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March 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Commends Governor Abbott's Appointment Of Assistant Texas Solicitor General Kristofer Monson To Chief Administrative Law Judge

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded Governor Greg Abbott’s appointment of current Texas Assistant Solicitor General Kristofer Monson to Chief Administrative Law Judge for the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). The Chief Administrative Law Judge oversees SOAH, which is a forum for the conduct of adjudicative hearings in the executive branch of state government.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 22, 2019

Influence Texas, P.B.C.: Free Web App Tracks Money And Bills In Texas Politics

Influence Texas and Texans for Public Justice announce the release of Influence Texas OS Version 2, an open source web app providing campaign finance records of Texas state politicians, enabling taxpayers to track the influence of money in politics.

From Influence Texas, P.B.C.


March 22, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Opposes San Antonio's Decision To Ban Chick-Fil-A

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement opposing San Antonio's City Council decision to ban Chick-fil-a from their airport: "San Antonio's decision to ban Chick-Fil-A from the airport is out of step with American values and follows a dangerous trend of local governments using power to punish those who hold religious or political beliefs different from theirs.

From Senator Donna Campbell


March 22, 2019

Texas Values: Chick-Fil-A Not Free To Believe, San Antonio Bans New Location

In the wake of the City of San Antonio banning Chick-fil-A from their airport based upon their religious beliefs and private donations made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Texas Values and Texas Values Action are once again calling on the legislature to act to protect religious freedom and ensure all Texans are Free To Believe.

From Texas Values


March 22, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Bush Announces Amendment 3 To State Action Plan Is Posted For Public Comment

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush posted Amendment 3 to the $5.676 billion State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey for a federally required 30-day public comment period.

From Texas General Land Office


March 22, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Statement On First Anniversary Of Sutherland Springs Background Check Bill Becoming Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s one year anniversary of President Trump signing the Fix NICS Act, led in the House by U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and former U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), into law:

From Senator John Cornyn


March 22, 2019

Senate Hispanic Research Council: Announces New Officers And Board Members

The Senate Hispanic Research Council (SHRC) board of directors has unanimously elected a new chairman and executive officers. Hugo A. Gutierrez, Senior Manager of State Government Relations for Marathon Oil, will serve as the new Chair of the Board of Directors and Helen Soto Knaggs will continue to serve as Vice Chair.

From Senate Hispanic Research Council


March 22, 2019

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: President Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Free Speech On College Campuses And Incentivizing Universities To Lessen Student Debt

President Trump today signed an Executive Order protecting freedom of speech on college campuses and incentivizing universities to lessen student debt. The President was surrounded by student activists whose conservative views have been suppressed at universities, including Young Conservatives of Texas State Chair Saurabh Sharma and two members of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus


March 21, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Stop Surprise Medical Bills!

Surprise medical bills are all too common in Texas, and recent polling shows consumers now list surprise medical bills as their top pocketbook concern. In a medical emergency, patients must rush to the nearest emergency room. Patients can’t “shop around” to find doctors and ERs in their insurer’s network.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


March 21, 2019

Texans Care for Children: Over 50 TX Business Leaders Urge State Leaders To Fund Full-Day Pre-K

Today 56 Texas business leaders sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and the members of the Texas Legislature urging them to “support an investment in early childhood education, which specifically includes investments in full-day prekindergarten.”

From Texans Care for Children


March 21, 2019

Texas State Teacher Association: Poll: Most Texas Voters Want An Across-The-Board Teacher Pay Raise

Most Texas voters say raising teacher pay is the top priority among education issues for the Legislature to address this year, and they believe lawmakers should provide and fund an across-the-board raise for all teachers rather than leave the responsibility to local school districts, a bipartisan poll conducted for the Texas State Teachers Association shows.

From Texas State Teacher Association


March 21, 2019

Coalition for Energy Jobs: Stop Deceptive Practices From Hurting Texas Energy Workers

To protect the Texas energy industry and thousands of contract workers in the state, the Coalition for Energy Jobs launched today to advocate for the end of predatory and invalid non-compete clauses used by energy staffing firms.

From Coalition for Energy Jobs


March 21, 2019

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas: Lawsuit Abuse Watchdog Says Health Care Advertising A Threat To Patients, Urges Legislature To Take Action

Texas television viewers were inundated by more than 190,000 advertisements for legal services in the state’s three largest media markets over a six-month period last year – far more than for services like pizza delivery or hardware stores – according to a new report by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA). The study examined the prevalence of legal advertising in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, and found that legal services accounted for a staggering $23.4 million in ad buys during the period studied.

From Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas


March 21, 2019

Environment Texas: Texas Gets An F For Efforts To Address Lead In School Drinking Water

Reacting to pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment Texas and TexPIRG gave Texas an F grade today for addressing the problem, according to a new national report. The group announced support for legislation by Rep. James Talarico to ensure lead-free water in Texas schools and daycares.

From Environment Texas


March 21, 2019

Conservative Texans for Charitable Bingo: Statement

The American Legion, Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars and Conservative Texans for Charitable Bingojoined forces at the Texas Capitol today to rally in support of Charitable Bingo in Texas. Conservative Texans for Charitable Bingois a non-profit group of Texas charities and supporters and veterans who believe in helping fund local charity needs through the game of bingo as regulated by the state.

From Conservative Texans for Charitable Bingo


March 21, 2019

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Senate Approves Two Appointments To Texas Commission Of Licensing And Regulation

The Texas Senate voted 31-0 on Wednesday to approve the appointments of Joel Garza, Jr. of Pearland and Gerald R. Callas, MD, FASA of Beaumont to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation. Commissioner Callas was appointed by Governor Abbott in 2018 during the legislative interim. Callas is a physician anesthesiologist and partner with Anesthesia Associates in Beaumont.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


March 21, 2019

Representative Erin Zwiener: Introduces Rural Broadband Bill

State Representative Erin Zwiener introduced a bill that would allow public-private partnerships to help provide broadband access to rural Texans. Lack of broadband holds rural communities back from achieving their full educational and economic potential. HB 3529 seeks to rectify this problem by giving rural communities a new tool to develop internet infrastructure.

From Representative Erin Zwiener


March 21, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Bridge Strikes Bill Moves To Full House

State Representative Brooks Landgraf's (R-Odessa) legislation aimed at reducing the number of overpass strikes due to over-height semi-trucks by holding those drivers or their employers liable for the costly damage has been voted out of the House Transportation Committee and now moves to the full House for a vote.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf


March 21, 2019

Representative Hugh Shine: Shares Local Highlights Of House Appropriations Bill

The Texas House of Representatives Appropriations committee has referred House Bill 1 (HB1) to the full house and debate is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 27.

From Representative Hugh Shine


March 21, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On Senate Bills 6, 7 & 8

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following unanimous passage of Senate Bill 6, by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, Senate Bill 7, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe and Senate Bill 8, by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock -- the Hurricane Harvey disaster response bills:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 21, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Texas Senate Passes Flood And Disaster Relief Bills Joint Authored By Senator Hinojosa

Today, the Texas Senate passed three disaster relief bills joint authored by State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa to address lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey by preparing our state for future hurricanes and natural disasters, including ways to address flood response and clean-up (SB 6), flood project funding (SB 7), and state and regional flood planning (SB 8).

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 21, 2019

Senator Kelly Hancock: Fido-Friendly Outdoor Dining Act Passes Texas Senate

The Texas Senate yesterday passed SB 476 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), which allows restaurant patrons to be accompanied by a well-behaved and well-controlled dog in an outdoor dining area such as a patio or sidewalk café.

From Senator Kelly Hancock


March 21, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Contracting Reform Legislation Passes Texas Senate

The Texas Senate today approved SB 65, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, responding to the continued failure of state agencies to follow laws and procedures on state contracting. "Senate Bill 65 addresses serious breakdowns in procurement and contract oversight across state government," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 21, 2019

Coalition For Critical Infrastructure: New Study Shows That Infrastructure Constraints Will Stifle Economic Growth In Texas

A new study released today demonstrates the importance of critical infrastructure investment to grow the Texas economy and the economic fallout that would result from infrastructure constraints.

From Coalition For Critical Infrastructure