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October 9, 2017

Check out the latest news on the I-35E TEXpress lane openings and closures with this handy graphic.

Capitol Comments October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

This past month, Texas has shown resilience and fortitude through its response to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. In the short term, droves of volunteers (including staff from my own office) helped the victims of Southeast Texas with needed supplies for the victims and the first responders participating in recovery efforts. The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Governor, and several other state agencies banded together to coordinate emergency efforts.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Round 2

September 14, 2017

With such great success from our last donation drive, all four Denton County State Representatives, Lynn Stucky, Pat Fallon, Tan Parker, and myself, along with Sheriff Tracy Murphree are continuing to collect donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey along the coastline.

Capitol Comments September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017

As you’ve no doubt witnessed over the past week, Hurricane Harvey has had a lasting effect on our fellow Texans along the Gulf Coast. An outpouring of support has come in from all over the state to assist our brothers and sisters south of us.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

August 29, 2017

In Denton County and looking to help Harvey victims? Our Denton County House delegation is helping.

Capitol Comments August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

In the past week the Texas House of Representatives has acted on many of Governor’s priorities placed on the call for a special session. The 30 days allowed for a special session will end on Wednesday, August 16th- unless the Governor calls for another special session. Legislation filed by my office has been gaining traction and interest- including my special needs school choice bill being heard in the House Committee on Public Education this past Tuesday.

Capitol Comments July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017

Last week the Texas House considered dozens of bills on a variety of special session items – including property tax relief, public school funding, abortion restrictions – in 6 different committees, assuring Texans have an opportunity to add their voices to these issues. The House filed, referred, and heard the Governor’s highest priority – The Sunset Bill that protects Texans medical and therapy care – at the first opportunity.

Capitol Comments July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017

Tuesday marked the first day of the first called special session. At the forefront of the duties of the legislature are authorizing the continuation of five different state agencies- the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

Capitol Comment July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

Last month, Governor Abbott announced his plan to call the Texas Legislature back for a special session. Special sessions may be called at the Governor’s discretion and may last for up to 30 days- and further special sessions may be called as the Governor sees fit. The legislative topic(s) that may be discussed in the special session are determined by what the Governor puts on the “call” for a special session.

Capitol Comments May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017

The Texas Legislature was built for small government. We meet only every other year to enact new laws. On top of that, the legislative process is designed to kill bills- only about 20% of the bills filed actually pass into law. This is due to the barriers at every step of the process, including deadlines. At midnight last Thursday, all House bills not heard on second reading on the House floor would not become law.