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January 23, 2019

Representation Chris Turner: Named Chair Of House Committee On Higher Education

Today, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen named state Representative Chris Turner (HD 101 – Grand Prairie) chair of the House Committee on Higher Education. "It is an honor to be selected to chair the Higher Education Committee, and I thank Speaker Bonnen for naming me to this post,” said Turner. "The Higher Education Committee plays a critical role in expanding the accessibility of higher education for all Texans and ensuring we fulfill our workforce needs now and in the future.”

From Representation Chris Turner


January 23, 2019

Representative Rafael Anchia: Appointed Chair Of International Relations And Economic Development Committee; Also Appointed To House Administration And Energy Resources Committees

Today, Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced the appointments to the House Committees for the 86th legislative session. Speaker Bonnen has selected Rep. Anchia to serve as Chairman of the newly-formed International Relations and Economic Development Committee (IRED). IRED represents a consolidation of two former committees, the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, which Rep. Anchia chaired since the 83rd session, and the Economic & Small Business Development Committee.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


January 23, 2019

Representative Matt Krause: Assigned to Four Committees for the 86th Legislature

House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced the committee assignments for the 86th Legislature, naming Representative Matt Krause to four committees. Representative Krause will serve on the Transportation, Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Redistricting, and General Investigating committees.

From Representative Matt Krause


January 23, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appoints Senator Hall to Senate Agriculture Committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today that he has appointed Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Upon his announcement the lieutenant governor made the following statement: “No one works harder for the people of his district than Sen. Hall and I am confident he will bring the same work ethic and commitment to conservative principles to the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee.”

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


January 23, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Education Is the Gateway to Our Hopes, Dreams, and Future

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks at the 2019 Texas School Choice Week rally held at the Texas State Capitol. There, Sen. Cruz announced his intention to introduce a federal scholarship tax credit in the coming days, and highlighted the school choice victories achieved in the last two years, including his Student Opportunity Amendment, which is the most far-reaching federal school choice bill ever passed and signed into law.

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 23, 2019

Representative Lina Ortega: Named to Transportation, Public Health, and House Administration Committees for the 86th Legislature

Today, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen released his committee appointments for the 86th Legislative Session. Representative Lina Ortega was appointed to three committees: Public Health, Transportation, and House Administration.

From Representative Lina Ortega


January 23, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: Supports Eminent Domain Reform

Calling eminent domain reform "the property rights issue of our time," Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening joined State Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) today in Austin to roll out the reform bill, HB 991.

From Texas Farm Bureau


January 23, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Appointed Vice Chair Of Transportation Committee

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) was appointed by Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen to serve as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and also as a member of the House Committee on Business and Industry.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf


January 23, 2019

Representative DeWayne Burns: Representative Burns and Senator Kolkhorst File Major Eminent Domain Reform Legislation

Rep. DeWayne Burns (HD-58) and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (SD-18) along with other prominent property rights advocates, announced on Wednesday, the filing of HB 991 and SB 421. These bills, once codified into law will create a substantially more fair, equitable and transparent eminent domain process for thousands of Texans who are faced each year with the prospect of losing their private property through forced condemnation.

From Representative DeWayne Burns


January 23, 2019

Representative Ed Thompson: Named Vice-Chairman of Environmental Regulation Committee, Appointed to Transportation, House Administration

Speaker Dennis Bonnen today announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session of the Texas House of Representatives, appointing Representative Ed Thompson as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and as a member of the House Committee on Transportation and House Committee on House Administration.

From Representative Ed Thompson


January 23, 2019

Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.: Re-Appointed to House Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chair of Land & Resource Management Committee

Today, State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. (D-Palmview) was appointed to serve as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Land and Resource Management Committee by Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. Currently serving his fifth term in the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Muñoz’s key committee appointments give our region a strong voice in the budget-making process as well as how the state manages the use of public lands and its resources.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


January 23, 2019

Joe Moody Campaign: Moody Named Speaker Pro Tem

On Wednesday, January 23rd, Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) was appointed speaker pro tempore, the number two job in the Texas House of Representatives. The post was last held by Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), who was elected speaker of the house two weeks ago.

From Joe Moody Campaign


January 23, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Bills To Address Opioid Epidemic

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed a package of bills to confront opioid abuse in Texas. Lawmakers may file legislation through March 8, 2019. "Opioid abuse is on the rise across our communities, from teenagers to mothers, and the effects are devastating," said Senator Nelson.

From Senator Jane Nelson


January 23, 2019

Representative Phil Stephenson: Gets Committee Assignments for the 86th Texas Legislature

New Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced House Committee assignments today. For the 86th Texas Legislative Session Representative Phil Stephenson will serve on Pensions, Investments and Financial Services (PIFS) as well as Corrections.

From Representative Phil Stephenson


January 23, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Receives Committee Appointments; Named Chairman of Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

Today, Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session, appointing Representative Jeff Leach as Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and as a member on the House Committee on Pensions, Investments & Financial Services and the House Committee on Redistricting.

From Representative Jeff Leach


January 23, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Appointed to Three Most Influential House Committees

This morning, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for Members of the Texas House of Representatives in the 86th Texas Legislature. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez has been appointed to the House Committees on Calendars, State Affairs and Ways & Means.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


January 23, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Receives Committee Assignments for 86th Legislative Session

Today, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session. Representative Mary González has been appointed Vice Chair of the Local & Consent Calendars Committee and to the House Committee on Public Education, and retains her position on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


January 23, 2019

Texas Values Action: #BanTheBible, Anti-Christian Bills filed in Texas. Faith Leaders Oppose.

Texas Values Action sounded the alarm today on numerous bills filed in the Texas Legislature that allow the government to criminalize people of faith and effectively ban the Bible. These bills highlight a growing national trend to punish people of faith by forcing them to celebrate LGBT viewpoints or values and reject their own sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage, human sexuality, and life.

From Texas Values Action


January 23, 2019

Representative Dustin Burrows: To Chair House Committee On Ways And Means

Today, Texas House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Bonnen named State Representative Dustin Burrows to Chair the House Committee on Ways and Means. This committee assignment is for the 86th Texas Legislative Session and the interim.

From Representative Dustin Burrows


January 23, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Chairman Coleman on House Committee Assignments

Today, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) announced the committee assignments for each House member during the 86th Texas Legislature. Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement: "I am pleased and humbled to be reappointed Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs and to continue my service on the House Committee on Public Health.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


January 23, 2019

Representative Steve Toth: Appointed to House Appropriations and Tourism Committees

This morning, Dennis Bonnen, the Speaker of the House, announced committee appointments for Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) and fellow members of the Texas House of Representatives. Representative Toth was selected to serve on the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism.

From Representative Steve Toth


January 23, 2019

Representative Cesar Blanco: Appointed to Key House Committees

Today, Texas House Speaker Bonnen named committee assignments for the Texas House of Representatives for the 86th Legislature. Representative Cesar J. Blanco was appointed to two key committees: (1) the House Committee on Environmental Regulation, and (2) the House Committee on International Relations & Economic Development.

From Representative Cesar Blanco


January 23, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Launches Texas' First Online Searchable Database of Oil & Gas Inspection and Enforcement Data

Today, the Railroad Commission of Texas launched its RRC Online Inspection Lookup (OIL) tool for searching statewide oil and gas inspection and enforcement information, including notices of violation and intentions to sever leases. For the first time in RRC history, RRC OIL allows anyone, anywhere at any time to search online records of oil and gas well inspections and violations.

From Railroad Commission of Texas


January 23, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Statement Regarding House Committee Assignments

“Today, Speaker Dennis Bonnen delivered committee assignments to the Texas House and the Texas House Republican Caucus is excited to see the leadership of the committee process consists of 22 of our Republican members serving as Committee Chairs.

From Texas House Republican Caucus


January 23, 2019

Representative James Talarico: Appointed to the Public Education Committee

Newly-elected State Representative James Talarico, 29, has been appointed to the much sought-after Public Education Committee in the Texas House. “We must fix our broken school finance system. We owe it to our property taxpayers, our teachers, and our kids.

From Representative James Talarico


January 23, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: San Antonio Representative Files Bill Opposing Trump's Border Wall

Today I filed Texas House Bill 990 which calls for the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to submit a report to the Governor, as well as the Legislature, regarding the effects of the construction of a border wall. The Rio Grande Floodplain is home to several towns that have seen devastating damage from record breaking floods recently, something that a border wall would only make worse.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez


January 23, 2019

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Appointed Chairman of Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

Today Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments on the House Floor. Representative Poncho Neva?rez was appointed Chairman of Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Representative Neva?rez previously served as Vice-Chair from 2015 through January 2019.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez


January 23, 2019

Rouser: Progressive Activism Venture "Rouser" Launches

Founded by three Austin women, Rouser, announces today the launch of its weekly podcast, “THE RABBLE,” to demystify Texas politics for new activists. Rouser co-founders and “THE RABBLE” co-hosts – Becky Bullard, Ashley Cheng and Kristen Gunn – each left their businesses and corporate jobs with the mission of helping other “normals” like them figure out how to get involved in local activism and organizing.

From Rouser


January 23, 2019

Lilith Fund: "Rosie's Law" Would Expand Abortion Care Access for Low-Income Texans

“Rosie’s Law,” (House Bill 895) authored by Rep. Sheryl Cole, D-Austin, is the first bill of its kind that would expand insurance coverage for abortion for Texans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The bill is part of an historic initiative led by Texas-based abortion funds, who provide financial assistance to thousands of Texans seeking abortion and are committed to removing the barriers low-income Texans face when seeking care.

From Lilith Fund


January 22, 2019

Senator Kel Seliger: Statement Regarding the Senate Agriculture Committee

"Today, I was disappointed to learn that I am no longer the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. When, in her comment to the press, Sherry Sylvester threatened to remove me as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, she was acting as a spokesperson for the Lt. Governor.

From Senator Kel Seliger


January 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Launches New Dose of Reality Website to Educate Texans About the Dangers of Opioid Abuse

In his office’s latest initiative to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, Attorney General Ken Paxton today launched Dose of Reality, a new comprehensive website to inform and educate Texans about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers.

From Office of the Attorney General


January 22, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Senator Seliger's Recent Comments

Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement this afternoon: "Senator Seliger has been removed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and will not be serving on that Committee. I met with Sen. Seliger earlier today and gave him an opportunity to apologize for a lewd comment he made on radio about a female staffer that has shocked everyone. He had 48 hours to apologize, but failed to do so.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


January 22, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Texas Gained 3,200 Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Jobs in December, 50% of Jobs Recovered

Upstream* oil and natural gas employment rebounded with a 3,200 job gain in December, offsetting the 300 job drop in November, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


January 22, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'School Choice Is the Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century'

In conjunction with National School Choice Week, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) today introduced the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities Through Education Act (CHOICE Act).

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Announces $120 Million Settlement with Johnson & Johnson for Falsely Marketing Hip Replacement Devices

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas will receive $8.5 million as part of a $120 million multistate settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit resolving alleged unfair and deceptive marketing of two hip replacement devices.

From Office of the Attorney General


January 22, 2019

Ron Reynolds Campaign: Increase the Minimum Wage

From Ron Reynolds Campaign


January 22, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Feinstein Appointed Chairs of Senate Narcotics Control Caucus

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) were appointed to serve as Co-Chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Both Senators serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and have a record of combatting drug addiction and drug trafficking.

From Senator John Cornyn


January 21, 2019

Texas Association of Broadcasters: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to Address Texas Broadcasters in Austin on Jan. 22

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, R-Houston, will address Texas broadcasters in Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Legislative Day conference.

From Texas Association of Broadcasters


January 21, 2019

Senator Beverly Powell: Statement on MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to advocating for civil rights. He successfully organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott and led the March on Washington, calling for jobs and freedom. In his famous, "I Have a Dream" speech, he called for equality. It was through his efforts, that the 24th Amendment was ratified and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

From Senator Beverly Powell


January 21, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Reverend King Devoted His Life to Preaching a Gospel of Hope and Love for All Mankind'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in observance of Martin Luther King Day: “This Martin Luther King Day, may we unite as a nation to reflect on the legacy Reverend King forged in the most turbulent of times.

From Senator Ted Cruz


January 21, 2019

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on President Trump's Compromise Plan to Secure our Border and Reopen the Government

Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after President Trump announced his compromise plan to secure our border and reopen the government.

From Representative Michael McCaul


January 21, 2019

Senator Beverly Powell: Receives Committee Assignments

Today, Texas State Senator Beverly Powell (SD 10) was appointed to serve on the Senate Education, Senate Higher Education, Senate Health and Human Services, and Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development committees.

From Senator Beverly Powell


January 21, 2019

Senator Nathan Johnson: Announces Committee Assignments

Texas State Senator Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas) today announced his committee assignments for the 86th Texas Legislature. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Johnson to serve on the Health and Human Services, Veteran Affairs and Border Security, Water and Rural Affairs, and Administration Committees.

From Senator Nathan Johnson


January 21, 2019

Senator Borris Miles: Receives Senate Committee Assignments

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced his list of Senate Committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session, appointing Senator Borris L. Miles to the following committees: Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and Economic Development and Nominations.

From Senator Borris Miles