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May 24, 2019

AARP: Thank You, Texas Legislature

Approaching the end of the 2019 Texas legislative session, AARP Texas leaders are applauding lawmakers on their successful work for older Texans and other consumers.

From AARP

May 15, 2019

AARP: Texas Moves To Bring Clarity To Drug Pricing

On Thursday morning, the Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee is scheduled to discuss House Bill 2536, a measure that was unanimously approved by the Texas House of Representatives and is one of the strongest drug-price transparency proposals in the nation.

From AARP

May 13, 2019

AARP: Applauds Texas House Approval Of Prescription Drug Price Transparency Bill

The Texas House of Representatives has taken a major step to address the skyrocketing cost of prescription drug prices that are making it harder for Texans to afford the medicines they need. The House approved House Bill 2536 by Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) on a unanimous, bipartisan vote Friday, sending the measure to the Texas Senate for its consideration.

From AARP

April 30, 2019

ADL: Anti-Semitic Incidents Remained At Near-Historic Levels In 2018; Assaults Against Jews More Than Doubled

The U.S. Jewish community experienced near-historic levels of anti-Semitism in 2018, including a doubling of anti-Semitic assaults and the single deadliest attack in U.S. history, according to new data from ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) issued today. ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents recorded a total of 1,879 attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions across the country in 2018, the third-highest year on record since ADL started tracking such data in the 1970s. In a year marked by the white supremacist shooting spree at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which claimed 11 lives, and punctuated by a dramatic surge in white supremacist propaganda activity nationwide, ADL’s Audit identified 59 people who were victims of anti-Semitic assaults in 2018, up from 21 in 2017. While the overall number of incidents represents a 5 percent decline from 1,986 incidents reported in 2017, the number of incidents last year remained at near-historic levels – 48 percent higher than the total for 2016 and 99 percent higher than in 2015.

From ADL

May 3, 2019

Alliance for Safety and Justice: Applauds Texas House Of Representatives For Supporting Reforms To Probation System

The Texas House of Representatives today passed criminal justice reform legislation that will prioritize rehabilitation over incarceration, a position supported and applauded by the Alliance For Safety and Justice (ASJ) and crime survivors across Texas.

From Alliance for Safety and Justice

May 6, 2019

Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas: Statement On National Small Business Week

The Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas today released the following statement regarding National Small Business Week: “As we recognize the significant impact small businesses have on creating jobs and investing in our communities, the Texas Legislature has the opportunity this session to pass critical legislation that will remove burdensome barriers that make it harder for entrepreneurs in Texas to succeed,” ASSET Spokesperson Annie Spilman said.

From Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas

May 15, 2019

Brandy Voss Campaign: Brandy Voss, Board Certified Appellate Attorney, "Super Lawyer," And Constitutional Law Professor, To Run For Texas Supreme Court, Place 7

Brandy Voss, a McAllen-based appellate attorney, repeatedly nominated by her peers for her professional accomplishments to Thomson Reuters’ "Super Lawyers" list published in Texas Monthly, is officially running as a candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, Place 7.

From Brandy Voss Campaign

April 26, 2019

Candy Noble Campaign: Representative Candy Noble Names As 2019 Emerging Leader By GOPAC

Republican Candy Noble has been named a 2019 Emerging Leader by GOPAC, a national organization committed to identifying and supporting the next generation of Republican leaders. The annual list recognizes legislators for their potential and ability to impact their state.

From Candy Noble Campaign

May 1, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas House Approves Misguided Tax Plan

This evening the Texas House gave preliminary approval to a proposal that would limit the ability of cities and counties to decide how much to devote to police, fire, paramedics, and other local services. The bill passed the Senate earlier this month and now moves to third reading in the Texas House.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 20, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Big Vote In Texas Senate Threatens Future Revenue For Texans

Today Texas Senators could consider a short-sighted proposal (HJR 38) that would cut off important future revenue options for the services Texans rely on in our communities.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 23, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: State Leaders Announce Compromise That Increases Funding For Schools, But Sadly Prioritizes Tax Breaks Over Texas Kids

This afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced a legislative “compromise” on school finance (HB 3) and tax legislation (SB 2).

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 21, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas House Votes To Combat Surprise Medical Billing

Today the Texas House gave preliminary approval to a strong proposal that would help combat surprise medical billing statewide. The bill previously passed the Senate and soon heads to the Governor.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 7, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Senate Passes Landmark School Finance Legislation

This evening the Texas Senate approved landmark school finance legislation (House Bill 3), which would invest billions more dollars in public education and strengthen our state's future. In response, CPPP Legislative and Policy Director Luis Figueroa issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 13, 2019

Common Cause Texas: David "Walking Threat To Voting Rights" Whitley Takes Voting Rights History Tour In Alabama

Today the office of acting Secretary of State David Whitley issued a press release on Whitley participating in a Voting Rights History Tour in Alabama. As a reminder, Whitley spent the last few months attempting to purge nearly a hundred thousand Texans from the voter registration rolls. An attempted voter purge that Whitley only abandoned when forced to do so by a court.

From Common Cause Texas

May 15, 2019

Common Cause Texas: "Voter Fraud" Bogeyman Back To Justify More Voter Suppression In TX

Tomorrow morning, the Texas House Committee on Elections will meet to consider and hear testimony on Senate Bill 9, a dangerous anti-voter bill designed to suppress votes and intimidate our most vulnerable populations.

From Common Cause Texas

May 17, 2019

Common Cause Texas: SB9 - Dangerous Voter Suppression Bill Voted Out Of House Elections Committee On Party Line Vote

Moments ago, on a party line vote, Senate Bill 9 was voted out of committee 5 - 4. The bill now heads to the Calendars Committee before it will head to the House floor. Following is a statement from Anthony Gutierrez, Executive Director of Common Cause Texas: "Senate Bill 9 exists solely to put barriers between Texans and the ballot box.

From Common Cause Texas

May 20, 2019

Common Cause Texas: SB9 - Dangerous Voter Suppression Bill - DEAD

Moments ago, the House Calendars Committee met to decide which bills would be set for Tuesday, a key deadline in the Texas Legislature. Senate Bill 9 - the worst voter suppression bill of this legislative session - was not put on that calendar and is now dead. We expect there will be attempts to amend pieces of it onto other bills but it appears SB 9 itself is dead.

From Common Cause Texas

May 16, 2019

Common Cause Texas: Hearing On SB9 - Voter Suppression Bill - Wraps Up After Midnight

Senate Bill 9 - the controversial anti-voting, anti-democracy bill - was just heard in the Texas House Elections Committee. We expect the committee to vote on the bill at a hearing tomorrow morning and because of the partisan composition of the committee we expect SB 9 will be voted out of committee and sent to House floor.

From Common Cause Texas

April 29, 2019

Common Cause Texas: Still A Thing Lingering To Threaten TX Voting Rights: The Whitley Nomination

Today, District Judge Fred Biery approved a motion to dismiss federal lawsuits against Texas' voter purge fiasco. This decision effectively puts an end to this particular purge of the voter rolls pioneered by acting Secretary of State David Whitley. ?However, Whitley's nomination is still pending and could be called up for a vote on the floor of the state senate at any time.

From Common Cause Texas

May 22, 2019

End Pay to Play PAC: Hires Project Director And Sets Launch Date

End Pay to Play PAC announced Ben McPhaul of Mammoth Marketing Group has been selected to oversee the petition collecting operation. End Pay to Play PAC was formed by a group of concerned Houstonians to reduce the amount that people or companies that do business with the City of Houston can contribute to any candidate for mayor, controller, or city council.

From End Pay to Play PAC

May 17, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: First Responders Endorse Eric Johnson For Mayor Of Dallas

Three groups representing current and retired first responders endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Thursday in the race to determine the next Mayor of Dallas. Rep. Johnson earned the endorsements of the Black Police Association PAC, the Retired Black Police Officers Association PAC, and the Black Fire Fighters Association PAC.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

May 13, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: Former Senator John Carona Endorses Eric Johnson

Former State Sen. John Carona endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Monday in the race for Mayor of Dallas. Sen. Carona is the latest to join a growing, bipartisan group of Dallas leaders endorsing Rep. Johnson in the June 8 mayoral runoff.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

May 13, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: Texas House Public Education Chairman Endorses Eric Johnson

?State Rep. Dan Huberty, the widely respected chairman of the Public Education ?Committee in the Texas House of Representatives, endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on ?

From Eric Johnson Campaign

May 7, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: Three Former Dallas Endorse Eric Johnson

Three former Dallas Mayors on Monday endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson in the June 8 runoff to determine the next Mayor of Dallas. Johnson earned the endorsements of former Mayors Ron Kirk, Tom Leppert and Steve Bartlett. “I am honored to have the support of these three former Mayors, all of whom provided strong and visionary leadership for Dallas,” Rep. Johnson said.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

April 26, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: Johnson Continues To Draw Strong Campaign Support Throughout Dallas

?State Rep. Eric Johnson continued his strong fundraising in recent weeks, reflecting the momentum his campaign for Dallas Mayor is building as the May 4 election nears. ?Between March 26 and April 24, Johnson raised $180,421.16 in total political contributions — a ??number that does not include any loans or pledges. He ended the fundraising period with $259,298.15 in his mayoral campaign account. ?

From Eric Johnson Campaign

May 16, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: Former Senator Florence Shapiro Joins Education Leaders Endorsing Eric Johnson

Former Texas Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Florence Shapiro endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Thursday to be the next Mayor of Dallas. Sen. Shapiro is the latest education leader to endorse Rep. Johnson, who has also earned support in the Mayor’s race from five members of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees and from State Rep. Dan Huberty, who currently chairs the Texas House Committee on Public Education.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

May 20, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: Sixteen Former Members Of Dallas City Council Endorse Rep. Eric Johnson

State Rep. Eric Johnson announced Monday that he has been endorsed by 16 former members of the Dallas City Council. The breadth of support from these Dallas leaders again highlights the robust, diverse coalition that is backing Rep. Johnson to become the next Mayor of Dallas, as well as the historic nature of his candidacy.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

May 24, 2019

Eric Johnson Campaign: Congressman Colin Allred Endorses Rep. Eric Johnson For Mayor

Congressman Colin Allred endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Friday to serve as the next Mayor of Dallas. “Eric Johnson will provide the visionary, inclusive leadership that Dallas needs and that is why I am proud to endorse him for Mayor,” Congressman Allred said. “Having grown up in Dallas and served our city for years in the Texas Legislature, Eric has a unique appreciation for the challenges facing Dallas families.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

May 14, 2019

Farmer Veteran Coalition: To Meet In Austin

A national organization focused on helping veterans pursue careers in agriculture has scheduled a stakeholders meeting on November 17-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Austin, Texas. It will be the fifth national meeting of Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC).

From Farmer Veteran Coalition

May 9, 2019

Fast Growth School Coalition: Plano ISD, Fast Growth School Coalition, 57 Additional School Districts And Three Associations Join Together To Prevent School Finance Reform From Being Derailed By A New Robin Hood System

Fifty-eight Texas districts and four public education associations collaborated on a letter to the Texas Legislature’s Conference Committee deliberating House Bill 3. The letter addresses the Senate’s proposal to calculate school funding using property values from the current year, rather than the existing practice of using prior year values.

From Fast Growth School Coalition

May 14, 2019

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Highlights Health Care, Calls Hurd 'Out Of Touch' With TX

On the first day of her campaign, Iraq War veteran and former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones is already drawing attention and praise in her run for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District against Congressman Will Hurd.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

May 14, 2019

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Running For Congress In Texas

Today, Gina Ortiz Jones proudly announced her candidacy in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. Gina is running to challenge incumbent Representative Will Hurd, who is out of touch with Texas families after years spent prioritizing his political career in D.C. over the interests of his constituents.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

May 15, 2019

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Raises $100,000+ In First Day Of Campaigning

Today, the Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress campaign announced that Jones raised over $100,000 in her first day of campaigning to replace Congressman Will Hurd with a representative who will actually fight for everyday people and not the wealthy special interests in Washington.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

May 16, 2019

Greg Brockhouse Campaign: Brockhouse Releases Fourth Part Of 'Action Plan SA' Platform

Today San Antonio District 6 Council Member and mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse unveiled his plan to address transportation and traffic challenges with practical, common sense solutions during his first 90 days in office.

From Greg Brockhouse Campaign

May 14, 2019

Greg Brockhouse Campaign: Brockhouse Releases Second Plank in 'Action Plan SA' Platform

Today San Antonio District 6 Council Member and mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse unveiled his plan to address the climate in a way that protects the environment and local jobs as the second big issue on which he will hold votes at City Council during his first 90 days in office.

From Greg Brockhouse Campaign

May 17, 2019

Greg Brockhouse Campaign: Brockhouse Releases Fifth Goal Of 'Action Plan SA' Platform

Today San Antonio District 6 Council Member and mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse unveiled his plan to bring to vote on council several efforts to reduce crime and improve public safety during his first 90 days in office.

From Greg Brockhouse Campaign

May 24, 2019

Greg Brockhouse Campaign: Launches #HeySA Community Feedback Program

Today San Antonio District 6 Council Member and mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse launched a community feedback initiative titled, #HeySA. Brockhouse will go visit neighborhoods across the city to see issues firsthand and either begin to fix them or pledge to fix them when he is sworn in as Mayor.

From Greg Brockhouse Campaign

April 30, 2019

Joe Moody Campaign: Moody Passes Marijuana Reform

Today the Texas House of Representatives voted its approval of House Bill 63 by Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody (D-78). As originally filed, the measure would have decriminalized low-level possession of marijuana altogether in favor of a civil penalty system.

From Joe Moody Campaign

April 26, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds To Settlement Agreement With Texas Secretary Of State Over Attempted Voter Purge

Today, voting rights advocates and the Texas Secretary of State released a settlement agreement regarding litigation to halt the agencies botched list maintenance activities that were riddled with errors from day one. The lists distributed to counties for potential purge were found to include the names of thousands of naturalized U.S. citizens.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

May 1, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Statement On Texas Senate Race

"I have tremendous respect for Congressman Castro and his commitment to public service, and I know Texas will continue to benefit from his strong leadership. I am laser-focused on our shared goal of defeating Senator Cornyn next November.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

May 2, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Senator Cornyn Must Take Action Against Dangerous Health Care Lawsuit

Decorated combat veteran and U.S. Senate candidate Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar released the following statement today, demanding Senator John Cornyn stop shrinking out of the way while the Justice Department escalates a lawsuit that would end protections for Texans with pre-existing medical conditions:

From MJ Hegar Campaign

May 6, 2019

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas: Abortion Speak Out: Combating Lies With Truth

Today, Texans from across the state took to the capitol to share their abortion stories at the 'Abortion Speak Out: Combating Lies with Truth' event in response to multiple anti-abortion bills making their way through the Texas legislature.

From NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

May 1, 2019

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas: Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Want To Force Texans Into Biased, Coercive, Unregulated And Non-Medical Services Before An Abortion With SB 2243

SB 2243 is on the Senate floor today for its second reading. SB 2243 would force Texans needing an abortion into 3rd party “counseling” at crisis pregnancy centers, violating the privacy of Texans by forcing them to reveal their medical decisions to unlicensed strangers who are not their healthcare providers, effectively giving a stranger veto power over a person’s decision to have an abortion, in violation of long standing constitutional principles.

From NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

May 1, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Senate Confirmation Of Texas Deputy Solicitor General Cam Barker To The U.S. District Court In Tyler

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded Texas Deputy Solicitor General J. Campbell Barker’s confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler. Barker joined the attorney general’s office in 2015 and has handled a wide range of state and federal cases.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 1, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 18-State Brief Urging 5th Circuit To Declare Obamacare Unlawful

Leading an 18-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to uphold a U.S. District Court decision declaring Obamacare unconstitutional.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 14, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Yet Again, Ag Paxton's Office Responds To House Oversight Committee Request For Confidential Voter Fraud Documents

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office responded to Chairman Elijah E. Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Chairman Jamie Raskin of the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, applauding their concern about election fraud as a civil rights issue and simultaneously refusing their demand for privileged and confidential information related to ongoing voter fraud investigations.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 14, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Office Asks Entire 5th Circuit To Allow Texas To Proceed With Defunding Of Planned Parenthood

On behalf of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office, Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins presented oral arguments today before the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, demonstrating that individual Medicaid recipients cannot use lawsuits to force taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 9, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Affirms Support For San Jacinto County's Courthouse Crosses, Vows To Defend Public Display Of Historic Religious Symbols

In a letter today to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner and county commissioners, the Office of the Attorney General applauded the county’s decision to maintain crosses on the county courthouse, and promised to support the county if the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) brings a lawsuit.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 24, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: HHS Proposes Rule That Would Protect Healthcare Conscience Rights, And Undo Unlawful Obamacare Rule That Texas Successfully Challenged

Today, the Trump administration opened the public comment period on its potential repeal of an unlawful Obama-era health care regulation that redefined sex discrimination to include gender identity and abortion. Texas obtained an order from a federal court in 2016 enjoining the regulation.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 24, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton To Congress: States Need Clear-Cut Authority To Enforce Their Criminal Laws Against Illegal Activity Online

Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with a bipartisan group of 46 fellow attorneys general, urged congressional leaders in Washington to amend the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to make certain that state and local authorities have the authority to investigate and prosecute criminal activity online.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 16, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins Coalition Urging CFPB To Restore States' Authority To Protect Consumers

Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined a 12-state coalition – led by Indiana and Arkansas – in support of a proposal by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind a 2017 CFPB rule and replace it with a new one governing small, short-term loans.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 16, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Responds To Letter From House Subcommittee Attempting To Interfere In State Operations

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today rejected a demand from the chairmen of two U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittees to provide confidential documents and information related to a letter the attorney general sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last year, urging repeal of an unlawful Obama-era rule on child welfare funding that harms children and families by limiting adoption agencies’ access to public resources based on the religious beliefs of agency employees.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 20, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of The Santa Fe High School Shooting

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today regarding the one-year anniversary of the Santa Fe school shooting: "On the one-year anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, our hearts are still broken by this senseless act of violence.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 29, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill 11

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 11 – the School Safety Act, by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood: "I commend Sen. Taylor for his leadership on this critical legislation and for his diligent work in creating a comprehensive package of strategies to better protect our children.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 7, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passage Of House Bill 3

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of House Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood: "I congratulate Sen. Taylor and the Texas Senate on the passage of this monumental and historic education reform bill. House Bill 3 will transform our public schools with cutting edge strategies that ensure that all our students can achieve their dreams and compete in the global marketplace.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 20, 2019

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Statement On SB 22

Today, the Texas House gave nearly final approval to Senate Bill 22. This bill is extremely dangerous and bans local governments from partnering with Planned Parenthood. It is a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and extremist, anti-choice groups.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

May 16, 2019

Progress Texas: Texas Senate Extremists Give Final Passage To Discriminatory Anti-LGBTQIA+ Bill

Today, the Texas Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 1978, which will give government officials, licensed professionals, businesses, and others the right to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ individuals.

From Progress Texas

May 9, 2019

Progress Texas: Texas Conservatives Will Vote On Discriminatory Religious Refusal Bill, HB 3172

In advance of the Texas House taking up HB 3172, which would give government officials, licensed professionals, businesses, and others the right to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ individuals, Progress Texas releases the following statement.

From Progress Texas

May 9, 2019

Progress Texas: Legislature Must Ensure School Finance Reform Is Equitable In HB 3

As one of the Texas Legislature’s major priorities this session, progress must be made on reforming the state’s outdated and unsustainable school finance system (HB 3). Progress Texas calls on the recently formed school finance conference committee to ensure HB 3 is equitable for all Texas children.

From Progress Texas

May 17, 2019

Progress Texas: Texas Republicans Advance Dangerous Voter Suppression Bill Out Of House Elections Committee

Today, the Texas House Elections Committee has advanced a dangerous voter suppression bill intended to stem the electoral rise of a growing population, Senate Bill 9. “Senate Bill 9 creates hurdles that could slow down voter participation, impede democracy, and hinder new voters, older voters, and voters who need assistance,” said Sam Robles, advocacy director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

May 15, 2019

Progress Texas: Voting Rights Organizations Fight To Stop Devastating Effects Of Senate Bill 9

Today, a broad coalition of voting rights organizations held a press conference to deliver 7,767 petition signatures to the Texas House Elections Committee to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 9. The coalition includes students, people with disabilities, lawyers, working people, and older voters that have been working on advancing voting rights in Texas for decades.

From Progress Texas

May 6, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Texas Mining Operator Receives Annual National Mine Reclamation Award

A Texas coal company recognized by Railroad Commissioners for transforming mined acreage into wildlife habitat has now received a national award. The Interstate Mining Compact Commission selected the Sabine Mining Co. for its Annual National Mine Reclamation Award in the Coal Category.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

May 10, 2019

Representative Andrew Murr: Vice Chair Murr Passes Legislation To Cut Property Tax Bills In Half And End 'Robin Hood'

On Thursday, State Representative Andrew Murr’s (R-Junction) House Bill 297 was passed by the Texas House by a vote of 95 to 46. The bill would abolish school district maintenance and operations (M&O) property taxes by January 1, 2022. On average across the state, school M&O taxes account for more than 50% of all property taxes.

From Representative Andrew Murr:

May 2, 2019

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes RGV Law School Bill Out Of Texas House

State Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed House Bill 103 out of the Texas House of Representatives. HB 103 authorizes the establishment of a law school in the Rio Grande Valley, open to any university system which desires to do so.

From Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez

May 13, 2019

Representative Brian Babin: Statement On Houston Ship Channel Collision

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement in response to the gas leak that occurred after a collision on the Houston Ship Channel last Friday afternoon. “I am glad to see that first responders, Port of Houston officials and the Coast Guard have been able to bring this situation under control and remove the immediate health and safety dangers it posed, and I am confident they will continue to do so as the final clean up and removal operations begin,” said Babin.

From Representative Brian Babin

May 8, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Governor Abbott Signs "Monica's Law"

“Monica’s Law,” aimed at preventing domestic violence, was signed in to law by Governor Greg Abbott late on Tuesday. The legislation, authored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa), will create an online, searchable and public database listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence after a due-process hearing.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 3, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Landgraf & Craddick's "GROW Texas" Resolution Passes Texas House

House Joint Resolution 82, part of the "GROW Texas" legislative package authored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) and State Representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland), was approved by the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday. HJR 82, which creates the Generate Recurring Oil Wealth for Texas (GROW Texas) fund passed out of the House by a vote of 121-13.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 10, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Bridge Strike Bill Fully Enacted By Texas Legislature

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 will become Texas Law unless vetoed by the governor.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 24, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Fully Enacted By Texas Legislature

State Representative Brooks Landgraf's (R-Odessa) anti-human trafficking legislation, House Bill 888, was passed by the Texas House and the Texas Senate on Thursday and will become law unless vetoed by the governor.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 23, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Landgraf-Sponsored Bill To Protect Second Amendment And Property Rights Passes To Governor

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) that will protect the Second Amendment and property rights of property owners was passed by the Texas Legislature with resounding support on Wednesday and now goes to Governor Greg Abbott for final approval.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

April 29, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: "Monica's Law" Fully Enacted By Texas Legislature

“Monica’s Law,” aimed at preventing domestic violence, passed the Texas House of Representatives and will become Texas law unless vetoed by the governor. The legislation authored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) will create an online, searchable and public database listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence after a due-process hearing.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

April 26, 2019

Representative Cesar J. Blanco: Passes Legislation Ensuring Students Have Access To Learning Materials

Today, Representative César J. Blanco passed House Bill 391, relating to student access to public school instructional materials and technology. H.B. 391 now heads to the Texas Senate for consideration. H.B. 391 would ensure students have access to instructional materials at home.

From Representative Cesar J. Blanco

April 29, 2019

Representative Cesar J. Blanco: Public Health Committee Approves Human Trafficking Prevention Legislation By Rep. Blanco

Today, the Texas House Public Health Committee unanimously passed House Bill 2059 by Representative César J. Blanco, relating to required human trafficking prevention training for health care providers. Texas has the second highest number of reported cases of human trafficking in the country, and according to a study by the University of Texas there are currently 313,000 victims of human trafficking across the state.

From Representative Cesar J. Blanco

May 24, 2019

Representative Chris Turner: Bill Updating Texas' Car Seat Law Heads To Governor's Desk

Yesterday, the House concurred with Senate amendments to House Bill (HB) 448 by Representative Chris Turner (HD 101- Grand Prairie) and sponsored by Senator Judith Zaffirini (SD 21-Laredo). The measure updates Texas law to align it with American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations by requiring that children be restrained in a rear-facing car seat until the age of two, unless the child weighs more than 40 pounds or exceeds 40 inches in height or has a medical exemption. This measure mirrors similar laws passed in 14 other states, including Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and South Carolina.

From Representative Chris Turner

April 26, 2019

Representative Christina Morales: Votes To Invest In Retired Teachers

Representative Morales today joined colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives to pass legislation that invests in retired teachers by increasing the state's contributions to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

From Representative Christina Morales

May 20, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Misguided Anti-Abortion Bill Threatens To Derail Legislative Session

Today, the Texas House of Representatives debated Senate Bill 22 on 2nd reading and passed it to 3rd reading by a vote of 81-65 late in the evening. House Democrats proposed dozens of amendments that sought to mitigate the potential harm of the bill, but they were repeatedly defeated by votes that fell along party lines.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 7, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Republican Sales Tax Hike Is Wrong For Texas

In mid-April, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen proposed increasing the state sales tax rate from 6.25% to 7.25% - a 16% increase - by constitutional amendment in order to offset the state’s overreliance on local property taxes for funding state services.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 23, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Beer-To-Go Is The Underdog Victory Of The Session

Today, the Texas Senate passed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission sunset bill (HB 1545) with the Beer-to-Go amendment intact. The vote follows in the wake of last Wednesday’s announcement that the trade associations representing Texas craft brewers, distributors and wholesalers have reached a public stakeholder agreement.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 15, 2019

Representative Eric Johnson: School-To-Workforce Pipeline Bill Passes Senate. Heads To Governor

Legislation that State Rep. Eric Johnson authored to help keep more students on the path to academic and career success won approval in the Texas Senate on Wednesday. It will now head to Governor Greg Abbott, who will decide whether to sign the bill into law.

From Representative Eric Johnson

May 6, 2019

Representative Erin Zwiener: Lays Out Common-Sense Bill On TCEQ Penalties

State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) laid out House Bill 3035 last week in front of the House Environmental Regulation Committee to protect clean air and clean water. The common-sense bill would make certain that penalties imposed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are at least equal to the value of economic benefit gained by the alleged violator.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

May 14, 2019

Representative Erin Zwiener: Dark Sky Preservation Bill Passes House

Rural communities who rely on their dark night skies to attract tourism just got a big win in the Texas House. House Bill 4158, authored by Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood), passed out of the Texas House of Representatives on Friday. This legislation will allow small cities in Hays and Blanco Counties to use revenue from their municipal hotel occupancy tax for construction and maintenance of infrastructure that reduces light pollution and sky glow.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

April 29, 2019

Representative Erin Zwiener: Lays Out Pipeline Bill On Eminent Domain

Last week, State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) pushed forward on more legislation aimed at public oversight on proposed oil and gas pipelines. On April 25, she laid out House Bill 3327 in the Land and Resource Management Committee saying her legislation would enable county governments to share site-specific concerns with pipeline operators early enough in the process to impact the route.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

May 1, 2019

Representative Evelina Ortega: Votes Against Senate Bill 2, Which Harms Local Government And Does Not Provide Property Tax Relief

Following today's House passage of Senate Bill 2, Rep. Lina Ortega released the following statement: "While I appreciate the work of Chairman Burrows and the members of the House Ways and Means Committee, I am opposed to Senate Bill 2. I am supportive of providing property tax relief to Texans but this bill does not do that.

From Representative Evelina Ortega

May 7, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On New Sandra Bland Evidence

On Monday, May 6th, 2019, WFAA in Dallas released footage from Sandra Bland's cell phone from the day of her arrest. Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement: "It is troubling that a crucial piece of evidence was withheld from Sandra Bland's family and legal team in their pursuit of justice.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 7, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Legislative Study Group Chair Garnet Coleman On Death Of Sales Tax Swap

On Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, House Joint Resolution 3, the plan to attempt to lower property taxes by increasing sales tax died in the Texas House. Legislative Study Group Chair Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement: "I want to thank all my colleagues in the Texas Legislative Study Group that helped kill the bad tax swap plan.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 7, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: County Affairs Chair Garnet Coleman To Hold Hearing To Investigate New Sandra Bland Evidence

On Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement: "As Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs, I plan on holding a hearing before the end of the 86th Legislative Session in light of the new evidence in the Sandra Bland Case. I will be asking the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Attorney General to testify.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

April 29, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Holds Press Conference On His Bill To Protect The Transgender Community

Today, April 29th, 2019, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) held a press conference on his HB 1513 to be heard in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, chaired by Chair Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth), later today.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

April 30, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Bill To Protect The Transgender Community Heard In Committee

On Monday, April 29th, 2019, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) laid out his HB 1513 in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, led by Chair Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth). HB 1513 aims to extend protections to our transgender community under Texas' Hate Crimes Act.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 20, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Death Of Muhlaysia Booker

On Monday, May 20, 2019, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement: "Today we mourn the loss of Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender woman, who was found dead on Saturday in Dallas at 23 years old.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 3, 2019

Representative Gene Wu: Advances Retired Teacher Benefit Protection Legislation

State Representative Gene Wu's (D-Houston) bipartisan Teacher Retirement System (TRS) benefit protection bill, HB 2227, received overwhelming support from the Texas House this afternoon in its passage from the House.

From Representative Gene Wu

May 9, 2019

Representative Gina Calanni: Passes First Bill On General Calendar, 10th Overall

Texas State Rep. Gina Calanni (D - HD 132) has passed legislation that will make Katy police officers eligible to apply for certification to enforce commercial vehicle standards for overweight trucks that pass through the Katy city limits. This marks Representative Calanni’s tenth bill to pass the House of Representatives and first bill to pass on the House’s General Calendar.

From Representative Gina Calanni

May 23, 2019

Representative Gina Calanni: Passes SB 1125 To Allow Forensic Analysts To Give Video Court Testimony

Texas State Rep. Gina Calanni (D - HD 132) released the following statement after unanimous House passage of Senate Bill 1125 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. Rep. Calanni sponsored the bill in the House and filed the identical House companion legislation.

From Representative Gina Calanni

May 16, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Secures Return Of CBP Officers To South Texas Ports Of Entry

Following advocacy by Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they have temporarily re-assigned 731 CBP officers from ports around the nation to assist U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) sectors where apprehensions of family units and unaccompanied children from Central America have overwhelmed USBP capabilities and facilities.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 26, 2019

Representative Hugh Shine: Votes To Invest In Retired Teachers

Representative Hugh D. Shine today joined colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives to pass legislation that invests in retired teachers by increasing the state's contributions to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

From Representative Hugh Shine

May 1, 2019

Representative James Talarico: Walks Across Entire District To Hear From Constituents

On Sunday, April 28 at 9:30 AM State Representative James Talarico (D -- Round Rock) set out on his 10 hour, 25-mile trek across House District 52 to hold 3 public town halls in Taylor, Hutto, and Round Rock to listen directly to the constituents he serves.

From Representative James Talarico

May 10, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Texas House Passes Representative Leach's Constitutional Amendment Banning The Imposition Of A State Income Tax

Last night, the Texas House of Representatives adopted House Joint Resolution 38, a constitutional amendment authored by Representative Jeff Leach that bans the imposition of a state income tax on individuals and businesses in Texas. State law prescribes constitutional amendments to receive a 2/3 majority from each legislative chamber.

From Representative Jeff Leach

May 3, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Texas House Passes House Bill 2730, Reforms Anti-SLAPP Laws, Adopts Strongest Free Speech Protections In The Nation

After months of active stakeholder involvement and collaboration, the Texas House passed Representative Leach's House Bill 2730, adopting the nation's strongest protections for free speech while implementing landmark reforms under the "Texas Citizens Participation Act," also know as anti-SLAPP.

From Representative Jeff Leach

May 24, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Legislature Reaches Final Agreement On The Texas Plan; Co-Authored By Representative Leach

Today, with the support of an overwhelming majority of legislators from the Texas House and Senate, Governor Greg Abbott, Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced the final details of "The Texas Plan," a legislative package providing meaningful property tax relief, historic education and school finance reforms, substantial reductions in recapture payments and monumental investments in our classrooms.

From Representative Jeff Leach

May 22, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Passes Legislation To Provide Essential Water And Sewer Services To Texans

Earlier today, the Texas House authorized $200 million in bonds to be used to help those who lack access to basic water and sewer services statewide. This money will help address the state’s current projected need of $360 million, and facilitate the provision of these essential services.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

May 1, 2019

Representative Michelle Beckley: Statement On The Passage Of SB2

State Representative Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) expressed significant doubt with Senate Bill 2, which passed the House today after hours of debate. Senate Bill 2 will impose a 3.5% cap on property tax revenue for cities and counties preventing them from providing essential services to their communities. The bill will require cities and counties to hold an additional election if they wish to increase taxes past that number.

From Representative Michelle Beckley

May 17, 2019

Representative Philip Cortez: Democrats Of House Committee On Elections Stand In Opposition To SB 9

Today the Texas House Committee on Elections voted out Senate Bill 9 on a 5-4 party-line vote. SB 9 would create extreme criminal penalties for honest mistakes individuals could make when voting. It would also enact policies that would put voters' private information at risk. In addition, SB 9 would discriminate against voters on the basis of race.

From Representative Philip Cortez

May 16, 2019

Representative Rafael Anchia: Passes Legislation Ending The Corrupt Dallas County School System

This week, Chairman Rafael Anchia successfully passed Senate Bill 2018 (Senator West), on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. Chairman Anchia was the author of the House companion, HB 3387. This legislation marks the final chapter of the corrupt Dallas County Schools (DCS), which provided school bus service for twelve North Texas communities. DCS was mired in scandal, with five individuals pleading guilty to federal corruption, and the payment of over $4 million in bribes.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

May 20, 2019

Representative Rafael Anchia: Passes Resolution Recognizing The 10th Anniversary Of The Tim Cole Act

This week, Chairman Rafael Anchia presented House Resolution 969, to honor the 10th Anniversary of the passage of HB 1736, short titled the Tim Cole Act. This legislation increased compensation and provided healthcare for persons who were wrongfully imprisoned.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

May 3, 2019

Representative Rafael Anchia: Passes Pipeline Safety Bills In Response To The Death Of 12-Year Old Linda "Michellita" Rogers

This morning, May 3, 2019, Chairman Rafael Anchia, wearing a purple ribbon in honor of the late Linda "Michellita" Rogers, successfully passed House Bill 864 and House Bill 866 on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

April 29, 2019

Representative Ray Lopez: Champions A Study Dissecting The Relationship Between The Rising Cost Of Childcare And Wages

Representative Ray Lopez laid out House Bill 4753 this morning in the committee on International Affairs & Economic Development. This bill calls for a study to analyze the trends between the growing cost of childcare and family income in the State of Texas. Rep. Lopez is calling for this study to generate substantial, revealing data on how income and the growing cost of childcare are affecting working families and parents throughout our state.

From Representative Ray Lopez

May 16, 2019

Representative Ray Lopez: Passes His First Two Bills Out Of The House In Record Time

Having held office for only seven weeks, Representative Ray Lopez passed his first two bills through the House of Representatives in record time. On average, only 20% of all bills filed during a legislative session pass through the House to be considered by the Senate. Despite being the newest member of the Texas House, Representative Lopez accomplished this goal in less than two months.

From Representative Ray Lopez

May 23, 2019

Representative Ray Lopez: Senate Passes Rep. Lopez's Parole Officer Caseload Study

From Representative Ray Lopez

May 2, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: HB 2727 Provides Tuition For All Eligible Texas Students At Texas Community Colleges

HB 2727 would create the "Texas Promise Grant Program" to provide tuition for all eligible students at Texas community colleges. The grant money would go towards students who live in the state, have graduated from high school or received a high school equivalency certificate within the last 12 months, have already applied for financial aid and who maintains a 2.5 GPA.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

May 10, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Fighting For Jobs And Economic Opportunities

Everyone should have the opportunity to build a better life than was available to their parents. However, far too many minorities today remain situated in communities with the lowest prospects for upward mobility.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

May 1, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Statement On His "No Vote" And The Passage Of SB 2

SB 2, a recycled idea that failed to pass in the 2017 Legislative Session, is a misguided proposal that would limit the ability of cities and counties to decide how much to devote to police, fire, paramedics, and other local services.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

April 26, 2019

Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.: Statement On Passage Of SB 12, Teacher Retirement System Of Texas (TRS) Contribution Increase

Today Representative Sergio Mun?oz, Jr. joined his colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives to pass historic legislation that increases the state’s contributions to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) in SB 12.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.

May 13, 2019

Representative Sheryl Cole: Freshman Representative Cole Passes 6 Bills, More Amendments, Out Of House Before Deadline

Freshman Representative Sheryl Cole has successfully passed 6 bills, and amended another 2, out of the Texas House to the Senate, with policies that will greatly benefit House District 46 and Texas as a whole. Cole had the following to say: “Thanks to the support of the legislative leadership, my committee comrades, and colleagues, we have had a phenomenal session.

From Representative Sheryl Cole

May 10, 2019

Representative Terry Canales: Appointed To Significant Property Tax Bill Conference Committee

Today, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced State Representative Terry Canales as one of only five House appointees to the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 2, legislation aimed at capping the growth of property taxes in Texas.

From Representative Terry Canales

May 22, 2019

Representative Tom Oliverson: Texas Legislature Passes Significant Balance Billing Legislation

This morning, the Texas House passed SB 1264 authored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and sponsored by Dr. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress). This landmark legislation will prevent patients with state-regulated health plans from receiving surprise medical bills.

From Representative Tom Oliverson

May 10, 2019

Representative Toni Rose: Passes House Legislation Exempting Persons With A Severe Mental Illness From The Death Penalty

Today, State Representative Toni Rose (D-110) passed historic bipartisan legislation in the Texas House of Representatives. House Bill 1936 creates an exemption to the death penalty for defendants suffering from a severe mental illness at the time of offense. If convicted, a defendant would face life in prison without parole.

From Representative Toni Rose

May 24, 2019

Representative Victoria Neave: House Bill 8 - The Lavina Masters Act - Heads To Governor

House Bill 8, the "Lavinia Masters Act," by State Rep. Victoria Neave is heading to the Governor's office. The Lavinia Masters Act will tackle the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in Texas and bring justice to survivors of sexual assault. House Bill 8 is named after Lavinia Masters, who, at the age of 13 years old, was raped at knifepoint in the middle of the night by a man who broke into her home.

From Representative Victoria Neave

May 1, 2019

Representative Vikki Goodwin: Statement On SB 2 Amendment Requiring State Equally Share Cost Of Schools With Taxpayers

Rep. Vikki Goodwin released the following statement today regarding her amendment that would ensure the state properly funds public schools in Texas: “I was elected to ensure the state properly funds public schools; increasing its share and ensuring property taxes can be lowered for Texas homeowners. My responsible amendment to SB 2, which failed on a party-line vote, would have required the state to properly share the cost of schools before limiting the budgets of cities, counties and emergency service districts.

From Representative Vikki Goodwin

May 7, 2019

Senator Beverly Powell: Issues Statement On House Bill 3

House Bill 3 achieves a number of important goals, including funding an across the board $5,000 teacher pay increase not tied to test scores, investing tens of millions of new dollars into Senate District 10 public schools, a requirement that TEA contract with a third party to review the STAAR, full day pre-k and significant property tax reform.

From Senator Beverly Powell

May 20, 2019

Senator Bob Hall: Senate Passes Red Light Camera Prohibition

Today, the Texas Senate passed House Bill (HB)1631. This bill prohibits the use of red light cameras by municipalities and local entities. Unchanged from the House passed version, the bill will now be sent to the Governors desk.

From Senator Bob Hall

May 16, 2019

Senator Borris Miles: Statement On SB 1978

"Our state has a long and well-documented history of discrimination. From Jim Crow Laws like the poll taxes to prevent African Americans from voting, red-lining to keep people of color out of select neighborhoods and even stopping our kids from attending specific schools; Texas has been part of it all.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 26, 2019

Senator Borris Miles: Statement On HB 8260 UH Medical School

"I voted in support of HB 826, to create the University of Houston (UH) Medical School. UH is one the finest higher education systems in the State of Texas. But, within the greater Houston area, and even surrounding UH, there are large medically underserved areas with communities that have some of the highest numbers of residents with poor health.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 10, 2019

Senator Borris Miles: Passes Bill To Bring $1 Billion For Uncompensated Care

Senator Borris L. Miles passed HB 3459/SB 2022, which would allow local Harris County hospitals to draw down close to $1 billion in federal Medicaid reimbursement funds at no cost to the taxpayers. "My senate district is home to the world's largest medical center with many safety net hospitals working around the clock providing primary care services to many low-income and uninsured Texans," said Senator Borris L. Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 24, 2019

Senator Brandon Creighton: Statement On Texas School Finance Plan

“Today, the Texas House and Senate made history with the agreement to modernize and improve the state's school finance system, and I want to applaud all of the Members and Senators who worked tirelessly to craft legislation that puts more money into classrooms, gives every Texas teacher a raise, improves the STAAR test, and provides significant property tax relief.”

From Senator Brandon Creighton

May 17, 2019

Senator Brandon Creighton: Statement On House Passage Of Senate Bill 7

Today, the Texas House passed historic flood mitigation legislation that will benefit the state for generations. Senate Bill 7 establishes the Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund (TIRF) and a framework for disaster recovery, which will finance flood mitigation projects across the state, and draw down billions of Texas tax dollars from the federal government.

From Senator Brandon Creighton

May 8, 2019

Senator Brandon Creighton: Statement On The Texas Monument Protection Act

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton advanced Senate Bill 1663, the Texas Monument Protection Act, creating a framework and adding protections for the altering, moving or renaming of historic monuments across the state. " There are people and events throughout our state’s rich history that deserve to be celebrated, and there are also people and events that should be condemned, but either way, as Texans, we should not hide from our history.

From Senator Brandon Creighton

May 23, 2019

Senator Brandon Creighton: Passes Priority Legislation For Texas Law Enforcement

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton passed House Bill 1399, the Krystal Jean Baker Act. This bill is the top priority for Texas law enforcement to solve cold cases and bring justice for victims of violent crimes. The bill allows for law enforcement to collect DNA samples of individuals arrested for violent felonies (murder, rape, assault) and will securely store the identifying markers in a database.

From Senator Brandon Creighton

May 23, 2019

Senator Brandon Creighton: Statement On The Final Passage Of SB 7

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) finally passed Senate Bill 7. The bill will now be sent to Governor Abbott to be signed. “After months of work and collaboration to craft meaningful policy, the Texas legislature finally passed Senate Bill 7, a bill that will bring measureable relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and set the state on a path to be more resilient and better prepared for future storms.

From Senator Brandon Creighton

May 7, 2019

Senator Brandon Creighton: Statement On House Bill 3

Today the Texas Senate debated a school finance proposal that I believe is good policy, but because it lacked a price tag and did not include any data of how it would affect school districts in Senate District 4, I could not support the bill at this time.

From Senator Brandon Creighton

May 7, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement On Passage Of HB 3

"The need for meaningful school finance reform is real and the need to pass it for our children is urgent. Coming into this session, there were three items I felt were essential to a successful school finance bill. They are property tax relief, teacher pay raises, and a transition away from Robin Hood.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 1, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement On Passage Of HB 3

"The need for meaningful school finance reform is real. House Bill 3 includes a $5000 teacher pay raise, transitions the state away from the inequity of Robin Hood, and provides taxpayers badly-needed property tax relief.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 23, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Expands Patient Access To Medical Cannabis Oil

The Texas Senate passes House Bill 3703 on Wednesday, expanding access to low-THC medical cannabis oil for patients with certain conditions. State Senator Donna Campbell, an emergency room physician from New Braunfels, sponsored House Bill 3703, which was authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick in the House.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 24, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony Scheduled For Sat., May 25th

Senator Donna Campbell will join Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and Rep. Dan Flynn to host the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, May 25th, in the House Chamber.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 17, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement On Passage Of SB 1978

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement supporting the passage of Senate Bill 1978. "Texas tax dollars shouldn't be used to discriminate against anyone based on their faith," said Senator Donna Campbell, M.D. "

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 20, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Adds Critical Amendment To SB 2726 To Protect Residents Near Quarries

Sunday evening Senator Campbell added a critical floor amendment to SB 2726, a bill which allows facilities seeking amended permits under the Texas Clean Air Act to begin construction before their permit is approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 24, 2019

Senator Donna Campbell: Quarry Bill Headed To Governor As Part Of HB 907

The Texas House passed HB 907 after receiving it back from the Senate in an amended form Friday that included the full language of a bill authored by Senator Donna Campbell to increase monitoring and unannounced inspections of rock quarries.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 16, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Budget Conferees Adopt Decisions On Articles I And V

The Conference Committee on HB 1 today adopted decisions on budget Articles I, General Government, and V, Public Safety. Conferees have now adopted six of the 10 articles of the state budget. "The decisions we made today will help secure our border and keep our communities safe.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 24, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: State Leaders Announce $11B For Education Reform And Property Tax Relief

Leaders of the Texas Legislature -- including Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound -- today announced an agreement on HB 3, a landmark reform plan which provides tax relief, a salary increase for teachers, and additional state aid for Texas school districts.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 13, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Budget Conferees Adopt Decisions On Articles IV, VI, VII And VIII

The Conference Committee on HB 1 today adopted decisions on budget articles pertaining to the judiciary, economic development, natural resources and regulatory agencies. Conferees will meet again later in the week to adopt additional decisions.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 1, 2019

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Confirmation Of Campbell Barker To Be A Federal Judge In Tyler

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after the Senate confirmed J. Campbell Barker to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler: “Mr. Barker’s record of public service shows his dedication to justice and to his fellow Texans,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 9, 2019

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Two More Texas Judicial Nominees Advance For Vacancies In Galveston, Dallas

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Jeff Brown to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Galveston, and Brantley Starr to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.:

From Senator John Cornyn

May 3, 2019

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: On Nomination Of Charles Eskridge As U.S. District Judge In Houston

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements after President Trump nominated Charles Eskridge to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston:

From Senator John Cornyn

April 26, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Secretary Of State's Settlement And Withdrawal Of Flawed Voter Purge List

The following statement was released by State Sen. José Rodríguez: Today's settlement reflects the hard work and strong commitment of numerous voter advocacy organizations to ensuring that all citizens, whether naturalized or not, are not discriminated against or harassed by the State.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 24, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Sen. Rodriguez And Rep. Clardy Pass Safe Tire Bill

State Sen. José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) and State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) passed Senate Bill 511, which addresses the issue of unsafe tires on Texas roadways. Texas Department of Transportation data indicates that from 2013 to 2017, there were nearly 19,000 crashes in Texas, including 385 with fatalities and 926 with serious injuries, where defective or slick tires were a contributing factor.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 20, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Senators Perry, Rodriguez, Seliger and Representatives Burrows, Darby, Frullo, King, Price, Smithee, and Springer Issue A Joint Statement Regarding The Funding For The Texas Tech University School Of Veterinary Medicine

These legislators issued this statement: "The Legislature has always recognized the value of robust and competitive university systems to meet the needs of a growing state that has an integral role in the success of our nation and global economy.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 7, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Senate Passage Of HB 3, School Finance And Education

The following statement was released by State Sen. José Rodríguez: HB 3 is a significant achievement for the Texas Legislature, and I commend Chairman Taylor for his hard work, dedication, and willingness to work with every member of the Senate on this bill. While I voted today in favor of HB 3, I did so with concerns.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 3, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and Representative Abel Herrero: Pass The Service Member And Veteran Open Burn Pit Registry Act

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa passed House Bill 306 by Representative Abel Herrero out of the Texas Senate. Also known as the Service Member and Veteran Open Burn Pit Registry Act, the bill would provide outreach, education, and awareness for our veterans facing health issues after exposure to open burn pit smoke and other airborne hazards.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

May 9, 2019

Senator Kelly Hancock: Statement On President Trump's Call For Surprise Medical Billing Protections

Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump's call for Congress to tackle surprise medical billing at the national level: "Surprise billing mediation has saved Texas patients nearly $40 million in out-of-pocket health care costs since we first passed legislation establishing the assistance program.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

May 21, 2019

Senator Kelly Hancock: Texas Legislature Passes Landmark Surprise Medical Billing Legislation

The Texas House of Representatives this evening passed to third reading SB 1264 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), bipartisan legislation that prevents surprise medical billing of consumers in Texas who have state-regulated plans. Having passed both legislative chambers, the bill is well on its way to the Governor's desk.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

May 22, 2019

Senator Kelly Hancock: Statement On Senate Passage Of Prescription Drug Price Transparency Legislation

Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) today issued the following statement regarding the Texas Senate's passage of HB 2536, drug price transparency legislation he sponsored that would require manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, and health benefit plan issuers to publically disclose information about pricing and the complex system of rebates and discounts within the supply chain:

From Senator Kelly Hancock

May 20, 2019

Senator Kirk Watson: Bipartisan Public Information Bill Wins House Approval

The Texas House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday night to bipartisan legislation that closes significant loopholes in the Texas Public Information Act. Senate Bill 943 restores public access to state and local contracting information in the wake of two Texas Supreme Court rulings that allowed private entities to more easily conceal their dealings with government.

From Senator Kirk Watson

May 20, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Property Tax Disaster Reappraisal SB 1772 Set In House For Tuesday Vote Follows Passage Of HJR 34 Constitutional Appraisal In The Senate 31-0

Disaster reappraisal legislation advances in Texas Legislature post Harvey. · SB1772 by Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) which sets up an automatic disaster reappraisal for taxpayers damaged in natural disaster set for vote in House on Tuesday.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 16, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Sponsors Two Important Transparency Bills That Move To Governor's Desk

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) sponsored and passed two House bills both with bipartisan support through the full Senate today which will move on to Governor Abbott's desk. House Bill 477 authored in the Texas House by Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston), passed the Senate with a 28-3 vote.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 23, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Major Steps For Taxpayers In Future Disaster Appraisal Relief In Passes Senate Back To House

The Texas Senate has passed a package of legislation, authored by Representative Hugh Shine (R-Temple) and sponsored by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), to ensure that property owners impacted by natural disasters may receive automatic disaster reappraisal.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 2, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Advances Legislation To Maintain Public Confidence In The Voter Roll

The Texas Senate passed SB 1190, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), to protect the integrity of the voter roll in our election process. The legislation prohibits a voter from establishing residence for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election and prohibits voters from using a commercial post office box as their residence.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 2, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Bill To Get ISDs Out Of The Waterpark Business

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) passed Senate Bill 1133 through the full senate with a vote of 31-0 to prevent school districts and open-enrollment charter schools from being able to own and operate any waterparks, golf courses or hotels with taxpayer dollars.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 1, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Passes Senate ill 2219 To Ensure Greater Uniformity In Elections To Protect Taxpayers

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) passed bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 2219 through the Texas Senate with a vote of 22-9. This bill, a refile to SB 642, authored by Senator Bettencourt in the 85th Legislative session, will make sure all issuance of bonds, other debt or change in tax are held on a uniform November election date so all voters are informed and provided with accurate ballot language in order to make an informed decision.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 3, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Passes Bill To Create An Office Of Inspector General In The Texas Education Agency

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) passed an important piece of bi-partisan legislation unanimously through the full Senate. Similar legislation authored by Bettencourt, Senate Bill 1886, passed the Texas Senate unanimously in the 85th Legislative Session but did not get a vote in the full Texas House.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 22, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Bills To Expand Protections For Private Schools Head To Governor's Desk

Legislation to protect ALL Texas private school students passes the House. · SB 1230 by Senator Bettencourt will close those loopholes and ensure a safe environment for all Texas students by prohibiting educators who engaged in this misconduct to resign and return to the classroom in private schools.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 21, 2019

Senator Peter Flores: Gov. Abbott Signs Three Bills By Sen. Flores Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bills 225, 320, and 925, marking the first round of bills authored by Senator Peter P. Flores to become Texas law. Senate Bill 225 creates a new military license plate for veterans who have received the Army Occupation Medal while performing occupation service in Japan, Germany, Italy, and Austria in the aftermath of World War II.

From Senator Peter Flores

May 24, 2019

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Introduce Bill To Rename Odessa VA Clinic After Texas Medal Of Honor Recipients

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) this week introduced a bill to rename the Odessa VA Clinic after two Texas Medal of Honor recipients: United States Marine Corps Private First Class Alfred “Mac” Wilson and United States Army Staff Sergeant Marvin R. Young. Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) is leading this effort in the U.S. House of Representatives and filed companion legislation to rename the Odessa VA Clinic last month.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 14, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds $46.4 Million In Disaster Recovery Funding In Response To RGV Flooding

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement applauding the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) announcement today that it will be allocating $46.4 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 15, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Honors Santa Fe High School Shooting Victims

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday delivered remarks on the Senate floor to honor the precious lives of the students and faculty members lost during the horrific events that unfolded at Santa Fe High School nearly one a year ago.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 14, 2019

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Praise Confirmation Of Michael Truncale To Serve As Federal Judge In Beaumont

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after the Senate confirmed Michael Truncale to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont:

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 6, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds FEMA Approval To Dredge Kingwood Mouth Bar

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued a statement applauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for amending the scope of the dredging project on the San Jacinto River near Kingwood to include the removal of sediment deposited to the mouth bar on the West Fork as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 23, 2019

Shannon Hutcheson Campaign: Announces $165,000+ Raised For TX-10 Campaign After 2 Days

Today, the Shannon Hutcheson for Congress campaign announced that Hutcheson has already raised over $165,000 in her bid to replace Congressman Michael McCaul. Hutcheson announced her campaign to take on Congressman McCaul on Tuesday.

From Shannon Hutcheson Campaign

May 21, 2019

Shannon Hutcheson Campaign: Shannon Hutcheson Announces Run For Texas' 10th Congressional District

Today, Shannon Hutcheson announced her campaign for Congress in Texas’ 10th Congressional District. Guided by her progressive values, Hutcheson has built a successful career as a small business owner, advocate, community activist, and champion for women and families.

From Shannon Hutcheson Campaign

May 16, 2019

Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund: Texans Seek Relief From Water Barons, Ask Governor Abbott To Veto Bad Bill

Rural residents faced with groundwater depletion and urbanites facing exorbitant water rates are asking Governor Abbott to veto a bill that robs Texans of the right to a public hearing when a permit to export groundwater comes up for renewal.

From Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund

May 16, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement On House Passage Of SB 1189

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today issued the following statement regarding the House passage of Senate Bill 1189, sponsored by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, which requires accountability and transparency in attorney television advertising.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

May 21, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement On Senate Passage Of HB 2826

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) issued the following statement regarding the Senate passage of House Bill 2826 by Rep. Greg Bonnen and sponsored by Sen. Joan Huffman, which brings transparency into contingency fee legal contracts with local governments.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

May 2, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement On House Passage Of HB 2826

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today issued the following statement regarding the House passage of House Bill 2826 by Rep. Greg Bonnen, which brings transparency into contingency fee legal contracts with local governments.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

May 2, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: SB 2 Undercuts Progress On Education And School Finance, But Can Be Fixed

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement in response to the Texas House's final passage of Senate Bill 2: "The Texas AFL-CIO believes the tax cap in SB 2 cripples the ability of local governments to pay for vital public services like First Responders, trash collection and sanitation, pools, parks, and libraries.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 26, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Despite Big Win In Court, Fight To Stop Voter Suppression Continues

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated Latino voting rights organizations and allies for obtaining a court settlement that requires Texas to back off from a voter verification program that irresponsibly suggested tens of thousands of naturalized citizens had cast ballots unlawfully.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 16, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Legislature Trashes Successful Took For Building Big Projects In Texas

With today's Texas Senate approval of HB 985, which outlaws use of state or local funds to build major projects under Project Labor Agreements, the Legislature has taken away a proven tool for bringing in large projects on time and on budget, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 6, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Blasts 'Tax Swap'

The Texas AFL-CIO strongly opposes HJR 3 and any other legislation that would increase sales taxes by 16 percent to give tax breaks to the wealthy, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. "HJR 3 picks the pockets of working families and those living in poverty," Levy said.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 7, 2019

Texas AFT: Statement On Senate School Finance Bill Passed Today

Texas American Federation of Teachers President Louis Malfaro commented today on the Texas Senate’s substitute to House Bill 3, which addresses school funding and educator pay: Texas AFT is deeply disappointed that the Texas Senate chose to double down on high-stakes testing in its school finance plan.

From Texas AFT

May 24, 2019

Texas AFT: Statement On Final Version Of The HB 3 School Finance Bill

The Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker held a press event today regarding the school finance bill (HB 3). There is currently no copy of the bill available to the public, so we are relying on their statements and the legislation passed by each house to understand what might be included in the legislation.

From Texas AFT

April 29, 2019

Texas Automobile Dealers Association: Honors Comptroller Glenn Hegar With 2nd Annual 'Texas Leadership Award'

The Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) announced today that Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will receive the 2nd annual “Texas Leadership Award” at the 2019 TADA Annual Conference. Throughout his tenure in state government as a State Representative, State Senator, and now as Comptroller, Hegar has led on the real issues facing the State, the business community, and individual Texans. TADA applauds his dedicated service.

From Texas Automobile Dealers Association

May 14, 2019

Texas Business Leadership Council: Celebrates 25 Years

The Texas Business Leadership Council (TBLC) celebrates its "Silver Anniversary" this month, marking 25 years of employer driven, common sense public policy solutions which aim to keep Texas the most globally competitive state in the union. Originally dubbed the Governor's Business Council in 1994, the group has been successful in taking lessons learned in the board room and bringing those efficiencies to state government.

From Texas Business Leadership Council

May 15, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Sales Tax Holidays For Water-Efficient And ENERGY STAR Products Set For May 25-27

Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays. Both take place Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

May 15, 2019

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

The Texas Senate voted unanimously on May 13 to approve the appointment of Nora Castañeda of Harlingen to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

May 3, 2019

Texas Department of Public Safety: Public Safety Commission Names Ayala New DPS Inspector General

The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) this week voted unanimously to appoint Phillip G. Ayala to the position of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Inspector General. Effective June 30, 2019, Ayala will replace Rhonda Fleming who is retiring after 35 years of honorable and dedicated service to the department.

From Texas Department of Public Safety

May 17, 2019

Texas DPS: Corporal Honored As Trooper Of The Year By Texas Legislature

Earlier this week, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Corporal Joshua Moer was honored by members of the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives for being named the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2018 Trooper of the Year. Cpl. Moer was selected for Trooper of the Year following his heroic actions in saving the life of a young woman in Wilbarger County in April 2018.

From Texas DPS

April 26, 2019

Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance: Texas House Of Representative To Consider Fantasy Sports Legislation

On Monday, April 29, the Texas House is scheduled to consider House Bill 2303, authored by Representative Joseph Moody, updating the Texas Penal Code to reflect that fantasy sports is a game of skill and those who play it in Texas do not violate Texas law.

From Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance

May 23, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement On Trade Assistance Package

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening, who was in attendance at the White House with President Trump when the trade assistance package was announced: "The agricultural assistance package announced today by the Trump administration will provide temporary relief for Texas farmers and ranchers who have faced financial struggles due to the trade war.

From Texas Farm Bureau

May 20, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement On Lifting Agricultural Tariffs

"Texas Farm Bureau is encouraged by the news that the Trump administration has reached an agreement to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports.

From Texas Farm Bureau

May 16, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: SB1978 Is Really About Promoting Anti-LGBT Sentiment, Unworthy Of Trust

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller criticized the Senate’s preliminary approval of SB1978 today and the misleading arguments made by its supporters: “Our federal and state constitutions as well as Texas law already protect religious freedom for all, including the right to membership in or affiliation with a religious organization. So if religious freedom is really the goal here, this bill is unnecessary.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 20, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On House Vote For SB1978

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on the Texas House’s preliminary passage of SB1978 today: “We are encouraged that the Legislature’s first-ever LGBTQ Caucus succeeded in removing this bill’s worst provisions as originally filed, which would have allowed businesses to use their religious beliefs as a justification for discriminating against gay and transgender Texans.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 9, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: SB1033 Shows How Extreme Texas Senate Has Become

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is condemning the Texas Senate’s passage of SB1033 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, on Tuesday. This legislation would, among other things, force women to carry to term a fetus that suffers from a severe anomaly it cannot survive. Sen. Hancock claimed that his bill would close a “loophole” allowing abortions after 20 weeks.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 13, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Ghost Hearing: Lt. Governor No Longer Even Pretends To Care What Texans Think About Discrimination

Texans should be appalled that Senate leadership today pushed through committee a sweeping discrimination bill with virtually no notice or public hearing, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 9, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Progressive Faith Leaders Rally At Texas Capitol: 'One Voice For Justice' March And Rally

Interfaith leaders from across Texas rallied today at the state Capitol to demonstrate that people of faith support progressive policies like nondiscrimination laws, reproductive justice and welcoming immigrants with compassion and support.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 15, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: House Must Stop Effort To Suppress The Vote In Texas

Texas Freedom Network is condemning efforts to pass legislation that would turn back the clock on democracy in the Lone Star State by making it harder and confusing for eligible voters to cast ballots. "SB9 isn't aimed at just suppressing the vote of young Texans, especially first-time voters and people of color,” said TFN President Kathy Miller.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 14, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Statement Regarding $46.4 Million In Recovery Funds For Three South Texas And Rio Grande Valley Counties

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush issued the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) issuance of $46,400,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for Cameron, Hidalgo and Jim Wells Counties in response to significant flooding in 2018.

From Texas General Land Office

May 6, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Announces Hurricane Preparedness Public Outreach Campaign

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has begun a preparedness public outreach initiative to encourage Texans to be prepared and stay prepared for hurricane season, which begins June 1.

From Texas General Land Office

May 9, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Applauds U.S. Senators For Introducing The Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act

Today Texas Land Commissioner applauded U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) for introducing the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act.

From Texas General Land Office

May 21, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Announces Results Of Joint Flood Mitigation Study With Texas A&M University At Galveston

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush Texas results from a recently completed joint study conducted by the Texas General Land Office and the Texas A&M University at Galveston. The study evaluated the economic impacts of a coastal barrier system, estimated impacts on flood insurance rates and gauged perceptions of flood mitigation activities in the Houston-Galveston region.

From Texas General Land Office

May 16, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Applauds Bipartisan Group Of U.S. House Members For Joining The Call For Release Of Disaster Funds

The bill directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to release $16 billion in disaster relief funding, including $4.383 billion in mitigation funds for major declared disaster events in Texas, within 60 days. The funding was originally appropriated by Congress and signed by President Donald J. Trump in February 2018.

From Texas General Land Office

May 9, 2019

Texas Health And Human Services: State Leaders Call On All Texans To Wear Pink May 14 For Women's Health

Texas leaders have joined forces to encourage all Texans to wear pink Tuesday, May 14, in support of Texas women during National Women’s Health Week. Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, the first woman to be appointed executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, and Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, are calling for all Texans to celebrate women, highlight women’s health programs and continue the conversation about improving women’s health across the board.

From Texas Health And Human Services

May 14, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Goes Pink For Women's Health

Hundreds of Texas leaders, employees, state health workers and families showcased their support of Texas women today by wearing pink to commemorate National Women’s Health Week. State health officials joined forces to call on all Texans to wear pink to celebrate women, highlight women’s health programs and continue the conversation about improving women’s health across the board.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

May 7, 2019

Texas Health Care Association: Nursing Home Leaders Say Legislators Running Out Of Time To Solve Senior Care Crisis

Time is running out for Texas lawmakers to solve the state’s growing senior care crisis before the current legislative session ends. Without a resolution, leaders of the nursing home sector say things will only get worse.

From Texas Health Care Association

May 23, 2019

Texas Hospital Association: Texas Legislature Passes Bill To Support Hospitals In Quality Improvement Work

The Texas Legislature yesterday passed legislation to simplify and align reporting requirements for health care-associated infections to promote Texas hospitals’ ongoing work to improve the quality of care delivered in its facilities. Senate Bill 384, by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), aligns state and federal reporting requirements for HAIs and better positions Texas hospitals to control and prevent the spread of infections.

From Texas Hospital Association

May 10, 2019

Texas Hospital Association: Texas Has Opportunity To Pass Model Bill To Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills

As the U.S. Congress and administration work on solutions to end surprise medical billing, Texas hospitals continue their work with the Texas Legislature to pass model legislation. With legislation moving through the Texas Legislature to solve the problem of surprise medical bills for emergency or unplanned out-of-network health care services, Texas is positioned to be a national leader on consumer protection.

From Texas Hospital Association

May 7, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Statement On Death Of Sales Tax Increase

Chairman Chris Turner released the following statement praising House Democrats’ unified efforts to stop HJR 3, the Republican-proposed sales tax hike: “I want to thank the entire House Democratic Caucus for standing together and stopping HJR 3, a dangerous proposal that would have raised taxes on 80% of Texas families.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

May 17, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Statement On The Committee Passage Of SB 9

HDC First Vice-Chair Celia Israel and Vice-Chair of the Elections Committee Rep. Philip Cortez released the following statement this morning after the passage of Senate Bill 9, a massive anti-voter bill, through the House Committee on Elections:

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

May 17, 2019

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Executive Committee Responds To House State Affairs Committee Voting Out SB 1978

Today, SB 1978 was voted out of the House State Affairs Committee. The bill was first offered in both chambers as a license to discriminate against LGBTQ persons and other marginalized communities. Chair of the Caucus, Rep. Mary González said, “Our caucus remains firmly opposed to the bill, and we are asking our colleagues to put a stop to this divisive piece of legislation, which should never reach the Texas House Floor.”

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

May 21, 2019

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Focused On Proactive Legislation After Passage Of Discriminatory Senate Bill 1978

In 2017, 42 percent of LGBTQ teens in Texas said they had considered suicide. “Youth across our state might be fearful of the headlines they’re seeing and reading regarding this bill; however, we’re here today to say ‘You are not alone and there is a team of dedicated leaders that will fight tooth and nail for you and your prosperity,’” says founding member Representative Celia Israel.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

April 30, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Texas House Republicans Approve Bill To Protect Freedoms Of Expression On College Campuses

Today, Texas House Republicans stood up for the rights of students to express themselves on college campuses by passing House Bill 2100 by Representative Briscoe Cain. This legislation will protect an individual’s right to speak and assemble freely on a campus so long as they do not interfere with the same ability of another individual.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

May 1, 2019

Texas House Republican Caucus: Texas House Republicans Honor Their Commitment To Providing Property Tax Reform

Today, Texas House Republicans passed Senate Bill 2, also known as the Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act, by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows. This legislation ensures governments spend responsibly and prioritize the needs of their communities without burdening their taxpayers.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

May 22, 2019

Texas Medical Association: TPHC Applauds Passage Of T-21 Bill To Save Lives

“The Texas Public Health Coalition commends the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives for passing Senate Bill 21 and thanks Sen. Joan Huffman and Rep. John Zerwas, MD, for leading the charge.

From Texas Medical Association

May 8, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Bill To Strengthen Protections Of Critical Infrastructure Facilities Passes House

The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) applauds the Texas House of Representatives for its passage of HB 3557, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which strengthens protections of our state’s critical infrastructure facilities while maintaining current laws and statutes that allow for free speech and the right to protest.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

May 23, 2019

Texas Physical Therapy Association: House Bill 29 Passes: Providing All Texans With Direct Access To Physical Therapy

The Texas Physical Therapy Association applauds the efforts of St. Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) and St. Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) in the passage of HB 29. This legislation will allow Texans Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services.

From Texas Physical Therapy Association

May 10, 2019

Texas Progressives: Defeat Discriminatory Religious Refusal Bill, HB 3172

Today, Texas progressives executed parliamentary tactics to stop the dangerous HB 3172, which would have given government officials, licensed professionals, businesses, and others the right to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ individuals.

From Texas Progressives

May 20, 2019

Texas Right To Life: Bill Protecting Taxpayers From Funding Abortion Industry Passes Texas House

The Texas House passed Senate Bill 22, the No Taxpayer Dollars to Abortion Providers Act, by a vote of 81-65 today. SB 22 by Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), sponsored by Representative Candy Noble (R-Lucas), would: Prohibit any state funding of abortion providers and their affiliates, Block local governments from funding or contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates, and Prevent taxpayer-funded lobbying for the abortion industry.

From Texas Right To Life

May 8, 2019

Texas Right To Life: Bill To End Late-Term And Discriminatory Abortions Passes Texas Senate

The Texas Senate passed the Preborn NonDiscrimination Act (PreNDA), Senate Bill 1033, by a bipartisan vote of 20-11 on Tuesday. SB 1033 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) would: End the remaining late-term abortions in Texas;

From Texas Right To Life

May 7, 2019

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Massive Overhaul Of School Finance, House Bill 3, Passes The Texas Senate

The Committee Substitute to House Bill 3, sponsored by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Galveston) has passed the Texas Senate with 26 yes votes, thereby allowing for the largest school finance overhaul in decades. Senator Taylor said it best, “Texas is way behind on school finance and if we want to continue to be the greatest state in the union, we must change. We’ve got to move our school finance system into the 21st century.”

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

May 16, 2019

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Senate Bill 1978, The So Called "Save Chick-fil-A" Bill, Authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), Passes To Engrossment In The TX Senate

Senate Bill 1978 would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport. Senator Hughes opened the floor debate by stating that, “Chick-fil-A has been the target of attacks based on things that are untrue,” and later remarked how “Unfortunately, today, individuals and businesses have been discriminated against due to their religious beliefs.”

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

May 20, 2019

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Texas Senate Passes Bill To Ban Red Light Cameras

House Bill 1631, otherwise known as the Red-Light Camera Bill, passed the Texas Senate 23-8. The bill was authored in the House by Representative Jonathan Stickland (R – Bedford) and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Bob Hall (R – Edgewood). HB 1631 prohibits the use of Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Systems, effectively banning red-light cameras.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

April 30, 2019

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Texas Senate Passes Bill 11, A Bill To Strengthen School Safety

Senate Bill 11 by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) was passed out of the full Texas Senate today with a vote of 29-2. The bill aims to better prepare and equip schools to handle security threats and provide resources to support the mental health of public school students. Specifically, SB 11:

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

May 3, 2019

Texas Telephone Association: Texas Legislature Approves Emergency Contact Information Program To Aid First Responders

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have approved legislation that would allow Texans to securely register contact information for friends and family members for immediate notification in the event of an emergency.

From Texas Telephone Association

May 10, 2019

Texas Values Action: The Fight To Save Chick-fil-A Continues

The Texas House of Representatives failed to pass HB 3172 the Frist Amendment Defense Act also known as the Save Chick-fil-A bill on a point of order this evening. The bill fell on a technicality despite overwhelming and bipartisan support.

From Texas Values Action

May 16, 2019

Texas Values Action: Senate Passes "Save Chick-fil-A" Bill SB 1978

The Texas Senate passed the Save Chick-fil-A religious freedom bill, SB 1978 by a bipartisan vote of 19-12. Last week the House version of the bill stopped on a technicality. The bill makes it clear that government can not punish a private business or entity for making donations to Christian ministries or other religious organizations.

From Texas Values Action

May 24, 2019

Texas Values Action: Senate Concurs On Save Chick-Fil-A Bill

The Texas Senate just voted to concur on SB1978, the Save Chick-fil-A religious freedom bill. The bill now heads to Governor Abbott’s desk for his expected signature. Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values said: “We thank Sen. Hughes and Rep. Krause for all their hard work on the Save Chick-fil-A religious freedom bill, and we look forward to Governor Abbott’s signature.”

From Texas Values Action

May 20, 2019

Texas Values Action: "Save Chick-fil-A" Bill Clears Major Hurdle

Today, the Texas House passed (79-62) on second reading the Save Chick-fil-A religious freedom bill, SB 1978. Last week the House version (HB 3172) of the bill stopped on a technicality. Then, the Texas Senate moved SB 1978, the Senate companion, and gave it full passage last week.

From Texas Values Action

May 15, 2019

Texas Values Action: Senate Vote On "Save Chick-fil-A" SB 1978 Expected Today

The Texas Senate “resurrected” the Save Chick-fil-A effort this week after the House version was stopped and is expected to vote and pass SB 1978 today. The bill makes it clear that government can’t punish a private business or entity for making donations to Christian ministries or other religious organizations.

From Texas Values Action

May 14, 2019

TexPIRG: Report: Roadmap For A Stronger, More Sustainable American Infrastructure

Three years after candidates from both parties made infrastructure a key presidential campaign issue, it’s finally the long-awaited “infrastructure week.” Democratic congressional leaders and the White House announced two weeks ago that they would commit $2 trillion to the cause.

From TexPIRG

May 24, 2019

TexPIRG: Texas Receives "D" Grade On Volkswagen Settlement Spending Plan

When it comes to clean transportation, Texas got a “D” for underutilizing funds from Volkswagen’s nearly $3 billion settlement with federal authorities, according to a new report card from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center. After Volkswagen was caught three years ago violating emissions standards in 590,000 cars marketed as “clean diesel,” the German automaker agreed to create an “Environmental Mitigation Trust” to be distributed across all 50 states (along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

From TexPIRG

May 22, 2019

TexProtects: Applauds Passage Of SB 355

Earlier today, the Texas House passed Senate Bill 355 by Sen. Royce West (sponsored in the House by Rep. Stephanie Klick). This bill direct the Department of Family and Protective Services to develop a strategic plan for the coordinated implementation of community-based care and foster care prevention services that meet the requirements of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act.

From TexProtects

April 26, 2019

Travis County Tax Office: Statement From Bruce Elfant On Court Settlement Between Secretary Of State & ACLU

Statement from Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant on the court settlement between Secretary of State David Whitley and the ACLU on voter roll maintenance: “I have not seen all the details of the settlement. I certainly am pleased that the order from the secretary of state’s office to investigate voter fraud by using a list of names with naturalized citizens was rescinded as part of the court agreement.

From Travis County Tax Office

May 10, 2019

Wesley Hunt Campaign: Statement From Hunt On Fletcher Defending Omar

“Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher said in a statement on April 13, that President Trump’s response to Omar was, “dangerous for our country”, while failing to acknowledge how divisive and anti-American Omar’s statement was about our nation’s darkest day.

From Wesley Hunt Campaign

April 29, 2019

Wesley Hunt Campaign: Hunt Calls On Fletcher To Return Tainted Money

Today Wesley Hunt, an Army combat veteran, businessman and conservative Republican for Congress (TX-07) released the following statement calling on Rep. Lizzie Fletcher to return co

From Wesley Hunt Campaign

May 23, 2019

Wesley Hunt Campaign: Releases New Web Video: Service

Today Wesley Hunt for Congress released a new web video in advance of Memorial Day titled “Service” in which Wesley Hunt talks about his father’s military service, the example it set and why more veterans are needed in Congress:

From Wesley Hunt Campaign

May 7, 2019

Wind Solar Alliance: Renewable Energy Remains A Powerful Economic Development Tool For Texas

As the Texas Legislature debates measures to continue promoting development of low-cost renewable energy resources in the state, these energy sources have become a powerful recruiting tool for corporate and manufacturing jobs. The Texas House has passed a continuation of the Chapter 312 incentives that have helped make the state a national leader in renewable energy development, and the Texas Senate is set to take up the bill in the coming days.

From Wind Solar Alliance

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