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February 20, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Property Tax Reform and Relief Gets a Big County Backer

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Senators Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) commended Montgomery County officials for their unanimous resolution supporting much needed property tax reform and relief measures like Senate Bill 2, and two other measures filed by state representatives.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 20, 2017

LULAC: SBOE Chairperson recognized by Hispanic Community

Leaders of LULAC, Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation, and Hispanic members of the Texas Senate gathered at the Headliners Club to honor Ms. Donna Bahorich, Chairman of the State Board of Education (SBOE) for her leadership. Velma Ybarra, and Isidro Garza, Jr., LULAC State Co-Chairpersons on Education, presented the LULAC’s State Director’s Leadership Medal to Ms. Bahorich.

From LULAC

February 17, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds to Reports of White House Plans to Deploy National Guard Troops for Immigration Enforcement

Today, conflicting reports were released regarding a plan by the White House to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to assist with immigration enforcement. While reports continue to surface, a White House spokesman denied claims on social media.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

February 17, 2017

Texas Rail Advocates: What the Reason Foundation Gets Wrong About the Texas Bullet Train

The Reason Foundation recently issued a policy brief urging caution in the development of high-speed train service in Texas. Despite Reason’s reputation as a thoughtful participant in transportation policy debates, their new report is misleading, biased, and inaccurate.

From Texas Rail Advocates

February 17, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Votes to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

From Senator John Cornyn

February 17, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Announces 2016-2017 Accreditation Statuses

The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charters across the state.

From Texas Education Agency

February 17, 2017

Representative Rodney Anderson: Files Battery Recycling Bill

Texas Representative Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie) filed House Bill 1874 on Tuesday, a bill that will set up a statewide industry-run program for household battery recycling.

From Representative Rodney Anderson

February 17, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces $28.1 Million in Funding for Projects to Benefit SD 20 from Restore Act Funds

Today, the Texas Commission on Environmental Equality (TCEQ) released a draft list of projects to receive funds through the RESTORE Act Texas Bucket 1 grant program. The list includes four projects in Nueces County and one project in the Rio Grande Valley.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

February 17, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Works to Protect Vulnerable Texans from Abuse

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed a slate of legislative proposals designed to increase the quality of care standards for seniors and other vulnerable Texans living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

February 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Praises Secretary of Labor Nominee Alexander Acosta

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s selection of Alexander Acosta as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor:

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 16, 2017

Representative John Wray: After Tragic Police Ambush in Dallas Rep. John Wray Files Legislation Providing PTSD Coverage to First Responders

Early Thursday morning, Representative John Wray filed House Bill 1983 allowing first responders to receive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through workers' compensation.

From Representative John Wray

February 16, 2017

Texas Council on Family Violence: Statement on Recent ICE Activities Regarding Family Victims in El Paso

The Texas Council on Family Violence, the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence and the below-listed El Paso area elected officials stand together in recognizing that: · Texas family violence centers served over 72,000 victims last year alone.

From Texas Council on Family Violence

February 16, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Works to Protect Vulnerable Texans from Abuse

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed a slate of legislative proposals designed to increase the quality of care standards for seniors and other vulnerable Texans living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

February 16, 2017

Texas Civil Rights Project: Statement: ICE Detains Woman Seeking Domestic Abuse Protection

Federal immigration agents arrested an immigrant woman at the El Paso County Courthouse who was seeking a protective order against her live-in partner. Immigrants are uniquely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, and many are reluctant to report the abuse because of possible immigration concerns.

From Texas Civil Rights Project

February 16, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senator Brian Birdwell Champions Liberty, Senate State state Affairs Passes Convention of State Bill

During today’s Senate Committee on State Affairs hearing, Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) took a strong stand for a convention of states to preserve the liberty of the people and the states against federal government overreach by introducing Senate Bill 21.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 16, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on ICE Courthouse Intrusion

Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement in regards to the recent actions taken by ICE following a domestic violence case in El Paso, TX. This shameful episode shows what results from an anti-immigrant atmosphere created by irresponsible rhetoric from the president on down to state leaders, combined with an immigration enforcement system now focused on rounding up all undocumented people.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

February 16, 2017

Representative Rafael Anchia: Files Legislation to Establish Open Primaries for All Texas Elections

State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) has filed a bill that would establish open primaries for all statewide and federal elections, and would advance the top two vote getters to the general election, regardless of party.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

February 16, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Files Legislation to make Government Pension Information Available by Open Records

State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 930, the Government Pension Disclosure Act, which would make information regarding taxpayer-funded Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) retirement benefits for current and former elected officials available to the public.

From Senator Van Taylor

February 16, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Files "Texas Fuels" Bill to Propel Texas Natural Gas

On Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa), filed House Bill 1979, the “Texas Fuels” bill, to harness funds restricted exclusively for emissions reduction purposes to promote the use of natural gas-based fuels in state fleet vehicles.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

February 16, 2017

Texas Municipal Police Association: Praises Representative Wray for Filing Bill to Improve Workers' Compensation Policies for First Responders

The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) is rallying around Representative John Wray’s legislation that would allow for first responders to seek workers’ compensation benefits for issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

From Texas Municipal Police Association

February 16, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Examines Union Activities at VA

Congressman Jodey Arrington, in his first official hearing as Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, examined a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the time union officials spend working on union business while being paid by the VA.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

February 16, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Requests Congressional Support for Fort Hood

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), Thursday morning testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies to request support for various projects at Fort Hood.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 16, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Files Bills to Support Women and Minority-Owned Businesses

Representative Johnson recently filed House Bill 1489 to freeze the pay of any state agency heads who miss their Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) contracting goals. By law, a certain percentage of all state agency contracts are required to be awarded to women and minority-owned businesses, and this bill serves as a necessary accountability measure.

From Representative Eric Johnson

February 16, 2017

Kendall Scudder Campaign: Scudder Announces Bid for Texas Senate, District 2 in 2018

In the middle of a raucous legislative session, Kendall Scudder, the Manager of Community Services for a Dallas nonprofit affordable housing organization, announced his intentions to challenge Bob Hall in 2018 to represent Texas Senate District 2.

From Kendall Scudder Campaign

February 16, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement

"Today, FBI agents are in my office, reviewing our documents as part of their broad investigation of the Four Winds matter. I have instructed my staff to fully cooperate with the federal investigators. I will help them in whatever way I can.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

February 16, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Names Carl Mica Texas State Director; Prerak Shah Chief Counsel

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today named Carl Mica Texas State Director, serving in his Austin office, and Prerak Shah Chief Counsel, serving in his Washington, D.C. office.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 16, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Files Bill to Give Formerly Incarcerated Individuals a Fair Chance in the Job Market

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) recently filed House Bill 1981, a bill that would remove the criminal history “box” from initial job applications and extend “fair chance” hiring protections to individuals seeking employment with state or local government entities, government contractors, and those applying for occupational licenses

From Representative Eric Johnson

February 16, 2017

Representative Shawn Thierry: Introduces Economic Development Bill to Boost Small Businesses in the Texas Energy Industry

Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) introduced legislation today designed to increase small businesses and bring jobs and opportunities to diverse business enterprises. HB 1931 bolsters the participation of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) in advanced clean energy projects.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

February 16, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Fights for Rural America, Prepares for Next Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to review the economic challenges facing rural America and to provide context for the needs of rural communities in the next farm bill.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

February 16, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Introduces Bill to Protect Taxpayers and Prohibit Federal Bailouts of State and Local Pension Systems

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) today introduced the State and Local Pensions Accountability and Security Act, which will protect taxpayers by prohibiting the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve from offering any sort of bailout to a state or local government pension system.

From Representative Brian Babin

February 16, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Files Bill to Save the Lives of Organ Recipients

Today, Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) filed HB 1938, which will amend the current method of identifying as an organ donor on a Texas driver’s license.

From Representative Jason Villalba

February 16, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Files Bill to Include X-ALD on List of Newborn Disease Screenings

Today, Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) filed HB 1937, Julian's Law, which will require obstetricians to add adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) to the list of genetic diseases newborns are screened for, alongside phenylketonuria and hypothyroidism.

From Representative Jason Villalba

February 16, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Appointed to House Appropriations Education Subcommittee

Six days after being appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, State Representative Mary E. Gonzalez has now been appointed to the critical Education subcommittee. The subcommittee, known as the Article III subcommittee due to its location in the budget bill, is responsible for appropriating public and higher education dollars.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

February 15, 2017

Representative Matt Krause: Files School Start Date Bill

Yesterday, Rep. Matt Krause filed HB 1865, a bill that will provide for a more uniform starting and ending date for all public schools in Texas. “Having our schools start and end their school years together will be a great benefit to our state,” said Rep. Krause.

From Representative Matt Krause

February 15, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Pro-Life Senators Fight to Protect Dignity of the Unborn

Today, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard initial public testimony on three pro-life legislative proposals: Senate Bills 8, 258, and 415.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

February 15, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Files Protect Traumatic Crime Survivors From Unwanted Communication Act

State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 917, the Protect Traumatic Crime Survivors from Unwanted Communication Act, prohibiting inmates in prison for traumatic crimes from contacting their victim without consent.

From Senator Van Taylor

February 15, 2017

Texas Values: Texas Lawmakers Roll Out Religious Liberty Legislation

Texas Legislators gathered at the Capitol this afternoon to showcase key bills that will defend religious liberty in the Lone Star State.

From Texas Values

February 15, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Files Legislation to Increase Job Opportunities for HUBs

Senator Borris L. Miles filed a legislative package to increase business opportunities and grant awards for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) joins as co-author of the legislation.

From Senator Borris Miles

February 15, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Workers' Voices Took Down Puzder Nomination

The decision by Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder to step down before his confirmation hearing shows once more that workers' voices need to count when our nation sets workplace rules, AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

From Texas AFL-CIO

February 15, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Proposed Bills Radically Redefine 'Religious Freedom' To Mean Using Religion To Discriminate

Today various state lawmakers joined an anti-LGBT political group at a Texas Capitol press conference touting legislation that allows individuals and businesses to refuse to obey anti-discrimination laws.

From Texas Freedom Network

February 15, 2017

Texas Medical Association: Health Groups Laud Texas Lawmakers for Introducing Legislation to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21 - Proposal Will Protect Kids, Save Lives

Leaders in the Texas Legislature took bold action today to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives by introducing bipartisan legislation to raise the sale age of tobacco products in the state to 21.

From Texas Medical Association

February 15, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Harris County Taxpayer Protection Act Filed by Senator Whitmire, Joint Authored by Senator Bettencourt and 6 Others

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) joined with Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) this week to file Senate Bill 884, the Harris County Taxpayer Protection Act, which would require a public vote on an Astrodome refurbishment plan that uses property taxes, hotel and occupancy taxes (HOT), and rental taxes.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 15, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Global Trade Relationships Critical Driver of Growth

“In my state, in Texas, there is no question: trade delivers in two ways. Number one, it helps Texas families stretch their paychecks by providing greater access to more affordable goods.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 15, 2017

Texas Civil Rights Project: Organizations file FOIA request in response to ICE arrests in Texas

Civil and immigrant rights groups on Tuesday filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for emails and other records related to recent enforcement efforts by Immigration and Customs Enforcements, or ICE.

From Texas Civil Rights Project

February 15, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Introduces Bill to Block Pre-Paid Card Rule

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), Tuesday evening introduced a House resolution of disapproval, under the authority of the Congressional Review Act, to block an Obama Administration-era rule that would impact prepaid accounts starting this October.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 15, 2017

Texas DPS: Helps Rescue More Than 70 Endangered Children in 2016

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced today that DPS Troopers – with the support of the DPS Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program, the Texas Rangers and DPS Special Agents – rescued 76 missing, exploited or at-risk children and initiated 42 related criminal investigations in 2016.

From Texas DPS

February 15, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Americans Who Join ISIS or Other Terrorist Groups Should Have Their Citizenship Revoked

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA) of 2017, which would allow the U.S. government under certain circumstances to revoke the citizenship of Americans who knowingly join or provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 15, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini and Representative Four Price: File Mental Health Parity Legislation

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Representative Four Price, R-Amarillo, today (Feb. 14) filed Senate Bill 860 and House Bill 10, which would ensure that treatments for mental health conditions and substance use disorders are covered by health insurance plans on par with treatments for physical health conditions.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

February 15, 2017

Senator Kel Seliger: Files Financial Aid Legislation

Today, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed three bills that improve the availability of financial aid in Texas. SB 887 will allow students to make more informed choices when borrowing money to pay for college by ensuring they receive an annual update on the their student loans.

From Senator Kel Seliger

February 14, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Appoints SB 1 Work Groups

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today appointed work groups to develop final recommendations for SB 1, the Senate's base budget, as the Senate Finance Committee finished its first four weeks of budget hearings. "We have had four productive weeks of hearings and heard extensive testimony on each agency budget request.

From Senator Jane Nelson

February 14, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Travis County Sheriff's Refusal to Enforce Law

State Senator Donna Campbell attended a press conference this afternoon with members of the Senate and House to express her frustration with the Travis County Sheriff's refusal to honor 3 ICE detainers for criminals here unlawfully and accused of violent, sexual crimes against children.

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 14, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Lauds House Passage of Bill to Help Resolve Red River Land Dispute

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act to protect private property rights along the Red River from federal ownership claims. This legislation seeks to end questions about the federal government's ownership of disputed land along the Red River.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 14, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: New Cornyn Bill Will Increase Transparency in Endangered Species Listing, Protect Texans from Burdensome Settlements

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after introducing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Settlement Reform Act, which would give impacted local parties a voice in the settlement process of ESA litigation between special interest groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

From Senator John Cornyn

February 14, 2017

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: New TRLA Team to Help Crime, Abuse Survivors Handle Financial Problems

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has launched its new Survivor Centered Economic Advocacy (SCEA) team to help victims of sexual assault, family violence and human trafficking deal with the economic difficulties that arise because of abuse and crime.

From Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

February 14, 2017

Texas Freedom Caucus: Formed in the Texas House to Empower Grassroots Texans

The Texas Freedom Caucus was launched today in the Texas House of Representatives. The Texas Freedom Caucus’ mission is to amplify the voice of liberty-minded grassroots Texans who want bold action to protect life, strengthen families, defend the bill of rights, restrain government and revitalize personal and economic freedoms in Texas.

From Texas Freedom Caucus

February 14, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz and Representative John Ratcliffe: Introduce Legislation to Abolish the CFFB

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to reverse unaccountable overreach at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The pair of bills (S. 370 and H.R. 1031) would help advance Republicans’ broader Dodd-Frank reform efforts by tackling Title X of the law.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 14, 2017

Texans for Affordable Healthcare: New Group Launches Effort to Tell the Truth About Freestanding ERs

Texans for Affordable Healthcare (TAHC), a new statewide healthcare advocacy coalition, was formally launched today to expose the non-transparent, anti-consumer tactics frequently used by freestanding emergency rooms (FSERs) to mislead patients and charge them exorbitant prices for medical care.

From Texans for Affordable Healthcare

February 14, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Files Bill to Protect Immigrant Communities

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) recently filed House Bill 1855 to protect immigrant communities by prohibiting Texas law enforcement officers from asking witnesses or crime victims about their immigration status. Data shows that immigrant communities underreport crime because they fear being questioned about their immigration status.

From Representative Eric Johnson

February 14, 2017

Representative Tom Oliverson: Files Legislation to Protect Texas Roads from Unlicensed & Uninsured Drivers

State Representative Tom Oliverson, MD (R-Cypress) filed House Bill 1757, legislation that will allow law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle if a driver does not have a valid driver license or some form of liability coverage. The bill only applies if the license or insurance of the driver cannot be found in the system not if the driver simply does not have the license or insurance on their person at the time.

From Representative Tom Oliverson

February 14, 2017

Representative Jeff Leach: In Support of Israel, Representative Leach Co-Authors Critical Anti-Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Legislation

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach joined legislative leaders in support of Israel by Co-Authoring House Bill 89, with lead author, State Representative Phil King (R- Weatherford). This monumental legislation, known as “Anti-Boycott, Divestment & Sanction (Anti BDS)," reinforces the Lone Star State's wholehearted and unwavering support for the State of Israel.

From Representative Jeff Leach

February 14, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Introduces Three Bills Focused on Spending and Accountability of State Agencies

Texas House Representative Dustin Burrows (HD-83) introduced three bills today, all focused on effective stewardship of taxpayers' dollars. "Our state government - legislators and our state agencies - ought to be judged by how well we meet legitimate objectives. These bills encourage proper budget planning and accountability.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

February 14, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: New Study: Texas is Failing on Sex Education

Eight in ten school districts in Texas – a state with one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation – either don’t teach high school students about birth control or offer no sex education at all, according to a major report released today by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

From Texas Freedom Network

February 14, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 14, 2017

National Federation of Independent Business: Small Business Owners March to the Capitol

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Texas, the state’s leading small business association, will host the seventh biennial Texas Small Business Day at the Capitol event, featuring speeches from a number of state leaders including Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

From National Federation of Independent Business

February 14, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Files SB 855 to End All Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Providers

Today State Senator Donna Campbell filed Senate Bill 855, a key component of Governor's Abbott's LIFE Initiative, to prohibit taxpayer dollars at the state and local level from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers and affiliates.

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 13, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on El Paso Electric Company's 2017 Rate Case

Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the rate case filed by the El Paso Electric Company earlier today. The new rate case includes solar provisions substantially similar to those in its 2015 rate case.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

February 13, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Filing of SB 10 - Hailstorm Lawsuit Reform

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the filing of Senate Bill 10 - Hailstorm Lawsuit Reform, by Senator Kelly Hancock (R - North Richland Hills):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 13, 2017

Senator Kelly Hancock: Statement on Hailstorm Lawsuit Abuse Reform

Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) today filed Senate Bill 10 to reform the hailstorm litigation process and issued the following statement: "As Governor Abbott said in his State of the State address, 'One reason Texas attracts so many jobs is because of the strides we've made on tort reform. But our work is not done.'

From Senator Kelly Hancock

February 13, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Insists on Fraud Protection Tools to Stop Statewide Registration and Title System Thefts

Today at the Senate Finance Committee hearing chaired by Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) questioned Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Director Whitney Brewster on the status of actual fraud detection software and systems in the state’s Registration and Title System (RTS).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 13, 2017

Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson: Elected Chairman of the Texas Legislative Rural Caucus

Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson (District 56-Waco) was chosen to serve a third term as Chairman of the Rural Caucus for the 85th Texas Legislature. The Rural Caucus is a bi-partisan group of legislators from both the House and the Senate which meets during session to keep informed, and communicate with the Legislature at large on matters of interest to the rural community in Texas, providing a strong, cohesive voice on the rural perspective in legislative matters.

From Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson

February 13, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement Regarding Filing of Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 1774

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) President Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. today released the following statement regarding the filing of Senate Bill 10 by Sen. Kelly Hancock and House Bill 1774 by Rep. Greg Bonnen: “Hail-related litigation is the worst lawsuit abuse in Texas today.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

February 13, 2017

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse: Lauds Lt. Governor, Sen. Hancock for their Leadership on Hail Storm Lawsuit Abuse Reform

The following statement regarding today’s hail storm lawsuit reform bill filing should be attributed to Jennifer Harris, executive director and spokesperson for Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (TALA): “Today in Texas, storm chasing is the new ambulance chasing, and that’s why we laud Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Sen. Kelly Hancock for making hail storm lawsuit reform a top priority this legislative session.

From Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse

February 13, 2017

Texas Trial Lawyers Association: Statement on Filing of SB 10 and SB 1774

Below is a statement from Will Adams, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, about the filing of SB 10 and HB 1774, related to the handling of insurance claims brought by Texas property owners: Texas property owners rely on their insurance policy to rebuild their homes and reopen their businesses after a disaster.

From Texas Trial Lawyers Association

February 13, 2017

Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders: Announces New Program, "Texas Cares"

The Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (Council) is pleased to announce a new program, “Texas Cares,” a model for memory capable communities and support for family caregivers, developed and administered through Baylor Scott and White Health and Texas A&M School of Public Health.

From Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

February 13, 2017

Texas House Republican Caucus: Announces Full Policy Committee for the 85th Legislature

The Texas House Republican Caucus is pleased to announce that Representative Craig Goldman has been selected Chairman of the Policy Committee and Representative Greg Bonnen has been selected as Vice-Chair.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

February 13, 2017

Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson: Appointed Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Energy Resources

Today, State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson (R, Waco) announced his committee assignments for the 85th Texas Legislature which has been underway in Austin, our State’s Capital, since January 10th.

From Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson

February 13, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Texas Fatal Crashes Continue to Rise

Texas highways continue to be a deadly form of travel as traffic crashes involving injuries and fatalities continue to rise. There were 3,400 fatal crashes on Texas highways in 2016 and 175,000 injury accidents.

From Insurance Council of Texas

February 13, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Appointed to House Committees on State Affairs, Redistricting & Environmental Regulation

Yesterday, Texas State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) was appointed by House Speaker Joe Straus to the House Committees on State Affairs, Redistricting and Environmental Regulation.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

February 10, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Protection of Property Rights and Civil Liberties for Texans

Civil asset forfeiture is one of the most controversial practices in the American criminal justice system. Civil asset forfeiture is a process by which local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities obtain ownership and control of an individual's property without committing a crime.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

February 10, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Appointed to U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group

Today Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recognized Representative Will Hurd’s leadership on border security, trade, and transnational cooperation, by appointing Hurd to the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) for the 115th Congress.

From Representative Will Hurd

February 10, 2017

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: Lovin' It, Makin' It: Black Caucus to Honor Entrepreneur-Philanthropist

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

February 10, 2017

Representative Drew Springer: Receives Committee Assignments

On Thursday, Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, announced Committee Assignments for the 85th Legislature and appointed Rep. Drew Springer as Vice Chairman of County Affairs. The House Committee on County Affairs handles issues pertaining to county governments and other rural topics.

From Representative Drew Springer

February 10, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Re-Appointed Vice-Chair of Transportation

State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) was appointed today to serve on three key committees for the 85th Legislative Session. Rep. Martinez was re-appointed Vice-Chair to the powerful House Transportation Committee as well as to the Redistricting and Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committees.

From Representative Armando Martinez

February 10, 2017

Representative Cindy Burkett: Files HB 4 to Strengthen Kinship Care in Texas

Today, State Representative Cindy Burkett (R - Sunnyvale) filed HB 4 to strengthen the support provided to Kinship Care families. Kinship Care allows kids to remain within their family structure which provides greater emotional support and better long-term outcomes.

From Representative Cindy Burkett

February 10, 2017

Representative James Frank: Legislation Filed to Improve Texas Foster Care, Protect Children

Representative James B. Frank, R-Wichita Falls, the vice chair of the House Committee on Human Services, yesterday evening filed two bills to restructure Texas foster care services, eliminating the status quo in child welfare operations.

From Representative James Frank

February 10, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds Dr. Tom Price's Confirmation as HHS Secretary

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, issued the following statement today applauding the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

From Representative Brian Babin

February 10, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Reacts to Appeals Court Ruling on President's Travel Ban

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) has released the following statement regarding the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to not reinstate President Trump’s travel ban: “The 9th Circuit’s unanimous ruling is a victory for our Constitution and our laws.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 10, 2017

Representative Dan Huberty: Named Chairman of Public Education Committee

State Representative Dan Huberty has been named the Chairman of the House Public Education Committee and was also appointed to serve on the Pensions Committee for the 85th Legislative Session. Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, announced committee assignments for all members Thursday morning.

From Representative Dan Huberty

February 10, 2017

Representative Rafael Anchia: Re-Appointed Chair of the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee

Today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced committee assignments for the 85th Legislative Session. Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) was re-appointed Chair of the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and a member of the Pensions Committee and the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility. Jeff Madden will remain as Committee Director.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

February 10, 2017

Representative Diego Bernal: Named Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Public Education, also assigned to Committees on Urban Affairs and House Administration

"Public education has been at the center of my work since before I entered politics. It is an honor and a privilege to continue that work as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Public Education.

From Representative Diego Bernal

February 10, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against reinstating President Trump’s travel ban executive order: “I’m glad the 9th Circuit has ruled that the President’s travel ban executive order will remain on hold.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 10, 2017

Representative Matt Krause: Assigned to Two Committees for the 85th Legislature

Today, House Speaker Joe Straus announced the committee assignments for the 85th Legislature, naming Representative Matt Krause to two committees. Representative Krause will serve on the Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee and will be serving on the Land & Resource Management Committee for a second consecutive session.

From Representative Matt Krause

February 10, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement SB 798 - Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the filing of Senate Bill 798, naming July 7 as Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day, by Senator Don Huffines, (R-Dallas).

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 10, 2017

Representative Roland Gutierrez: Named to Chair Veterans' Committee

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

February 10, 2017

Representative Armando Walle: Appointed to Influential Committees

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) was appointed to serve on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations as well as the critical House Committee on Energy Resources.

From Representative Armando Walle

February 10, 2017

Representative John Wray: Receives Committee Appointments for the 85th Legislative Session

This afternoon, Speaker Joe Straus released House committee assignments for the 85th legislative session, appointing Representative John Wray to three committees: Homeland Security and Public Safety, Rules and Resolutions, and Transportation.

From Representative John Wray

February 9, 2017

Representative Byron Cook: Re-Appointed to Chair State Affiars and Serve on Calendars Committees

Today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus re-appointed Representative Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) to serve as chair of the House Committee on State Affairs for the fourth consecutive legislative session.

From Representative Byron Cook

February 9, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Addresses Texas Water Day

U.S Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed the 13th annual Texas Water Day, hosted by the Texas Water Conservation Association, where he reiterated his commitment to reducing federal regulations that impact Texas water rights and water conservation and returning more regulatory authority to state and local governments.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 9, 2017

Representative Evelina Ortega: Named to Three House Committees for the 85th Session

Today, House Speaker Joe Straus released his committee appointments for the 85th Legislative Session. Representative Lina Ortega was appointed to three committees: Economic & Small Business Development, International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure.

From Representative Evelina Ortega

February 9, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Appointed Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs

Today, Speaker Straus announced committee appointments for the Texas House of Representatives for the 85th Texas Legislature. Representative César Blanco was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veteran Affairs.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

February 9, 2017

Representative Rick Miller: Appointed to Serve on Appropriations and Human Services

Today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced that State Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) was selected to serve on the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Human Services.

From Representative Rick Miller

February 9, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Named to Committees for 85th Legislative Session

Texas House of Representative Dustin Burrows (HD-83) has been appointed to the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, and the Investments and Financial Services Committee for the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

February 9, 2017

Representative Tony Dale: Assigned to the Environmental Regulation Committee and Appointed Vice Chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee

Religious leaders from across Texas gathered in Austin today to deliver a clear message that proposed legislation encouraging or requiring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is immoral and contrary to the values of love, respect and inclusion shared by people of all faiths.

From Representative Tony Dale

February 9, 2017

Texas Believes: Texas Faith Leaders Issue Moral Call Against Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills in Texas Legislature

Religious leaders from across Texas gathered in Austin today to deliver a clear message that proposed legislation encouraging or requiring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is immoral and contrary to the values of love, respect and inclusion shared by people of all faiths.

From Texas Believes

February 9, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Named Vice-Chair of House Agriculture & Livestock Committee; Member of House Appropriations Committee

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

February 9, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Re-Appointed to Energy Resources Committee and other key panels

On Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) was appointed to serve on the three House committees: Energy Resources, Environmental Regulation, and Local & Consent Calendars.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

February 9, 2017

Representative Chris Turner: Statement on Committee Assignments

Today, Representative Chris Turner (HD101 - Grand Prairie) released the following statement in response to his appointment to the House Committees on Higher Education, Insurance, General Investigating & Ethics and the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility.

From Representative Chris Turner

February 9, 2017

Representative Ed Thompson: Named Vice-Chair of Environmental Regulation Committee, Appointed to Transportation Committee

Speaker Joe Straus announced committee assignments for the 85th Session of the Texas House of Representatives today, appointing Representative Ed Thompson as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and as a member of the House Committee on Transportation.

From Representative Ed Thompson

February 9, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Appointed to Influential Committees for 85th Texas Legislature

Today Speaker Joe Straus announced committee assignments on the House floor. Representative Poncho Nevárez was assigned to the Calendars Committee, General Investigating and Ethics Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and will continue to serve as Vice-Chair of Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

February 9, 2017

Representative Tan Parker: Re-Appinted Chairman of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services

Today Representative Tan Parker was re-appointed as Chairman of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services. This crucial committee has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the state banking system, savings and loan associations, the regulation of securities and investments, identity theft, and a number of other financial issues.

From Representative Tan Parker

February 9, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Committee Assignments

"Earlier today Speaker Joe Straus announced the committee assignments that each House member will have during the 85th Texas Legislature. I am pleased and humbled to be reappointed Chair of the County Affairs Committee and to continue my service on the Public Health Committee.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

February 9, 2017

Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.: Re-Appointed to House Appropriations Committee; Vice-Chair of House Insurance Committee

This morning, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus once again appointed State Representative Sergio Mun?oz, Jr. as Vice-Chair of the Insurance Committee and a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.

February 9, 2017

Representative Jeff Leach: Appointed Vice Chair of the House Committee on Urban Affairs and Member of the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development

Today, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced committee assignments for the 85th Legislative Session, appointing Representative Jeff Leach as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Urban Affairs and as a member of the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development.

From Representative Jeff Leach

February 9, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Maintains Powerful Role in Texas House

Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas) was reappointed to the three most powerful committees in the Texas House- State Affairs, where she serves as the Vice-Chair, Appropriations, as well as Calendars.

From Representative Helen Giddings

February 9, 2017

Sierra Club: Testifies in Senate Finance Committee on Water, Railroad Commission, TCEQ Budgets

The Texas Senate Finance Committee took testimony on budgets for several agencies including the Texas Water Development Board, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Railroad Commission.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

February 9, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Appointed to Public Health & Energy Resources Committees

Today, Speaker Joe Straus released the highly-anticipated committee assignments that Members will serve on throughout the course of the 85th legislative session. As Speaker of the House, Straus is tasked with assigning members to serve on the different House committees.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

February 9, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Appointed to Four Prominent House Committees

Today, Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) was appointed by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services, the House Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility, and named Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Redistricting for the 85th Texas Legislature.

From Representative Eric Johnson

February 9, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Named Vice-Chair of Business & Industry Committee

The Speaker of the House announced committee assignments today, naming State Rep. Hugh D. Shine Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Business & Industry. A full list of the committees Shine will serve on is included below.

From Representative Hugh Shine

February 9, 2017

Texas Aspires: Statement on Committee Assignments for the 85th Legislative Session

Below is Texas Aspires Executive Director Courtney Boswell’s statement following the release of House Public Education Committee assignments. "Texas Aspires congratulates the representatives named today to serve on the Public Education Committee in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Texas Aspires

February 9, 2017

Representative Drew Darby: Named Chairman of House Energy Resources Committee, Chairman of the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility, Appointed to Ways and Means

Today, State Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) was named Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee for the 85th Texas Legislature. In addition, Representative Darby was appointed as Chairman of the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility and as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee which oversees all tax related matters.

From Representative Drew Darby

February 9, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Property Tax Bills Really Are Growing at 21/3 Times Faster Than Household Income

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) today released a data comparison chart showing that property tax bills really are growing 2? times faster than that of household income from 2010 to 2015.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 9, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Announces House Committee Assignments

Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced Texas House committee assignments for the 85th Legislature. “We want to utilize Members’ strengths and allow them to work on issues that matter to their districts,” said Speaker Straus, R-San Antonio.

From Speaker Joe Straus

February 9, 2017

Representative John Zerwas: Appointed Chairman of House Committee on Appropriations

Today House Speaker Joe Straus appointed State Representative John Zerwas, M.D. (R-Richmond), as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations. "It is a privilege to lead the House budget process," Zerwas said.

From Representative John Zerwas

February 9, 2017

APRN Alliance: Applauds Rep. Klick and Sen. Hancock for Championing Legislation to Remove Regulatory Barriers for Health Care Providers and their Patients

Today, Texas State Representative Stephanie Klick held a press conference to announce HB 1415/SB 681, legislation that would remove outdated and costly barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and allow these health care providers to practice to the full extent of their training and education.

From APRN Alliance

February 9, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-TX) issued the following statement today applauding U.S. Senate confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as the next U.S. Attorney General:

From Representative Brian Babin

February 9, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Coalition for Health Care Access Announces Support for HB 1415 and SB 681

A group of diverse organizations representing consumers and business, and a broad range of health care stakeholders have come together to form the Coalition for Health Care Access.

From Texas Association of Business

February 9, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Files Legislative Bills in support Texas Law Enforcement Personnel and their Families

Citing an urgent need by members of Texas law enforcement and their families, Texas House Representative Dustin Burrows (HD-83) has filed HB 1688, legislation that will create a "law enforcement liaison" within the Texas Department of Worker's Compensation Agency.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

February 9, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Pursues Purple Heart State Designation

State Representative Hugh D. Shine has filed a resolution to officially designate Texas as a Purple Heart State. The passage of HCR 56 will recognize Purple Heart recipients across the state and officially designate August 7 as annual Purple Heart Day.

From Representative Hugh Shine

February 9, 2017

Texas Pastor Council: Texas Pastors from "Every Color, Every Corner" gather in Austin and support Texas Privacy Act

Pastors representing a diversity of ethnic and denominational backgrounds from much of Texas gathered Thursday in Austin for a Texas Pastor Policy Summit hosted by Texas Pastor Council to hear from state elected officials and a number of issues experts.

From Texas Pastor Council

February 9, 2017

Texas Right to Life: Senate Confirms Pro-Life Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Texas Right to Life is encouraged by President Donald Trump’s nomination and the Senate’s confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Senator Sessions brings strong Pro-Life principles to his position in the president’s cabinet.

From Texas Right to Life

February 9, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Sen. Sessions Will Restore the Rule of Law

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement in support of Sen. Jeff Sessions, today confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Attorney General: “The confirmation of Sen. Sessions to be the 84th Attorney General of the United States is wonderful news for those who revere the rule of law.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 9, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Files SB 782 to Push Back Against Costly Local Tree Ordinances

Today State Senator Donna Campbell filed Senate Bill 782 to protect property owners from burdensome regulations and ordinances regarding trees and timber, guaranteeing Texas property owners the right to use their land and trim their trees as they best see fit.

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 8, 2017

The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Statement on the Passage of S.B. 4, the Anti-Immigrant Bill

Today, the Senate passed S.B. 4, a flawed anti-immigrant bill, over the objections of hundreds of witnesses who testified in opposition and all the Democratic senators who represent them and millions of other Texans. S.B. 4 will open the door for racial profiling by law enforcement, which will make our communities less safe.

From The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

February 8, 2017

Progress Texas: Broad Coalition of Organizations Launches Proactive Reproductive Rights and Justice Policy Campaign in Texas

At a press conference today, a broad coalition of organizations representing diverse voices from across the state announced a coordinated, proactive reproductive health, rights, and justice policy campaign for Texas.

From Progress Texas

February 8, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Senate Passes Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on today's Senate passage of Senate Bill 4: The Senate today took the final step in passing S.B. 4, a thinly disguised attack on immigrant communities.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

February 8, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Statement on Senate Passing Sanctuary Cities Ban

State Senator Van Taylor released the following statement on the Senate passage of S.B. 4, authored by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), which bans sanctuary cities in Texas. Senator Taylor coauthored this legislation and Governor Greg Abbott declared it an emergency item.

From Senator Van Taylor

February 8, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: An Advocate for Texas Immigrants

Representative Wu (D - Houston) expressed disappointment that Governor Abbott declared a so-called sanctuary city ban as one of his top priorities in last week's State of the State Address.

From Representative Gene Wu

February 8, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding SB 4

"Republicans in the Texas State Senate advanced the controversial Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 4 with a split vote today. This divisive bill would effectively make our local police federal immigration enforcers, and in return, law enforcement would receive little to no training.

From Senator Borris Miles

February 8, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $859 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $858.6 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 1 percent less than in February 2016.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

February 8, 2017

Texas Association of Manufacturers: Manufacturers Day at State Capitol Focuses on Jobs, Transportation, Education

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) and its members gathered at the State Capitol today to celebrate Manufacturers Day, impressing upon lawmakers that #ManufacturingMatters to the state’s economy and jobs. Industry leaders urged state leaders to embrace legislation that would encourage investment, enhance transportation safety and productivity, and strengthen workforce education.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

February 8, 2017

Senator Konni Burton: Releases Statement on Yesterday's Events Regarding Civil Asset Forfeiture

Today, Sen. Konni Burton released the following statement on yesterday's events regarding civil asset forfeiture: "I have never met with Sheriff Eavenson, nor even heard of him before yesterday. However, I take exception to his comments on asset forfeiture reform.

From Senator Konni Burton

February 8, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Hosts Bipartisan Round Table on Veterans' Educational Success

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19), in his first action as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, a division of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, hosted a bipartisan roundtable discussion regarding the education of student veterans.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

February 8, 2017

Senator Larry Taylor: Files to Provide High School Students with Technology Pathway for High-Demand Jobs

Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) announced the filing of Senate Bill 22, the P-TECH model legislation. P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is a program designed to create a direct pathway for students from high school to college to the workplace.

From Senator Larry Taylor

February 8, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Republican Replacement Ideas for Obamacare will Empower Patients with more Affordable Health Care Choices

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) debated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a CNN Town Hall tonight regarding the future of Obamacare. During the debate, Sen. Cruz discussed some of the Republican ideas for replacing Obamacare that put patients, working with their doctors -- and not the government -- back in charge of their health.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 8, 2017

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Texas Senate Passes Legislation to End Sanctuary Cities and Counties

The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 4 today, aimed at ending sanctuary cities and counties across Texas. The bill prohibits local entities from implementing policies that undermine or interfere with the enforcement of state and federal immigration laws.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

February 8, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 4 - Sanctuary Cities

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 4 - the Sanctuary Cities bill, by Senator Perry (R - Lubbock): "No city in Texas should be allowed to ignore the law. I congratulate Sen. Perry on today's vote in the Senate to pass SB 4 and thank him for his commitment to keeping our communities safe.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 8, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Statement on President Trump's Comments

Based on news reports regarding President Trump's comments on asset forfeiture bills filed in the Texas Legislature, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa released the following statement: "I do not know and have not met with Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

February 8, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Introduces Resolution Calling for DOJ Investigation into Trump Compliance with Constitution

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced a resolution calling on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint an independent counsel to investigate whether President Trump or his staff directed, or knowingly permitted, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) actions that violated judicial orders designed to stay the January 27, 2017 travel ban executive order (E.O. 13769).

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 7, 2017

Texas Against High-Speed Rail: Texas Central Abandons Lawsuits while Landowners Renew Opposition to HSR Project

In keeping with their corporate behavior of deflecting and redirecting, Texas Central has released a statement today via their public relations firm regarding “key milestones,” but these claims of progress are, as usual, unsubstantiated and do not reflect the nefarious corporate activity that led to these “milestones.”

From Texas Against High-Speed Rail

February 7, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 14 - Ethics Reform

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 14 - the Ethics Reform bill, by Senator Van Taylor (R-Plano): "Government, at all levels, must inspire the public’s trust in a transparent and ethically principled manner.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 7, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Only Texas Elected Official Named to Let America Vote Board of Advisors to Fight Voter Suppression Laws Across the Nation

Representative Eric Johnson was chosen as one of the 27 members named to the Board of Advisors for Let America Vote, an organization launched by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander that is dedicated to winning the public debate over voter suppression in the United States.

From Representative Eric Johnson

February 7, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Major Ethics Reform Passes Unanimously Out of Senate

State Senator Van Taylor released the following statement in response to SB 14, the Ethics Reform and Anti-Corruption Act of 2017, passing 31-0 out of the Senate Chamber. Declared an emergency item by Governor Abbott and a priority bill by Lieutenant Governor Patrick, this major ethics reform legislation became the first bill voted out of the Senate Chamber during the 2017 Legislative Session.

From Senator Van Taylor

February 7, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Betsy DeVos Will Help Unlock the Gates of Opportunity

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement in support of Betsy DeVos, today confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Secretary of Education: “The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is welcome news for students and parents in Texas and across our great nation.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 7, 2017

Texas County & District Retirement System: Celebrates 50th Anniversary

A lot of good things started in 1967: The first Super Bowl kicked off in Los Angeles, Aretha Franklin released the song "Respect" and the bill that created the Texas County & District Retirement System (TCDRS) was signed into law.

From Texas County & District Retirement System

February 7, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: With DeVos Confirmation, Real Fight for Public Schools Just Beginning

Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, issued the following statement today on the Senate’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: “There is a reason that it took an unprecedented tie-breaking vote by the vice president to confirm the new education secretary: Betsy DeVos is totally unqualified for the job.

From Texas State Teachers Association

February 7, 2017

Texas Solar Power: Texas Solar Jobs Grew by 34% in 2016, Survey Finds

Texas solar jobs grew 34 percent in 2016 over the previous year, adding 2,366 workers to reach 9,396 jobs in the state, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2016 released Tuesday by The Solar Foundation. Texas has the third largest number of solar jobs in nation.

From Texas Solar Power

February 7, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Appointed to Democratic Leadership Role

Today, House Democratic Chair Representative Chris Turner appointed Representative César Blanco as the House Democratic Whip. The Whip is charged with mobilizing the party vote on important legislation and shaping House Democrats’ legislative priorities.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

February 7, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Bipartisan Bill to Increase North Am. Devel. Bank Funds Introduced by Texas Border Congressmen

Late yesterday afternoon, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced the North American Development Bank Improvement and General Capital Increase Authorization Act of 2017, co-sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX).

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 7, 2017

Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation: Capitol Exhibit to Showcase Barbara Jordan's Impact on Equal Rights, Social Justice for All

“The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation is committed to preserving her commitment to core values like justice and fairness, and ensuring future generations can learn from her life of public service,” said Hon. Wilford Flowers, president of the Foundation.

From Barbara Jordan Foundation

February 7, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Named Chairman of Veterans' Subcommittee

West Texas achieved another considerable victory today, as Congressman Jodey Arrington has been selected to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, a division of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Arrington was one of only a few freshmen members of Congress appointed to serve as a subcommittee chairman in the 115th Congress.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

February 6, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Travis County #STRONGERTOGETHER Gains Early Momentum in Effort to Protect Threatened Programs

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott followed through on his threat to "hammer" Travis County families and withhold millions of dollars in Criminal Justice Division (CJD) state grant in the culmination of his intimidation campaign against the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

February 6, 2017

Representative Dwayne Bohac: Files Legislation to End All Property Taxes for Elderly Homeowners

State Representative Dwayne Bohac (Houston-District 138) has filed House Bill 1473 that will exempt anyone eighty years old or over from all property taxes if they’ve owned their home for at least ten years.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac

February 6, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Announces Addition of Sheets and Hobbs to Outside Legal Team

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today announced the addition of former Texas State Rep. Kenneth Sheets and former Texas Supreme Court General Counsel Lisa Bowlin Hobbs to its outside legal team. Sheets will provide legal advice on a variety of issues impacting Texas’ civil justice

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

February 6, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement in Response to PolitiFact Texas Report

The following statement is from the Texas Association of Business (TAB) regarding the PolitiFact Texas’ rating of “Mostly False” on TAB’s economic impact study related to discriminatory legislation:

From Texas Association of Business

February 6, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Texas Rangers on Case of Theft of Tom Brady's Jersey

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has asked the Texas Rangers to assist the Houston Police Department in finding New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady's jersey, which was stolen from the Patriot's locker room at NRG Stadium in Houston last night. Brady wore the jersey during the Patriots comeback victory in the Super Bowl.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 6, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Rolling Back Government Red Tape

The last thing my constituents want is more vague and confusing government regulations that come at the expense of hardworking families and small businesses.

From Representative Will Hurd

February 6, 2017

Representative Matt Shaheen: Slams Texas Association of Business Over Flawed Report

State Representative Matt Shaheen was joined by several legislators this morning calling for the Texas Association of Business to retract a report that was deemed "mostly false" by PolitiFact over the weekend. The report erroneously claimed that Texas would lose billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs should privacy legislation like Shaheen's H.B. 1362 become law.

From Representative Matt Shaheen

February 6, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Property Tax Relief and Reform Act, SB 2, Picks Up a Bipartisan Backer

Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Manuel Medina, speaking to the Mission Democrats of Bexar County gathering in San Antonio Thursday night, added his support for Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 6, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: February is Insurance Careers Month

February marks the second annual Insurance Careers Month, which is designed to encourage young people to look at the diverse opportunities that a career in insurance offers.

From Insurance Council of Texas

February 6, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: HISD Board Heeds Senator Bettencourt's Call and Schedules New "Recapture" Election for May 6

Following the public demand by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has scheduled a new HISD “recapture” election to be held on May 6 to allow voters the opportunity to avoid the lose-lose-lose situation that currently exists.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 3, 2017

Texas Education Agency: SBOE gives Preliminary Approval to Revised English and Spanish Language Arts and Science Standards

After lengthy discussion and review, the State Board of Education Friday gave preliminary approval to revised curriculum standards for English and Spanish language arts and reading for kindergarten through eighth grade.

From Texas Education Agency

February 3, 2017

Senator Konni Burton: Applauds Several Abbott Priorities

Today, Sen. Konni Burton released the following statement on Governor Greg Abbott's State of the State Address: "I have taken a few days to thoroughly review the State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Abbott, and I am extremely supportive of several of the positions he laid out.

From Senator Konni Burton

February 3, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Issues Statement Supporting New Sanctions on Iran

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement today in support of the Trump Administration’s decision to apply new sanctions on Iran: “I commend the Trump Administration for holding Iran accountable for its belligerent and destabilizing behavior.

From Representative Brian Babin

February 3, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Leads Effort to Prevent Harm to Travis County Vets, Women & Children

On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott fulfilled his threat to withhold millions of dollars in Criminal Justice Division (CJD) state grant funds administered by the Office of the Governor (OOG).

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

February 3, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on Trump Dodd-Frank Review

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, on Friday released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would begin scaling back the Dodd-Frank Act: sweeping regulation that has blanketed nearly every aspect of the financial sector including large banks on Wall Street and small businesses and community banks.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 3, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: A Science Classroom is No Place for "Alternative Facts"

Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, issued the following statement today in response to the State Board of Education’s failure to remove language encouraging unproven junk science from the state’s science curriculum standards:

From Texas State Teachers Association

February 3, 2017

Representative Roberto Alonzo: Stands with Community Members and Fellow Texans to Oppose SB 4

State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo applauds hundreds of community leaders and concerned Texans that came to the State Capitol yesterday and testified against SB 4 for 16 hours. Rep. Alonzo stands with these courageous citizens in their commitment against a bill that would put unnecessary stress on communities across Texas.

From Representative Roberto Alonzo

February 3, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: After One Day of Testimony, Senate Committee Approved SB 4 on Party-Line Vote

Last night, the Senate Committee on State Affairs voted 7-2 to approve SB 4, one of many "anti-sanctuary city" bills filed so far in the 85th Legislative Session.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

February 3, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Medicaid Managed Care is a Win-Win for Taxpayers and Texans on Medicaid

Pointing to significant taxpayer savings and more efficient care, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) today urged the Texas Legislature to allow for the transition of the Medicaid prescription drug benefit to private health plan management to occur as scheduled.

From Texas Association of Business

February 3, 2017

Texas Aspires: Former US Secretary of Education Rod Paige Responds to Legislation that Leaves Texas Students Vulnerable

– Texas Aspires board member Dr. Rod Paige, former superintendent of Houston ISD and secretary of education under President George W. Bush, today responded to the press conference introducing House Bill 1333.

From Texas Aspires

February 3, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement Following the Filing of Senate Bill 17 - Franchise Tax Reduction

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released this statement following the filing of Senate Bill 17 - Franchise Tax reduction, by Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson (R - Flower Mound):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 3, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Judge Gorsuch Take Seriously His Obligation to Interpret the Law and Follow the Constitution

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement after his meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch: “Judge Neil Gorsuch is an impressive jurist who takes seriously his obligation to interpret the law and to follow the Constitution.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 2, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Senate Panel Pushes Forward with Fixes to CPS/Foster Care

Today, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services received initial testimony on Senate Bill 11, a legislative proposal to reform the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and address a number of structural problems with how the state manages it's child protection efforts. In December, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed SB 11 and called on Governor Greg Abbott to designate it an emergency agenda item, a process that allows lawmakers to act upon legislation within the first 60 days of the session. In Tuesday's State of the State address, Governor Abbott named child protection issues as one of his four emergency items.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

February 2, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: SB 17 Keeps Texas on Path to Eliminating Franchise Tax

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 17, which establishes a formula with the goal of phasing out the franchise tax over the next 10 years. "SB 17 keeps Texas on the path to responsibly eliminating the franchise tax while maintaining the ability to meet our needs.

From Senator Jane Nelson

February 2, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Files Legislation to Study Cyber-Threats on Election Infrastructure

Today, Representative César Blanco filed legislation to ensure the integrity of Texas elections by studying cyber-threats on election infrastructure. On January 6, 2017 the U.S. Office of the Director of the National Intelligence released an investigative report concluding that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

February 2, 2017

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

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.45 billion in January, 0.7 percent less than in January 2016. “Sales tax collections reflect tepid spending by both businesses and consumers,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

February 2, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Files Chris Kyle Memorial Highway Bill

On Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf filed House Bill 1483 to name State Highway 191 in Ector County as the “Chris Kyle Memorial Highway.” February 2, 2017, the day Landgraf filed the legislation, marks the fourth anniversary of Kyle’s tragic death.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

February 2, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Files SB 715 to Protect Property Owners from Forced Annexation

State Senator Donna Campbell filed Senate Bill 715 on Thursday, also known as the Texas Annexation Reform Act. The bill protects property owners from involuntary annexation and proposes needed reforms to the municipal annexation process in Texas.

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 2, 2017

Representative Lloyd Doggett: Introduces Bill to Helping Working

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, introduced today the Expand American Educational Opportunity Act, which would help working families pay for college.

From Representative Lloyd Doggett

February 2, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Statement on Ethics Bill Passing Senate State Affairs Committee Unanimously

State Senator Van Taylor released the following statement in response to SB 14, the Ethics Reform and Anti-Corruption Act of 2017, passing unanimously out of the State Affairs Committee this morning.

From Senator Van Taylor

February 2, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Easing of Sanctions against Russia

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Treasury Department eased sanctions on the Russian intelligence service FSB:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 2, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Hires New Executive Director and Senior Counsel

Today, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) announced the hiring of Executive Director Jaclyn Uresti and Senior Counsel Liz Cedillo-Pereira. Jaclyn brings more than 10 years of legislative and campaign experience in Texas politics.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

February 2, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Files Bill to Address Inequity and Adequacy in Public School Finance System

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

February 2, 2017

The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Opposes S.B. 4

S.B. 4 takes away the discretion local police, including those serving universities and colleges, have to make judgments about their community safety. Adding schools to the bill places our students under suspicion.

From The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

February 2, 2017

Representative Paul Workman: Introduces Legislative Package to Give Voice to Austin Energy Customers and Improve Affordability

State Representative Paul Workman introduced a series of legislation designed to improve service, transparency, and fairness for customers of the City of Austin's municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy.

From Representative Paul Workman

February 2, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: S.B. 4 Targets Immigrant Communities

Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on today's committee hearing of Senate Bill 4: Texas depends on immigrants for its economic vitality, from those who pick crops to those who create technology and jobs.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

February 2, 2017

Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance: Applauds Bipartisan Stand to Protect Texans' Right to Play Fantasy Sports

Representative Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) today filed HB-1457 to clarify and affirm the legality of fantasy sports in Texas, which is played by more than four million Texans each year.

From Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance

February 2, 2017

Representative Rodney Anderson: Joint Authors The Teaching Over Testing Act

At a press conference in the Texas Capitol this afternoon, State Representative Rodney Anderson announced that he has Joint Authored House Bill 1333 by Jason Isaac, The Teaching Over Testing Act.

From Representative Rodney Anderson

February 2, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Faith-based Groups Stand Against SB4 and other Anti-Immigrant Legislation

A coalition of faith-based organizations, including the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, Austin Interfaith and the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation, are stepping up the pressure for the Texas Legislature to reject so-called “anti-sanctuary city” bills.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

February 1, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Grades State of the State

Today, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) released their report card for Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address. MALC Chairman Rafael Anchia previously outlined MALC’s legislative priorities in the State of Latino Texas address earlier this week.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

February 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Under Tillerson We Can Chart a Stronger Course for U.S. National Security and Diplomacy

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement in support of Rex Tillerson, today confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Secretary of State:

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 1, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Calls for Key Election Reform

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement Wednesday following the State of the Judiciary address by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht: “I agree with Chief Justice Hecht that we should end straight ticket voting in judicial elections, but we shouldn't stop there.

From Speaker Joe Straus

February 1, 2017

Representative Lloyd Doggett: Issues Statement on President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Democrat on the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy and former justice on the Texas Supreme Court, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination:

From Representative Lloyd Doggett

February 1, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Calls Out State Board of Education for Once Again Overruling Teachers

Today the State Board of Education voted to overrule a panel of teachers and scholars who have recommended striking from Texas science curriculum standards various requirements based on creationist arguments against evolution.

From Texas Freedom Network

February 1, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement of Support for Legislation to End Sanctuary Cities

State Senator Donna Campbell attended a press conference this morning with members of the Senate Republican Caucus to show her full support for Senate Bill 4. Senator Campbell is a co-author of the bill and released the following statement:

From Senator Donna Campbell

February 1, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Tillerson Will Serve with 'Great Integrity'

Prior to today’s final vote in the Senate, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 1, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Governor Abbott Fulfills Threat, Cuts off State Grant Funds to Travis County

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott followed through on the ultimatum he delivered to Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez on Monday, January 23.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

February 1, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement today in support of President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: “Judge Neil Gorsuch is an outstanding choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on our nation’s highest court.

From Representative Brian Babin

February 1, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Receives 'Partner in Courage Award'

Last night, Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was honored with the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas 2017 Partner In Courage Award during the biennial Partners in Courage Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

From Senator Jane Nelson

February 1, 2017

Texas Council on Family Violence: Kicks Off National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month in February at the Texas Capitol with their "Young Hearts Matter" Campaign and First Ever Youth Rally Day

Today, Young Hearts Matter, a campaign to bring awareness to teen dating abuse brought dozens of teen student leaders who traveled from across the state to the Texas State Capitol for the first ever rally day to launch of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

From Texas Council on Family Violence

February 1, 2017

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

"I am pleased to announce that the Committee on County Affairs Interim Report is now posted and can be viewed here. I want to thank the members of the House Committee on County Affairs: Dustin Burrows; John Lujan; Ramon Romero, Jr.; Leighton Schubert; Stuart Spitzer; Jonathan Stickland; Tony Tinderholt; and Gene Wu.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

February 1, 2017

Texas Pharmacy Business Council: Hinojosa, Kuempel File Bills to Toughen Sentences for Thefts of Dangerous Opioid Drugs

Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, have introduced bipartisan legislation to increase the criminal penalties for thefts of dangerous controlled drugs such as oxycodone and Fentanyl from Texas pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. SB 536|HB 1178 would make theft of a controlled substance from these Texas facilities a third-degree felony punishable by a prison term of two to 10 years.

From Texas Pharmacy Business Council

February 1, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Asks Gov. Abbott to Request Reimbursement for Local Humanitarian Relief Efforts

During yesterday's State of the State address, Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will meet with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, John F. Kelly, in the Rio Grande Valley today.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

February 1, 2017

Texas Values: Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz commented on the selection by President Donald Trump of Neil Gorsuch as nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court: “It is our hope that Neil Gorsuch will measure up to the legacy of one of the giants of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia.

From Texas Values

February 1, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Praises President Trump's US. Supreme Court Pick

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the United States Supreme Court:

From Representative Jodey Arrington

February 1, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on President Trump's Supreme Court Announcement

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch will be his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy: “Judge Gorsuch is an excellent choice to serve as our next Supreme Court Justice. A jurist of the highest caliber, he has served with distinction and a demonstrated commitment to the rule of law.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement on the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States: “Last year, after the unexpected passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republicans drew a line in the sand on the behalf of the American people.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 1, 2017

Representative Jeff Leach: Statement on Gov. Abbott's State of the State Address

Today, during his “State of the State” address to the people of Texas and the 85th Legislature, Governor Greg Abbott announced CPS Reform, Sanctuary Cities, Ethics Reform & Convention of States as Emergency Items to be addressed immediately.

From Representative Jeff Leach

January 31, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement following the State of the State Address

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released this statement following the conclusion of Governor Abbott's State of the State address:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 31, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Governor's State of the State Address

Upon completion of Governor Abbott's State of the State address, Senator Donna Campbell, Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee, released the following statement:

From Senator Donna Campbell

January 31, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Governor Abbott Delivers his State of the State Address to the Texas Legislature

All members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives assembled in the House chamber on Tuesday, Jan. 31 to hear Governor Greg Abbott deliver his State of the State address. Speaking before the first joint session of the 85th Legislature, Governor Abbott used the opportunity to discuss our state's current political and economic conditions.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

January 31, 2017

Representative Chris Turner: Governor Abbot's State of the State Address: Missed Opportunities and Misplaced Priorities

Following Governor Abbott’s State of the State Address, Representative Chris Turner, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement: “Governor Abbott’s State of the State address was one of missed opportunities and misplaced priorities. Texas Democrats have one priority – giving all Texans a fair shot at achieving the American Dream.

From Representative Chris Turner

January 31, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Texas State of the State Address

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement regarding Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address: “Contrary to what the Governor proclaimed in his address today, our state government is on the wrong track.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 31, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: State of the State

Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on the Governor's State of the State address: The process of governance is largely made up of complex, and to the general public, mundane subjects.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 31, 2017

TexProtects: Child Advocates to Rally at Texas Capitol February 7

On February 7, child advocates from around Texas will converge on the Texas State Capitol to rally in support of child protection measures before the 85th Texas Legislature.

From TexProtects

January 31, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Statement on Governor Abbott Declaring Ethics Reform an Emergency Item in State of the State Address

State Senator Van Taylor released the following statement in reaction to Governor Greg Abbott declaring ethics reform an emergency item in today’s State of the State Address.

From Senator Van Taylor

January 31, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Files Legislation to Provide Additional Protection for our First Responders

In accordance with Governor Abbott's call today to send him legislation to protect the lives of our first responders, State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) filed HB 429 to provide for additional protections for Police, Firemen and Emergency Response Personnel.

From Representative Jason Villalba

January 31, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Governor Abbott Identifies Challenges, Stokes Fear in State of the State Address

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered the annual State of the State Address and laid out his priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. The Governor addressed a variety of issues in his speech, relying on anecdotal evidence to support his policy arguments.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 31, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Responds to the State of the State Address by Governor Abbott

Today, Texas Governor Abbott addressed a joint-session of the Texas Legislature where he highlighted his legislative priorities. Amongst his priorities, Governor Abbott declared four emergency items: (1) Fixing Child Protective Services (CPS), (2) Banning Sanctuary Cities, (3) Ethics Reform, and a (4) Convention of States.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

January 31, 2017

Texas Cable Association: Ryan Weiseman Joins TCA Staff

Longtime Texas Capitol staffer Ryan Weiseman has been hired by the Texas Cable Association (TCA) to serve as its legislative director. Weiseman joins Velma Cruz, recently hired as TCA’s vice president and general counsel, as the TCA government affairs team.

From Texas Cable Association

January 31, 2017

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities: Letter to TEA Demands End of Unlawful Special Education Cap

Today the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and its Commissioner Mike Morath demanding that Commissioner Morath follow through on his public promises to permanently eliminate the arbitrary 8.5 percent cap on the number of students who will receive special education services in Texas.

From Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

January 31, 2017

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Statement Regarding Governor Abbott's State of the State Address

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes regarding Governor Abbott’s State of the State address “Today in his State of the State address, Governor Abbott once again politicized a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion by endorsing legislation that requires the burial or cremation of fetal tissue.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

January 31, 2017

TexProtects: Statement on Gov. Abbott Emergency CPS Delcaration

Today, in his State of the State address, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared fixes to Texas’ Child Protective Services system as the first emergency item of the 85th Texas Legislature.

From TexProtects

January 31, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Abbott Names CPS/Foster Care Reform as Emergency Priorities; Schwertner Wastes No Time Getting to Work

During today's State of the State address, Texas Governor Greg Abbott named issues related to foster care and child protective services to a list of emergency legislative priorities he hopes to see addressed during the 85th Legislative Session.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

January 31, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement by TLR President Regarding Gov. Abbott's 2017 State of the State Speech

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) President Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. today released the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s 2017 State of the State speech:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

January 31, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Releases Health Care Spending Report

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently issued a report examining health care-related spending by 68 state agencies and higher education institutions from fiscal 2011 through 2015.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 31, 2017

Senator Robert Nichols and Representative Trent Ashby: File Legislation for Small School Districts

Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) have once again filed legislation aimed at addressing the arbitrary small school adjustment formula in our state's school finance system.

From Senator Robert Nichols

January 31, 2017

Representative Cindy Burkett: Files Bill Banning Partial-Birth Abortion & the Sale of Fetal Tissue

Today, State Representative Cindy Burkett (R - Sunnyvale) filed HB 200 to ban partial- birth abortions in Texas and prohibit the sale of fetal tissue. "While this heinous act of partial-birth abortion has been outlawed at the federal level, it has not been enforced by the federal government and Texas has been left without any enforcement mechanism," said Rep. Burkett.

From Representative Cindy Burkett

January 31, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Tackles "Robin Hood" and STAAR Testing

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed three key pieces of legislation aimed at improving public education in West Texas. Two of the bills focus on reforming public school finance for Permian Basin schools, while the third repeals the current standardized testing system.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 31, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Applauds Committee Approval of Gov. Perry Nomination to be Energy Secretary

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after former Gov. Rick Perry was approved by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to be the Secretary of Energy:

From Senator John Cornyn

January 31, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Texas' Opportunity to Lead; Muslims, Immigrants Welcome

Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement: Today is Texas Muslim Capitol Day, and I for one welcome the visits.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 31, 2017

Anti-Defamation League: Religion Should Not Be Litmus Test for Loyalty

The Texas offices of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) join together to remind Texans that religion should be not be used as a litmus test for loyalty.

From Anti-Defamation League

January 31, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Rejects School Vouchers

Today, Senate leadership introduced SB 3, which attempts to create a voucher system under a new name, Educational Savings Accounts (ESA), tax credit scholarship, and educational expense assistance program.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 31, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Appraisal Reform Bill

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 669 reforming the property tax appraisal process. “This legislation will strengthen the rights of taxpayers and make the appraisal process fair, accountable and more transparent,” Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 31, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Unveils Plan to Recruit Psychiatrists to Texas

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed SB 674, legislation requiring the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to create an expedited licensure process that would allow out-of-state psychiatrists to treat Texas patients in need of care.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

January 31, 2017

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

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement on the filing of Senate Bill 3 - School Choice, by Senator Larry Taylor (R - Friendswood):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 31, 2017

The University of Texas System: Statement from Chancellor William H. McRaven on Presidential Executive Order

I believe that the talent, energy, and ideas flowing into the United States of America – and to UT System institutions – from countries around the world are among our greatest strengths.

From The University of Texas System

January 31, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Bipartisan Group of State Representatives Working Together to Improve CPS/Foster Care

Today, a bipartisan workgroup of Texas House members appointed by Speaker Joe Straus announced that it has agreed on legislation to improve Child Protective Services (CPS) & foster care in Texas.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 30, 2017

Texas AFT: Statement on "school choice"

Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on school choice: When the governor and lieutenant governor talk about school choice, they are talking about choice for private schools to pick and choose the students they will admit.

From Texas AFT

January 30, 2017

Representative Chris Turner: Elected Chair of the House Democratic Caucus

Today, State Representative Chris Turner (District 101 – Grand Prairie) was elected Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. In this leadership role, Turner will be the point person to deliver the Democratic message and guide the policy of the House Democratic Caucus.

From Representative Chris Turner

January 30, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on Reducing Regulations

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, on Monday released the following statement on President Trump’s executive action on regulations:

From Representative Roger Williams

January 30, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: Vouchers are an attack on public education, not a parental "choice"

The Texas State Teachers Association said the latest, so-called school “choice” proposal has nothing to do with parental choice but instead is another attack on public education. It would further shortchange Texas public schools and the vast majority of children who will continue to be educated in them.

From Texas State Teachers Association

January 30, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: State of State Address Needs to Include Entire State

The Texas AFL-CIO may not see eye to eye with Gov. Greg Abbott on key issues, but we can agree in the light of recent events that how we treat immigrants, refugees, children and the working poor is at the core of who we are as a state, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 30, 2017

Texas Nurse Practitioners: Applaud Rep. Smithee and Sen. Seliger for Championing Legislation to Improve Access to Health Care in Rural and Medically Underserved Areas

This week, Texas State Representative John Smithee and State Senator Kel Seliger introduced HB 1225/SB 654, which would eliminate restrictions preventing advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) from seeing Medicaid patients. Medicaid is the state’s health insurance program that serves 4 million citizens, including nursing homes patients, foster care children, and needy mothers and children.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners

January 30, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Elected Co-Chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) was elected by his colleagues to serve as Co-Chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation along with Representative Linda Koop (R-Dallas). “I look forward to working with Representative Linda Koop and the other members from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to address the issues that are important to our region.

From Representative Eric Johnson

January 30, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Evolution Fight Returns to the State Board of Education this Week

Nearly two decades into the 21st century, the State Board of Education is set this week to fight — yet again – over what Texas public school students should learn about evolution in their science classrooms.

From Texas Freedom Network

January 30, 2017

Representative Kevin Roberts: Files Legislation to Reign in State Agency Regulations

State Representative Kevin Roberts has filed House Bill 1290. Under the proposed legislation, agencies would have to take one rule off the books for every rule that they add. This bill does not apply to rule making authority granted directly by the legislature or any rule that is necessary to ensure the safety of Texans through the Health and Human Safety Code.

From Representative Kevin Roberts

January 30, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Issues Statement Supporting President Trump Executive Order

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), who has been a leading critic of America’s United Nations (UN)-led refugee resettlement program, issued the following statement today in support of President Trump’s executive order on extreme vetting:

From Representative Brian Babin

January 30, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Chairman Lays Out State of Latino Texas

On Monday, January 30th, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus held a press event to issue a statement on the state of Latino affairs in Texas. This comes one day before Governor Abbott is expected to deliver his State of the State address.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 30, 2017

State Commission on Judicial Conduct: Announces Appointment of Eric Vinson as New Executive Director

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct (SCJC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Vinson as its new executive director. Mr. Vinson will assume the office on February 13, 2017, following the departure of Seana Willing, who has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Texas Ethics Commission.

From State Commission on Judicial Conduct

January 30, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Dallas Black Dance Theatre Wins 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Award

Today, Representative Helen Giddings celebrated the announcement that the Dallas Black Dance Theatre will receive the 2017 Texas Medal of Honors Award for Arts Education. Last year, Rep. Giddings nominated the group for the for the critical service they perform for Dallas' youth.

From Representative Helen Giddings

January 30, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Issues Statement on Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) has released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration: "The President’s Executive Order blocking specific refugees from entering the United States and stranding visa holder around the world goes against the values of our Democracy.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 30, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Highlights Danger Posed to Americans Due to Immigration Ban

Former undercover CIA officer and Texas Congressman Will Hurd released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s announcement that immigration to the United States would be limited from seven countries:

From Representative Will Hurd

January 30, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Announces Inaugural State of Latino Texas Speech

This Monday the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) will hold the first ever State of Latino Texas press event to highlight the issues that are most important to Texas Latinos.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 30, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Texas Transnational Intelligence Center Breaks Ground in RGV

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center (TTIC) began construction in the Rio Grande Valley. The creation of TTIC came at the directive of the Texas Legislature in 2015 through the passage of House Bill 11, authored by Speaker Pro-Tem Dennis Bonnen, as well as co-authored by State Rep. R.D. "Bobby" Guerra.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

January 30, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Meets with Mexican Officials, Business Leaders in Mexico City to Discuss U.S.-Mexico Relations

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) on Friday met with Mexican leaders, senators and businessmen in Mexico City to discuss the U.S.-Mexico relations and the importance of trade between the two countries.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 30, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Governor Abbott Demands Information Re: Travis County's State and Federal Funding

Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to state agency heads demanding that they submit to the Office of the Governor a list of all state and federal funds administered to Travis County and its various departments in FY 2016.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 27, 2017

Representative DeWayne Burns: TCC Members Unveil 2017 Pledge with Texans During Press Conference at State Capitol

Members of the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) Wednesday held a press conference at the state capitol to unveil their 2017 Pledge with Texans, a pledge made with constituents across the state to advance, support and vote for legislation to fulfill the pledge’s six core principles, including:

From Representative DeWayne Burns

January 27, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Calls Twenty Percent Import Tax Reckless

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced a potential funding source for the border wall. Press Secretary Spicer suggested imposing a twenty percent tax on imports from Mexico but failed to offer further details on how the import tax would be implemented.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

January 27, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Announces Inaugural State of Latino Affairs Speech

This Monday the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) will hold the first ever State of Latino Affairs press event to highlight the issues that are most important to Texas Latinos.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 27, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day: “Today, we pause to remember all victims of the Holocaust, including the six million Jews who were murdered as part of a deliberate, genocidal campaign that sought to exterminate the Jewish people.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 27, 2017

Senator Van Taylor and Representative James Frank: File the Tim Tebow Bill

Senator Van Taylor and Representative James Frank today filed SB 640 and HB 1323, commonly referred to as the Tim Tebow bill, granting homeschool students the ability to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) extracurricular activities.

From Senator Van Taylor

January 27, 2017

Locke Lord LLP: Remains at No. 1 of Capitol Inside's Texas Law Firm Lobby Practices; Four Public Law Members Included in Top Rankings

Locke Lord has again been ranked the No. 1 Texas law firm lobby practice by Capitol Inside in its Texas Lobby Power Rankings. According to the publication, the nationally-recognized bipartisan Public Law team has been “a fixture at the pinnacle of the list of law firm lobby practices since the category's inception 12 years ago.”

From Locke Lord LLP

January 27, 2017

Harris County Judge: Texas Historical Commission Approves Landmark Status for Astrodome

The Texas Historical Commission voted unanimously today to designate the Harris County Domed Stadium - known worldwide as "The Astrodome" - as a state antiquities landmark, recognizing its historical significance and providing it with important legal protections.

From Harris County Judge

January 27, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Voter Fraud Investigation is Based on How Voters Look

On January 23rd President Trump shared a story with some members of Congress wherein a professional golfer named Bernhard Langer, allegedly told Trump he was denied the right to vote in Florida while there were other people in line, "who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote."

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

January 27, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Thanks Pro-Life Marchers for Unwavering Support for Life

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in recognition of the March for Life, where millions of Americans will gather in D.C. and across the nation in defense of policies at all levels of government that defend innocent life:

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 27, 2017

Representative Lloyd Doggett: Lawless Gov. Abbott seeks to Punish Travis County Taxpayers for Political Points

Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, reacted to reports that Governor Greg Abbott is exploring the possibility of withholding additional funding from Travis County:

From Representative Lloyd Doggett

January 27, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement by the El Paso State Legislative Delegation on Trump's Proposed Tariffs, War on the Border

Another day, another foolishly destructive action by the new administration. Wednesday, it was to target immigrants and border communities. Now, in order to do that, the President targets consumers by proposing a trade war with Texas' biggest trading partner, Mexico.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 27, 2017

Railroad Commission of Texas: Enforcement Actions Taken at Commissioners' Jan. 24 Conference

The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $2,034,955 in fines involving 520 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference earlier this week.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 27, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Attends GOP Retreat, Meets with President Trump and Vice President Pence

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) is in Philadelphia today as part of a three-day retreat with Congressional Republicans to strategize on key priorities including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, reforming the tax code, and rolling back regulations put in place by the Obama administration.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

January 27, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement on Proposed Mexican Import Tax

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Association of Business President Chris Wallace. “Texas’ number one trading partner by far is Mexico, and imposing a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to fund a border wall would hurt the Texas economy.

From Texas Association of Business

January 27, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Denounces Plans for Border Wall

Yesterday President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that directs, “the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border." If this plan is executed, a large portion of the wall would be built in House District 74, which includes many border counties and Big Bend National Park.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

January 27, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Trump's Border Actions Hurt Texas

Recently Texas' economy surpassed Russia's, becoming the 9th largest economy in the world. Texas is blessed with many assets and geographical advantages that strengthen our state economy.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

January 26, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Fights to Protect Private Landowner Rights

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) introduced a slate of legislation meant to support the rights of private landowners and strengthen protections against unfair taxation and the abuse of eminent domain.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

January 26, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Harris County Unions Unanimously Back Immigrant Families Resolution

Last night the Harris County Labor Assembly, an arm of the AFL-CIO, unanimously approved a resolution opposing federal and state attempts to threaten local law officers over their discretionary choices in policing the immigrant community.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 26, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Elected to Key Republican Policy Post

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) was elected by his Republican colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives to serve on the policy committee for the House's Republican caucus. Landgraf, who is currently serving his second term as a state representative, is one of only two West Texans on the policy committee.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 26, 2017

Texas Aspires: Releases 85th Legislative Agenda

With the 85th Legislature underway, Texas Aspires, a leading statewide education advocacy organization, today unveiled its 2017 legislative agenda and called on legislative leaders to make a commitment to our children and the future of our state by implementing meaningful education policies this session.

From Texas Aspires

January 26, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Applauds 1-14 Designation

The Texas Transportation Commission announced Thursday that US Highway 190 from Copperas Cove to Belton received its official designation as Intestate 14. State Representative Hugh D. Shine applauded the commission and communities that have worked diligently to develop this vital change to Central Texas’ highway system.

From Representative Hugh Shine

January 26, 2017

Annie's List: Answers Call for Women, Winning in 2017

Although Texas is one of America’s largest and most diverse states, and even though men comprise 49% of the population, they hold 80% of the lawmaking power in the Legislature (144 of 181 seats).

From Annie's List

January 26, 2017

Representative Toni Rose: Files Bills Aimed at Reducing the Cost of Government and Equal Treatment Under the Law

Yesterday, State Representative Toni Rose (D-110) filed an assortment of bills aimed at reducing budget costs, increasing efficiency and enacting a common sense criminal justice update for counties across Texas.

From Representative Toni Rose

January 26, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Files SB 616 to Encourage Better Ballot Language on Local Initiatives

Senator Donna Campbell filed SB 616, the Better Ballot Language Act, to ensure more concise ballot language and level the playing field between citizens and local governments in ballot language disputes.

From Senator Donna Campbell

January 26, 2017

Representative Armando Walle: Criticizes Pres. Trump's Xenophobic Executive Orders

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s executive orders announced today regarding immigration enforcement: Today, with the signing of today’s executive orders, Donald Trump showed he meant every bit of the shortsighted, racist pandering that characterized his presidential campaign.

From Representative Armando Walle

January 26, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Joins Conservative Coalition

State Representative Hugh D. Shine joined the Texas Conservative Coalition this week, uniting with fellow Republicans in both the House and Senate.

From Representative Hugh Shine

January 26, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on President Trump Border Security Executive Order

Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd released the following statement regarding President Trump’s border security Executive Order: “The facts have not changed. Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border.

From Representative Will Hurd

January 25, 2017

El Paso State Legislative Delegation: Statement on Border and Immigration Policy

Today, the President of the United States used his office to attack border communities and immigrants. His announcement is disappointing but not surprising, given his rhetoric as a candidate. A wall will violate the private property rights of Americans, be prohibitively expensive, and be ineffective.

From El Paso State Legislative Delegation

January 25, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Elected to the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee

Today State Representative Burrows (Lubbock) was elected to the Texas House Republican Caucus Policy Committee by his Republican colleagues for the duration of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Policy Committee is comprised of sixteen members of the House Republican Caucus.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

January 25, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Immigration-Related Executive Orders

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the immigration-related executive orders President Donald Trump signed today:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 25, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Files Texas Flag Sales Tax Exemption Bill

In celebration of the 178th birthday of the Lone Star Flag, Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) has filed House Bill 660, which exempts the purchase of Texas flags from sales tax. HB 660 honors the Lone Star Flag and its legacy by providing an economic incentive to purchase Texas flags.

From Representative Jason Villalba

January 25, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Appointed to the Senate Higher Education Workgroup

Today, Senator Jane Nelson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa to the Higher Education Workgroup. The workgroup will submit recommendations to the Committee regarding funding for special items.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 25, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on President Trump's Executive Actions to Secure Border and Enforce the Law

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement on President Trump’s actions to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws: “Today, President Trump took action that will launch the process of secu

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 25, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Issues Statement on President Trump's Executive Order Pertaining to Construction of a Border Wall

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) released the following statement regarding the executive orders President Trump signed today that would attempt to begin construction of a wall along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border:

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 25, 2017

Representative John Culberson: Statement on President Trump's Executive Actions to Defund Sanctuary Cities

Representative John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed executive actions aimed at defunding sanctuary cities. “President Donald Trump is keeping his word to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders to protect the lives and property of every American.

From Representative John Culberson

January 25, 2017

Senate Hispanic Caucus: Condemns Unnecessary and Unjust Executive Actions that Target Immigrant Families

Senator Sylvia Garcia, Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, and Senator José Menéndez, Vice-Chair, released the following statements in response to executive actions by the Trump Administration which targets immigrants families.

From Senate Hispanic Caucus

January 25, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on Trump National Security Directives

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) on Wednesday released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed executive actions to construct a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, increase hiring of border patrol and immigration agents and curb federal funding for sanctuary cities:

From Representative Roger Williams

January 25, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: President Trump & Governor Abbott Announce Strategies to Eliminate "Sanctuary Cities"

Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to eliminate so-called “sanctuary cities” across the United States. The Trump administration plans on achieving this end by threatening cities that do not comply with all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) detainer requests with the loss of much-needed funds.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 25, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Files Major Ethics Reform Bill

State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 14, the Ethics Reform and Anti-Corruption Act of 2017. Taylor filed this legislation in close consultation with, and the full backing of, Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

From Senator Van Taylor

January 25, 2017

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Stands with Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick in Protecting Texans

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus released a letter to Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez in response to her refusal to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers investigating potential criminal illegal aliens unless a judicial warrant or court order is obtained.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

January 25, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Filing of Senate Bill 14 - Ethics Reform

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement on the filing of Senate Bill 14 - Ethics Reform, by Senator Van Taylor (R-Plano): "Texans hold their elected officials to the highest standards - and rightfully so.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 25, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Joins Senate Hispanic Caucus, Faith and Business Communities to Oppose Sanctuary Cities Legislation

Today, members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) of the Texas Legislature held a press conference to oppose legislation that would force local compliance with all Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 25, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Files School Choice Bill that Provides Equalization of Funding for Public Charter Schools

State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) has filed House Bill 1269, which would increase state funding for public charter schools in Texas. HB 1269 will increase public funding for charter schools based on state average testing requirements and the economic characteristics of their students.

From Representative Jason Villalba

January 25, 2017

Travis County Tax Office: TxDMV Hikes Vehicle Registration Renewal Fee, Offers Discount for Online Registration Renewals

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles increased the vehicle registration renewal fee on Jan. 1, but it does include a discount for those who renew online. Travis County residents will now pay $78.25 for the typical vehicle registration renewal, but the fee will decrease by $1 for those who renew their vehicle registration online at www.texas.gov.

From Travis County Tax Office

January 25, 2017

Texas Rail Advocates: Statement on the New Administration's Transportation Priorities

Texas Rail Advocates: Statement on the New Administration's Transportation Priorities

From Texas Rail Advocates

January 25, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Calls for HISD Trustees to Schedule Another HISD "Recapture" Vote for May

During today’s Senate Finance Committee hearing, Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) called for the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Trustees to schedule another HISD “recapture” vote for May and avoid the lose-lose situation that exists today.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 24, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Votes to Make 'Hyde Amendment' Permanent

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) on Tuesday voted for H.R.7: The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would make the longstanding Hyde Amendment (an annually passed amendment that bars taxpayer dollars from funding abortions) permanent.

From Representative Roger Wiilams

January 24, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Lauds Donna Bahorich on her Reappointment as State Board of Education Chair by Governor Abbott

State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) today issued the following statement of congratulations to Donna Bahorich after Governor Greg Abbott reappointed her to chair the State Board of Education (SBOE): “I have followed Donna’s career on the State Board of Education with great interest as she has shown exceptional leadership skills on the State Board of Education,” Senator Bettencourt said.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 24, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Pro-Life Legislation Sponsored by Arrington Passes House

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by newly elected Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) that would protect taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through government programs, like Medicaid. The legislation does so by making the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

January 24, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Votes to End Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) joined his colleagues today in voting to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7), legislation that extends and makes permanent the Hyde Amendment which prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through government programs.

From Representative Brian Babin

January 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Takes Gavel of Constitution Subcommittee, Continues Leading Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has assumed a new leadership position as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, and will continue to lead the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness during the 115th Congress, whose first session kicked off this month.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 24, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Vouchers

Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding school vouchers: We need to put public schools first because that's where the vast majority of all students get their education. Whether they call it "vouchers" or "choice," it all comes out to the same - diverting public funds to private school pockets and allowing these private institutions to pick and choose their students with little accountability.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 24, 2017

Senator John Cornyn and Representative John Culberson: Introduce Bill to Require Mars Mission and NASA Human Exploration Strategy

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative John Culberson (TX-07) today introduced a bill to require the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop plans for the future of U.S. human space exploration, with the goal of landing an astronaut on Mars.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 24, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Statement of Donna Bahorich regarding her Reappointment as Chair of the State Board of Education

Donna Bahorich issued the following statement after Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed her as chair of the State Board of Education:? "I’m honored and humbled that Gov. Abbott has reappointed me to a second two-year term as chair of the State Board of Education.

From Texas Education Agency

January 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Ted Poe: Move to Protect State Governors' Right to Refuse Refugees

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), chairman of the House Terrorism Subcommittee, today reintroduced the State Refugee Security Act of 2017. This joint Senate-House effort mandates that the federal government notifies a state at least 21 days prior to resettling a refugee there.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Ted Poe: Move to Protect State Governors' Right to Refuse Refugees

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), chairman of the House Terrorism Subcommittee, today reintroduced the State Refugee Security Act of 2017. This joint Senate-House effort mandates that the federal government notifies a state at least 21 days prior to resettling a refugee there.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 24, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement following Texas School Choice Rally

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement following the conclusion of the Texas School Choice Rally:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Recognizes School Choice Week 2017

“Every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn. Yet today millions of children across our nation find themselves in failing schools, barring them from the chance to receive the education they need to climb out of poverty and up the economic ladder.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 24, 2017

Public Utility Commission of Texas: To Webcast Training Session this Week for Public Filings via Internet

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) has scheduled Feb. 1 as the launch of the Internet-based “PUC Filer,” which will allow the public filing of documents directly to the agency’s central records.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas

January 24, 2017

AARP: Texas Nursing Facilities Found To Be 'Shamefully Poor' in Quality

Nursing homes in Texas are escaping accountability for hurting residents and jeopardizing their health, according to a new report by AARP Texas. The report, “Intolerable Care: A snapshot of the Texas nursing home quality crisis,” finds that the quality of roughly 1,200 nursing facilities where 93,000 Texans reside, is shamefully poor and worse than what exists in most other states. It identifies numerous, long-standing, and severe problems that can be rectified with stronger state enforcement powers.

From AARP

January 24, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on Private School Vouchers

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller released the following statement today on private school voucher schemes promoted during so-called “School Choice Week.” “State leaders seem committed to force our neighborhood public schools to do more with less for the sake of private school vouchers.

From Texas Freedom Network

January 24, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: Senate Budget is Shameful; School Kids Need Help Now

The Texas State Teachers Association today said Senate leaders should be ashamed of themselves for proposing a budget that continues to shortchange public school students and attempts to deceive local property taxpayers.

From Texas State Teachers Association

January 24, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: Senate Budget is Shameful; School Kids Need Help Now

The Texas State Teachers Association today said Senate leaders should be ashamed of themselves for proposing a budget that continues to shortchange public school students and attempts to deceive local property taxpayers.

From Texas State Teachers Association

January 24, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Says Parents Deserve to Choose the Best School for their Children

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) filed Senate Bill 542, a companion bill to House Bill 1184 by Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), which would create a $100 million school choice tax credit scholarship pilot program to help defray educational costs so parents can choose the best academic option for their children, in both private and public schools.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 24, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Selected for House Intelligence Committee

Amid increasing threats to the homeland and around the globe, former undercover CIA officer Congressman Will Hurd has become the first representative from the 23rd district of Texas to be appointed to the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).

From Representative Will Hurd

January 24, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Praises House Passage of 'Kari's Law' to Make Dialing 911 Easier from Multiline Phones

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed Kari’s Law, a bill that amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require multiline telephone systems, common in hotels and offices, to have the ability to directly dial 911 without locating an outside line first:

From Senator John Cornyn

January 23, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Filing of Senate Bill 22 - P-Tech

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the filing of Senate Bill 22, by Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor, (R - Friendswood): “Senate Bill 22 is built on a partnership between school districts, higher education institutions and business employers. I am proud that Texas is going farther to meet our workforce needs, while enhancing our education system.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 23, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Files Bills to Delay the Felony Conviction of Prostitution & End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

Representative Johnson has filed House Bill 1218 to help prostitutes break the cycle of incarceration and re-enter society by delaying a felony conviction for prostitution and encouraging participation in prostitution diversion programs.

From Representative Eric Johnson

January 23, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: SCOTUS Declines to Hear Appeal of 5th Circuit's Ruling on TX Voter ID Law

Today, the United States Supreme Court responded to Texas's petition for certiorari and announced that it will not hear arguments over Texas's voter ID law. The high court's decision follows in the wake of the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' July ruling that the law discriminates against minority voters in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 23, 2017

Senator Joan Huffman: Files the Campus Sexual Assault and Violence Elimination Act

Today, Senator Joan Huffman (R - Houston) filed Senate Bill 576, the Campus Sexual Assault & Violence Elimination Act or "C-SAVE." By compelling both public and private Texas colleges and universities to account for incidents of rape and sexual violence on their campuses, Texans can finally understand the pervasive nature of these horrible crimes.

From Senator Joan Huffman

January 23, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Appointed to Senate School Finance Workgroup

Today, Senator Jane Nelson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa to the School Finance Workgroup. The workgroup will submit recommendations to the Committee regarding proposals to replace the school finance funding structure with a less complicated and innovative system that meets the needs of students.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 23, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Works to End Franchise Tax for Small Businesses

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 575, also known as the Small Business Tax Relief Act. If passed, SB 575 would raise the total revenue exemption on the state's business franchise tax from $1 million to $4 million, providing substantial tax relief for tens of thousands of Texas businesses.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

January 23, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement on Trade and the Texas Economy

The following statement may be attributed to Chris Wallace, President, Texas Association of Business. “Texas is the largest exporting state and one of the largest importing states. Texas could suffer severe repercussions from the dismantling of trade deals like NAFTA and not participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

From Texas Association of Business

January 23, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Issues Statement on President Trump's Executive Order to Withdraw U.S. from TPP

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) released the following statement regarding the executive order President Trump signed today to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 23, 2017

Cornerstone Government Affairs: Adds Political Consultant to Texas Team

Cornerstone Government Affairs announced Tuesday that Justin Jordan, an award-winning political consultant and strategist, and founder of Patriot Group Strategies is joining the firm. He will be splitting his time between the company’s Texas offices in Houston and Austin, and Washington, D.C., and will transition from political consulting to lobbying and government affairs.

From Cornerstone Government Affairs

January 23, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Holds First Organizational Hearing

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, presided today over the Senate Finance Committee's organizational hearing, which included an overview of the Biennial Revenue Estimate by Comptroller Glenn Hegar and an overview of SB 1, the appropriations bill, by Ursula Parks, LBB Director.

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 23, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Public School Advocates Tell Lawmakers to Stop Pursuing Misguided School Voucher Schemes

Today, parents, respected national education experts and public school advocates nationally called on the Texas Legislature to focus its efforts on providing support for our neighborhood public schools instead of funneling public tax dollars to repackaged private school voucher schemes with little or no accountability for how our tax dollars are spent.

From Texas Freedom Network

January 23, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Launches New Webpage Highlighting Hailstorm Lawsuit Abuse

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today launched www.tortreform.com/hail, a new webpage that will serve as a one-stop-shop for data, news and multimedia content dedicated to highlighting the worst lawsuit abuse in Texas today – lawyer-driven, hail-related litigation.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

January 23, 2017

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Releases report on Chapter 313: State's 'single most important economic development tool'

The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) today released a report on the state’s single-most important economic development tool: Chapter 313 of the Tax Code. Chapter 313 allows school districts to offer a temporary limitation on the taxable value of certain new investment projects.

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

January 23, 2017

Senator Bob Hall: Lands Key Committee Assignments

Last week, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named Senator Bob Hall, Vice Chairman of Transportation. Senator Hall was also appointed to serve on Education, Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs, and Veterans Affairs & Border Security.

From Senator Bob Hall

January 20, 2017

Texas DPS: State Report Highlights Public Safety Threats to Texas

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the 2017 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview, a state intelligence estimate that offers an assessment of the current public safety threats to Texas. “Protecting Texans from the full scope of public safety and homeland security threats is the foremost goal of DPS, and the department works with our fellow law enforcement partners at all levels of government to prepare for the unthinkable,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

From Texas DPS

January 20, 2017

Representative John Wray: Statement on Swearing In of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States of America

"Today our nation and the entire world watched with rapt attention and respect as Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.

From Representative John Wray

January 20, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Attends Inauguration of President Trump, commends a Peaceful Transition of Power Back to 'We the People'

Today, newly elected Congressman, Jodey Arrington participated in the Inaugural Ceremony of our new President, Donald Trump. Arrington was joined on the stage by his wife, Anne.

From Representative Jodey Arrington

January 20, 2017

Travis County Tax Office: Travis County Scrubs Registration Roll, Removes Thousands of Voter Registrations

Travis County scrubbed its voter registration rolls this week, removing more than 35,000 voter registrations and dropping its historic voter registration percentage from more than 92 percent to 88 percent of the eligible voters in the county.

From Travis County Tax Office

January 20, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) today released the following statement after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America on the west front of the U.S. Capitol:

From Representative Roger Williams

January 20, 2017

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Federal Judge Blocks State from Denying Medicaid Patients Access to Care

Planned Parenthood issued the statement below in response to the judge's decision to issue a temporary restraining order to protect Medicaid patients' access to care at Planned Parenthood's health centers.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

January 20, 2017

Senator Konni Burton: Commends Chairman Nelson and Finance Committee for Budget Priorities

Today, Sen. Konni Burton released the following statement on SB1: "Chairman Jane Nelson has introduced a budget which reflects the priorities of our growing state while addressing areas of concern such as Child Protective Services.

From Senator Konni Burton

January 20, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Proposed Legislation Provides Choice for Texas Parents

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Texas Private Schools Association praised the filing of two bills today that will improve the educational opportunities for Texas school children.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

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