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April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Top Legislative Priorities On-Track

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today applauding the Texas Senate for their hard work in passing 25 of the 30 priority bills he targeted for the 87th Legislative Session:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 16, 2021

Texas Gun Rights: Applauds House Passage Of Constitutional Carry Bill

Texas Gun Rights applauds the advancement of Constitutional Carry in the Texas House. If signed into law, H.B. 1927 would make Texas the twenty-first state to remove the requirement for law-abiding citizens to obtain a government permission slip to carry a firearm.

From Texas Gun Rights


April 16, 2021

Progress Texas: Biden Administration Rescinds Texas Medicaid Expansion Waiver

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to news that the Biden administration rescinded approval for changes to Texas’ Medicaid program that were previously granted by the Trump administration.

From Progress Texas


April 16, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO: Labor Endorses Police Reform Bills

The Texas AFL-CIO has endorsed six policing reform bills that stem from misconduct in the deaths of George Floyd and so many others. “The ongoing run of tragic deaths and other mistreatment of persons of color at the hands of law officers must end,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

From Texas AFL-CIO


April 16, 2021

Representative Jake Ellzey: Co-Authors Bills That Pass The House Further Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights

Today, two bills co-authored by Rep. Jake Ellzey passed the Texas House to further protect constitutional rights. HB 1927 will allow citizens who are 21 years of age or older to lawfully carry a handgun for personal protection without seeking a license to carry, more commonly known as a concealed carry license.

From Representative Jake Ellzey


April 16, 2021

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Statement On Anti Trans Bills

Yesterday, the Texas House Public Health Committee heard and voted out H.B. 1399 by Rep. Krause which would prohibit gender transition treatments for children, and remove professional liability insurance coverage for physicians offering this care. The Texas House LGBTQ Caucus issued the following statement: "We are deeply disappointed in this action.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus


April 16, 2021

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Texas Veterans To Receive $1,400 Payments From American Rescue Plan Beginning This Week

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that Texans who receive Veterans’ benefits could expect Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 hit their bank accounts beginning this week.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher


April 16, 2021

Representative Jacey Jetton: Joint-Authors Property Tax Reform Bills

State Representative Jacey Jetton announces support for House Bill 59 by Chairman Murr and House Bill 958 by Chairman Oliverson. These bills take significant steps to reduce property taxes without cutting education funding. “Property taxes are out of control in Texas,” Jetton said.

From Representative Jacey Jetton


April 16, 2021

Progress Texas: Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills Voted Out Of Public Health Committee

Progress Texas releases the following statement in opposition to the slate of extreme anti-abortion bills that were just voted out of the House Public Health Committee.

From Progress Texas


April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 13

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 13, the Oil & Gas Investment Protection Act, by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury: "The oil and gas industry is one of the cornerstones of the Texas economy, providing millions of jobs for hardworking Texans.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 19

"I congratulate Sen. Schwertner and the Texas Senate on the passage of Senate Bill 19 which ensures that the state of Texas will no longer do business with companies that discriminate against Second Amendment businesses.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 16, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On Passage Of Senate Bill 18

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 18, the Protect Second Amendment Businesses Act, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe: "During emergencies or disasters, Texans should not have to worry about the infringement of their Second Amendment rights.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 28

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 28, the Charter School Equity Act, by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston: "I commend Sen. Bettencourt and the Texas Senate for their leadership on this critical issue.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 15, 2021

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas: Applauds Passage Of Key Legislation For Children’s Health Care As Part Of The Healthy Families, Healthy Texas Plan

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) applauds the passing of three bills that will further support children’s health and well-being as it relates to telehealth and telemedicine, coverage for children on Medicaid, and maternal health.

From Children’s Hospital Association of Texas


April 15, 2021

Representative Four Price: Texas House Passes Telemedicine Bill Authored By Representative Price

Representative Four Price filed House Bill 4 to make permanent the emergency waivers that have been temporarily granted during the Pandemic for the delivery of certain established adult and child healthcare programs by healthcare providers. Telemedicine, a subject Representative Price has worked on for several legislative sessions, has grown in popularity with patients and healthcare professionals, especially since the onset of COVID-19.

From Representative Four Price


April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 29

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 29, the Fair Sports for Women and Girls Act, by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock. "I congratulate Sen. Perry and the Texas Senate on the passage of Senate Bill 29.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 15, 2021

Senator Sarah Eckhardt: Statement On The Senate Passing SB 10

Earlier today, the Senate passed SB 10, a bill that would silence the voices of county and city governments at the state legislature. Senator Sarah Eckhardt released the following statement: “I seek a better partnership between local and state government.

From Senator Sarah Eckhardt


April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 10

"The vast majority of Texans in both political parties have long-supported ending taxpayer-funded lobbying and it is a top priority for me.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 15, 2021

Representative James Talarico: Javier Ambler’s Law Passes The Texas House

In 2019, Javier Ambler, an unarmed Black man, was killed by Williamson County Sheriff's deputies as he repeatedly cried "I can't breathe" and "please save me". The deputies were followed by a camera crew for “Live PD,” a reality TV program that relies on violent police encounters to boost their ratings.

From Representative James Talarico


April 15, 2021

Travis Central Appraisal District: 2021 Appraisal Notices On Their Way To Travis County Property Owners

Notices of Appraised Value are being mailed out to 389,530 Travis County property owners this week. The notices include the market value assigned to a property as of Jan. 1 and the taxable value of that property based on its exemptions.

From Travis Central Appraisal District


April 15, 2021

Representative Philip Cortez: Passes Medicaid Bill For Texas Children

Texas has the highest number and percentage of uninsured children in the country. According to the United States Census, Texas' child uninsured rate rose from 9.8% in 2016 to 12.7%, over double the national average, in 2019 before the pandemic.

From Representative Philip Cortez


April 15, 2021

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 21

"Across Texas, repeat and violent offenders are being released on personal recognizance or very low bail by judges and magistrates who do not fully consider an offender's violent history, putting Texas communities and law enforcement at risk.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 15, 2021

Representative Drew Darby: Congratulates San Angelo Businessman Randy Brooks On Appointment To Texas A&M System Board Of Regents

Representative Drew Darby is proud to recognize longtime San Angelo community partner and businessman Randy Brooks for his recent appointment by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

From Representative Drew Darby


April 15, 2021

Senator Kelly Hancock: Texas Senate Pass ERCOT Board Reform, Electric Reliability Legislation

The Texas Senate today passed legislation authored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) increasing oversight of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors and ensuring enough reserve power on the grid to meet net load by requiring that intermittent generation resources pair with replacement baseload sufficient to manage their own variability.

From Senator Kelly Hancock