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March 23, 2017

Fast Growth School Coalition: Statement Regarding the Senate Education Committee's 7-3 Vote on SB 3, Diverting State Funds from Public Schools

The following statement on the Senate Education Committee’s approval of school vouchers (SB 3) should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, executive director of the Fast Growth School Coalition:

From Fast Growth School Coalition


March 23, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Human Trafficking Bill Gets Unanimous Stamp of Approval from Senate Committee

On Wednesday, March 22, Senate Bill 128, which would enlist truck drivers in the fight against human trafficking, was unanimously approved by the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation. It now goes to the full Senate for final vote.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


March 23, 2017

Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter: Railroad Commissioners Fail to 'Self-Police' Conflicts

Texas Railroad Commissioners took tens of thousands of dollars from energy interests with cases pending before their agency in recent years, a new study finds, contradicting Texas Sunset Commission testimony in 2012 that claimed that the commissioners “self-police” themselves against such conflicts.

From Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter


March 23, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Icon Roy Williams

Representative Helen Giddings released the following statement on the passing of Civil Rights activist, Roy Williams. "Roy Williams waged many important battles and achieved significant victories on behalf of the underserved.

From Representative Helen Giddings


March 23, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Texas Medicaid Health Plans Joined by TMA in Taking Major Step to Make Medicaid Simpler, More Efficient for Texas Physicians

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) in collaboration with the Texas Medical Association (TMA) today announced a joint effort to reduce red tape and administrative burdens for physicians and health care providers seeking to participate in the Texas Medicaid program.

From Texas Association of Health Plans


March 23, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Adds Former Lawmaker to Team for Remainder of 85th Session

The Texas Association of Business is proud to announce that for State Representative Jim Keffer will be working with the rest of the TAB lobby team for the remainder of the 85th Legislative Session.

From Texas Association of Business


March 23, 2017

Representative Harold Dutton: Raise the Age Bill Passes Out of Committee

From Representative Harold Dutton


March 22, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Advocates for Medicaid Reforms in Health Care Meeting with President Trump

State Senator Donna Campbell, an emergency room physician who represents Senate District 25, was one of eight of female leaders invited by President Trump to participate in a special panel Wednesday at the White House focused on health care reforms.

From Senator Donna Campbell


March 22, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes' Announcement

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), issued the following statement: “Chairman Nunes’ actions today compromise the effectiveness of the House Intelligence Committee.

From Representative Joaquin Castro


March 22, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Helps memorialize fallen Wink firefighter Coby Slaughter at Capitol

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) helped unveil the etching of Coby Slaughter’s name on the Volunteer Firefighter Memorial on the Texas State Capitol grounds on Wednesday. “The simple truth is that Coby Slaughter and countless other first responders in Texas are truly exemplary in their selfless service and sacrifice,” Landgraf said.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf


March 22, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Renews Call for Texas House Redistricting Committee to Hold Hearings on Federal Court Ruling in Perez v. Abbott

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Redistricting, has renewed his call for the House Committee on Redistricting to meet and discuss the implications of the recent federal court ruling in Perez v. Abbott.

From Representative Eric Johnson


March 22, 2017

Public Citizen: The Railroad Commission Sunset Bill Needs Amendments to Improve the Vital Functions of the Agency

A bill in the Texas House of Representatives (HB 1818) to reauthorize the Railroad Commission for another 12 years does not address most of the critical reforms that the agency urgently needs, Public Citizen said today.

From Public Citizen


March 22, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: SB 359 Requiring Domestic Violence Training For Child Custody Mediators Passes out of the Senate

Today, Senate Bill 539 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was voted out of the Senate and will advance to the House for consideration. SB 539 requires mediators that handle child custody cases to complete 4 hours of domestic violence training.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 22, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on CSSB 1 - The Budget

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Committee Substitute Senate Bill (CSSB) 1 out of the Senate Finance Committee: "I commend Chairman Jane Nelson and the members of the Senate Finance Committee which passed out CSSB 1 this morning with a 15-0 bi-partisan vote.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 22, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Fights to Save the 1st Integrated Golf Course in the South

Senator Borris Miles voiced support for SB 822, to preserve and protect Austin's Lions Municipal Golf Course (Muny). "I stand in support of SB 822, to protect the historical and cultural impact Muny has had on African American history as the first integrated golf course in the South," said Senator Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles


March 22, 2017

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Hundreds of Texans, 25+ Organizations Convene for First-Ever Texas Energy Day

Technology, innovation and Texas pride are the main attractions at today’s first-ever Texas Energy Day at The Capitol, an event sponsored by more than 25 organizations, associations and chambers of commerce from across the state.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


March 22, 2017

Representative Joseph Deshotel: Urges Congress to Fund Coastal Spine

Today, March 22nd, 2017, Representative Deshotel will introduce HCR 106, which declares that the State of Texas supports the development and construction of a coastal barrier to protect the Gulf Coast region from storm surges and flood damages.

From Representative Joseph Deshotel


March 22, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Committee Approves CSSB 1, Appropriations Act

The Senate Finance Committee today unanimously approved CSSB 1 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, establishing the state's budget over the next two years. CSSB 1 next moves to the full Senate for consideration.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 22, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bill to return control of college tuition to Lege heard in Senate

Senator José Rodríguez's S.B. 442, which returns control of college tuition to the Texas Legislature, was heard in the Senate Higher Education Committee Wednesday. Prior to 2003, the Legislature had regulatory authority to set tuition rates, generally mandating that the same tuition rate be charged across the state.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 22, 2017

Texas 21 Organization: Broad Health Coalition Backs Texas Lawmakers Proposing to Raise Minimum Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Two Texas lawmakers proposing to raise the state’s minimum tobacco age of sale to 21 – backed by a coalition of health care organizations – at a press conference Tuesday urged passage of their bills to protect and save the lives of young Texans by keeping them from becoming addicted to tobacco.

From Texas 21 Organization


March 22, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 17 - Franchise Tax Reduction

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 17 - Franchise Tax Reduction, by Senator Jane Nelson, (R - Flower Mound): "During the 2015 Legislative Session we reduced the franchise tax by 25% - a major cut, saving Texas businesses nearly $2.5 billion dollars.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 22, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Seeks Hearing on Redistricting Ruling

Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus(MALC) are seeking a hearing by the Texas House Committee on Redistricting to discuss the recent redistricting ruling in Perez v. Abbott and to begin the process for determining a remedy that addresses the Court's findings of intentional discrimination by the State of Texas.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus


March 21, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 2 - Property Tax Reform

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 2 - Property Tax Reform, by Senator Paul Bettencourt, (R - Houston):

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 21, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Senate Bill 2

Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of Senate Bill 2, which requires a local election for every tax rate increase of more than 5 percent:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 21, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Approves Senator Nelson's SB 17, Phasing Out Franchise Tax

The Texas Senate today approved SB 17 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to phase out the franchise tax over time if sufficient revenue is available. “There is widespread support to eliminate the franchise tax, which hinders the ability of Texas businesses to grow and prosper.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 21, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Major Step Forward for Texas Taxpayers: SB 2 Passes! Texas Senate approves the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017, on 18-12 vote

Senate Bill 2, the Property Tax Reform and Relief Act, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), today passed the Texas Senate on an 18-12 vote. “Texas taxpayers know the truth,” Senator Bettencourt said.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


March 21, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Senate Passes Short-Sighted Revenue Bills

Today the Texas Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Sen. Bettencourt, which would limit the ability of cities, counties, community colleges and hospital districts to provide the public services Texans all rely on.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


March 21, 2017

State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas: Firefighters to be Honored at State Capitol Memorial Service

State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) will host the 2017 First Responder Legislative Day and Memorial Service at the Texas Capitol on March 22, 2017.

From State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas


March 21, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas State Government Faces Significant, Long-Term Financial Challenges

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today released a special edition of Fiscal Notes highlighting long-term financial obligations facing Texas state government. Prior to the 2017 legislative session, Hegar sent a letter to lawmakers outlining some of these obligations which, if left unaddressed, could negatively impact the state’s credit rating and limit the amount of revenue available for general spending.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


March 21, 2017

Texas Municipal League: Tax Relief Bill Shortchanges the Elderly

A bill passed by the Texas Senate imposing state restrictions on city revenues would give the smallest tax breaks, if any, to elderly and disabled homeowners. “The method the Senate has chosen for providing property tax relief guarantees that homeowners who qualify for the over 65 or the disabled exemption on their homes will get practically no tax cut,” said Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League.

From Texas Municipal League


March 21, 2017

Representative Jodey Arrington: Achieves Conservative Victories Through Changes to Republican Health Care Bill

Today House Republicans unveiled several key conservative changes to the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) fought to include in the legislation during its markup in the House Budget Committee.

From Representative Jodey Arrington


March 21, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Joins President Trump for Signing of NASA Transition Authorization Act

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), who is Chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, today joined a group of his colleagues at the White House to watch President Donald Trump sign the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law.

From Representative Brian Babin


March 21, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: President Signs NASA Bill, Cornyn Provisions to Set Goal of Astronaut Landing on Mars

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law, including language from Sen. Cornyn’s MANIFEST Act to require NASA to develop plans for the future of U.S. human space exploration and set the goal of landing an astronaut on Mars:

From Senator John Cornyn


March 21, 2017

Network of Texas IAF Organizations: Call on State Leaders to fund the best economic development strategy in the state

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Texas IAF leaders from across the state will hold a press conference at 12:30 pm on the south steps of the Capitol to address the critical need for state funding for the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education Fund.

From Network of Texas IAF Organizations


March 21, 2017

Texas Aspires: To Testify on Seven Assessment and Accountability Bills Before House Public Education Committee

Texas Aspires’ executive director, Courtney Boswell, and Texas Aspires Foundation’s director of policy, Molly Weiner, will testify on seven bills before the House Public Education Committee today, March 21, 2017.

From Texas Aspires


March 21, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: The Future of American Leadership and Exploration in Space is Secure

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) at a White House ceremony where the president signed the bipartisan Cruz-Nelson NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law.

From Senator Ted Cruz


March 21, 2017

Episcopal Health Foundation: ACA enrollment numbers in Texas highlight concerns about proposed replacement plan in Congress

Texans who are enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance for 2017 are more likely to be older, have low to moderate incomes, and receive significant financial assistance to buy plans.

From Episcopal Health Foundation


March 21, 2017

Texas AFT: Private-school voucher bill hearing set for Tuesday at the state Capitol

SB 3, the big voucher bill of the 2017 session by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), comes up for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, March 21.

From Texas AFT


March 21, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Encouraged by Passage of SB 25

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops is encouraged by passage of Senate Bill 25 from the Senate today.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops


March 21, 2017

Texas Retired Teachers Association: Retired Teachers to Meet in Austin for Annual Convention & Capitol Rally

More than 1000 retired educators will meet in Austin next week at the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) 64th Annual Convention at the Hilton Austin. Attendees from all over Texas will participate in this year’s convention March 27-28, followed by a day of grassroots lobbying at the Texas Capitol on March 29.

From Texas Retired Teachers Association


March 21, 2017

Texas Alliance for Life: Texas Senate OKs Ban on "Wrongful Birth" Lawsuits

Today the Texas Senate gave preliminary OK to SB 25, bill to ban "wrongful birth" lawsuits, on a 21-9 vote. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate tomorrow and go on to the House.

From Texas Alliance for Life


March 21, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on House Intelligence Committee Hearing

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on today’s public hearing: “Two portions of today’s hearing stood out as particularly significant.

From Representative Joaquin Castro


March 21, 2017

Representative Paul Workman: Legislation to Undo Government Intrusion Into Private Industry Hiring Practices Heard in House Committee

State Representative Paul Workman today presented House Bill 577, which would prohibit local governments from adopting "ban the box" or "fair chance hiring" ordinances, to the House Committee on Business & Industry.

From Representative Paul Workman


March 20, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texans Deserve a Vote on the Issuance of Pension Obligation Bonds

The Senate State Affairs Committee today voted 7-2 to approve Senate Bill 151 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), which would require voter approval for a city to issue pension obligation bonds (POBs).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


March 20, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Just a Decade Ago, Not a Single Democrat Spoke a Word of Opposition to Judge Gorsuch When Confirmed as Federal Judge

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today spoke in support of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. In the first day of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Sen. Cruz is a member, the senator praised Judge Gorsuch’s experience and commitment to the rule of law.

From Senator Ted Cruz


March 20, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Voters Deserve a Say on the Issuance of Pension Obligation Bonds

The Senate State Affairs Committee today voted 7-2 to approve Senate Bill 151 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), which would require voter approval for a city to issue pension obligation bonds (POBs).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


March 20, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Restore the Buying Power of the Minimum Wage

Working poor Texans need a substantial increase in the minimum wage to support their families and their communities, the Texas AFL-CIO said today. In a news conference and in testimony before the House Business and Industry Committee, Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Director René Lara said the era in which the $7.25 wage floor was decent money has long passed.

From Texas AFL-CIO


March 20, 2017

Texas Conservative Coalition: Texas House and Senate Members Letter to Feds: Repeal Obamacare and Allow States to Effect Replacement Solution

On Friday, March 17, 65 members of the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) signed the attached letter. While the letter speaks for itself, the following comments were made with its release:

From Texas Conservative Coalition


March 20, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Gorsuch Enjoys 'Broad Spectrum' of Support

Today in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) delivered an opening statement praising President Trump’s pick to fill the vacancy left by the late Judge Antonin Scalia.

From Senator John Cornyn


March 20, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform Foundation: Releases "The Long Story of Asbestos Litigation in Texas and Its National Consequences"

Texans for Lawsuit Reform Foundation has released its latest paper, “The Story of Asbestos Litigation in Texas and Its National Consequences,” a comprehensive look at Texas’ involvement with asbestos litigation – the longest running mass-tort in America.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform Foundation


March 20, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on Healthcare Bill

In advance of Thursday’s vote overhauling the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement: “We must remember, that regardless of its goals, Obamacare has not made healthcare more accessible or more affordable.

From Representative Will Hurd


March 20, 2017

Texas Alliance for Life: Texas Senate Passes First Pro-Life Bill of the Session

On Wednesday, March 15, the Texas Senate passed its first pro-life bill of the session when it gave final approval to SB 8, a ban on partial-birth abortion. SB 8 also bans the sale or donation of tissues and organs after abortion and thereby bans research on those tissues and organs.

From Texas Alliance for Life


March 20, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces the Groundbreaking of the Edinburg Driver License Mega Center

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, joined the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the community of Edinburg for a groundbreaking ceremony of the new Driver License Mega Center.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa