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June 26, 2019

Texas Values: Houston (Harris County) Passes "Ban the Bible" LGBT Policy

The Harris County Commissioner Court on Tuesday voted in favor of new government policy that adds the highly controversial and litigation charged words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) as special protected classes in the Harris County Personnel and Procedures handbook.

From Texas Values


June 26, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Health Officials Encourage HIV Testing, Awareness

Texas Health and Human Services is encouraging people throughout the state to get tested for HIV, know their status, and connect with care and treatment services available to them as needed.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission


June 26, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Cybersecurity Bills Signed Into Law

Several bills authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that bolster state cybersecurity, expand the cyber workforce and better protect sensitive data have been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. These bills will take effect on September 1, 2019.

From Senator Jane Nelson


June 26, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: John Cornyn Fretting Over Political Future

With a potential primary challenge hanging over Senator Cornyn’s head and facing what he has admitted will be the toughest race of his political career, Cornyn is clearly trying to clean up his record of selling Texans out to DC special interests.

From MJ Hegar Campaign


June 26, 2019

Brian Birdwell Campaign: Senator Brian Birdwell Announces For Re-Election

Highlighting a legacy of effective, principled conservative leadership in the Texas Senate - and the importance of preserving a strong and prosperous Texas for future generations - State Senator Brian Birdwell announced today his campaign for re-election in 2020.

From Brian Birdwell Campaign


June 26, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Health Curriculum Standards Overhaul Veers Off Course Out Of The Gate

In a depressing echo of the deeply divisive and politicized revisions of other curriculum standards in the past decade, the State Board of Education’s overhaul of health standards for Texas public schools appears to be veering off course just as it’s getting started, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller warned today.

From Texas Freedom Network


June 26, 2019

Lyft: New Law Enables Lyft To Provide Ridesharing Services For Medicaid Recipients Attending Medical Appointments

Governor Greg Abbott recently signed into law new legislation enabling Lyft to provide transportation services to Medicaid beneficiaries in Texas. There are approximately 4.2 million Medicaid patients in the state of Texas and through this new law Lyft hopes to be able to reduce barriers to healthcare access and improve health outcomes for all Medicaid recipients.

From Lyft


June 26, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins Testifies Before U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee

Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins today testified in Washington, D.C., before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. The subcommittee heard testimony on continuing constitutional problems with the Voting Rights Act since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Shelby County v. Holder.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 25, 2019

Office of the Attorney Paxton: Co-Authors 12-State Brief To Protect Health And Safety For Women

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief co-authored by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Jr. in the United States Supreme Court in June Medical Services v. Gee, which involves a legal challenge to Louisiana’s requirement that abortion doctors maintain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

From Office of the Attorney Paxton


June 25, 2019

Senator Jose Menendez: Proud To Work With State Rep. Andrew Murr To Pass HB 3582 Preventing Repeat DWI Offenses

State Senator José Menéndez issued a statement in response to the passage of HB 3582 which he sponsored, was authored by State Representative Andrew Murr, and was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 14, 2019. Senator José Menéndez partnered with State Representative Andrew Murr and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to further protect those using state roads and highways from senseless tragedies caused by drivers who receive their second, or more, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenses.

From Senator Jose Menendez


June 25, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony For New State Psychiatric Hospital In Houston

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission along with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will host a groundbreaking ceremony June 26 for a new state psychiatric hospital, the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission


June 25, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Co-Leads Twenty Seven (27) Attorneys General Effort To Protect Against Potential Class-Action Abuse In Opioid Multidistrict Litigation

In a letter he co-authored with California from a bipartisan group of 27 states and territories, Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked a U.S. District Court judge presiding over all the federal cases involving opioid lawsuits to delay a ruling that could potentially result in class-action abuse and confusion regarding a proposed novel settlement structure.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 24, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Launches "HB3 In 30" Web Video Series

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today announced the launch of a new web video series, “HB3 in 30,” to help inform school districts and the public about how to implement the transformative measures in House Bill 3, passed during the 86th legislative session.

From Texas Education Agency


June 24, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Opioid Bills Authored By Senator Nelson Take Effect

Several bills authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, have been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott and take effect immediately, including two bills that respond the opioid epidemic.

From Senator Jane Nelson


June 24, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Helps Secure Funding To Designate Border Infrastructure Coordinator

To ensure the United States has the trade infrastructure in place to support the continued growth of trade at our southern border, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) secured language in the Appropriations Committee that establishes a border infrastructure coordinator.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


June 24, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Texas Gained 2,900 Upstream Oil And Natural Gas Jobs In April And May

Data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows job growth in the upstream oil and natural gas sector in April and May 2019 after a time of fluctuation in employment figures since the fall of 2018. The upstream sector gained 1,900 and 1,000 jobs in April and May, respectively.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


June 24, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Launches New Citywide Immersive Training Initiative To Combat Human Trafficking In Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the launch of new partnerships between his office and cities across the state to educate and mobilize Texans in the fight against human trafficking. The Citywide Immersive Training initiative kicked off in Beaumont last week and included human trafficking awareness training sessions for hospitality professionals, restaurant workers and others, taught by the Office of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime (HTTOC) Section.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 24, 2019

TDP: Statement On Reports Of Inhumane Border Detention Center Holding Children In Clint, Texas

A new report last week indicated that Customs and Border Patrol are housing children in an inhumane border facility right here in Texas that includes “children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they’ve just met, toddlers without diapers relieving themselves in their pants and teenage mothers are wearing clothes stained with breast milk.”

From Texas Democratic Party