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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has launched a new initiative to reform occupational licenses and fees in the state. These are fees that different professions must pay to the state to be licensed in their field. Along with the fees, these professions are often required to have a defined training …

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AUSTIN — Before voter-approved amendments to the Texas Constitution are set in stone, it is the governor’s duty to publicly proclaim the results of the election.

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AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 25 announced the transfer of $3.33 billion into the State Highway Fund and into the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund. 

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AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs announced ahead of the 2020 primary and general elections that her office will join fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in #TrustedInfo2020, a social media-based education effort to prevent misinformation.

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AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs announced ahead of the 2020 primary and general elections that her office will join fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in #TrustedInfo2020, a social media-based education effort to prevent misinformation.

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 15 announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texans. 

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Among the constitutional amendments you will have the opportunity to vote for on Nov. 5, Proposition 6 is one worthy of your consideration. Proposition 6 supports the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) by providing $3 billion in funding to continue cutting edge cance…

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For many South Texas families, paying for college is a major expense. There is good news this week, however, from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, announcing a free tuition program for students who come from households with incomes under $75,000. This initiative, called UTRGV Tuiti…

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From east to west and north to south, our great state is full of beautiful parks that preserve the diverse natural landscapes that make Texas so distinctive from any other part of the country. 

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AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs invited eligible Texans to celebrate and participate in National Voter Registration Day — the fourth Tuesday in September — by ensuring they are registered to vote before the Oct. 7 registration deadline.

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Sept. 1 marked the opening of the enrollment period for the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college tuition program. This program allows for families to prepay for a child’s higher education at a Texas public two or four year college or university, determined by today’s tuiti…

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Last session, the Texas Legislature decided to do away with the Driver Responsibility Program. This program was a series of traffic fines used to fund the state’s emergency trauma centers. The program was 16 years old and generated millions of dollars. However, the DRP imposed a number of ch…

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Texas’ craft beer industry is set to change this year, allowing customers to take beer home. This new law, called “Beer to Go,” targets Texas’ fast-growing brewery scene.  Quickly becoming an established attraction for locals and tourists alike, Texas’ homegrown brewery industry currently co…

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South Texas is blessed with prime territory for those who like to hunt and fish. Outdoorsmen from all over the state journey southward to take advantage of our location. For the 2019-20 season, hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale, with many set to expire on Aug. 31. 

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Sept. 1 in Texas marks the first day of the state fiscal year. That is the date that each state budget starts and the day that new laws take effect. Because the Texas Legislature met from January-May of this year, most laws that the Legislature passed will take effect at this time.

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On Aug. 21, Dist. 34 U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela announced that Texas A&M University-Kingsville will receive $5 million in funds from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology — Sustainable Water Use (CREST-SWU).

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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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