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May 22, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Celebrates SB 24 Bill Signing; Applauds Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick and Texas Legislature for Defense of Religious Liberty

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement applauding Texas Governor Greg Abbott for signing Senate Bill 24 into law yesterday: “I thank Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and the Texas Legislature for their leadership in defending religious liberty and free speech in our state.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 22, 2017

TexProtects: Applauds Senate Passage of HB 4 (Kinship Care)

Today, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 4, increasing state assistance for “kinship care” providers. Following is a statement from Madeline McClure, CEO of TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children (and the Texas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America):

From TexProtects

May 22, 2017

AARP Texas: Lauds Senate Passage of Bill to Protect Older Texans from Financial Exploitation

The following is a statement by AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson applauding the passage of HB 3921 by the Texas Senate today, a measure which would improve the reporting of financial exploitation targeting older Texans and would give new tools to banks and securities firms to place a temporary hold on suspicious transactions.

From AARP Texas

May 22, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Texas Savings Promotion Act Heads To Governor's Desk

Representative Eric Johnson’s House Bill 471 passed out of the House unanimously by a vote of 141-0 and out of the Senate by a vote of 30-1. If signed into law by Governor Abbott, the bill would allow banks and credit unions to operate prize-linked savings account programs in which individuals can win prizes, including cash, for depositing money into their own savings accounts.

From Representative Eric Johnson

May 22, 2017

Representative Lina Ortega: Celebrates Passage of First Bill

Following last week’s vote by the Texas Senate to approve House Bill 2359, Rep. Lina Ortega released the following statement: “As in other urban cities, one of the issues El Paso must address is abandoned buildings that threaten the safety and economic development of our community.

From Representative Lina Ortega

May 22, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Texas Bishops Affirm Opportunity for Catholics to Engage in Foster Care System

The Texas Legislature has passed a bill providing people motivated by their religious beliefs the freedom to serve children in Texas’ foster care system. Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

May 22, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement on Passage of Texas Senate Voucher Bill

"In the middle of the night, the Texas Senate voted for a voucher scheme that will rob taxpayer money from public schools and give it to private schools.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Senate's Preliminary Approval of HB 3859 Puts Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination A Step Closer To Law

The Texas Senate tonight gave preliminary approval, 21-10, on second reading to HB3859, which would allow child welfare services providers that contract with the state to use religion to discriminate against qualified parents and children.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 22, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement on 'Bathroom Bill' Amendment

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick today criticized tentative House approval of SB 2078, which now includes a "bathroom bill" amendment: "SB 2078 may check a box on the political agenda of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick but it is wrong for Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 22, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House of Reps Passes "Bathroom Bill" On 2nd Reading

Today, the Texas House of Representatives added an amendment to Senate Bill 2078 that regulates bathroom usage in schools. The House passed SB 2078 on second reading by a vote of 92-49 after adopting the discriminatory amendment.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 22, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Statement on Senate Bill 2078

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement after the passage of Senate Bill 2078 on second reading: “Representative Paddie's amendment will allow schools to continue to handle sensitive issues as they have been handling them. I believe this amendment will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact of Senate Bill 6.

From Speaker Joe Straus

May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on Texas House Passage of 'Bathroom' Amendment

The Texas House this evening amended (and then passed on second reading) SB2078, a bill that had been focused on school emergency and safety plans, to include a measure that would open the door to stigmatizing and shaming transgender students seeking access to public restrooms all other students use.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 22, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Echoes Governor Abbott's statement today, "I want to see the rate rollback on part of property taxes achieved"

At another bill signing today, Governor Greg Abbott said that the property tax measure the House passed Saturday was not strong enough, stating, “I want to see the rate rollback part of property taxes achieved.”

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 22, 2017

Smart Mobility Texas: Statement Upon Texas House of Representatives Passage of SB 2205

“Smart Mobility Texas praises the Texas House of Representatives for passage today of Senate Bill 2205, legislation which permits continued Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing in Texas and authorizes the state-wide implementation of driverless cars on Texas roadways. Representative Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, sponsored SB 2205 in the Texas House. Senator Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, is the bill’s author.

From Smart Mobility Texas

May 22, 2017

Texas House Republican Caucus: Texas House Republicans Pass Comprehensive Pro-Life Legislation

This weekend, Texas House Republicans overwhelmingly supported the House version of Senate Bill 8, the pro-life legislation that bans the inhumane procedure of partial-birth abortions, prohibits the sale of fetal tissues and organs, and provides for the disposition of fetal remains.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

May 22, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Sandra Bland Act Headed to Governor's Desk

Today, May 20, 2017, the Texas House of Representatives passed on third reading SB 1849, known as the Sandra Bland Act. SB 1849 is the Senate companion to HB 2702 that Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) wrote in the House.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 22, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Texas House Unanimously Approves Property Tax Transparency Bill

The Texas House on Saturday voted unanimously to bring more transparency to the process of setting property tax rates. The initial passage of SB 669 by a vote of 135-0 signaled a new era for property owners seeking reform.

From Representative Hugh Shine

May 22, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Texas Legislature Passes SB 1136 by Senator Hinojosa for the City of Edinburg Sports Facility & Field Construction

Today, Senate Bill 1136, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and sponsored by Representative Terry Canales was sent to the Governor's desk with overwhelming approval from the Texas Legislature. SB 1136 authorizes the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue for sporting-related facilities for the City of Edinburg.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

May 22, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House Passes Senate Bill 8 On 2nd Reading

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 8 on second reading by a vote of 96-47. The bill must pass the Texas House a third time before heading back to the Texas Senate, where the body will decide whether or not to concur with the changes made to the bill by the House.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas House Vote For Anti-Abortion SB8 Once Again Puts Lies Ahead of Women's Access To Reproductive Health Care

The Texas House just voted to approve on second reading SB8, which creates even more regulations designed to unnecessarily burden abortion providers and make women’s access to abortion even harder in Texas. The House must still pass the bill on third reading.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 22, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirni: Texas Senate Passes Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

The Texas Senate today approved a statewide ban on texting while driving, passing House Bill (HB) 62, the Alex Brown Memorial Act, by Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, and sponsored by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who also authored its Senate companion legislation, Senate Bill 31.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Senate Just Voted To Make The Textbooks Wars Even Worse

The Texas Senate voted today to approve HB1291, which the Senate Education Committee revised to allow the State Board of Education by bypass legislative safeguards against textbook censorship. The House must now either approve the revised bill or send it to a conference committee.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 22, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: School Bus Seat Belt Bill is Headed to the Governor's Desk

Senate Bill 693, which would require all buses model year 2018 or newer purchased by a school district to be equipped with three-point seat belts, has been passed by the Texas House and Senate. It is now headed to Governor Abbott's desk for his signature.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

May 22, 2017

Representative Tom Craddick: House Bill 62 Passes The Texas Senate

Today, House Bill 62, the statewide ban on texting while driving, passed the Senate by a vote of 23-8. Authored by Rep. Tom Craddick and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, the bill will head to the Governor's desk for consideration after the Texas House approves a procedural motion to concur.

From Representative Tom Craddick

May 19, 2017

Representative James Frank: House Lawmakers Approve SB 11 CPS Reform Measure

Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved passage of Senate Bill 11, a comprehensive overhaul of the Texas child welfare system, authored by Sen. Charles Schwertner, (Georgetown) and sponsored in the House by Rep. James B. Frank (Wichita Falls).

From Representative James Frank

May 19, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Thanks Texas Senate For Backing Texting While Driving Ban (HB 62)

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions (TCAIS) – representing the major auto insurance companies doing business in Texas – applauded the passage Friday of HB 62 – a statewide ban on texting while driving – by the Texas Senate.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

May 19, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Cybersecurity Bill Approved By Texas House

The Texas House of Representatives has approved SB 532 by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to strengthen cybersecurity across state government. "SB 532 will help us better secure the sensitive data stored by our state agencies, assess our security measures and protect against cyber-attacks," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 19, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Promotes Economic Growth and Job Creation in Irving and Dallas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed members of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce during his travels throughout the state. There, he discussed his efforts to advance policies that will lead to the creation of more good-paying jobs for Texans across the state, and participated in a Q&A with attendees.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 19, 2017

AARP: Texas Family Caregivers Poised To Gain Important Rights

Texas lawmakers today finalized a measure that gives important new rights to millions of unpaid family caregivers. A priority for AARP, House Bill 2425 (companion to Senate Bill 1417) would help Texans when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

From AARP

May 19, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Congratulates Employee on Winning Prestigious Award

Shelley Dahlberg, the associate deputy attorney for civil litigation in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office, today was recognized with the Litigation and Appellate Attorney Award by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 19, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Human Trafficking Bill Signed by the Governor

The first bill Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston filed in the 85th Legislative Session has been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. It is effective immediately. The bill enlists Texas truck drivers in the fight against human trafficking and is unique in the nation.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

May 19, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding HB 25 Straight Ticket Voting

"This week, the Senate passed House Bill 25, which would eliminate straight-ticket voting in Texas. This has not been a Republican priority, until the 2016 election occurred and Democrats swept the urban counties.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 19, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Calls on EPA to Suspend and Review Unlawful Regulations Harmful to Texans

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging it to suspend, review and reconsider Obama-era EPA regulations that Texas challenged in 12 lawsuits that are still pending against the federal agency.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 19, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Champions U.S. Mexico Partnership

A consistent champion of the U.S.-Mexico partnership, today U.S. Representative Will Hurd reaffirmed his commitment to fostering the relationship with bipartisan legislation.

From Representative Will Hurd

May 19, 2017

Mental Health America of Texas: Commemorates Mental Health Month by Honoring Representative Four Price & Sharon Butterworth

Mental Health America of Texas (MHA Texas) commemorated the beginning of Mental Health Month with the 54th Annual Honoring Dinner: An Evening of Hope to recognize the significant contributions of Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo) and Ms. Sharon Butterworth of El Paso, to mental health in Texas.

From Mental Health America of Texas

May 19, 2017

AARP Texas: Applauds Passage of HB 3276

AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson today praised the Legislature’s final passage of House Bill 3276. Filed by Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, HB 3276 would help protect consumers from surprise medical bills at freestanding emergency rooms.

From AARP Texas

May 19, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Applauds Today's Passage of Telemedicine Legislation

Last September, The Texas Association of Business (TAB) released a report, “Telemedicine: The 21st Century Answer to the Call for Better Health Care,” that assessed the growing health care crisis in Texas, the promise of telemedicine and the direction in which state policies should move to improve access to health care via telemedicine.

From Texas Association of Business

May 18, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Texas House Passes S.B. 27 - The Help for Texas Heros Act

Today, The Texas House of Representatives passed S.B. 27, The Help for Texas Heroes Act. S.B. 27 is authored by Senator Campbell and sponsored by Representative César J. Blanco in the Texas House.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

May 18, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Passes Supplemental Budget

The Senate Finance Committee chaired by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today passed CSHB 2, which provides supplemental appropriations for the current 2016-2018 budget.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 18, 2017

Representative Joe Deshotel: House Bill 1774

House Bill 1774, also known as the Blue Tarp Bill, is a deeply flawed piece of legislation that hurts small businesses and homeowners in Texas. The bill is a one-sided attempt to benefit insurance companies at the expense of honest property owners and businesses.

From Representative Joe Deshotel

May 18, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Advances Legislation to Address Food Insecurity and Repeal Predatory Traffic Program

"Food insecurity is a major issue affecting Senate District 13, that is why I proposed and passed SB 725 out of the Senate," said Senator Miles. "This bill would allow school districts to donate surplus food to nonprofit organizations and redistribute those foods to schools so hungry kids can access it at any time."

From Senator Borris Miles

May 18, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Celebrates House Passage of SB 1367

Following Wednesday's vote by the Texas House to approve Senate Bill 1367, Representative Donna Howard released the following statement: "Yesterday afternoon on the House Floor, I was grateful for the unanimous support for Senate Bill 1367, which grants public institutions of higher education the authority to adopt policies regarding epinephrine auto-injectors on their campuses.

From Representative Donna Howard

May 18, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: House Passes SB 74 To Better Server Texans With Acute Mental Health Needs

The Texas House of Representatives today gave final approval to SB 74 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, increasing the state's capacity to help foster and low-income children with acute mental health needs.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 18, 2017

Texas Association of Counties: County And City Officials Urge Senate Action On Unfunded Mandate Amendment

On Thursday morning, county and city officials issued an urgent call for Senate action on a property tax reform bill that they say is the one bill that could offer real protection to local property tax payers. House Joint Resolution 73 (HJR 73) by Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) won a decisive and bipartisan 127 – 18 vote victory in the House.

From Texas Association of Counties

May 18, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Hailstorm Lawsuit Reform

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the passage of the Hailstorm Lawsuit Reform bill. House Bill 1774, the companion to Lt. Gov. Patrick's Senate Priority, SB 10, is now on its way to Gov. Abbott's desk.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 18, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement on legal proceedings

“I want to reach out to all of the Texans I represent and assure them that I am innocent of all charges, and I look forward to my day in court when all the facts will come out, and I will be found not guilty of all charges by a jury of my peers.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

May 18, 2017

Senator Charles Schwertner: Statewide Ridesharing Bill Passes Texas Legislature

This afternoon, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) successfully passed HB 100 by Representative Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), fulfilling a pledge he made over a year ago to establish fair, predictable, and consistent statewide regulation of transportation networking companies like Uber and Lyft.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

May 18, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: "Rep. Culberson Should Support a Bipartisan Independent Investigation of President Trump's Ties to Russia"

Alex Triantaphyllis released a statement today calling on Rep. John Culberson to support the creation of an independent panel to investigate President Trump's ties to Russia after former FBI Director James Comey's dismissal.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

May 17, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senate Unanimously Passes SB 1609, the Homeowners' Religious Freedom Act

Today the Texas Senate unanimously by a vote of 30-0 passed the Homeowners Religious Freedom Act, providing protection for homeowners who wish to place certain religious displays on their front door.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 17, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Landmark IT Reform Bill Approved by House

Today, the House of Representatives took a major step toward strengthening digital infrastructure by approving a bipartisan federal IT reform package. The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, introduced by U.S. Representative Will Hurd, will reduce wasteful spending on outdated IT systems and enhance information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology like cloud computing.

From Representative Will Hurd

May 17, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Lauds Senate Approval Of HB 1774 As Important Step To Rein In Abusive Hailstorm Insurance Claims Lawsuits

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions – representing the major homeowners insurance companies doing business in Texas – thanked the Texas Senate for passing House Bill 1774 on Wednesday. The following statement can be attributed to TCAIS Executive Director Beaman Floyd:

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

May 17, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit to Protect Religious Freedom of Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack

Furthering his actions to protect the religious freedom of all Texans, Attorney General Ken Paxton, on behalf of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, today filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit involving Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack’s practice of allowing volunteer chaplains to open his court proceedings in prayer.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 17, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement on Final Senate Passage of HB 1774

Texans for Lawsuit Reform today issued the following statement regarding the final Senate passage of House Bill 1774, the consumer protection bill to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

May 17, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Statement

“I was encouraged by much of what Governor Patrick said today. I was especially glad to hear that Governor Patrick wants to start passing bills that are priorities of the House, such as mental health reforms, fixing the broken A-F rating system and cybersecurity.

From Speaker Joe Straus

May 17, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement Following Remarks by the Lt. Governor

This morning Lieutnent Governor Dan Patrick delivered remarks at the Capitol as the 85th Texas Legislative Session winds down. In response, CPPP Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement: "Lieutenant Governor Patrick is threatening to push the Texas Legislature into a special session over a handful of unpopular, short-sighted policy proposals that fail to address the real needs of Texans.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 17, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Honors Comfort Crew for Military Kids

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor on Tuesday to honor the Comfort Crew for Military Kids on their 10th anniversary. This organization provides military children specific resources and programs to help meet basic needs while their parents are deployed.

From Representative Roger Williams

May 17, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Praises Senate Passage of Bill Encouraging Law Enforcement to Hire Vets

Today on the Senate Floor as National Police Week continues, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) praised the Senate’s passage of the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23) to incentivize law enforcement agencies to hire military veterans.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 17, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Bipartisan Rideshare Bill Signed into Law

This evening, the President signed the Modernizing Government Travel Act into law, demonstrating a major win for the sharing economy. Thanks to a bi-partisan effort led by Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX) and Seth Moulton (D-MA), federal employees can now use ridesharing services like Uber, Lyft and even bike-share for reimbursable work-related travel.

From Representative Will Hurd

May 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Honored to Meet Family of Slain Texas Border Patrol Agent

This afternoon, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) met in his office with the wife, children, and parents of Javier Vega, Jr., a Border Patrol Agent who was murdered by two illegal immigrants in south Texas in 2014.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 17, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Comey Memo

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: “If President Trump instructed Director Comey to stop the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, he used his office to obstruct justice.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

May 17, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Hurd, Cornyn Commemorate National Police Week with New Law

In commemoration of National Police Week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved Senator John Cornyn’s and Representative Will Hurd’s American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, which will incentivize state and local governments to hire veterans as law enforcement officers.

From Representative Will Hurd

May 17, 2017

Representative DeWayne Burns: Constitutional Amendment Banning Unfunded Mandates One Step Closer to Law

On Thursday evening, Rep. DeWayne Burns’ proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution restricting the state legislature’s ability to impose mandates on counties and municipalities passed the Texas House by a vote of 127 to 18.

From Representative DeWayne Burns

May 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: 'America Should Be the Unquestioned Leader in Space'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competiveness, today participated in The Atlantic’s On the Launchpad: Return to Deep Space forum.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 17, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Applauds Senate State Affairs Passage of Texting While Driving Bank (HB 62)

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions (TCAIS) – representing the major auto insurance companies doing business in Texas – thanked the Senate State Affairs Committee for voting Tuesday to pass House Bill 62, a statewide prohibition on texting while driving.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

May 17, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Stealth Strategy Grants Special Right Of Religious Refusal To Licensed Professionals

Opponents of LGBT equality and women’s reproductive rights have adopted a legislative strategy that chips away at equality piece by piece, rather than attacking it wholesale as in sessions past.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 16, 2017

Texas Municipal League: SB 1004 is a $750 million taxpayer rip-off (per year)

Giant telecom companies are pressuring legislators to pass a bill allowing them to use public property at a fraction of the fair market fees they have negotiated with Texas cities. SB 1004, scheduled for debate in the Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday, would grant the companies an annual $750 million windfall at the expense of city taxpayers, according to estimates by the Texas Municipal League.

From Texas Municipal League

May 16, 2017

Senator John Cornyn and Representative Ted Poe: Introduce Back the Blue Act

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced the Back the Blue Act of 2017 that would increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 16, 2017

Texas DPS: Honors Fallen Officers at Memorial Service

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today honored the Texas Troopers, Special Agents and Texas Rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The DPS Peace Officer Memorial Service was held in Austin in conjunction with National Police Week.

From Texas DPS

May 16, 2017

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse: Lawsuit Abuse Watchdogs Laud Passage By Senate, Urge Governor To Sign House Bill 1774

The following statement should be attributed to Jennifer Harris, executive director of Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, in response to the Senate’s passage of HB 1774, the hail storm lawsuit reform bill. “Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse applaud the Senate’s approval of House Bill 1774, legislation that ensures consumer protection while reining in hail storm lawsuit abuse.

From Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse

May 16, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Bad Bills at the Texas Capitol Threaten Community Schools, First Responders

A Texas Senate committee poisoned an otherwise good public school finance bill by adding a voucher program and removing a key funding provision. Now this bad version of House Bill 21 may get a vote on the Senate floor this week.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 16, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement on Senate Passage of HB 1774 to Third Reading

Texans for Lawsuit Reform today issued the following statement regarding the Senate passage to third reading of House Bill 1774, the consumer protection bill to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

May 16, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on FBI Director Vacancy

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement on the FBI Director vacancy: “I have always considered public service to be a great privilege. How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 16, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Helps Small Businesses Find Temporary Workers

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced the passage of bipartisan measures to help American employers hire enough temporary guest workers to keep their businesses going. The measures were part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, a bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year, which passed earlier this month.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 16, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Sandra Bland Act passing out of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence

Today, May 15, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence passed SB 1849—the Senate companion to HB 2702, also known as the Sandra Bland Act—out of the Committee. SB 1849 will now head to the House Committee on Calendars.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 16, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Educator Misconduct Reform, SB 7 by Senator Bettencourt, Passed Unanimously 31-0

The Texas Senate today concurred with the Texas House on Senate Bill 7 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) to strengthen educator misconduct laws in Texas and prevent educators who engage in inappropriate relationships with students from being able to jump from school district to school district without facing any consequences.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 15, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: During National Police Week, Cornyn Meets with Family of Fallen Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr.

Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) met with the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. and other Border Patrol agents. He then spoke on the Senator floor about the meeting and National Police Week.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 15, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Joins 17-States Filing Amicus Brief to Support School Rights

Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined a coalition of 17 states filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th circuit to support a Virginia school district’s stand that its intimate spaces policy for students is lawful under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 15, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Supports Statewide Texting While Driving Ban (HB 62) At Senate State Affairs Hearing

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions – representing the major auto insurance companies doing business in Texas –on Monday in the Senate State Affairs Committee supported passage of House Bill 62, a statewide prohibition on texting while driving. The bill was left pending by the committee.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

May 15, 2017

Senators Robert Nichols, Joan Huffman, and Representative Phil King: Pass SB 16 to Lower License to Carry Fees

The Texas Legislature has approved Senate Bill 16 by Senate authors Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and House sponsor Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford), which lowers the License to Carry fees in the State of Texas.

From Senator Robert Nichols

May 15, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Gets Millions for Hispanic Education

Today, Congressman Cuellar announced millions of dollars in funding for colleges and universities that serve Hispanic student populations, as well as language to promote opportunities for Hispanic students to partner with or work for federal agencies.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 15, 2017

Representative Shawn Thierry: Black Mothers in Texas Will Suffer Due to Republican Civil War

Today, the singular bill in the Texas House addressing the alarming mortality rate of Black women giving birth was prevented from being voted on due to a tactical maneuver used by a conservative wing of the Republican Party.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

May 12, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Launches new professional development pilot

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a pilot project for six learning programs targeted at educators within select districts across the state.

From Texas Education Agency

May 12, 2017

Public Citizen: Dear Representatives: The People of Texas Deserve Better

Last night’s session at the Texas House of Representatives underscored a worrisome trait that is unfortunately becoming more and more common in our democratic process: the utter incapacity of our elected officials to compromise.

From Public Citizen

May 12, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Passes Three More Bills Out of the House

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D- McAllen) passed three important bills on the House floor this week. Each bill addresses different issues that will have a significant impact on all Texans regarding public health, the Child Protective Services system, and the viability of small businesses.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

May 12, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Court Ruling Affirming Dallas' Rejection of Pornography Convention

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater dismissed the complaint of pornographers, Three Expo Events L.L.C., demanding the right to use the Dallas Convention Center to hold an illicit convention.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 12, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Sends Bill To Governor For Equal Treatment Of Foster Children

On Tuesday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed House Bill 88 (HB 88). HB 88 requires equal treatment of foster care children under an employers' sick leave policy. Currently, a sick leave policy must allow biological and adoptive parents to leave to care for their child, but a foster parent may be denied the same right when caring for a sick foster child.

From Representative Armando Martinez

May 12, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Coalition Denounces House Passage of Two Anti-Abortion Bills

In response to the Texas House of Representatives’ approval of two anti-abortion bills on second reading today, a broad coalition of reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations released the following statement:

From Texas Freedom Network

May 12, 2017

Senator Kelly Hancock: Texas Legislature Passes Balance Billing Mediation Expansion

The Texas Legislature has passed Senate Bill 507 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) to give more Texans recourse when they receive unexpected medical bills. "No Texan looks forward to visiting a surgical center or emergency room," said Senator Hancock, "but when that happens, hidden charges and surprise bills should be the last thing on their mind."

From Senator Kelly Hancock

May 11, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Measure to Better Protect Consumers Against Surprise Medical Bills on its Way to the Governor

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded final passage of Texas Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative John Frullo’s SB 507, which would significantly expand protections for Texas consumers against the growing practice of surprise medical billing, also called “balance billing.”

From Texas Association of Health Plans

May 11, 2017

Hance Scarborough, LLP: Announces Opening of Washington D.C. Office

The Honorable Kent R. Hance is pleased to announce the opening of the firm’s Washington D.C. office. The Law Firm of Hance Scarborough, LLP was founded by Mr. Hance in 1994. Along with its representation of clients before the Texas Legislature, the firm has been representing clients at the federal level for many years.

From Hance Scarborough, LLP

May 11, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: City of Brownsville Agrees to Repeal Plastic Bag Fee

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office dismissed a lawsuit against Brownsville after the city formally repealed its illegal sales tax on plastic bags.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 11, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Passes "Monica's Law" just before deadline in Texas House

Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) passed “Monica's Law” out of the Texas House of Representatives. Monica’s Law would create an online, searchable and public database listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

May 11, 2017

Texas Health Care Association: Texas House backs bill to improve Texas nursing homes

Members of the Texas House of Representatives took a huge step Thursday toward addressing years of nursing home underfunding, passing House Bill 2766.

From Texas Health Care Association

May 11, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Sen. Whitmire passing the Sandra Bland Act out of the Senate

Today, May 11, Senator John Whitmire passed SB 1849, the Senate companion to HB 2702, also known as the Sandra Bland Act, out of the Senate. SB 1849 will now head to the House.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

May 11, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Veterans' Recruitment Bill Unanimously Passes Committee

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statements after their bipartisan legislation, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 11, 2017

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Applauds Passage of SB 1524 to Anchor Texas at Epicenter of Petrochemical Manufacturing Expansion, Powered by Shale Revolution

The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. Texas took a big step forward with the House passage on third reading of SB 1524 by Senator Robert Nichols and Rep. Geanie Morrison.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

May 11, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Makes Government Spending More Transparent

Congressman Henry Cuellar announced today that he is making government spending more transparent to the American people, by directing that all unclassified vendor contracts and grant awards from federal agencies be posted publicly on USAspending.gov.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 11, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Major Statewide Advertising, Public Education Campaign Targets Lies Behind Anti-Abortion Laws In Texas

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund today launched a major statewide advertising and public education campaign targeting the state’s ranking as worst in the nation for anti-abortion laws that contradict established scientific and medical evidence.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 11, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Passage of SB 200 Marks 55th Senate Bill Passed by Senator Campbell

Today the Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 200 by State Senator Donna Campbell, marking her 55th bill authored and passed out of the Senate this legislative session.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 11, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Passes Comprehensive CPS Reform in Texas House

Last night the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 7 with overwhelming bipartisan support, and today gave broad initial approval for House Bill 39. Both actions are a victory for comprehensive Child Protective Services (CPS) reform.

From Representative Gene Wu

May 11, 2017

Representative Tony Dale: Sponsors Legislation To Address Growing Problem Of Inappropriate Teacher-Student Relationships

May 9, 2017, the Texas House passed Senate Bill 7 to address the significantly growing problem of inappropriate teacher-student relationships. Recent news reports have demonstrated that Texas is becoming well-known for "passing the trash."

From Representative Tony Dale

May 11, 2017

Representative James Frank: House Lawmakers Approve Representative Frank's "Freedom to Serve Children Act"

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 3859, the "Freedom to Serve Children Act," authored by Representative James Frank (R - Wichita Falls). The legislation seeks to address the critical need Texas faces for quality, loving foster and adoptive homes.

From Representative James Frank

May 10, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Catholic Charities welcome passage of Texas House bill 3859

Catholic organizations in Texas welcomed the progress of a bill providing people motivated by their religious beliefs the freedom to serve children in Texas’ foster care system. House bill 3859, authored by Rep. James Frank, Wichita Falls, allows organizations and individuals with sincerely-held religious beliefs to remove themselves from actions in direct violation of their faith.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

May 10, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: To go on forum tour of Bell County with three stops scheduled on Saturday

This Saturday, State Representative Hugh D. Shine will be the guest at three forums across Bell County. The tour of the district will start in Little River-Academy, followed by Holland, and finally, a late-afternoon stop in Harker Heights.

From Representative Hugh Shine

May 10, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on the Firing of FBI Director James Comey

While on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine learning about Russian active measures in Eastern Europe, Congressman Will Hurd who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued the following statement regarding the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey:

From Representative Will Hurd

May 10, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $788 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $787.8 million in local sales tax allocations for May, 2.6 percent more than in May 2016.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

May 10, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Bipartisan Russia Investigation Will Continue

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss former FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation on Russia.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 10, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez and Representative Gene Wu: Pass bill to end arbitrary special education 'target'

The Texas Legislature has passed and sent to the Governor SB 160, authored in the Senate by Sen. José Rodríguez and sponsored in the House by Rep. Gene Wu. The bill, passed late Tuesday, eliminates the Texas Education Agency's "target" on special education enrollment, which effectively acted as a cap.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 10, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Texas Legislature Passes SB 712, Expanding Long-Term Protective Orders

Yesterday, SB 712 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and sponsored by Representative Todd Hunter was sent to the Governor's desk with overwhelming approval from the Texas Legislature. SB 712 authorizes a court to render a protective order that exceeds two years if the court finds that the offender commits an act(s) constituting felony-level family violence.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

May 10, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement on James Comey's Dismissal as FBI Director

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s dismissal of James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): “The Director of the FBI needs to be above reproach, with an unquestioned reputation for fairness and impartiality.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 10, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Educator Misconduct Reform, SB 7, Unanimously Passes Texas House, Headed Back to Senate

The Texas House unanimously passed Senate Bill 7, by Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) by a vote of 146-0. Representative Ken King (R-Canadian) sponsored the bill in the Texas House and brought the bill to the House floor on Tuesday.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 10, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Condemns Texas House Vote For Child Welfare Services Bill That Protects A Sweeping Right To Discriminate Against LGBT Texans

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is warning that the Texas House’s approval of HB3859 on second reading today would open the door to broad discrimination by child welfare service providers that contract with the state. The House must give final approval on third reading before sending it to the Senate.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 10, 2017

Texas Association of Counties: Senate Bill 2 threatens public safety and health care

First responders from across Texas joined city and county officials today at the State Capitol to oppose Senate Bill (SB) 2, which will impose a revenue cap that restricts local government ability to fund essential services. A coalition of more than a dozen statewide groups warned legislators that SB 2 would weaken public safety infrastructure and harm health care delivery.

From Texas Association of Counties

May 10, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Personal Privilege Speech Transcript

"Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker and members. I’m not sure what we did on Local and Consent this morning, and I sure don’t know why we did what we did. And let me say before I begin that I have a very soft spot in my heart for children. It’s my highest priority in this legislature.

From Representative Helen Giddings

May 10, 2017

Representative Shawn Thierry: Selected to Serve on Sterring Committee for Texas Maternal Mortality as Her Bill Passes Unanimously Out of Public Health Committee

House Bill 2403 will direct the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to investigate the causes of why African American women die at three times the rate as other women during or shortly after childbirth.

From Representative Shawn Thierry

May 10, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Cindy Leon's Reappointment to the Public Safety Commission Confirmed by the Texas Senate

Today, the Texas Senate confirmed the reappointment of Anne Cynthia "Cindy" Leon to the Texas Public Safety Commission for a term set to expire January 1, 2020.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

May 10, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Firing of FBI Director Comey

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

May 9, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Senate approves "baby jails"

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding passage of Senate Bill 1018, which would rubber stamp imprisoning immigrant mothers and their children in federal detention centers operated by the for-profit prison corporations, CCA and GEO Group:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 9, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Passes Legislation Continuing Vital Water Program

Yesterday, Representative Mary E. González passed landmark legislation continuing the important Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) through another $200 million in bonds.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

May 9, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Urges Democrats to Help Provide Relief from Obamacare

Today in a press conference, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to provide Americans relief from skyrocketing premiums and limited coverage under Obamacare.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 9, 2017

Representative Rodney Anderson: Congratulates Grand Prairie Independent School District on winning the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award

This past Sunday, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 16th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Austin. The Grand Prairie Independent School District was selected as the winner of the Large School District Award and received a $100,000 cash award.

From Representative Rodney Anderson

May 9, 2017

The Wilbanks Group: Judge: TCEQ Failed To Follow Their Own Written Policy

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality [TCEQ] and Clean Harbors recently tried to pull fast one on the citizens of San Leon, Texas, but were caught red-handed by the Administrative Law Judge overseeing the case.

From The Wilbanks Group

May 9, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Texas Senate Passes Senator Zaffirini's Anti-Hazing Legislation

The Texas Senate today passed Senate Bill (SB) 50 by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, which would help combat the serious problem of hazing at colleges and universities. More than 60 students have died in fraternity-related incidents nationwide since 2005.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

May 9, 2017

Texas Civil Justice League: Applauds Passage of ADA Drive-By Lawsuit Reform

The Texas Civil Justice League (TCJL) commends the Texas House of Representatives on the passage of legislation on May 6 to curb the filing of “drive-by” lawsuits against businesses under the state version of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

From Texas Civil Justice League

May 9, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Announces Funds to Fight Cattle Fever Ticks

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced an additional $3.7 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding to fight cattle fever ticks in areas like Starr, Zapata, and Webb Counties. This is in addition to the $8.5 million already allocated for fiscal year 2017, bringing the total to $12.2 million.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 9, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Supports US-MX Relations, Trade with Appropriations Bill

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced that the Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by the House last week included funding and language to support international trade and relations between the United States and Mexico.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 9, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Promising School Finance Bills Stuck in Texas Legislative Limbo

Last month we were pleased to see the Texas House of Representatives approve a bill that would take some good steps toward remodeling our neglected school finance system. That proposal, House Bill 21 sponsored by Chairman Dan Huberty, has been sent to the Senate and is awaiting referral to a committee.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 9, 2017

Texas Aspires: Michael Williams Elected Chairman Of Texas Aspires' Board Of Directors

Texas Aspires announced today that Michael Williams, a founding board member of Texas Aspires, has been elected to serve as the chairman of the board of directors. Williams replaced co-chairmen Jim Windham of Houston and Woody Hunt of El Paso. Both Windham and Hunt will remain on the board in non-executive capacities.

From Texas Aspires

May 9, 2017

The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: S.B. 4 is a Bad Bill for Texas

Late Sunday night Senate Bill 4 was signed into law, the Senate Democratic Caucus stands against this bill because it erodes community trust, makes policing more difficult, and offers no improvements to public safety. It targets immigrants in a way that harms communities, will tear families apart, and offer no broad public benefit.

From The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

May 8, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Time to Keep Our Promise to Millions Hurt by Obamacare

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today spoke on the Senate floor following last week’s House passage of the American Health Care Act and discussed the way forward to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Senate. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 8, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: SB 4 Is Bad for Texas

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement in the wake of Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to sign SB 4, the so-called "sanctuary cities' bill: "Gov. Abbott's signing of SB 4 in the privacy of his office on a Sunday speaks volumes.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 8, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Texas House Supports Priority CPS Reform by Wu

Today the Texas House gave preliminary approval of House Bill 7 and will consider House Bill 39 tomorrow, both authored by Representative Gene Wu. Respectively, the legislation will reform the state's child welfare system by streamlining both the legal and administrative processes to reduce trauma among children and families and improve reunification efforts.

From Representative Gene Wu

May 8, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Governor Greg Abbott Signing Senate Bill 4 - Banning Sanctuary Cities

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement following Gov. Greg Abbott signing Senate Bill 4 which bans sanctuary cities in Texas. SB 4 was an emergency item for the governor and a top legislative priority for the lieutenant governor:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 8, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on SB 4 Becoming Law

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law: “The state legislature’s passage of SB 4 was a dark moment for Texas and for our nation.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

May 8, 2017

Public Citizen: Running on Hydrocarbons

Current Texas lawmakers took $11.3 million from the oil and gas industry over the past two election cycles, according to a new report, Running on Hydrocarbons, released today by Texans for Public Justice, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club's Lone Star Chapter.

From Public Citizen

May 8, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: SB 77 Protecting Sexual Assault Victims Passes Legislature

The Texas House of Representatives has approved SB 77, authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to ensure that victims of sexual assault are not forced to co-parent with their attacker. The bill now moves to the Governor's desk.

From Senator Jane Nelson

May 8, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senate Bill to Start an OIG in TEA to Root out Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Passes Unanimously 31-0

The Texas Senate unanimously passed SB 1886, by Senator Bettencourt, to give explicit statutory authority to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to formally designate an Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate and take action regarding instances of fraud, waste, and abuse by school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, regional education service centers, and other entities subject to the TEA Commissioner’s regulatory authority.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 8, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Defiance of our Laws in Texas Will No Longer be Tolerated'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement praising Texas Governor Greg Abbott for signing legislation yesterday that will ban sanctuary cities in Texas: “Governor Greg Abbott yesterday sent a clear message that defiance of our laws in Texas will no longer be tolerated,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 8, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Bill to provide Mental Health First Aid training for university employees passes Texas Legislature

Senate Bill 1533, which will extend mental health first aid training (MHFA) for university employees, has passed both legislative chambers and will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 8, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding SB 4

"Governor Abbott signed into law SB 4, otherwise known as the Sanctuary City bill. This anti-immigrant bill will do nothing but divide our communities and prevent law enforcement from doing their job. This legislation targets the most vulnerable and rips families apart.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 8, 2017

Paul Bettencourt Campaign: HISD Proposition 1 Will Pass Overwhelmingly, Big Reversal from November 2016 Results

Senator Bettencourt thanks the voters in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for making the right choice and voting for HISD Proposition 1 today. The vote effectively maintains the district’s tax base. This is a huge turnaround from the November 2016 election results that saw the same proposition get defeated by a 63-37% margin.

From Paul Bettencourt Campaign

May 8, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Governor Abbott Signs SB 4, "Show Me Your Papers" Becomes Law

Today, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law. SB 4 is the controversial “sanctuary cities” ban that the Texas Legislature passed last week. SB 4’s “show me your papers” provision allows police to ask people their legal status after they have been detained or arrested.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 8, 2017

Greater Houston Partnership: HISD Voters Pass Proposition 1 85%-15%

Today, Houston voters authorized the HISD board to purchase $77.5 million in attendance credits to fulfill the district’s financial obligation under the state’s Robin Hood school finance law rather than see the district’s most valuable commercial property permanently removed from HISD’s tax rolls.

From Greater Houston Partnership

May 8, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Texas House Unanimously Passes Bill to Overhaul Developmental Education

House Bill 2223 by Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas), which will overhaul Texas' struggling developmental education system, unanimously passed the Texas House on Saturday, May 6. Developmental education classes, also known as remedial classes, are assigned to assist students categorized as underprepared for post-secondary education.

From Representative Helen Giddings

May 8, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Texas House Passes Legislation to Ensure Fairer Teacher Assignment

Today, Representative Helen Giddings filed HB 972, which requires school districts with a student enrollment of 5,000 or more to prohibit a student in first through sixth grade from being assigned for two consecutive years to a teacher lacking certification and a year of experience.

From Representative Helen Giddings

May 8, 2017

TexProtects: Applauds House Passage of HB 1549 (Child Protection Act)

Today, House Bill 1549 (the Child Protection Act) passed the Texas House on a 142-1 vote. Madeline McClure, CEO of TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, issued this statement upon its passage:

From TexProtects

May 8, 2017

Representative Kevin Roberts: Texas House Approves House Bill 1290

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1290 by Representative Kevin Roberts. Under the proposed legislation, agencies would have to take one rule off the books for every rule that they add.

From Representative Kevin Roberts

May 8, 2017

Texas Medical Association: Edinburg Physician Becomes TMA President

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today installed Edinburg gastroenterologist Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, as its 152nd president. Outgoing TMA President Don R. Read, MD, of Dallas installed Dr. Cardenas today during TexMed, the association’s annual conference.

From Texas Medical Association

May 8, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes Bill To Create A Regional Transit Authority In The Rio Grande Valley

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed House Bill 1986 (HB 1986) on second reading in the House. HB 1986 authorizes the creation of a regional transit authority among Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy counties.

From Representative Armando Martinez

May 5, 2017

Texas Municipal League: The 3 Most Serious Threats to Texas Cities

The Texas Municipal League has identified three bills in the final weeks of the legislative session that represent the most serious threats to Texas cities: • Revenue caps, SB 2 – The bill would impose state limitations on the budgets of every city and county threatening funding for public safety, economic development and transportation while producing no noticeable tax relief for homeowners.

From Texas Municipal League

May 5, 2017

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Lauds House Approval Of HB 1774 As Important Step To Rein In Abusive Hailstorm Insurance Claims Lawsuits

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions – representing the major homeowners insurance companies doing business in Texas – praised the Texas House of Representatives on Friday for final passage of House Bill 1774. The bill provides common sense reforms to curb hailstorm claims lawsuits and protect access to insurance coverage for all Texans.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

May 5, 2017

Public Citizen: Big Win for Enviros in Texas as Nuclear Waste Bill is Amended

Today marked a win for environmentalists and opponents of nuclear waste storage in Texas. Under pressure from his peers in the legislature, Texas Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) removed key provisions from his bill (CSHB 2662) proposing to expand storage capacity at the low-level radioactive waste site in Andrews County, Texas.

From Public Citizen

May 5, 2017

Representative Rick Miller: Passes Article V Convention Of States Resolution

Thursday, Representative Rick Miller passed Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) calling for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution. Upon passage of SJR 2, Texas became the 11th state calling for Congress to convene the convention of states.

From Representative Rick Miller

May 5, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: TxDot Awards Improvement Grant to City of Temple for Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport

The Texas Department of Transportation is awarding an airport improvement grant to the City of Temple for the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport. The city will receive $166,667 for apron and drainage improvements.

From Representative Hugh Shine

May 5, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement on Final Passage of HB 1774

Texans for Lawsuit Reform today issued the following statement regarding the final passage of House Bill 1774, the consumer protection bill to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

May 5, 2017

Texas American Federation of Teachers: Federal Court Ruling Deals Another Mammoth Blow to the Misuse of Standardized Testing

A Thursday ruling in the federal lawsuit filed by the Houston Federation of Teachers against Houston ISD sends a clear message to school districts about the perils of using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers, said Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro.

From Texas American Federation of Teachers

May 5, 2017

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Legislation to Ban Sanctuary Cities Heading to Governor Abbott's Desk

Senate Bill 4, legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Texas, was sent in final form by the Legislature on May 4th to Governor Abbott for his signature. The bill was authored by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), and co-authored by every member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, and has been a long time legislative priority of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

May 5, 2017

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse: Small Business, Grassroots Lawsuit Abuse Watchdogs Laud Passage Of Hail Storm Lawsuit Reform (HB 1774)

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups from across the state applauded the Texas House’s passage of House Bill 1774, legislation aimed at reining in hail storm lawsuit abuse, while ensuring consumers are protected.

From Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

May 5, 2017

Texas Trial Lawyers Association: Statement on Passage of HB 1774

Statement from Lin McCraw, president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, on the passage of HB 1774 by the Texas House of Representatives: “HB 1774’s backers claim they want to address alleged fraud, but that isn't what their bill does. Instead, HB 1774 guts the rights of Texas property owners.

From Texas Trial Lawyers Association

May 5, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: House Passes HB 1774, Critical Consumer Protection Bill for Texans

Texans for Lawsuit Reform today issued the following statement regarding the passage of House Bill 1774, the consumer protection bill to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

May 5, 2017

Representative Gary VanDeaver: Passes Landmark Standardized Test Reduction

State Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) passed a landmark reduction in standardized testing through the Texas House of Representatives today. House Bill 515 received near-unanimous approval of 141-3 and now moves to the Texas Senate for deliberation.

From Representative Gary VanDeaver

May 5, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: "Culberson Defies Houstonians By Cutting Healthcare"

Alex Triantaphyllis released this statement in the wake of Rep. John Culberson’s latest vote in favor of the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Last night, I participated in a healthcare vigil here in Houston. And today, I continue to stand with our community as Rep. Culberson defied doctors, nurses, hospitals, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and Houstonians who urged him to vote against this bill.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

May 5, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Statement Regarding Jordan Edwards

"Last week, a Balch Springs police officer shot and killed Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old who was leaving a house party with his brother. Originally, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber stated the vehicle, driven by Edwards’ brother, backed in reverse "aggressively" toward officers.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 5, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes Bill Honoring Veterans

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed House Bills 441 out of the Texas House. The bill was on the Local and Consent Calendar, which is reserved for bills which either impact only a single area or have the consent of the entire House. HB 441 honors service men and women who gave their lives in service to our country by not holding school classes in Texas on Memorial Day.

From Representative Armando Martinez

May 5, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Passes Three Key Education Bills Out of Senate

State Senator Donna Campbell passed three bills out of the Senate chamber today; SB 1845, SB 1005, and SB 1883. “We must ensure our children have every educational tool necessary to succeed,” Senator Campbell said.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 5, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes Bill To Protect The Texas Citrus Industry

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed the companion to HB 3013, SB 1459 by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa. HB 3013 protects the Texas citrus industry by allowing owners of citrus trees and groves to maintain their agricultural use valuation for 5 years in order to destroy infected or potentially infected citrus.

From Representative Armando Martinez

May 5, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Bill to Promote ISD-Charter Partnerships Passes Senate Unanimously 31-0

The Texas Senate unanimously passed SB 1882, authored by Senators Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) and Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) by a vote of 31-0. SB 1882 encourages cooperation and innovation between school districts and charter schools to focus on collaboration and enhance educational opportunities for all Texas students.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 4, 2017

Texas Access to Justice Foundation: New Endowment Supports Free Legal Services for Texas Veterans

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) today announced the launch of the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services, an endowment fund to ensure that Texas veterans have fair and equitable access to the justice system.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

May 4, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes HB 2646 To Accelerate Completion Of Road Projects

HB 2646 authorizes the Texas Transportation Commission (Commission), without the threat of condemnation, to acquire real property or an interest in property before environmental clearances have been reached or a final decision has been made as to the location of a road project. This will allow projects to move forward at a faster pace.

From Representative Armando Martinez

May 4, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Heads-up: HB 3081 Would Expose Texans to Predatory Payday Lending

A bad proposal that would put Texans at risk from predatory payday loans could get a vote in the Texas House of Representatives soon.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 4, 2017

Emily's List: Statement on Rep. Pete Sessions' Vote to Pass the AHCA

Today Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32) voted to pass the American Health Care Act. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement: “Rep. Sessions showed his true colors today.

From Emily's List

May 4, 2017

Texas Values: Trump Religious Order Helps While Texas House Has Unfinished Business

Celebrations are taking place at the White House today – this National Day of Prayer – as President Donald Trump signed an executive order easing enforcement of laws that discriminate against people of faith.

From Texas Values

May 4, 2017

Senator Van Taylor: Bill Aimed At Ending Forced Marriages Passes Texas Senate

State Senator Van Taylor today passed out of the Senate S.B. 1705 aimed at ending forced marriages in Texas. Representative Senfronia Thompson filed House companion legislation, H.B. 3932, which has passed the House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee unanimously and was sent to the Local and Consent Calendar.

From Senator Van Taylor

May 4, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on House Passage of Republican Healthcare Legislation

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after voting against Republicans’ healthcare legislation, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA): “Republicans’ healthcare bill lets state leaders in Austin abandon Texans who have preexisting conditions.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

May 4, 2017

Senator Kelly Hancock: Texas Legislature Preparing for Obamacare Repeal

The Texas Senate last week unanimously passed Senate Bill 2087 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). This model legislation provides flexibility for the state to create a high-risk pool or a reinsurance program, depending on final federal action and guidance.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

May 4, 2017

Vote Latino: Leaders Push Back on Texas Senate Passes SB 4, a Discriminatory Bill that Will Target Immigrants and People of Color

Voto Latino, the American Federation of Teachers, United We Dream, Grassroots Leadership, and Representatives from the Texas Legislature came together to condemn SB 4, a “show me your papers” bill that will criminalize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color in Texas.

From Vote Latino

May 4, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Senate is Last Chance to Save Health Care

Following the House vote today to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass a weak Republican substitute, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who voted against the bill, said:

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 4, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on House Passage of GOP Health Care Bill

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act: “Today is an important step forward in upholding our promise to give the American people relief from Obamacare,” Sen. Cornyn said.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 4, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on American Health Care Act

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) Thursday afternoon released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act. “Obamacare has failed to meet the promises that were made to the American people. Since its inception, premiums have skyrocketed while deductibles and other out of pocket costs have made having insurance pointless.

From Representative Roger Williams

May 4, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Government Funding Bill Includes Key Texas Priorities

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) supported the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill which funds the federal government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year and includes many priorities important to Texas:

From Senator John Cornyn

May 4, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Congress Votes to Gut Health Care

Today the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly voted to approve a proposal that would gut health care in the United States. In response, CPPP Associate Director Anne Dunkelberg issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 4, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on the American Health Care Act Vote

U.S. Representative Will Hurd has released the following statement: “Since the implementation of Obamacare, I’ve told my constituents that the only meaningful metric when it comes to healthcare is actual access to quality, affordable care – not just health insurance.

From Representative Will Hurd

May 4, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: We Must Deliver On Our Promise to Make Health Care More Affordable

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act, passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives: “Today was an important step. I am encouraged that House Republicans were able to come together and pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 4, 2017

Senate Republican Caucus: Texas Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Law to End Cyberbullying

With a unanimous 31-0 vote, the Texas Senate passed SB 179, known as “David’s Law”, to put a stop to cyberbullying in Texas. “David’s Law” is named for David Molak, a San Antonio area teen who tragically committed suicide after relentless cyberbullying.

From Senate Republican Caucus

May 4, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Announces Campaign For Congress In TX-07

Alex Triantaphyllis announced today that he is running for Congress in Texas’s 7th Congressional District. The 7th District, represented by incumbent Republican John Culberson, voted in favor of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and is widely expected to be a top target of Democratic efforts to retake the U.S. House in 2018.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

May 4, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: TrumpCare Makes Texans Pay More For Less Care

In response to the news that the House of Representatives will vote on TrumpCare today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said: “TrumpCare would be a disaster for the people of Texas. It will strip health care from 24 million Americans.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 4, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement on Senate Action on the Sanctuary Cities Bill

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Association of Business CEO Jeff Moseley. “SB 4, especially the ‘show me your papers’ amendment by Rep. Schaeffer is a step back for Texas and will hurt the business community and families alike.

From Texas Association of Business

May 4, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Dark Day: Texas Senate Sends "Show Me Your Papers" Bill to Gov. Abbott

Today, the Texas Senate agreed to all amendments to Senate Bill 4, the “Show Me Your Papers” bill that was passed by the House late last week. The bill now goes to Governor Abbott’s desk for signature.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

May 4, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Legislature Passes Show Me Your Papers Bill

Today, the Texas Legislature passed the show me your papers Senate Bill 4. This bill is unconstitutional and will likely be challenged in the courts. “The bill will not immediately take effect because of strong opposition by Democrats in both the Senate and the House.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

May 4, 2017

Representative Victoria Neave: Statement on Senate Sending SB 4 to the Governor's Desk

State Representative Victoria Neave issued the following statement in response to the Senate concurring with the changes to Senate Bill 4 instead of going to conference committee with the House:

From Representative Neave

May 4, 2017

Legacy Community Health: New Amendment Allows Pharmacists to Refuse Service Based on Religious Beliefs

State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Ft. Worth, has written an amendment to the Pharmacy Sunset bill (HB 2950) that would allow pharmacists to refuse filling patient prescriptions based on their religious beliefs. This means patients needing medication may actually not get what's prescribed by their doctor.

From Legacy Community Health

May 4, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Legislature passes SB 4

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding SB 4: For years, whether out of sincere or cynical motives, politicians have conflated immigrants and crime, and have denigrated our border communities as unsafe and out of control.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 4, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas Senate Accepts House Changes To SB 4 20-11

Today, the Texas Senate voted to concur with the changes made to Senate Bill 4 by the Texas House of Representatives during last week’s floor debate. The version of the bill passed by the House last Friday on third reading will head to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for signing.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

May 4, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on SB 4 Concurrence

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the Texas Senate concurrence with the Texas House on Senate Bill 4 -- sanctuary cities legislation. SB 4 was a top legislative priority for the lieutenant governor:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 4, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Addresses the Independent Bankers Association of Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed members of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. There, he participated in a Q&A session with attendees, and discussed his efforts to create more good-paying jobs and expand opportunity for Texans throughout the state.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 4, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Agreement Affirms Key Components of Teacher Evaluations in Texas

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath said today that all major components of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) remain in place following an agreed legal agreement with various teacher organizations in the state.

From Texas Education Agency

May 4, 2017

Representative Ina Minjarez: House Bill 1171 the "Sexual Assault Evidence Bill" Passes Favorably Out of Criminal Jurisprudence House Committee

Yesterday, House Bill 1171 was reported favorably out of the Criminal Jurisprudence House Committee. This bill will expedite rape kit processing to ensure that these critical pieces of evidence are tested and moved through the process in a timely fashion.

From Representative Ina Minjarez

May 3, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Texas Senate Passes Senator Zaffirini's Bill Combating "Debtors' Prisons"

The Texas Senate today (Wednesday) overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill (SB) 1913 by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, which would help dismantle the modern-day "debtors' prison" system that jails thousands of low-income Texans for no reason other than their inability to pay fines.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

May 3, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Celebrates Unanimous Passage of David's Law in the Senate

State Senator Donna Campbell released the following statement upon Senate passage of SB 179, known as David’s Law and named in memory of San Antonio teenager David Molak, who tragically committed suicide in 2015:

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 3, 2017

Patient Access for a Healthy Texas Coalition: Statement on HB 1917

“We thank Chairman Richard Raymond and all House Bill 1917 co-sponsors for fully supporting and championing this legislation that will protect Texas patients.

From Patient Access for a Healthy Texas Coalition

May 3, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Highlights Texas Priorities in Government Funding Bill

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed priorities for Texas included in the bipartisan legislation to fund the government, including border security, law enforcement, and disaster relief.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 3, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Passes Dropout Recovery Amendment on School Accountability Bill

Today, Representative César J. Blanco successfully added a "dropout recovery" amendment to H.B. 22, the school accountability bill by Chairman Huberty. Representative Blanco's amendment would require school districts that are required to submit Dropout Prevention Plans because of their high-dropout rates, to include in those plans, dropout "recovery" measures.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

May 3, 2017

Texas AFT: Reaches Lawsuit Settlement with TEA Commissioner Mike Morath on Teacher Evaluation Requirements

Texas AFT filed suit one year ago in state district court to challenge the authority of the Texas commissioner of education—Mike Morath—to dictate how to measure student performance for the purpose of teacher appraisals.

From Texas AFT

May 3, 2017

Texas State Teachers Association: Education Commissioner Drops Test Scores as Requirement for Teacher Evaluations

The Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) announced today that Education Commissioner Mike Morath has agreed to drop a requirement that at least 20 percent of a teacher’s evaluation be based on value added measures (VAM) such as standardized test scores.

From Texas State Teachers Association

May 3, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: New Version of Hazlewood Bill is a Major Victory for Veterans and Their Families

Austin, Texas- Today, the House Committee on Higher Education approved a new and improved version of H.B. 3766, the Hazlewood bill by Chairman Lozano. Early versions of the bill scaled back earned education benefits for veterans and their families and was met with strong opposition from Representative Blanco, veterans and veteran advocacy groups.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

May 3, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: House Passes Pro-Consumer Legislation Requiring Greater Transparency From Freestanding ERs

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded House passage of Rep. Tom Oliverson’s HB 3276, which requires independent freestanding emergency rooms in Texas, which are almost all out-of-network for insured Texans, to be more transparent and upfront with patients about their network status.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

May 3, 2017

Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition: Texas Patients Urge House Committee on Insurance to Expand Patient Protections

Texas patient advocates are urging the House Committee on Insurance to hold a vote on HB 2882 and to move the bill toward a full vote in the House.

From Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition

May 3, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Clergy To Texas Lawmakers: Our Faith Does Not Discriminate, And Neither Should Texas

Clergy from an array of denominations and faith traditions gathered at the Texas Capitol today to pray together for equality for all and to deliver to state lawmakers letters signed by hundreds of faith leaders opposed to discrimination against LGBTQ people.

From Texas Freedom Network

May 3, 2017

Jason Westin Campaign: Doctor Jason Westin Files for TX-07

Today, Doctor Jason Westin, the leader of a research team at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, filed his papers to challenge long-time incumbent Representative John Culberson in Texas’ 7th Congressional District.

From Jason Westin Campaign

May 3, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Funds 10 New Immigration Judges, $1.5 Billion for Border Security

Today, Congressman Cuellar announced that he has successfully included language in the Omnibus Appropriations Act to hire at least 10 additional immigration judges, along with many other border security measures he included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 3, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Statement On The Death Of Jordan Edwards

Saturday night, unarmed 15-year-old, Jordan Edwards was killed after a Balch Springs officer fired into his vehicle. Representative Eric Johnson has released the following statement in response to the incident:

From Representative Eric Johnson

May 3, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Releases Statement on the Shooting of Dallas Paramedic

Rep. Helen Giddings released the following statement on the shooting of Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic, William An: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to our paramedic, William Ann. Mr. Ann was the senseless victim of a vicious attack. He was attacked serving other victims. I pray for he and all of the other victim's quick recovery.

From Representative Helen Giddings

May 3, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Releases Statement on the Tragedy at the University of Texas

Rep. Helen Giddings released the following statement on the stabbing at the University of Texas at Austin: "Our hearts are broken for the horrific loss of UT student Harrison Brown on Tuesday. Universities are supposed to be a safe haven. They are supposed to be a sanctuary of spreading ideas and growing into adulthood.

From Representative Helen Giddings

May 3, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Texas Senate Passes SB 1602 to Strengthen Medical Reporting of Abortion Complications

Today the Texas Senate voted 22-9 to strengthen reporting of medical complications from abortions. Authored by Senator Campbell, an emergency room physician, Senate Bill 1602 requires that certain health care facilities report complications from abortions and for the Department of State Health Services to publish this data in an annual report.

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 3, 2017

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: Statement on Police Shooting of Jordan Edwards

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

May 2, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Commercial Flights to Del Rio Back in the Air

Commercial flights in Del Rio are taking off again. Yesterday, U.S. Representative Will Hurd celebrated the return of commercial airline service to Del Rio International Airport by taking the first flight, on what will be weekly air service, from Del Rio to Dallas on Texas Sky Airline.

From Representative Will Hurd

May 2, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Introduces CPS Financial Aid & Waiver Bill in Texas House

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra laid out HB 2537 before the Texas House Public Education committee on Tuesday, May 2nd. The bill addresses recent concerns that students currently in high school, who are also in the care of the foster care system, are not given enough information on available fee waivers for college that they may be eligible for.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

May 2, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Lays Out Bill Proposed By South Texas Youth Congress

On Tuesday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) laid out House Bill 3813 (HB 3813) in the House Public Education Committee. Under HB 3813, the Commissioner of Education is asked to create a pilot program to connect 14 high schools along the border to existing high-speed fiber-optic cables.

From Representative Armando Martinez

May 2, 2017

Patient Access for a Healthy Texas Coalition: Statement on House Bill 1917 and the Medicaid Formulary

“We appreciate Chairman Richard Raymond and all House Bill 1917 co-sponsors for fully supporting and championing this legislation that will protect Texas patients.

From Patient Access for a Healthy Texas Coalition

May 2, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Texas Proudly Stands With Israel

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed anti-BDS legislation into law: “On a momentous day in which we joined our close ally Israel in celebrating its 69th Independence Day, I am deeply proud that the state of Texas adopted legislation to combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 2, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Meets with the Waco and Bryan/College Station Chambers of Commerce

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited with members of both Waco and Bryan/College Station chambers of Commerce during their annual D.C. fly-in. There, he met with Texas job creators and community leaders, and discussed his efforts to create good-paying jobs and expand opportunity for Texans in every corner of the Lone Star State.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 2, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement on the Signing of Legislation Blocking Discriminatory Trade Practices Against Israel

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following Governor Greg Abbott signing legislation that will block discriminatory trade practices against Israel: "For many years Israel has been a critical ally and a key trade partner for the State of Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

May 2, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Announces $22.5 Billion for Pell Grants

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced the inclusion of language in the Omnibus Appropriations Act to increase the maximum award for Pell Grants, and change federal rules to allow Pell Grants to be applied to Summer tuition.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 2, 2017

Texas Values: Saenz: Rep. Charlie Howard 'Represented the Finest of Texas values'

Texas Values celebrates the life of former Texas state Representative Charlie Howard, a longtime faith and family leader in Fort Bend County and a shining light for religious freedom, who passed away this morning.

From Texas Values

May 2, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Funding Bill Beefs Up Border Security, Defense

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the bipartisan legislation to fund the government, which includes additional funding for border security and defense, and the importance of free trade agreements to Texas.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 2, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.44 Billion in April

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.44 billion in April, 2.5 percent more than in April 2016. “The modest growth in state sales tax revenue reflects increased business spending in some sectors,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

May 1, 2017

City of Houston: Texas Senate Approves Houston Pension Solution

The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 2190, the Houston Pension Solution, Monday with a 25-5 vote. The plan now must receive the approval of the full House and the signature of the Governor to become law.

From City of Houston

May 1, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Houston Pension Bill SB 2190 Amended to Recognize the Obvious: New Pension Plans are Viable

Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) proposed a compromise on SB 2190, the “Houston Pension Plan” bill, that will automatically trigger new employees to be hired under an alternate plan, instead of a defined benefits plan, if pension funds do not hit specific performance targets.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

May 1, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Announces Opposition to $1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) issued the following statement today announcing his opposition to the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill:

From Representative Brian Babin

May 1, 2017

Public Citizen: Watchdogs to Abbott: "Real ethics reforms being swept under the rug!"

Texas watchdog groups today disputed Gov. Gregg Abbott’s recent assertion that the “sweeping ethics reform” headed to the House floor this week “ensures lawmakers work for you not themselves.”

From Public Citizen

May 1, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Applauds Bipartisan Compromise Spending Bill

In response to the news that a compromise Omnibus Appropriations Bill will come to the House this week, Congressman Henry Cuellar said: "This compromise is a big win for the American people, especially middle class families. Year-round funding of Pell Grants means more kids can stay in school this Summer and get closer to graduating and entering the workforce.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 1, 2017

Representative Jim Murphy: Texas House names building in Capitol Complex to honor President George H.W. Bush

The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of HCR 141, by Representative Jim Murphy (Houston) directing the Texas Facilities Commission to name a building at 1801 Congress Avenue after the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush.

From Representative Jim Murphy

May 1, 2017

Texas Star Alliance: Announces New Principal

Texas Star Alliance (TSA) announced today the addition of Marshall Coover, a widely respected environmental attorney and regulatory policy expert, to its ranks as a principal.

From Texas Star Alliance

May 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Prayers For Communities Affected by Severe Weather in Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement on the devastating storms and tornadoes in East Texas yesterday that took the lives of at least five Texans:

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 1, 2017

Representative Jonathan Stickland: To Honor Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez from the House Floor

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) will recognize Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez with House Resolution 148. The resolution is in honor of Rodriguez’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

From Representative Jonathan Stickland

May 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Release of Sandy Phan-Gillis, Texas Resident Detained for Two Years in China

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement following the release of Sandy Phan-Gillis, a Texas resident who was detained in China for more than two years.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 1, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Release of Sandy Phan-Gillis from China

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Sandy Phan-Gillis, a Texas resident, arrived safely in the U.S. after being detained in China for more than two years:

From Senator John Cornyn

April 28, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on S.B. 4- The Anti-Hispanic, Anti-Immigrant, "Show Me Your Papers" Bill

Yesterday, The Texas House of Representatives passed S.B. 4, the anti-sanctuary cities bill. The debate started Wednesday and lasted over 16 hours going into the early morning hours on Thursday. The final vote was along party lines with Republicans voting FOR the bill and all the Democrats voting AGAINST the bill.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 28, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Offshore Drilling Will Unleash the Potential of our Energy Resources and Expand Opportunity

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order implementing a strategy to expand offshore energy exploration: “Our nation has been blessed with abundant natural resources and today’s Executive Order is an important step toward responsibly harnessing those resources and achieving our energy independence.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 28, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: The Men and Women of the NRA Gave Congress and This Administration a Mandate to Restore Our Country

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed the 2017 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. There he discussed the historic opportunities before Congress to get our nation back on track, and his efforts to defend the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 28, 2017

Senator Bob Hall: Op-Ed: Crony Capitalism Has no Place in a Conservative State like Texas

Crony capitalism has no place in a conservative state like Texas. There is no question that a key factor in Texas’ economic success has been our “free market” policies. Open competition, with minimal government interference, is the engine which drives companies to produce better products at lower prices.

From Senator Bob Hall

April 28, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on the Passing of Former Governor Perry's Father

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today on the passage of Ray Perry: "Jan and I send our deepest condolences to my good friend, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, for the loss of his father Joseph Ray Perry.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 28, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Trump acknowledges border barriers

In response to President Trump’s comments today before the National Rifle Association summit, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “Today, President Trump’s acknowledged something we Texans have been saying all along: that there are natural barriers on the border that would make a wall unnecessary and impractical.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 28, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: MGT Act Will Transform Government IT

U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Information Technology Subcommittee, introduced the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act today with fellow Subcommittee members and thought-leaders from across the aisle Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Illinois) and Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia).

From Representative Will Hurd

April 28, 2017

Representative Justin Rodriguez: SB 550/HB 1199 Sent to the Governor

On April 25th, a bill Representative Justin Rodriguez authored on the House side, Senate Bill 550, was sent to Governor Abbott after passing both the House and Senate with overwhelming support. With its passage in the House, this legislation becomes one of the first bills to be sent to the Governor's desk this session.

From Representative Justin Rodriguez

April 28, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Passes Bill To Protect The Privacy Of Border Residents

On Friday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) passed House Bill 106 (HB 106) out of the Texas House. HB 106 removes a provision of law that authorizes images taken by drones within 25 miles of the border. By removing this provision, the border region is placed under the same privacy protections as the rest of the state.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 28, 2017

Texas Values: Coppell ISD, Home District of House Privacy Bill Author, Allows Boys in Girls' Bathrooms

While the leadership of the Texas House, including State Affairs Chair Byron Cook, sits on privacy legislation (such as HB 2899), battles over “gender identity” continue to be waged in our public school restrooms, costing taxpayers time and resources, as well as putting our schoolchildren at risk.

From Texas Values

April 28, 2017

Texas Education Agency: New resources supporting educational needs of students in foster care now available

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission have collaborated to develop a new guide entitled Information Sharing Between Child Welfare and Schools: Maintaining Privacy and Promoting Educational Success.

From Texas Education Agency

April 28, 2017

Fast Growth School Coalition: Senate Prioritizes Charter Schools Over Taxpayers

The following statement on the Senate’s passage of SB 457 (facility funding for charter schools) should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition: “With the passage of SB 457, the Texas Senate has prioritized charter schools while increasingly leaving local taxpayers holding the bill for public school facilities funding.

From Fast Growth School Coalition

April 28, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Historic Passage of Charter School Facilities Funding

Today the Senate passed one of State Senator Donna Campbell’s top priorities, Senate Bill 457, to provide $100 million in facilities funding for public schools, including $50 million for charter schools facilities.

From Senator Donna Campbell

April 28, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: House Calendars Committee Advances HB 1774

Texans for Lawsuit Reform today issued the following statement regarding the House Calendars Committee voting to advance House Bill 1774. The consumer protection bill to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse will be heard on the House floor on Thursday, May 4:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

April 28, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 457 - Charter Facilities Funding Bill

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 457, by Senator Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels: "I promised to fight for facilities funding for public charter schools and today the Senate passed SB 457, which increases the facility funding program and will benefit all public schools, both public and charter.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 28, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Celebrates House Passage of HB 223

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 223 by Representative Donna Howard. The measure would give school districts additional flexibility in the use their compensatory education allotment. Rep. Howard released the following statement:

From Representative Donna Howard

April 28, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Lays Out Grain Harvest Variance Bill In House Transportation Committee

On Thursday, State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) laid out House Bill 1876 (HB 1876) in the House Transportation Committee. HB 1876 provides a 10% weight variance during harvest season for farmers transporting agricultural goods from their place of production to the place of first marketing or processing.

From Representative Armando Martinez

April 28, 2017

Americans for Affordable Products: Texas Stands Ready to Enact Pro-Growth Tax Policy

Americans for Affordable Products (AAP) – a collection of more than 400 businesses and trade associations seeking to stop the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) – released the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s tax policy unveiled yesterday:

From Americans for Affordable Products

April 27, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Introduces Small Business-Friendly Bill in Texas House

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra laid out HB 2248 before the Texas House Economic & Small Business Development committee on Thursday, April 27th. The bill comes at the recommendation of the Small Business Advisory Task Force, created by Rep. Guerra in 2013, and it would benefit small Texas businesses by identifying barriers that hurt job creation and review regulatory challenges that small businesses encounter.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

April 27, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: SB 814 Agua SUD Passes Senate Unanimously

Today, Senate Bill 814, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, passed unanimously out of the Texas Senate, 31-0 . This critical legislation increases transparency and curbs conflicts of interests within the Agua SUD board in Hidalgo County.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 27, 2017

Smart Mobility Texas: Statement Upon Texas Senate passage of SB 2205

“Smart Mobility Texas praises Senator Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and members of the Texas Senate, for passage today of SB 2205, legislation which authorizes continued Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing in Texas and authorizes the state-wide implementation of AVs on our roadways.

From Smart Mobility Texas

April 27, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Introduces Legislation to Improve the Veterans Crisis Line

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced legislation to more swiftly connect veterans in crisis directly with professionally trained responders through a confidential and toll-free hotline.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

April 27, 2017

Senator Borris Miles: Advances Legislation to Increase Jobs

Senator Borris L. Miles advances key bills out of the Texas Senate that will bring jobs to Senate District 13 and Texas. "One of my priorities this legislative session was to ensure that all Texans benefit from our state's economic growth," said Senator Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 27, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 4

Today's passage of Senate Bill 4 is a solution in search of a problem. This is a bill that has been crafted out of fear and hatred of immigrants. Not a single Texas city refuses to comply with voluntary ICE Detainers. Not a single Texas city can be called a "Sanctuary City."

From Representative Gene Wu

April 27, 2017

Texas House Republican Caucus: Texas House Approves Sanctuary Cities Ban

Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved legislation that prohibits sanctuary city policies in Texas. Senate Bill 4 ensures federal immigration laws that are already on the books are followed and enforced by prohibiting local entities from adopting sanctuary city policies which threaten public safety.

From Texas House Republican Caucus

April 27, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Immigrant Working People Will Suffer Under SB 4, But So Will State as a Whole

In the wake of final Texas House approval of its version of SB 4, the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued this statement:

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 27, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: House send 'Sanctuary City' bill back to Senate for approval

After hours of debate on the House Floor members of the Texas House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to ensure no government official may institute policies that would create a so-called “Sanctuary City.” State Rep. Hugh D. Shine, who is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 4, said the legislation is necessary to prevent state government agents from picking and choosing which federal immigration laws they will honor.

From Representative Hugh Shine

April 27, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Sad Day: Texas House Passes "Show Me Your Papers" Legislation

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed SB 4, Governor Abbott’s latest crusade to discriminate against Latinos.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

April 27, 2017

Representative Evelina Ortega: Statement on House Passage of Anti-Immigrant Legislation

After a debate that stretched into the early morning hours, the Texas House passed the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill on a party-line vote this afternoon. State Representative Lina Ortega issued the following statement:

From Representative Evelina Ortega

April 27, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Passes "Camo Alert" to Help Texas Veterans

Senator Carlos Uresti passed Senate Bill 1622 unanimously today through the Texas Senate. SB 1622 creates a “Camo Alert” (short for camouflage) program for missing military members and veterans who suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

April 27, 2017

Texas 21 Coalition: Applauds Committee Passage Of Tobacco Age Bill

The Texas 21 Coalition – comprised of a number of health organizations – on Thursday praised the House Public Health Committee for passing House Bill 1908 by Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond. HB 1908, which would raise the minimum legal age of tobacco sale to 21 in Texas, has broad bipartisan support with four joint authors and 10 co-authors.

From Texas 21 Coalition

April 27, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: SB 323 Unanimously Passes In State Affairs

The State Affairs Committee today approved SB 323, authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to protect Texas girls from female genitalia mutilation (FGM). All eight women of the Senate have signed on as joint authors.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 27, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Proposed Pension Amendment Causes Consternation at Houston City Hall

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) today responded to Mayor Turner’s remarks yesterday that simply requiring the City Hall to honor any future public vote on switching new City of Houston employees’ pension plan from defined benefits to 401(k) style defined contribution pension plans “that does just gum up the process.”

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

April 27, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Disappointed by House passage of SB 4, "anti-sanctuary cities" legislation

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) is disappointed by the Texas House’s vote to pass SB 4, which will punish local police officers if they do not fully cooperate with detainer requests issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

April 27, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Senate Bill 4 Passes House On 2nd Reading

Today, Senate Bill 4 passed to engrossment on a vote of 93-54 after close to 16 hours of impassioned testimony.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 27, 2017

Representative Matt Krause: House Bill 1124 Heard In The House Committee On Public Health

Yesterday, Representative Matt Krause laid out House Bill 1124 before the House Committee on Public Health.

From Representative Matt Krause

April 27, 2017

Environment Texas: Federal Court: Exxon Violated Clean Air Act Over 16,000 Times, Must Pay $19.95 Million Penalty

After initially ruling in favor of ExxonMobil Corporation and then getting overturned on appeal, a federal district court has found that Exxon committed 16,386 days of violation of the federal Clean Air Act at its Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant.

From Environment Texas

April 26, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on SB 4

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding SB 4, which coerces local police to carry out federal immigration law: SB 4 is an attack on Hispanics and the immigrant community.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 26, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Texas School Bus Seat Belt Bill Passes Out of Senate

Today, Senate Bill 693, which would require all new school buses purchased by a district to be equipped with three-point seat belts, was voted out of the Senate. It is now headed to the House where Representative Phelan is carrying the companion.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

April 26, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: HB 2616, ending the suspension of young children, passes Public Education Committee

On Tuesday, April 25th, the House Public Education Committee approved HB 2616, ending the suspension of young children. "We are delighted that this important bill will continue to move through the process. It is past time that we confront the lasting impact of frivolous suspensions on young minds", Rep. Giddings said.

From Representative Helen Giddings

April 26, 2017

Senator Kelly Hancock: Texas State Senate Prepares for Obamacare Repeal

The Texas Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 2087 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). This legislation provides flexibility for the state to create a high-risk pool or a reinsurance program, depending on upcoming federal action and guidance.

From Senator Kelly Hancock

April 26, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Sen. Cornyn & Rep. Cuellar: McAllen One Step Close to New Courthouse

Yesterday, the General Services Administration (GSA) submitted an important next step in the years-long process to secure new courthouse facilities in McAllen, Texas, championed by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28).

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 26, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House To Debate Senate Bill 4

Today, Senate Bill 4 will receive its second reading in the Texas House of Representatives. This reading will include a full floor debate on the legislation, following the defeat of Chairman Todd Hunter’s calendar rule on Monday.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 25, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Op-Ed: Putting a Stop to "School Lunch Shaming" in Texas

Throughout my 21 years in the Texas Legislature, I have fought hard to address the needs of my constituents in Dallas. While there are a number of issues that keep me awake at night, providing students with the tools they need to succeed remains my top priority.

From Representative Helen Giddings

April 25, 2017

Coalition for Health Care Access: Advocates praise bill to make primary health care available to more Texans

Advocates representing consumers, business, and a broad range of health care stakeholders are testifying in Austin today in support of expanding access to primary health care for Texans. House Bill 1415 by Representative Stephanie Klick would remove remaining barriers to full practice by registered nurses with advanced degrees.

From Coalition for Health Care Access

April 25, 2017

Representative Jason Villalba: Bill To Save The Lives Of Organ Recipients Scheduled For Hearing

House Bill 1938, filed by Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) in February, will be heard in the House Committee on Transportation this Thursday, April 27, 2017. HB 1938 will amend the current method of identifying as an organ donor on a Texas driver’s license.

From Representative Jason Villalba

April 25, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: SB 1166, calling for Sunset Commission review of Harris County Department of Education, approved by Texas Senate

The Texas Senate today passed Senate Bill 1166, by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), that will require the Sunset Commission to review (without the authority to abolish) the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) as if it were a state agency. The review would be conducted by September, 2019.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

April 25, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces the EL CHAPO Act

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. The bill would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of “El Chapo” (formally named Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea) and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 25, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Files Legislation To Protect Girls From FGM

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today introduced legislation to protect Texas girls from female genitalia mutilation (FGM). All eight women of the Senate have signed on as joint authors.

From Senator Jane Nelson

April 25, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Zika Legislation Unanimously Passes Out of Public Health Committee

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra's HB 3576 was unanimously voted out of the House Public Health Committee today. This legislation will provide more resources to aid the Department of State Health Services in tracking, studying, and preventing the spread of the Zika virus.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

April 25, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Railroad Commission transparency bill passes committee

The Texas Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee today passed Sen. José Rodríguez’s Senate Bill 568 (S.B. 568), which requires the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to develop a searchable internet database where the public can search for violations, inspection reports, and enforcement actions.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 25, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Slain victim's family members testify in support of Monica's Law

“Monica's Law,” filed as House Bill 2315, is awaiting a vote after being presented in a Texas House committee. State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed the legislation to prevent domestic violence by increasing accessibility to information about individuals with a history of domestic violence.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

April 25, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: State Senate Passes Senator Campbell's Texas Annexation Reform Act

The Texas Senate voted 20-11 today in favor of SB 715, also known as the Texas Annexation Reform Act. This bill makes the municipal annexation process more democratic by requiring the consent of the majority of registered voters in a proposed area for annexation and promoting greater communication between cities and residents.

From Senator Donna Campbell

April 24, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: House Democrats Block Amendment Rule for SB 4, the anti-Sanctuary Cities Rule

Representative Cesar J. Blanco, the House Democratic Whip issued the following statement: "Today House Democrats stood together to block a procedural maneuver that would have streamlined the debate on Senate Bill 4. Adopting the "amendment rule" would only give the author of the anti-sanctuary cities legislation an unfair advantage to fully vet and prepare for floor amendments.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 24, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Names Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has named Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director, serving in his South Texas office. “Casandra’s promotion to deputy state director is well deserved, and I look forward to continue working with her as we defend and advance the policies that will keep Texas strong and prosperous,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 24, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House Democrats Help Defeat SB 4 Calendar Rule

State Representative Todd Hunter, Chair of the House Committee on Calendars, proposed a calendar rule today that would require for all amendments to Senate Bill 4 (the controversial “anti-sanctuary city” bill) to be pre-filed by Tuesday, April 25th at 1:00 PM. The calendar rule was defeated on a vote of 90-52.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 24, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: SD 29 Youth Advisory Committee launches May uniform elections Voter Guide

The Senate District 29 Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), with the support of State Sen. José Rodríguez, launched a nonpartisan voter guide for the May 2017 Uniform Elections today, the first day of early voting. The goal is to educate members and voters in the community on local election candidates and promote informed voting habits.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 24, 2017

Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition: Patient Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Protect Patient Access to Medications

Texas patient advocates are calling on the Texas House Committee on Insurance to hold a hearing on HB 2882, legislation that would limit non-medical switching, a practice commonly used by health plans that kicks Texans off much-needed -- and previously-covered -- prescription medications for no medical reason.

From Texas Non-Medical Switching Coalition

April 24, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Trump Shutdown Threat over Border Wall Funding is 'Irresponsible'

In response to threats from President Trump to shut down the government if Congress will not approve funds to build a fence on our southern border, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said: “President Trump is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get to build his symbolic border wall.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 24, 2017

Texas Health Care Association: Bill to avert Texas nursing home crisis gains momentum

Texas nursing facilities moved one step closer to better staffing and improving overall quality Monday as the Nursing Facility Reinvestment Allowance, or NFRA, was voted out of the House Human Services Committee.

From Texas Health Care Association

April 24, 2017

Representative Ramon Romero: Bills by Romero, Jr. and Bernal to curb substandard farmworker housing to be heard in committee Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs will hear House Bill 2365 and HB 1879 by Rep. Ramon Romero, Jr. (D- Fort Worth), and HB 2677 by Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), bills to strengthen oversight of migrant farmworker housing by mandating stricter inspection procedures, proactive enforcement efforts, more serious penalties for noncompliant growers, and enhanced community outreach and study on the need for additional farmworker housing.

From Representative Ramon Romero

April 24, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: HB 3328: A Step Towards BEtter Voter ID Education, Greater Transparency

Today, the Texas House Committee on Elections will hold a public hearing on HB 3328. The hearing will be held at 2:00 PM or upon final adjournment in E1.026.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 24, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Statement on Agua SUD

Yesterday, the Agua Special Utility District (SUD) announced that the board was hiring an attorney at taxpayer expense to conduct an internal audit. It is like the fox guarding the henhouse. It is more waste of taxpayer money.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

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