed into law by President Trump today. The legislation prioritizes U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant applications of state and local law enforcement agencies who use that funding to hire military veterans.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 2, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Force Federal Government Action on Nuclear Waste Storage

Earlier this week, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion that asks the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to declare that the federal government is not in compliance with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA). Texas also asked for an injunction to stop the Department of Energy (DOE) from illegally spending money on matters not approved by Congress.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 2, 2017

Representative Ron Simmons House Bill 25 Eliminating One-Punch Voting Option Signed Into Law

House Bill 25, filed by Representative Ron Simons (R-Carrollton) was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott yesterday afternoon. House Bill 25 eliminates the option to cast a single "one-punch" vote for all of the nominees of one party during a general election.

From Representative Ron Simmons

June 2, 2017

Representative Jose Rodriguez: Establishes the Tom Lea Heritage Trail

The 85th Texas Legislature's Regular Session has ended. State Sen. José Rodríguez passed 50 bills, including those addressing education, health care, courts, criminal justice, local governance, and more. Sen. Rodríguez will send information regarding some of those over the course of this week.

From Representative Jose Rodriguez

June 2, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Signing of Texas' Voter ID Bill, Notifies District Court of Law's Passage

Last night, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an advisory with a district court judge in Corpus Christi after Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 5 into law earlier this week. Senate Bill 5 includes changes to Texas’ voter ID law ordered by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and protects the integrity of elections.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 2, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Highlights National Park Support at Mission San Jose

After introducing bipartisan legislation last week that will jumpstart overdue maintenance projects in National Parks, today U.S. Representative Will Hurd, along with the National Parks Conservation Association and San Antonio Missions staff, hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of Mission San Jose in San Antonio to view the deferred maintenance projects that could be alleviated by Hurd’s bill.

From Representative Will Hurd

June 2, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Certifies 2018-19 State Budget

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced his certification of Senate Bill 1, the general appropriations bill that was approved by both houses during the recently gaveled regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

June 2, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Praises President Trump's Decision to Exit Paris Accord

Attorney General Ken Paxton today thanked President Trump for withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Just over a week ago, a 10-state coalition including Attorney General Paxton sent a letter to the president urging him to take today’s action.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 1, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on President Trump's Withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris Climate Accord: “Leaving the Paris Agreement is an abandonment of U.S. global leadership.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

June 1, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Administration's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Agreement

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today released the following statement after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Change Accord: “I applaud the President’s decision today as he continues to turn the page on the previous Administration’s job-killing regulatory agenda.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 1, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Named "Best of the Legislature" by Capitol Inside

Capitol Inside, an online news service, on Wednesday named Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, among 10 Texas lawmakers designated "Best of the Legislature" for the 2017 legislative session.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

June 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement Following President Trump's Announcement Regarding the Paris Climate Agreement

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw from the Paris Agreement: "I commend President Trump for putting American jobs first.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 1, 2017

Jason Westin Campaign: Statement on withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

“With the announcement today of his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump continues his assault on fact based policies.

From Jason Westin Campaign

June 1, 2017

Environment Texas: President Trump To Pull Out Of Paris Climate Accord

Today, President Trump abandoned the United States’ commitment to reducing pollution under the Paris Climate Agreement. This action increases the risks that the world will face from global warming – including dirtier air, water and food shortages, spreading disease, increasingly extreme weather, and loss of land mass to flooding.

From Environment Texas

June 1, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Amends Bill To Provide High School Graduation Option

The 85th Texas Legislature's Regular Session has ended. State Sen. José Rodríguez passed 50 bills, including those addressing education, health care, courts, criminal justice, local governance, and more.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 1, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Computer Science Bill Signed into Law

A bill by Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra that promotes computer science was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

June 1, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: In Letter to Governor, Sen. Campbell Requests Annexation Reform in Special Session

State Senator Donna Campbell sent a formal letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting annexation and property tax reform be included to any call for a special session.

From Senator Donna Campbell

June 1, 2017

Texas Secretary of State: Secretary Pablos Convenes First Border Trade Advisory Committee Meeting of 2017

In his capacity as the state's Border Commerce Coordinator, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today convened his first meeting as Chair of the Border Trade Advisory Committee (BTAC).

From Texas Secretary of State

May 31, 2017

Representative Tom Oliverson: GOP Caucus Best Freshman of the Year Awarded to State Rep. Tom Oliverson

On the last day of the 85th Legislative session, State Representative Tom Oliverson, MD (R-Cypress) was awarded freshman of the year by his colleagues in the Texas House GOP Caucus. The 95 Republican House members voted on their choice for the best Republican freshman via a secret ballot.

From Representative Tom Oliverson

May 31, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Montrose Bridges to be Lit Orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

On the evenings of Friday, June 2, 2017 and Saturday, June 3, 2017 the Montrose Bridges over Highway 59 will be illuminated in orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, courtesy of Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147).

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 31, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Protecting Texas children, Wu omnibus CPS bill comes law

House Bill 7, a Child Protective Services omnibus bill authored by State Representative Gene Wu (D- Houston) and signed into law today by Governor Greg Abbott, overhauls the legal process surrounding CPS suits.

From Representative Gene Wu

May 31, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Governor Signs Historic Foster Care and CPS Reform Bills

Flanked by members of the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives, Governor Greg Abbott signed a suite of bills to improve the lives of individuals who work for and with the Child Protective Services (CPS) system.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

May 31, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Applauds Signing of CPS, Foster Care Bills

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio applauded Wednesday the signing of bills that aim to improve Child Protective Services and the state’s foster care system. Leading up to this year’s legislative session, high-profile and tragic incidents put a spotlight on problems at CPS.

From Speaker Joe Straus

May 31, 2017

The Wilbanks Group: What is Clean Harbors Hiding?

In a case before the State Office of Administrative Hearings where Clean Harbors San Leon has applied for a draft permit to dump effluent containing up to 17 toxic chemicals - including arsenic and mercury – into Dickinson Bayou, they continuously argue against doing whole effluent toxicity (“WET”) testing

From The Wilbanks Group

May 31, 2017

Representative Drew Springer: 85th Legislative Session Has Come To An End

On Monday, after 140 days of grueling debate and several intense moments, the 85th Legislative Session officially came to a close.

From Representative Drew Springer

May 31, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Passes Bill to Regulate Scrap Tires Statewide

The 85th Texas Legislature's Regular Session has ended. State Sen. José Rodríguez passed 50 bills, including those addressing education, health care, courts, criminal justice, local governance, and more. Sen. Rodríguez will send information regarding some of those over the course of this week.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 31, 2017

Texas Home School Coalition Association: Tim Teabow Bill Makes Progress Despite Falling Short in 85th Texas Legislature

Despite overwhelming support from home schoolers, the Texas legislature, and the Chair of Public Education in the House, the Tim Tebow Bill died in the House Public Education Committee during the 2017 Texas Legislative session.

From Texas Home School Coalition Association

May 31, 2017

Texas Home School Coalition Association: Credited With Passing Unprecedented CPS Reforms

During the 2017 Texas Legislative session, the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) realized several successes advocating for needed reforms to Child Protective Services (CPS).

From Texas Home School Coalition Association

May 31, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Brief in 5th Circuit Defending Texas' Rules on the Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains

Attorney General Ken Paxton today urged the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court decision that blocked implementation of Texas’ new rules on the humane disposition of fetal remains.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 30, 2017

The University of Texas System: Statement From Texas' Six Chancellors On Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

We applaud the Texas Legislature, with a special recognition of Senators Kirk Watson and Joan Huffman and Representatives Jeff Leach, Carol Alvarado, J.M. Lozano and John Zerwas for authoring legislation during the 85th Session that addressed the very important issue of campus sexual misconduct.

From The University of Texas System

May 30, 2017

Sierra Club: Statements on Water Legislation Outcomes of the 85th Texas Legislature

At the conclusion of the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature, the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter water lobby team issued the following remarks on the outcome of water legislation.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

May 30, 2017

Environment Texas: Electric Car Rebates Bright Spot In Gloomy Legislative Session Foe Environment

Restoration of a rebate program to help Texans buy electric cars was a rare bright spot amid what was otherwise a bad session of the Texas Legislature for the environment, said Environment Texas.

From Environment Texas

May 30, 2017

Public Citizen: Texas Lawmakers Authorize Funding To Keep Emissions Reduction Plan Alive

The 85th Legislature gave all Texans a surprising bit of good news when they extended the programs for the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP), which was set to expire in 2019.

From Public Citizen

May 30, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Passes Special Education Bills

The 85th Texas Legislature's Regular Session has ended. State Sen. José Rodríguez passed 49 bills, including those addressing issue areas such as education, health care, the civil and criminal justice system, local governance issues, and more. Sen. Rodríguez will send information regarding some of those over the course of this week.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 30, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Requests Review of Cases Involving U.S. Troops Currently Imprisoned in Federal Prison for Actions Taken in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) sent a letter to President Trump last week requesting a full review of each case involving any U.S. service member who is currently imprisoned in U.S. prisons for certain actions taken during combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

From Representative Brian Babin

May 29, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Passes Top 30 Legislative Priorities Out of the Senate

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today after gaveling sine die for the regular 85th legislative session: "I began this session with a strong conservative agenda that affirmed my commitment to property tax reform, women's privacy, life, the second amendment, border security, religious liberty and a lean and efficient government.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 29, 2017

Texas Values: Special Session Requested: Unfinished Business Forces Texas to Need Overtime for Key Issues

While the 85th Legislature regular session made moves on religious liberty and pro-life issues (mainly via amendments), privacy in school restrooms, showers, and locker rooms remains a question mark.

From Texas Values

May 29, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Passes 108 Bills During 2017 Legislative Session

The Texas Legislature today adjourned the 2017 legislative session Sine Die today (Monday), with Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, having passed 108 bills since January. That brings her total to 1,003 bills passed since 1987, more than any other legislator in the history of the State of Texas.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

May 29, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on End of Session

Today is Sine Die, the last day of the 140 day Texas Legislative Session. Representative César J. Blanco issued to the following statement: "My constituents sent me to the Legislature to fight for their needs and bring results home. Despite some defeats on some of the more socially-divisive issues, I am pleased to say that our office has delivered major legislative victories for El Paso and all Texans.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

May 29, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Sine Die Marks End Of 85th Regular Session

Today is Sine Die, the last day of the 85th Texas Legislature's Regular Session. State Sen. Jose Rodríguez passed 50 bills addressing education, health care, courts, criminal justice, local governance, and more.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 29, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Sine Die: Senator Hinojosa Announces The End Of The 85th Legislative Session

Today, the Texas Legislature adjourned Sine Die for the 85th Regular Session. Sine Die is the last day of the 140 days every-odd numbered year the Texas Legislature meets. Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

May 29, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: 'May We Never Forget the Lives of Each Service Member'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today attended Memorial Day events in San Antonio and Kerrville. In San Antonio, Sen. Cruz addressed attendees of the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Memorial Day Program. In Kerrville, Sen, Cruz delivered the keynote remarks in a ceremony at the Kerr County War Memorial.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 29, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Texas Energy Highlighted With A Win In The Legislature

Late Sunday night, after two years of work, State Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) secured a win for Texas energy with the passage of the Texas Fuels bill just before the deadline to pass legislation expired. For the first time, Texas will commit to providing state grants for governmental entities to purchase vehicles that utilize the abundant natural gas widely found in Texas.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 29, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Passes Transformative Textbook Legislation

Over Memorial Day Weekend, the Texas House and Senate sent two bills to the Governor's desk which contained amendments that substantially advance the use of Open Education Resources (OER) in the State of Texas.

From Representative Donna Howard

May 29, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Texas House Concludes Productive Legislative Session

The Texas House adjourned sine die on Monday, wrapping up a 140-day legislative session in which the body took significant action on a number of challenges facing the state. “The results of this session are going to make a real difference in Texans’ lives,” said House Speaker Joe Straus, R- San Antonio.

From Speaker Joe Straus

May 29, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: 85th Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Texas Legislature adjourned sine die for the 85th Regular Session today with hundreds of bills signed into law or on their way to the governor's desk, including 16 authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 29, 2017

AARP Texas: Older Texans Score Big Wins This Session

Older Texans have cause to celebrate several major accomplishments of the 2017 Texas regular legislative session. In the final hours of the session, lawmakers approved a top priority for AARP Texas – major nursing home quality reforms that seek to hold operators of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities more accountable when they have been found to have done harm to their residents.

From AARP Texas

May 29, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Celebrates Successful Session

Representative Mary E. González celebrated her most successful legislative session to date as the 85th Legislature adjourned Sine die today. González passed six bills that now await Governor Greg Abbott's signature, served her first term on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, and served as Vice-Chair of the House Agriculture & Livestock Committee.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

May 29, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On The End Of The Texas Legislative Session

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the follow statement on the end of the Texas legislative session today: “When it comes to civil liberties and basic human rights, the Legislature gave Texas a big black eye this session.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 29, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Working People Are United to Stand Against SB 4

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement on today's day of action to fight back against SB 4 at the Capitol: "The Texas AFL-CIO supports today's day of action because we are determined to fight for all working people - no matter their race, nationality, or immigration status.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 29, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Statement on the Passing of Former Temple Mayor Kiefer Marshall Jr.

Keifer Marshall Jr., former Temple mayor and World War II rifleman who served in the Marines, died Monday morning in Temple. State Representative Hugh D. Shine offered the following comment in response to the news of Marshall's passing:

From Representative Hugh Shine

May 29, 2017

City of Corpus Christi: Defense Communities Celebrate Passage of Military Base Protection Bill

Texas defense communities are celebrating passage of legislation to protect military bases with aviation missions from encroachments by wind turbine developments -- Senate Bill 277 by Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and Representative James Frank (R-Wichita Falls).

From City of Corpus Christi

May 29, 2017

Representative James Frank: Hails Final Passage of CPS Reform Measures in Texas Legislature

Today, the Texas House of Representatives and Senate approved final passage of two bills that will enact transformational changes in the Texas child welfare system. "I applaud my colleagues in the House and Senate for changing the status quo in our state's Child Protective Services (CPS) system by approving two strong reform bills," said Rep. Frank.

From Representative James Frank

May 29, 2017

Representative Terry Canales: Texas Legislature Passes HB 1823, Allowing Accents on State Documents

Yesterday, House Bill 1823 authored by Representative Terry Canales was sent to the Governor's Desk with overwhelming approval from the Texas Legislature. HB 1823 would allow accent marks, tildes, or other diacritical marks to appear on Texan’s driver licenses, birth certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates.

From Representative Terry Canales

May 29, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Letter to Texans on Memorial Day

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), who later today will host a send-off ceremony in San Antonio for Texans attending U.S. Military Service Academies next year, released the following open letter to Texans on Memorial Day:

From Senator John Cornyn

May 29, 2017

Senator Brandon Creighton: Asks Gov. Abbott For A Property Tax Special Session

The Senate passed the Property Tax Reform & Relief act 68 days ago, leaving more than sufficient time for the Texas House Leadership to pass the bill. Only recently, a very weak version of the Senate's comprehensive property tax relief measures were added to an ad valorem tax bill in the House.

From Senator Brandon Creighton

May 29, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Shameful Filibuster of Texas Annexation Reform Act

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement following the filibuster of Senate Bill 715 by Senator Menendez, with assists from Sens. Watson and Uresti. “Today you watched three lawmakers choose the interests of big city central planners over the rights of the citizens.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 29, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Responds To House's Failed Hail Mary On Critical Sunset Bills They Failed To Pass

State Senator Van Taylor, the Vice Chairman of the Sunset Commission, today responded to the last minute ad hoc attempt by the Texas House to rescue important Sunset bills they failed to pass earlier in the legislative session: “Since the opening gavel the Senate has been hard at work passing legislation important to Texans, including all ten of our Sunset bills.

From Senator Van Taylor

May 29, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on Passage of the State Budget

Late yesterday, the Texas House of Representatives adopted the Conference Committee Report to S.B. 1, the State budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal years. Representative Blanco voted in favor of adopting the 2018-2019 state budget.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

May 29, 2017

Representative James Frank: Texas House and Senate Pass Military Aviation Safety Bill

From Representative James Frank

May 29, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: SB801 Will Return Texas To The Worst Years Of The Textbook Wars

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is warning that today’s passage of SB801 by the House and Senate threatens to return Texas to the worst years of textbook censorship by the State Board of Education.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 29, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Statement on State Budget

Last night, both the House and Senate passed the final version of the 2018/2019 state budget. The budget prioritizes border security, foster care and mental health services.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

May 28, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: 85th Legislature Bill Status Update

The Texas Legislature will conclude its 85th Regular Session on Monday with several pieces of legislation authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, making their way to the governor's desk.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 28, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Life-Changing Adult Stem Therapy Bill Passed Unanimously to Governor

The Texas Senate today concurred with the Texas House on House Bill 810 by Chair Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and sponsored by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). HB 810 allows patients with terminal illnesses or severe chronic diseases to access adult stem cell treatments that often are their last hope of significantly improving their physical well-being or even saving their own lives.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 28, 2017

Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.: Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 1

Today I strongly voted not to concur on the conference committee report for Senate Bill 1, the state’s budget bill. The Conference Committee Report we voted on today was very different than the budget the House passed in April. The Conference Committee Report spent almost $1.4 billion less than what we originally appropriated.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.

May 28, 2017

Representative Shawn Thierry: Statement: "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is"

Today, Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) voted NO on SB 1, the final Texas budget which made cuts to services that were “indefensible," according to the Representative. Immediately after the House vote, Rep. Thierry issued the following remarks: “Almost every area of state spending was cut or underfunded, including one billion dollars in Medicaid payments, in favor of allocating 800 million dollars for border security patrol which is really a federal issue.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

May 28, 2017

Representative Toni Rose: Budget Successes Preserves Critical North Texas Infrastructure

Working alongside leaders from across the state, Representative Toni Rose played a critical role in crafting Senate Bill 1, the $216.8 billion dollar Texas budget. Texas constitutional requirements to pass a balanced budget, in combination with a budget shortfall, meant budget writers were tasked with the difficult responsibility of identifying cuts while preserving the core structure of the state's governmental system.

From Representative Toni Rose

May 28, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas House Doesn't Appoint Conferees on Property Tax Bill, Killing Property Tax Relief

The Texas House of Representatives today failed to appoint conference conferees for Senate Bill 669 by Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), which effectively killed property tax relief for the 85th Regular Session. SB 669 in conference could have included property tax relief as set out by Senate Bill 2 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 28, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 1 - The General Appropriations Act

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, for fiscal year 2018-19. The budget passed by a vote of 30 to 1: "This state budget is more than a billion dollars less in general revenue than our current budget.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 28, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on the Budget

The Texas Legislature today voted on the state budget in both the House and Senate. Sen. Rodríguez joined the House members of the El Paso delegation in voting for the budget.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 28, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Senate and House Pass 2018-2019 State Budget

This evening the Texas Senate and House approved Senate Bill 1, the 2018-2019 budget for the state of Texas. In response, Center for Public Policy Priorities Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement: "The state budget for 2018-2019 is a mixed bag that, overall, does not do enough to invest in a strong future for hard-working Texans and their families.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 28, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Touts CPS Funding in Budget Vote

The Texas Legislature gave final approval to the state budget on Saturday, two days before the end of the 85th Legislative Session. While revenue is tight due to a downturn in the oil and gas sector, and the voters’ decision to dedicate revenue to transportation fixes in 2016, Senator Uresti worked diligently over the past year to stress the importance of funding our Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) system.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

May 28, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Two-Year State Budget Approved

The appropriations bill authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been approved by the Texas Legislature establishing the state’s budget priorities for the next two years. The final budget was voted on by each chamber of the Legislature today.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 28, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Votes Against Inadequate State Budget

Today the Texas Senate and House approved SB 1, the general appropriations bill. Quote attributable to Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston: "This budget is more of the same and fails Texas families. There's no new money for pre-k, there's continued spending on more border militarization, and it continues to shortchange education and healthcare.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

May 28, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Statement on Texas House Budget Vote

Saturday afternoon the Texas House of Representatives gave final approval for Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, by a vote of 135 to 14. The bill allocates $216.8 billion for the next biennium, including close to $1 million in Economic Stabilization Funds (ESF).

From Representative Gene Wu

May 28, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Votes for Texas Budget

Today, Representative Mary E. González voted in favor of the Texas budget, Senate Bill 1, to pass the House. The budget, though imperfect, contains key provisions that benefit El Paso County.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

May 28, 2017

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Texas House Approves State Budget Attacking Access to Women's Health Care

Today, the Texas House of Representatives adopted the final version of the 2018-2019 state budget that specifically attacks access to care at Planned Parenthood. The budget not only continues to block Planned Parenthood health centers from participating in the state’s Healthy Texas Women and Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) programs -- it contains a far-reaching provision banning Planned Parenthood from receiving any state dollars.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

May 28, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Votes Against Budget Containing Unfunded Pre-K Mandate

The Texas House and Senate have agreed on a $217 billion budget for the 2018-2019 biennium. The House voted 135-14 to pass the final version. Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) voted against the proposed budget, citing a lack of adequate funding for the state's critical needs.

From Representative Eric Johnson

May 28, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Lunch Shaming Amendment Passes Texas Legislature

On May 27th, the Texas Senate concurred with Rep. Helen Giddings' amendment on SB 1566, which empowers school district boards of trustees to offer a grace period for lunch accounts with a negative balance. Under current law, schools have engaged in the practice known as 'lunch shaming', where children with insufficient funds in their lunch accounts see their hot meal taken from them and thrown in the trash.

From Representative Helen Giddings

May 28, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Votes No On SB 1, Biennial Texas Budget

Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved the conference committee report on SB 1, Texas’s budget for the next biennium. State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding SB 1:

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 28, 2017

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

The Texas House gave final and overwhelming approval Saturday to a budget proposal that keeps state spending flat while making significant investments in child protection and mental health care. The budget, Senate Bill 1, appropriates about $107 billion in General Revenue and almost $1 billion from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund. Including federal funds and other dollars, the budget totals $217 billion.

From Speaker Joe Straus

May 27, 2017

Texas Values: With 80 Members Supporting Texas PRivacy Bill Speaker Straus Continues to Block the Will of the People

“You don't negotiate when you have 80 co-authors,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a response to the Texas House Friday night.

From Texas Values

May 27, 2017

Representative Ed Thompson: Congratulates Pearland Regional Airport on $500,000 Grant

On Thursday, May 25, the Texas Transportation Commission approved a grant of approximately $500,000 for the Pearland Regional Airport. These funds will be used for planned airport improvements, including signage, fencing, safety, and security improvements.

From Representative Ed Thompson

May 27, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Memorial Ceremony for Texas' Fallen Service Members

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the Texas Legislative Memorial Ceremony: "Today, we gathered in the Texas Capitol to memorialize all Texans who have fallen in the line of active duty.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 27, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Thanks Gov. Abbott For Signing Hailstorm Claims Reform Into Law

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions – representing the major homeowners insurance companies doing business in Texas – applauded Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday for signing into law House Bill 1774, which will curb abusive hailstorm insurance claim lawsuits.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

May 27, 2017

Representative Richard Pena Raymond: Motion in Support of Fantasy Sports

From Representative Richard Pena Raymond

May 27, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: School Food Donation Legisltion Goes to the Governor

Senate Bill 725, which addresses school food donation has passed both chambers and is on the way to Governor Greg Abbott. Food insecurity is a major problem. Texas is second in the nation for food insecurity, with nearly two million children who are food insecure.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 27, 2017

Texas DPS: Statement by DPS Director McCraw Regarding Memorial Day

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding Memorial Day: “Over the Memorial Day weekend, we remember and pay tribute to the many men and women who have valiantly answered the call of duty to protect and serve the United States of America.

From Texas DPS

May 27, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Texas Legislature Passes HB 351, Debtors-Prison Reform

Today, House Bill 351 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, Senator Judith Zaffirini, and Representative Terry Canales was sent to the Governor's Desk with overwhelming approval from the Texas Legislature.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

May 27, 2017

Texas Aspires: Applauds Legislature's Passage Of Bill To Encourage District-Charter Partnerships

Today, Senate Bill 1882, authored by Senators José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) and Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), is headed to Governor Abbott’s desk for consideration. The bill provides incentives for traditional school districts to partner with charter management organizations to improve student learning.

From Texas Aspires

May 27, 2017

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP: Chambers USA 2017 Rankings Include 8 Gardere Practice Groups and 21 Attorneys

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, an Am Law 200 firm, once again secures strong standings in the annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The 2017 rankings feature eight practice groups and 21 attorneys among the best in the nation.

From Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP

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