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On Nov. 5, Texans will have a chance to go to the polls to vote on Constitutional Amendments to the Texas State Constitution. This year, there are 10 propositions on the ballot and they will pass or fail depending on your vote. The Texas Legislature is the primary lawmaking body in Texas, bu…

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A new report from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts sheds light on Texas’ highway infrastructure needs. 

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AUSTIN — Following the Aug. 3 shooting that claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 24 others at a popular El Paso shopping venue, Gov. Greg Abbott and a group of officials met in the border city to discuss ways to address violence.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety announced at a press conference the implementation of the CLEAR Alert, or the Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue Alert. This new alert system will assist law enforcement in locating and rescuing missing adults who may have been kidnapped, abducted …

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In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed a law that allowed some seizure patients to legally take low doses of medical marijuana for treatment. Under a law passed this session, doctors may now prescribe this low-dose cannabis for additional patients. 

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For over a decade, Texas shoppers have taken advantage of the back-to-school sales tax holiday.  This period allows for you to purchase all of those school supplies and outfits tax-free before the start of the new school year. These costs really add up for families, especially for those with…

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AUSTIN — Some district and county attorneys reportedly have begun to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana possession cases following the Texas Legislature’s passage of House Bill 1325, a law creating a legal path for the cultivation and marketing of hemp and hemp products.

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School safety is one of the most important topics the legislature addressed during the session.  Just weeks after last year’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Abbott released a detailed plan to improve school safety. Then in early February, during Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the…

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On June 14, Gov. Abbott signed Senate Bill 1264 into law.  I had the privilege of cosponsoring this bill that cracks down on the practice of surprise medical billing, while also adding numerous protections to the consumer. 

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On June 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded Professional Development and Secondary School Teacher grants to 21 institutions, including Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

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AUSTIN — On June 21, the day before President Trump called off a national sweep to find and detain undocumented non-citizens, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande.

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Over the past two sessions, Senator Judith Zaffirini and I have been working on legislation to address hazing. Most of us have heard stories about hazing practices on college campuses that led to student injury or even death. As the father of three children and an advocate for higher educati…

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One of the top priorities for the Texas Legislature was to show support for our law enforcement officers who keep our state safe. In fact, both House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Lt. Gov Dan Patrick made this one of their top items for the session. One way to achieve that is to make sure they a…

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AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and 23 House and Senate members joined Gov. Greg Abbott in Houston on June 13 as he signed four disaster preparedness and relief bills into law.

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 signed three bills into law to improve school safety and expand access to mental health resources. 

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Seventy-five years ago, a courageous battle was fought and won by Allies at the beaches of Normandy. Its significance cannot be understated; the Allies’ defeat of the German forces at Normandy recast the direction of the war and set forth the campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany.

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AUSTIN — While the Memorial Day holiday was observed across Texas, lawmakers stayed busy at the state Capitol, voting on key bills in the final three days of the 86th Texas Legislature’s 140-day regular session.

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Ending a 140 day session, the Texas Legislature has adjourned the 2019 session. The Texas Constitution spells out that the Texas Legislature will meet every odd-numbered year from January through May. The next regular session will convene in January of 2021. Only the governor can call the le…

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AUSTIN — With the governor’s mansion as their backdrop, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on May 23 announced their agreement on the Texas Legislature’s state budget, property tax reform and school finance reform bills.

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AUSTIN — As the Texas Legislature entered the final week of its 140-day 86th regular session, Texans continued to wait for lawmakers to wrap up priority issues: the 2020-21 state budget, property tax reform and school finance reform.

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As the Chairman of the House Environmental Regulation Committee, our office is involved in almost all matters relating to clean air and water in the State of Texas. During this session, we have made many meaningful steps to protect our environment. One of those is the reauthorization of the …

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With nearly two weeks left in the Texas legislative session, leaders in the House and Senate are working to make sure that we achieve meaningful successes for Texas taxpayers. Until the legislature adjourns on May 27, final details are still being worked out. But up until now, a number of me…

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AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers have yet to cast final votes on the marquee issues of the 86th regular session of the Legislature: the state budget, school finance reform and property tax relief.

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The month of May is the busiest month of the legislative session, which ends on May 27. Both chambers, the House and the Senate, are working toward deadlines to pass bills. Because each bill has to be passed in each chamber and signed by the governor, deadlines are in place to make sure that…

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The Texas House of Representatives on May 1 passed Senate Bill 2, legislation proposing to bring property tax relief to homeowners, but the lower house slowed the bill’s momentum by tacking on 25 floor amendments.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott chose emergency preparedness, response and recovery as one of his five emergency items, where bills related to the emergency item can begin being passed right away.

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AUSTIN — After Easter weekend, conferees for the Texas House and Senate must work out differences in the two chambers’ versions of a fiscal 2020-2021 state budget to send to Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Last week, the House of Representatives passed HB 3, a bill aimed at reforming school finance and property taxes. Of the $9 billion of funding in HB 3, $3 billion is directed to go toward property tax relief. 

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on April 10 released a joint statement promoting a twofold method for the 86th Texas Legislature to curb property tax increases across the state.

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Last week, the House of Representatives passed HB 3, the bill that aims to reform school finance and public education. HB 3 invests $9 billion into funding for public education and property tax reform — $6 bill on public education and $3 billion on property taxes.

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AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives on April 3 approved much-anticipated legislation written to revise the state’s public school finance system. The vote was 148-1, and the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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AUSTIN — Last week, with 60 days remaining until the end of the 140-day regular session of the 86th Texas Legislature, the House and Senate vaulted closer toward finalizing a state budget.

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