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April 23, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Announces Appointments to the Texas Energy Fund Advisory Committee

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today announced the appointments of three members of the Texas House of Representatives to the Texas Energy Fund Advisory Committee. Created by Senate Bill 2627 during the 88th Regular Session, the committee will oversee the Texas Energy Fund and provide input and recommendations to the Public Utility Commission of Texas on use of the fund in providing loans for the construction, maintenance and modernization of electric generating facilities to increase reliability across the state.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

April 23, 2024

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, Congresswoman Nikema Williams, and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver Introduce Legislation To Help Heirs’ Property Landowners Prove Ownership and Receive Disaster Relief

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) introduced a two-bill legislative package seeking to assist heirs’ property owners as they seek assistance with disaster relief, clearing title, and estate planning. Heirs’ property is family land inherited without a will or legal documentation of ownership.

From Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher

April 22, 2024

Galveston County Announces 2024 Disaster Preparedness Guides

Galveston County, Texas – The new 2024 Galveston County Disaster Preparedness Guides and Disaster Preparedness Kids Guides are now available! Residents can download their free copy of the guide by visiting www.GCOEM.org. Galveston County has distributed more than 20,000 guides and 10,000 kids guides to community groups and partners across the County.

From Galveston County

April 22, 2024

The Order Accuses Billionico CEO Frank Deyle of Being a Member of the Advisory Board of Swiss Valorem Bank, an Organization Recently Named in a Final Enforcement Action

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order to stop an international multilevel marketing scheme offering Texans the opportunity to invest in a digital gold vault. According to the order, Billionico Academy began by promoting itself as an education platform that sold learning modules.

From Texas State Securities Board

April 22, 2024

Harris Co. selected as ‘Solar for All’ grant recipient

Harris County, TX — Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia has issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a nearly $250 million grant award to Harris County (and partner applicants):

From Harris County Precinct 2

By Adrian Garcia Commissioner

April 22, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Announces Appointments to the Joint Committee to Study the Effects of Media on Minors

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today announced the appointments of five members of the Texas House of Representatives to the Joint Committee to Study the Effects of Media on Minors. Created by House Bill 18 during the 88th Regular Session, the joint legislative committee is tasked with examining the health and developmental effects of exposure to minors of various forms of media, including social media platforms, software applications, mass media, artificial intelligence, mobile devices, computers, video games and virtual and augmented reality.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

April 22, 2024

ICYMI: Sens. Ted Cruz, Mazie Hirono Celebrate Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Maintain Access to the Federal Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) celebrated the Senate passage of their bipartisan and bicameral Federal Judiciary Stabilization Act by unanimous consent. Their bill would transition ten temporary federal judgeships to permanent status in order to maintain the current level of access to the federal court for millions of Americans across the nation.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

April 22, 2024

Inflation Reduction Act Delivers $405.82 Million in Solar for All Funds to Two Texas-Based Entities

Austin, TX – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that two entities in Texas were awarded more than $400 million in funding through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund’s $7 billion Solar For All program.

From Sierra Club

April 22, 2024

New Houston Applauds Biden Administration for Awarding Harris County “Game-Changing” Green Energy and Jobs Grant

(Houston, TX) Today, Hany Khalil, Chair of New Economy for Working Houston issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a $249,700,00 million “Solar For All” grant award for Harris County and a coalition of partners in Texas.

From New Economy for Working Houston

April 22, 2024

Travis County Elected Officials to Hold Press Conference on Upholding Voter Values and Democratic Integrit y

AUSTIN, T X Texas State House Representatives and Congressman Lloyd Doggett, will join a press conference to discuss recent judicial actions that h ave far reaching consequences for Travis County and appear designed to undermine the democratic process

From Travis County Democratic Party

April 19, 2024

Texas Labor Market Shows Steady Growth, Record High Levels for Jobs and Labor Force

AUSTIN ? The Texas labor market maintained its momentum in March to reach a 36th consecutive month of positive annual growth and once again set new record-high levels for jobs, Texans employed, and the civilian labor force. Texas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm job count increased to 14,115,700 after 19,100 jobs were added over the month in March, reflecting growth in 45 of the last 47 months.

From Texas Workforce Commission

April 18, 2024

Rep. Wu Responds to Court Decision Upholding Harris County’s Uplift Harris Program

HOUSTON, TX – Today, Harris County's 165th Civil District Court denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's attempt to block the Uplift Harris program, a pivotal financial assistance initiative created by County Judge Linda Hidalgo. In response to Judge Ursula Hall’s ruling, Rep. Gene Wu issued the following statement:

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Gene Wu - District 137

April 18, 2024

Down Syndrome Association of Houston Joins Time to Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now Coalition

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Time To Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now announced that the Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH) has joined the coalition, further strengthening the statewide movement to address the urgent issue of underfunding faced by direct support professionals (DSPs) who tirelessly care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD).

From Time To Care Texas

April 17, 2024

TLR Statement on Texas Scorecard Documentary

AUSTIN—Texans for Lawsuit Reform President Lee Parsley released the following statement regarding the so-called documentary produced by Texas Scorecard:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform Political Action Committee

April 16, 2024

VIDEO: Rep. Tony Gonzales Presses DHS Secretary Mayorkas on Threats Facing Our Homeland

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the agency’s response to threats facing our homeland during today’s House Committee on Homeland Security hearing.

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

April 16, 2024

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Sends Letter to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Chairman Jon Niermann

Dear Chairman Niermann, I have great concerns about the permanent cement kiln proposed project in Grayson County. Business leaders, clergy, elected officials, community leaders, and an overwhelming majority of the public have all voiced their objections to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) granting a permit to Black Mountain Cement for this project.

From The State of Texas Lieutenant Governor

By Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

April 15, 2024

TSTA/NEA endorse Colin Allred for Senate

The Texas State Teachers Association and its national affiliate, the National Education Association, have endorsed Democratic nominee Colin Allred over incumbent Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate race in Texas, TSTA President Ovidia Molina and NEA President Becky Pringle announced today.

From Texas State Teachers Association

April 15, 2024

New Report Highlights Continued Success and Best Practices of Texas Life Science and Biotech Industry

Austin, Texas – March 18, 2024 – The Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute (THBI) today released a new report highlighting the state’s world-class life science and biotech industry. The report, “Texas Life Sciences: Building the Innovations of Tomorrow,” outlines Texas’ investments in the space, highly skilled workforce, and the extensive network of companies, making it the ideal incubator for building the innovations of tomorrow for all Texans.

From Crosswind Media and Public Relations

By Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute

April 15, 2024

Cornyn Applauds $6.4B CHIPS Funding Announcement for Samsung in Texas

DALLAS – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce and Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they have reached a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) to provide up to $6.4 billion in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act, which provides resources for the programs created in Sen. Cornyn’s CHIPS for America Act to restore semiconductor manufacturing back to American soil:

From John Cornyn - United States Senator for Texas

April 14, 2024

9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATOR WEEK – APRIL 14-20, 2024

(HOUSTON, TX) Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1) announces that National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week is April 14-20, 2024—an opportunity for 9-1-1 telecommunicators to be recognized for the lifesaving work they provide to the over 4 million texts and voice calls throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties.

From Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network

April 12, 2024

The Pro-Life Movement is Just Getting Started

Texans for Life got it exactly right in June of 2022, in our press release responding to the Dobbs decision. The Pro-Life movement IS Just getting started. Based on the results of the ballot initiatives in other states, it is clear that we have a lot more work to do.

From Texans for Life Coalition

April 12, 2024

Property Tax Reductions Help Texas Rise to Sixth in ALEC's States Economic Outlook Rankings

Austin, TX – Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) released the following statement regarding the American Legislative Exchange Council's Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index, a well-known bellwether of State economic performance.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

April 11, 2024

VIDEO: Rep. Tony Gonzales Questions FBI Director Christopher Wray on Pressing National Security Concerns and the Border Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) questioned Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director Christopher Wray during today’s House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing. Congressman Gonzales pressed the FBI Director on the agency's response to growing threats toward Americans because of the border crisis.

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

April 11, 2024

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Statement on Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)-Care Letter to Support Board Action

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Statement on Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)-Care Letter to Support Board Action

From The State of Texas Lieutenant Governor

By Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

April 10, 2024

People’s to Honor Legislator for Work to Expand Postpartum Care for Texas Women

(AUSTIN, Texas — April 9, 2024) People’s Community Clinic (People’s) will present the 2024 W. Neal Kocurek Award for Health Advocacy to State Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, for her work in passing House Bill 12, extending Medicaid coverage for pregnant women from two months to 12 months after the baby is born.

From Bravarro Communications

April 10, 2024

ICYMI: Direct Service Professionals Serving Texans with IDD Need a Raise to Combat Staffing Crisis

AUSTIN, TX – This week, Spectrum News Austin’s Capital Tonight highlighted the Time to Care coalition’s urgent request for an emergency appropriation from the Texas Legislature to address the workforce crisis among direct support professionals (DSPs) who serve Texans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

From Time To Care Texas

April 8, 2024

CHILDREN AT RISK TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE TO HIGHLIGHT THE HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES OF TEXAS’ BUSSING OF MIGRANT FAMILIES

AUSTIN, TX (April 8, 2024) – Two years since Texas leadership announced the state would be transporting migrants who had been released from federal custody to other states, Texas has transported over 102,000 migrants to New York, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. These cities, traditionally known to be immigrant-friendly have strained to meet the needs of migrants coming to their cities but have nevertheless, heeded the call to welcome and support immigrant children in their cities.

From PR Etc.

April 8, 2024

Sens. Cruz, Scott, Colleagues Demand Transparency from Biden Administration Following Release of Additional Iran Sanction Waivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tim Scott (R-S.C), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined several of their Senate Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The letter demands that the Biden administration explain its recent decision to renew a sanctions waiver allowing the Iranian regime to more easily access funds held overseas. Those funds may be used to fund terrorism, and the Biden administration’s waiver blatantly disregards congressional intent, which was to severely restrict Iran’s access to such funds.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

April 9, 2024

Senator Paul Bettencourt Lauds Texas AG Lawsuit against Harris County "Uplift Harris" Program

Austin, TX – In 2023, Harris County announced they would be implementing a program titled "Uplift Harris" which would provide awarded low-income families in Harris County's Commissioners Court selected by City of Houston ZIP codes $500 per month for 18 months. These 9k payments per lucky winner were announced as "no-strings-attached" with no restrictions on how recipients could spend the money.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

April 9, 2024

Press Conference on Mass Firings at UT Austin

(TEXAS) -In light of recent developments surrounding Senate Bill 17 and the termination of more 60 staff members at the University of Texas at Austin, a press conference will be held to address the significant effects of this legislation. Speakers at the press conference will include faculty members, legal experts, and representatives from student organizations.

From Texas NAACP

April 9, 2024

VIVEK RAMASWAY SIGNS “CONTRACT FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”

(Columbus, Ohio) - Former Presidential candidate, business owner, and political outsider Vivek Ramaswamy recently signed the “Contract From the American People,” a ten point plan spearheaded by “Joe From Texas” in his mission to reduce the $34 trillion national debt.

From Big Dog Strategies

April 9, 2024

Texas Rises to Sixth in 50-State Economic Outlook Rankings

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) unveiled the 17th edition of their flagship publication, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index today. Texas rose from 13th overall in 2023 to 6th among all 50 states for Economic Outlook.

From American Legislative Exchange Council

April 9, 2024

Rep. Tony Gonzales Introduces Resolution Condemning the Biden Administration’s Failed Border Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) introduced legislation condemning the Biden administration’s failure to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders. Congressman Gonzales’ resolution reaffirms House Republicans’ commitment to protecting our homeland, ensuring our immigration laws are enforced, and holding the Biden administration accountable for its dangerous open borders agenda.

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

April 8, 2024

LARGEST EDUCATION UNION IN TEXAS, AFT, BACKS DEMOCRAT JARVIS JOHNSON FOR TEXAS SENATE

HOUSTON- Today, State Representative Jarvis Johnson is announcing the endorsement from Texas AFT, a statewide union with 66,000 members, including K-12 and community college educators, support staff, and retirees.

From Jarvis Johnson for Texas Senate District 15

April 8, 2024

ICYMI: Sens. Cruz, Lee Op-Ed in Wall Street Journal: ‘The Senate’s Duty to Put Mayorkas on Trial’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, penned an op-ed arguing that efforts by Senate Democrats to end impeachment proceedings for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas without a trial are unconstitutional and a violation of Senate rules.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

April 8, 2024

Community Pop-Up Food & Resource Distribution Event by Woori Juntos: Addressing Food Insecurity in Asian and Im/migrant Communities

Houston, TX - Woori Juntos and Second Servings are teaming up to host a Community Pop-Up Food & Resource Distribution event at the Korean Community Center in Houston. This event, sponsored by SixPing and Banyan Foods, aims to provide free fresh produce and assorted groceries to community members in need.

From Second Servings

April 4, 2024

5th Circuit Decision on Sea Port Oil Terminal Spells Disaster for Communities and Climate

For the past four years, advocates have protested the facility as contrary to national interests and have raised concerns to decision-makers about SPOT’s threats to public health and environmental quality and its unquestionable contributions to climate change.

From Sierra Club

April 5, 2024

ICYMI: Sen. Cruz at SMU Texoma Tech Hub: Urgent Need to Enhance Investment, Jobs, and Opportunity in North Texas

DALLAS, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) participated in a press conference yesterday to discuss Southern Methodist University’s Tech Hub designation and the growth of the semiconductor industry in North Texas. SMU has been designated the lead agency for this federally funded economic development initiative, aimed at bolstering semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

April 5, 2024

Governor Abbott Champions Texas’ Conservative Success In New York City

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott last night championed the conservative values that make Texas one of the best states in the nation and contrasted Texas’ success with failing Democrat-led states during his keynote address at the New York Republican Party’s (NYGOP) 2024 Gala in New York City.

From Texans for Greg Abbott

April 5, 2024

Rep. Tony Gonzales Introduces Legislation in Support of Taiwan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), a member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Department of the Treasury to cease the U.S.-China Tax Treaty within 30 days of a Presidential determination that China has launched an armed attack on Taiwan.

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

April 4, 2024

Special Olympics Texas Joins New Coalition Time to Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now

AUSTIN, TX – In a resolute step towards championing those who care for Texans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), Time To Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now is proud to announce that Special Olympics Texas has joined the coalition, further strengthening the statewide movement to address the urgent issue of underfunding faced by direct support professionals (DSPs) who tirelessly care individuals with IDD.

From Time To Care Texas

April 4, 2024

ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for Packery Channel Restoration Project

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) participated in a press conference yesterday to celebrate the completion of the Packery Channel restoration project. The Packery Channel suffered damage from Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and since then, Sen. Cruz has worked with the City of Corpus Christi and federal agencies FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the Packery Channel had the resources to make necessary repairs.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

April 4, 2024

Dozens of Houston ISD Teachers Call in Sick: Putting Jobs on the Line to Defend Houston schoolchildren’s right to learn.

Houston, TX- On Thursday, April 4th, 2024, more than 100 teachers from at least 35 Houston ISD campuses scheduled doctors’ appointments and called in sick, despite being under threat of being punished for using their allotted sick leave.

From University of Michigan

By Carly Padgett

April 4, 2024

In Austin, Cornyn to Raise Awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

AUSTIN — Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will participate in a roundtable discussion with law enforcement, local nonprofits, and survivors of abuse and internet crimes at the Center for Child Protection in Austin during National Child Abuse Prevention Month to help raise awareness of online child exploitation and discuss his Project Safe Childhood Act, which passed the Senate in October and would modernize the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.

From John Cornyn - United States Senator for Texas

April 3, 2024

Groundbreaking Six-Figure Ad Campaign Launch by Emgage Federal PAC to Support Congresswoman Summer Lee

In a groundbreaking initiative, Emgage Federal PAC, the longest-established Muslim Super PAC, in partnership with Justice Democrats and Working Families Party has announced its first major independent expenditure for the 2024 election cycle in support of Congresswoman Summer Lee.

From EMGAGE SUPER PAC

April 2, 2024

HUD Awards Over $30 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is announcing today the award of over $30 million to fair housing organizations across the country under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The grants will support the efforts of national, state, and local fair housing entities working to address violations of the Fair Housing Act and to end discrimination in housing.

From U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

April 2, 2024

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher To Tour Gulfton Area Site Where Federal Grant Project is Expected to Boost Walkability, Support Flood and Heat Mitigation

Houston, TX—On Wednesday, April 3, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) will tour areas of Gulfton where comprehensive infrastructure improvements are expected to construct and repair sidewalks, implement green stormwater infrastructure as well as curb and gutter drainage, and plant tree canopy cover, benefiting more than 37,000 residents in the neighborhood.

From Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher

April 2, 2024

TLRPAC Endorses Todd McCray for 4th Court of Appeals

AUSTIN – Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Todd McCray of San Antonio for Place 3 on the 4th Court of Appeals, which covers 32 counties in South Texas and the Hill Country, including Bexar County.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform Political Action Committee

April 2, 2024

TLRPAC Endorses Trey Wharton in Republican Primary Runoff for HD 12

AUSTIN—Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Trey Wharton for election in the Republican Primary runoff for House District 12, which includes Grimes, Madison, Robertson, Walker and Washington counties, and part of Brazos County.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform Political Action Committee

April 2, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Creates House Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today announced the creation of a select committee to examine advancements in artificial intelligence and emerging technologies (AI/ET) and the economic, ethical and societal implications of those advancements.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

April 1, 2024

Texas 2036 Welcomes Anne Krause as Senior Vice President of Development

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Texas 2036 announced the appointment of Anne Krause as its new senior vice president of development. Krause brings a wealth of experience from her distinguished career, most notably as the cofounder, president and executive director of the Hemisfair Conservancy in San Antonio.

From Texas 2036

March 29, 2024

Houston Chronicle: Ted Cruz campaign says he doesn't get paid to podcast. IHeartMedia gave $630K to a PAC backing him

After Forbes reported that “a super PAC affiliated with Sen. Ted Cruz reported receiving $215,000 in ‘digital revenue’” from Cruz’s podcast host company, a new report in the Houston Chronicle reveals that iHeartMedia actually paid out three times that amount, “about a third of the $2 million the Truth and Courage PAC reported raising since the start of 2023.”

From Texas Democrats

March 28, 2024

TODAY: Texas Democratic Party to Host “State of Texas Women” Virtual Event

AUSTIN, Texas – This evening, Thursday, March 28th at 6:30PM CST/7:30 PM EST, Texas Democratic Party Candidate Services Manager Bri Carpenter will host a virtual event with emerging women Democratic candidates discussing women’s challenges in the state ahead of the November election.

From Texas Democrats

March 27, 2024

Dallas Morning News: Ted Cruz gets liftoff on his escort-through-the-airport bill. Now he hopes to land it

AUSTIN, Texas – After getting caught by Texans jetting off to Cancun amid a deadly freeze, Ted Cruz has made it a top priority to pass legislation that would allow him to have a private escort through airports. When the Dallas Morning News reached out to Cruz for a comment on his efforts he “did not return The Watchdog’s call for comment.”

From Texas Democrats

March 27, 2024

CHILDREN AT RISK TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE TO KICK OFF TEXAS EQUITY TOUR

The Texas Equity Tour kicks off in Austin for a pivotal discussion on the pressing issues of systemic racism and its detrimental effects on Texas children and families. Sponsored by the Fund to Advance Racial Equity at North Texas Community Foundation, and rooted in principles of racial equity, this event zooms in on the critical topic of Pre-K - Grade 3 alignments during its stop in Austin, Texas.

From PR Etc.

March 26, 2024

Rep. Tony Gonzales Joins Reps. Stefanik, Kelly, Langworthy, and Zinke in Calling on Mayorkas to Address Record Illegal Northern Border Apprehensions

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — This week, Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) joined Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Co-Chairs of the Northern Border Security Caucus, along with Northern Border Security Caucus members Rep. Nick Langworthy (R-NY) and House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas expressing "serious concern about the unprecedented surge in apprehensions along our northern border."

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

March 26, 2024

NEW: Feds Stop Cartel Gun Trafficking With Law Ted Cruz Opposed

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Tribune is reporting that “the Justice Department arrested five men across Texas after accusing the group of illegally purchasing firearms and trafficking the weapons to drug cartels in Mexico” and “charged each of the men with conspiracy to straw purchase firearms and to smuggle the weapons across the U.S.-Mexico border — two criminal offenses recently established by the 2022 federal bipartisan gun safety bill” that Ted Cruz voted against.

From Texas Democrats

March 26, 2024

STATEMENT: In Paxton Deal, The Joke's on Texas

TEXAS – Prosecutors laughed at reporters asking what Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will learn in his legal ethics training, part of their ridiculous pretrial intervention agreement that means our “top cop” is free from his near decade-long securities fraud charges, which held a maximum penalty of 99 years in jail.

From Progress Texas

March 26, 2024

Supreme Court Considers Safety Regulations for Chemical Abortion Pills Dropped by Biden-Harris Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, a case involving the regulation and distribution of chemical abortion pills. Among the issues are whether the FDA violated federal law by dropping specific safety regulations requiring in-person supervision of abortion drugs by physicians and whether the distribution of chemical abortion drugs by mail or common carrier violates a longstanding federal law. A decision is expected by the end of the Court's term in June.

From Texas Alliance for Life

March 26, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Appoints Industry Experts to Lead Texas Space Commission, Texas Aerospace Research and Space Economy Consortium

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today announced he has appointed Nancy J. Currie-Gregg, Brad Morrison and Heather Wilson to the Texas Space Commission Board of Directors and Brian D. Freedman and Shey Sabripour to the Texas Aerospace Research and Space

From The State of Texas Speaker

March 26, 2024

Representative Shawn Thierry Lauded For Role In Halting HISD's Decision To Terminate School Principals Based on Proficiency Screening Standards

Houston, TX – March 25, 2024 – Representative Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) shares the recent decision of Superintendent Mike Miles regarding the evaluation and potential termination of administrators based on the district's new rating system.

From State Representative Shawn Thierry - District 146

March 26, 2024

Public Utility Commission of Texas to Conduct Consumer Survey to Analyze Value of Electric Reliability

Austin, Texas – The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) this spring will survey Texas electricity consumers to study the costs they may incur from power interruptions. The survey was developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and has been used nationally by utilities and electricity regulators to develop innovative grid reliability policy and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of grid infrastructure improvements.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas

March 26, 2024

Sen. Cruz: “Proud of Bipartisan Work” as I-27 Numbering Act Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement after his bipartisan legislation naming the Ports-to-Plains Corridor between Laredo, Texas, and Raton, New Mexico as the future Interstate 27 was signed into law.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

March 26, 2024

Texas State Representative Carl O. Sherman names new District Director

Lancaster, Texas - Vanessa Sterling joins the team as the new District Director replacing Irma Scholes who was promoted to the Deputy Chief of Staff earlier this month. As the District Director, Sterling will take over district office operations and continue implementing Representative Sherman's plans and strategies for the advancement of the people of District 109.

From State Representative Carl O. Sherman

March 25, 2024

Landgraf Appointed to Protect Texas LNG Exports Amid Biden’s Ban

AUSTIN — State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) was appointed to the House Select Committee on Protecting Texas LNG Exports. The selection committee, created by House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), will conduct a comprehensive review of the impacts of the Biden Administration’s executive action imposing a temporary pause on pending decisions on export permits for the sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement countries.

From State Representative Brooks Landgraf

March 25, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Creates House Select Committee on Protecting Texas LNG Exports

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today announced the creation of a select committee to examine the extensive impacts to Texas of the Biden Administration’s temporary pause on export permits for liquified natural gas (LNG).

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

March 25, 2024

New Coalition Calls For Emergency Funding To Increase Wages For Workers Who Care For Texans With Disabilities

AUSTIN, TX – Today, a new coalition of organizations from across the State of Texas launched a new campaign calling on the Texas Legislature to increase the average pay for direct support professionals (DSPs) caring for Texans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD).

From Time To Care Texas

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