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September 22, 2017

Jay Dean Campaign: Conservative State Rep. Jay Dean Announces For Re-Election

Following the completion of a successful circuit of town hall meetings and legislative updates throughout the community, Republican State Representative Jay Dean today announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, House District 7. The district covers Gregg and Upshur Counties.

From Jay Dean Campaign

September 22, 2017

Representative Kevin Brady: Releases Legislation to Deliver Targeted Tax Relief to Hurricane Victims

Today, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released legislation that would deliver temporary tax relief to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Chairman Brady issued the following statement upon releasing the bill, which is expected to be formally introduced Monday, September 25, when the House returns to session.

From Representative Kevin Brady

September 22, 2017

Travis County Tax Office: You're Never Too Old to Vote! Campaign targets seniors

Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant today announced a new campaign to help senior citizens with voter registration and to educate them on their voting options.

From Travis County Tax Office

September 22, 2017

Cover Texas Now!: Texas Groups Slam New Trumpcare Bill as Senate Prepares to Vote

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill, Texas advocates for children, families, patients, and consumers expressed their strong opposition to the bill.

From Cover Texas Now!

September 22, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Allow Implementation of Senate Bill 4

The Texas Office of the Attorney General today presented oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit for a stay of a district court order that blocked Senate Bill 4 from taking effect on September 1. The Legislature passed the measure earlier this year to set a statewide policy of cooperation with federal immigration authorities enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 22, 2017

Representative Richard Pena Raymond: Proposes Legislation Establishing Statewide Disaster Alert System

From Representative Richard Pena Raymond

September 22, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Speaker Ryan in Houston for Harvey Relief Efforts

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), and members of the Texas Congressional delegation were in Houston today for a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, an aerial tour of storm devastation and flood mitigation infrastructure, and to help local residents clean out damaged homes.

From Representative Michael McCaul

September 22, 2017

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP: Chambers Latin America Ranks Gardere, Arena y Asociados Among Leading Tax Firms for 2018

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that its Mexico City office, Gardere, Arena y Asociados, is recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers Latin America for its work in tax.

From Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

September 21, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Announces Record $281 Million in Unclaimed Property Returns

The Texas Comptroller’s office returned a record $281 million in unclaimed property to its rightful owners during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today. The total breaks the previous record of $270 million returned in fiscal 2016 and marks the fifth consecutive record-breaking year.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 21, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Garcia's East Harris County Office to Close

The district office of State Senator Sylvia Garcia located at the Woodforest National Bank building at 13301 East Freeway is now closed. The building suffered damage during Harvey flooding that was originally thought to be reparable and remediation work had begun.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

September 20, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Says Mayor Turner's Revised Property Tax Rate Hike Still Costs Homeowners 10% More!

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) reacted to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's revised property tax rate increase proposal today by noting that average Houston homeowners will still see a 10.1% increase on their City of Houston property tax bills if this plan moves forward.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

September 20, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: RGV State Legislative Delegation Donate $10K to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

State Representatives from the Texas House Rio Grande Valley delegation, along with the Valley's two state senators, collectively donated $10,000 to support local hurricane relief efforts after last month's devastating floods along the coastal bend.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

September 20, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton Urge President Trump to Authorize FEMA Disaster Assistance for House of Worship in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to ensure that churches and other religious organizations are treated equally with other nonprofits and not excluded from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 20, 2017

Texas Values: Texas Churches Demand End To Discriminatory FEMA Directive Against Houses of Worship Wanting to Help Harvey Victims

Texas Values expresses its full support of a letter to the White House by First Liberty urging the Trump Administration to put an end to a discriminatory FEMA directive. The directive, aimed at faith organizations such as churches, sets criteria that makes certain groups ineligible for the same disaster relief funds granted to secular organizations.

From Texas Values

September 20, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Statement on Potential Closure of Houston EPA Lab

Nonprofit leader and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis released the following statement in response to the potential closure of the Environmental Protection Agency’s lab in Houston:

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

September 20, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Respected Coalition Of Collin County Law Enforcement Leaders Endorse Van Taylor For Congress

State Senator and Congressional candidate Van Taylor today announced the endorsements of a distinguished list of key Collin County law enforcement officials including Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, District Attorney Greg Willis, Collin County Constables Shane Williams, Gary Edwards, Sammy Knapp, and Joe Wright, former Sheriff Terry Box, and former President of Collin County Deputies Association Mike Rumfield.

From Van Taylor Campaign

September 20, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Decries New Changes to Acute Therapy Reimbursement

Today, Rep. Donna Howard voiced her strong disapproval for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's (HHSC's) recent modifications to the reimbursement methodology for acute therapy services.

From Representative Donna Howard

September 19, 2017

Texas Health Care Association: Congressman Pete Olson, CMS Administrator Seema Verma take time to check on health of long term care in Texas post Harvey

Congressman Pete Olson, (R-Texas) and Seema Verma, the top administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, visited a Houston-area skilled nursing facility Monday to give their support to long term care staff struggling to recover in Texas.

From Texas Health Care Association

September 19, 2017

HMG Healthcare: Thanks CMS Administrator Seema Verma and Congressman Olson for touring Park Manor South Belt nursing facility after Hurricane Harvey

CMS Administrator Seema Verma and Congressman Pete Olson visited and toured Park Manor of Southbelt nursing facility Monday afternoon to speak with HMG leadership about Hurricane Harvey and resident care. In the tour and meeting, CMS Administrator Verma thanked the dedicated caregivers who are committed to caring for our Texas frail and elderly.

From HMG Healthcare, LLC

September 19, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Lawmakers Faced Significant Challenges During 2017 Texas Legislature

Texas policymakers filed and deliberated thousands of bills during the regular session of the Texas Legislature. More than 1,200 bills became law, including Senate Bill 1, which will fund the state government operations for the next two years.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 19, 2017

The University of Texas System: Tucker Appointed Board of Regents Chairman

Regent Sara Martinez Tucker, appointed in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents, was unanimously elected chairman of the board at a special called meeting Monday.

From The University of Texas System

September 19, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Statement In Response To Texas House Speaker's Call For The Removal Of Confederate Plaque

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) has sent a letter to the Texas State Preservation Board calling for the removal of the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” plaque from inside the Texas Capitol. He stated in his letter that the plaque contains “incorrect information about our history” and called for its removal “as soon as practicable.”

From Representative Eric Johnson

September 19, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: 41-State Investigation Requests Documents from Companies that Manufacture and Distribute Highly Addictive Opioid Drugs

As part of an ongoing investigation into the nation’s opioid epidemic, Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas and a bipartisan coalition of 40 other states served investigative subpoenas and additional requests on eight companies that manufacture or distribute highly addictive painkillers.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 19, 2017

Texas Values: Parents, Taxpayers Keep the Heat On San Antonio ISD Board for Un-Vetted Bathroom Policy; No Supporters Spoke Out

Last night about a dozen taxpayers and San Antonio family members spoke out against a new San Antonio ISD sexuality and bathroom policy that could allow boys into girls’ showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms.

From Texas Values

September 19, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Celebrating Hector P. Garcia Day

Tomorrow commemorates the legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a Mexican-American civil rights leader who founded the American GI forum and fought for the rights of Hispanics in this country. In 2009, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa designated the third Wednesday in September as Hector P. Garcia Day through Senate Bill 495.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

September 19, 2017

Community Not Commodity: Postpones CodeNEXT 2.0 Presser

Community Not Commodity (CNC) has postponed a press conference devoted to its analysis of CodeNEXT 2.0, an event which had been set for the morning of Tuesday, September 19th. CNC will reschedule the press conference and release updated information as soon as possible.

From Community Not Commodity

September 19, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Landmark IT Overhaul Approved by Senate

Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd’s (R-TX) long-anticipated Smart Government reform package was approved in the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Hurd’s bipartisan bill, the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, is designed to reduce wasteful IT spending and strengthen information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology like cloud computing.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 19, 2017

Texas Association of Health Underwriters: Agents Group Says TDI Should Run Education Campaign about Changes

The Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) today said the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) should step up and consider using funding designed to educate and inform Texans about how to enroll in the federally-facilitated marketplace.

From Texas Association of Health Underwriters

September 18, 2017

Dib Waldrip Campaign: Conservative Judge Dib Waldrip Announces Campaign For Court Of Criminal Appeals

District Judge Dibrell "Dib" Waldrip announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 in the March Republican Primary. Waldrip has presided over the 433rd Judicial District Court since his appointment by Governor Rick Perry in 2007, and Waldrip was re-elected in 2008, '12 & '16.

From Did Waldrip Campaign

September 18, 2017

Scott Cosper Campaign: Cosper to seek re-election to the Texas House; announces major accomplishments

State Rep. Scott Cosper announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House, pointing to major accomplishments and the critical need to keep fighting for conservative solutions to the state’s challenges. Cosper’s conservative leadership already earned endorsements for re-election by local Republican leaders, including former Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock and Fred Brown, and the mayors of Lampasas, Salado, Harker Heights, and Killeen.

From Scott Casper Campaign

September 18, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Honors Fort Hood's 75th Anniversary

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor last week to honor Fort Hood on its 75th Anniversary. Since becoming a permanent military installation, “The Great Place,” has proven its resiliency time and time again. It is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two full armored divisions within its campus, and it has positioned itself as an economic frontrunner in the State of Texas.

From Representative Roger Williams

September 18, 2017

Texas Federation of Republican Women: National Federation of Republican Women Elects Texas Republican Leader Next President

Delegates to the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 39th Biennial Convention elected Jody Rushton of Plano, Texas, to serve as president for 2018-2019, during its convention held Sept. 14-17 in Philadelphia.

From Texas Federation of Republican Women

September 18, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Appointed to Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa to the Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding. The committee is charged with preparing recommendations for realignment and/or possible elimination of non-formula support items and improvements of formula funding for institutions of higher education.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

September 18, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces to Legislative Committee on Aging and Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointment of Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, as chair of the Legislative Committee on Aging, and the reappointment of Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, to the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

September 18, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Appointments to Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointments of Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills; Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels; and Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, to the Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding. Sen. Hancock has been designated as co-chair.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

September 15, 2017

Austin Neighborhoods Council: Statement on CodeNEXT Draft Two Release

"Obviously we will wait for for Community Not Commodity's expert research group's report of what the new code actually does to neighborhoods to offer an official position. Unfortunately, what we know so far is that despite the city's much touted process of listening, it doesn't appear that the citizens of Austin have been heard.

From Austin Neighborhoods Council

September 15, 2017

Community Not Commodity: Statement on CodeNEXT Draft Two

Community Not Commodity released the following statement in response to the release of CodeNEXT Draft Two: "CodeNEXT Draft One has been called a Frankenstein, and now we will find out if Draft two is the son of Frankenstein.

From Community Not Commodity

September 15, 2017

KC Strategies: Honored by the Clio Awards

This week, the Austin-based GOP political consulting firm KC Strategies was honored with a Clio Award for work on Republican Gerald Daugherty’s successful re-election campaign as a county commissioner in deep blue Travis County, Texas. This included the now well-known campaign ad staring Daugherty’s wife, Charlyn, entitled “Please Re-Elect Gerald…Please.”

From KC Strategies

September 15, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Appoints Dr. Mahendra Patel To CPRIT Board

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has appointed Dr. Mahendra C. Patel of San Antonio to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee. Dr. Patel is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist in San Antonio. He has an extensive record of leadership in the San Antonio medical community, including his time as the Medical Board Chair at Methodist Healthcare System and as the Chief of Staff at Methodist Children’s Hospital.

From Speaker Joe Straus

September 15, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Estimates Hurricane Harvey Insured Losses at $19 Billion

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) has placed the insured losses from Hurricane Harvey at $19 billion. On August 25, Harvey came ashore, as a category 3 hurricane with 130 mile per hour winds, just east of Corpus Christi in the Rockport/Port Aransas communities. Harvey’s winds caused extensive damage in the area and farther inland, and unfortunately resulted in 70 deaths.

From Insurance Council of Texas

September 15, 2017

Representative Drew Darby: Appointed to Federal Department of Interior's Royalty Policy Committee by Secretary Zinke

Representative Drew Darby has been appointed to the United States Department of the Interior's Royalty Policy Committee by Secretary Ryan Zinke. The committee is responsible for advising the Secretary on energy and mineral resource development on Indian and Federal lands, evaluating current and emerging issues and if changes in policy are needed.

From Representative Drew Darby

September 14, 2017

Donna Campbell Campaign: Senate Campbell Announces Reelection Campaign in Front of S.A. Republican Women

One of six female Republican state senators currently serving in the Texas Legislature, State Senator Donna Campbell announced her campaign for reelection to the Texas Senate today in front of a meeting of the San Antonio Republican Women.

From Donna Campbell Campaign

September 14, 2017

Texas Education Agency: TEA, ATPE Warn of Email Phishing Scam

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) have been advised of a current phishing email directed at teachers and school systems across the state.

From Texas Education Agency

September 14, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Consumer Alert: Beware of Hurricane Harvey Repair and Clean-Up Scams

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned those in affected areas to guard against contracting scams and offered tips to safeguard against unscrupulous individuals looking to take advantage of vulnerable Texans.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 14, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Affirms Commitment to School Districts Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Over the last two days Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has met with nearly 45 superintendents from Region IV to discuss the impact of Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding on their districts.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

September 14, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Blue Dogs Call for Fiscally-Responsible Tax Reform at White House Meeting

Yesterday, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, attended a meeting with President Trump alongside several other members of the Blue Dog Coalition, House Republicans and other House Democrats.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 14, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Collin County Tea Party Leaders Endorse Van Taylor For Congress

State Senator and Congressional candidate Van Taylor today announced the endorsement of leaders of Collin County tea parties including the North Texas Tea Party*, McKinney Tea Party*, Allen Area Patriots*, and Frisco Tea Party*.

From Van Taylor Campaign

September 14, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Bullion Depository Hires Former SWAT Team Leader to Protect the State's Gold

Lone Star Tangible Assets (LSTA) announces Sgt. Bryan Whoolery, a 28-year Travis County Sheriff’s Office veteran and SWAT team leader, will be director of security for the Texas Bullion Depository.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 14, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Issues Harvey-Related Interim Charges

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday asked three House committees to begin studying issues related to Hurricane Harvey and state preparations for future natural disasters. In total, Speaker Straus issued five interim charges, which are instructions the Speaker gives House committees to guide their work preparing for the next legislative session.

From Speaker Joe Straus

September 14, 2017

Lyft: Partners with The University of Texas at Austin's Parking and Transportation Services to Provide Free, Safe, Late-Night Rides

The University of Texas at Austin Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) and Lyft, the fastest-growing rideshare company in the U.S., have partnered to give late-night Longhorns a safe and convenient way to get home through UT Austin’s SURE Ride Program.

From Lyft

September 14, 2017

Children's Defense Fund- Texas: Census: Texas Ranks 38th in Child Poverty

Census data released this week show modest improvements in the numbers of Texas children living in poverty and the percentage of uninsured children. But far too many children still live with economic deprivation and lack access to essential health coverage.

From Children's Defense Fund

September 14, 2017

Reggie Smith Campaign: Reggie Smith Announces Republican Candidacy for Texas House District 62

Reginald "Reggie" B. Smith, Jr. formally announced his candidacy for the position of Texas State Representative, District 62 on the steps of the Grayson County Courthouse.

From Reggie Smith Campaign

September 14, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Trump tells Cuellar that he "Doesn't Want to Wait Six Months" For DACA Reform

“I and a bi-partisan group of fellow lawmakers sat down with the President to discuss the Fall agenda this afternoon. During the meeting the President reassured me that he does not want to wait six months for Congress to come up with a solution for our nation’s young immigrants and that he is committed to supporting legislation on the House floor for DACA recipients.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 13, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: HISD Trustee Anna Eastman Endorses Triantaphyllis

Houston Independent School District Trustee Anna Eastman announced her endorsement of Alex Triantaphyllis for Congress and released the following statement: “When we work together, we can achieve great things for our children, families, and schools. Alex Triantaphyllis knows how to bring people together and how to collaborate to get things done.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

September 13, 2017

Texas DPS: DPS Museum Day to Showcase Agency History, Highlight Efforts to Protect Children

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) invites the public to attend the DPS Museum Day on Sunday, Sept. 17, as part of Austin Museum Day, which features free exhibits and interactive activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites.

From Texas DPS

September 13, 2017

Representative Lloyd Doggett: Statement on Tonight's Texas Redistricting Ruling Ruling by Supreme Court

Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling blocking a lower court’s decision on Texas Congressional maps. Rep. Doggett said: “I have always maintained that the Supreme Court would have the final say on local congressional district lines, and tonight the Court just said it.

From Representative Lloyd Doggett

September 13, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Supreme Court Rulings on Redistricting

Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement tonight after the U.S. Supreme Court, in separate rulings, blocked two lower court rulings that invalidated parts of Texas' House and congressional maps. "The Supreme Court confirmed what the rest of us already knew: Texas should be able to use maps in 2018 that the district court itself adopted in 2012 and Texas used in the last three election cycles," Attorney General Paxton said.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 13, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds to SCOTUS Decision

This evening, the Supreme Court of the United States of America granted the request for stay of a federal court’s ruling that found Texas congressional and state house maps unconstitutional. The decision was granted with Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissenting.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

September 12, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Appointments to Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointments of Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, to the Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System. Sen. Taylor was also designated as co-chair. Upon making the appointments Lt. Gov. Patrick said: "In recent days we have seen how important it is that Texas has the best possible systems and infrastructure in place, not only for day-to-day operations, but also for unexpected and sometimes disastrous events.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

September 12, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Strengthens National Security with Data Framework Act

Today, the House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Will Hurd that empowers the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve intelligence information sharing capabilities among its many component agencies.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 12, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: House Adopts Two Castro Amendments

Today, the House of Representatives adopted two amendments offered by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20). One amendment ensures funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program, and the second amendment provides a total of $25 million to the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) body-worn camera grant program for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

September 12, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Consumer Alert Following Equifax Data Breach Reportedly Affecting Nearly 12 Million Texans

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a consumer alert following a report from Equifax Inc., one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, that it experienced a data breach affecting 143 million Americans, including nearly 12 million Texans. From mid-May through July, hackers accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers from Equifax credit reports.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 12, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Klobuchar Bill to Fight Human Trafficking Passes Senate

The Abolish Human Trafficking Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), passed the Senate yesterday. The legislation strengthens and reauthorizes key programs that support survivors of human trafficking and provides resources to law enforcement officials on the front lines of the fight against modern-day slavery.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 12, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Extends Tax Deadline in Counties Affected by Hurricane Damage

Most businesses in federally declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will be granted a 30-day extension to file August and quarterly sales and use tax reports, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today. The extension is for taxpayers not required to file electronic tax returns.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 12, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Gap between Texas and U.S. in Health Coverage Continues to Widen, Census Shows

Today’s U.S. Census data release confirms that the number of Texans without health insurance continued to decline in 2016, with uninsured Texans dropping by 70,000 from the 2015 number, and by over 1.2 million since 2013. But despite the progress, Texas still has both the largest number (4.5 million) and percentage (16.6 percent) of uninsured residents in the country.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

September 12, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Suit Against Three Businesses for Price Gouging During Hurricane Harvey

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed lawsuits against three Texas businesses, accusing them of unlawful price gouging while consumers were in need of fuel, shelter and other essentials as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 12, 2017

Christi Craddick Campaign: Craddick Launches Campaign for Re-Election

The Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), Christi Craddick, today announced she is running for re-election in 2018. "As a steward of our state's most valuable resources and a life-long conservative Republican, I am uniquely qualified to usher in a new era of growth and job creation in the Texas energy sector," Craddick said.

From Christi Craddick Campaign

September 12, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on U.N. Security Council's Adoption of New Sanctions against North Korea

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement after the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 to strengthen sanctions against North Korea:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

September 11, 2017

Representative Donna Howard: Op-Ed: No Happy Ending for Women's Health

This is the story of a veto. While there were 50 bills rejected by Governor Greg Abbott following the 85th Legislative Session—each with its own particular narrative—this tale is about Senate Bill 790 (SB 790) which would have extended for two more years the work of the Women's Health Advisory Committee (WHAC), a group of providers who advised the State regarding the organizational and funding structures of the new women's health programs in Texas.

From Representative Donna Howard

September 11, 2017

Texas Values: Parents, Pastors: San Antonio ISD Starts Bathroom War

Parents, pastors, students, concerned taxpayers, and community members spoke out today about the short timing and vaguely worded notice and the content of a new San Antonio ISD policy that allows boys in girls’ showers, restrooms, and locker rooms, and perhaps sports teams.

From Texas Values

September 11, 2017

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Joins Abbott to honor five injured OPD officers

State Rep. Brooks Landgraf joined Texas Governor Greg Abbott in honoring five Odessa police officers injured in the line of duty with the Star of Texas Award on Monday morning in a ceremony Monday morning at the Texas Capitol.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

September 11, 2017

Texas DPS: Statement by DPS Director McCraw on 9/11 Anniversary

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks: “On this day 16 years ago, terrorists launched cowardly attacks against our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives as a result of the attack, including valiant first responders. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

From Texas DPS

September 11, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Issues Statement on 16th Anniversary of Sept. 11

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement on the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: “Sixteen years ago, our nation was changed forever. Now, every year, we remember and honor those civilians and first-responders who lost their lives during the attacks, as well as our brave service members who sacrifice every day in pursuit of making our nation and our world safe from terrorism.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 11, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Ten Texas teachers named finalists for 2017 presidential awards in math and science

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that 10 Texas teachers have been named finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2017 awards recognize seventh through twelfth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

From Texas Education Agency

September 8, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Identical Twins Running for Texas Senate Releases Web Video

Don and Phillip Huffines, identical twin brothers running in adjacent districts for Texas State Senate, released a web video on YouTube today highlighting their Texas roots and principled conservatism. Don Huffines was elected to the State Senate to represent District 16 in 2014, and his brother Phillip is running for State Senate in District 8 for the first time.

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

September 8, 2017

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Praise the Nomination of John Bash as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate John Bash as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas: “John Bash is a brilliant lawyer who will be an outstanding United States Attorney,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 8, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Congress Passes Harvey Relief Funds

Today, The United States House of Representatives approved legislation that includes $15.25 billion in aid for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 8, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on House Passage of Senate-Passed Harvey Aid

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after voting in favor of $15.25 billion of Hurricane Harvey aid: “Texans will need substantial, sustained funding from the federal government in the months and years ahead to recover from Harvey’s destruction.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

September 8, 2017

Texas Values: Saenz: Texans Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Colorado Cake Baker's Right to Free Speech, Expression

Texas Values today joined 32 state family policy organizations from across the country supporting a Colorado cake shop owner who is being forced by the government to make a cake with a specific theme: celebrating a same-sex wedding ceremony.

From Texas Values

September 8, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Stands by Texans to Provide Much-Needed Relief

Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd supported emergency disaster relief and recovery needs in response to Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented flooding. “To recover from lives lost, thousands displaced, and billions of dollars in damage, Texas needs all hands on deck. Additionally as Irma heads towards Florida, we must be sure that our disaster response agencies have sufficient resources to save lives and minimize damage.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 8, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Votes in Favor of Hurricane Harvey Relief

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Friday after the bi-cameral passage of Hurricane Harvey Relief: “Our friends and family in Texas have a long road ahead when it comes to rebuilding the communities destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

From Representative Roger Williams

September 8, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Supports Harvey Relief Package ,Bill Now Goes to President for Signature

Today, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), whose congressional district was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, voted in favor of an emergency relief package that provides $15 billion in funding for recovery efforts in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

From Representative Brian Babin

September 8, 2017

Verizon: Texas Council on Family Violence receives $50,000 grant from Verizon to help domestic violence agencies recover from Hurricane Harvey

Verizon today announced a grant to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in addition to its $10 million commitment previously pledged. A $50,000 HopeLine® from Verizon grant will go to the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) to assist South Texas domestic violence agencies that were in the path of Harvey and suffered the devastating effects of the storm.

From Verizon

September 8, 2017

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: Applauds Chancellor Sharp's Appointment to Hurricane Rebuilding Commission

Today, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. commented on Governor Greg Abbott's creation of the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas and the appointment of Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp as its Commissioner. "I applaud Governor Abbott's appointment of Chancellor Sharp to head up the newly created Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas!" Sen. Lucio said.

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

September 7, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on President Trump's Federal Judge Nominations

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller released the following statement on today’s nomination by President Donald Trump of 16 individuals to federal judgeships across the country.

From Texas Freedom Network

September 7, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Governor Abbott Visits Corpus Christi to Announce Commission to Rebuild Texas

Today, Governor Abbott along with Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, visited Corpus Christi to announce the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas. The Commission, led by Chancellor Sharp, will oversee the response and relief efforts between state and local governments to ensure victims of Hurricane Harvey get everything they need as quickly as possible.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

September 7, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $668 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 $668.3 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 6.2 percent more than in September 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 7, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement on First Assistant AG Jeff Mateer's Nomination by President Trump to Federal Bench

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised President Trump’s nomination of Texas’ First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer as a Federal District Judge: “Jeff Mateer is a principled leader—a man of character—who has done an outstanding job for the State of Texas as First Assistant Attorney General,” said Attorney General Paxton.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 7, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Announces Support for Hurricane Harvey Relief Package

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he intends to vote ‘yes’ on the Hurricane Harvey relief package today. “I am very pleased that we were able to get strong bipartisan support for major federal relief for the millions of Texans hurting from Hurricane Harvey,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 7, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Announces $15 Billion in New Disaster Aid to be Included in Government Funding Bill

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced that legislation the Senate will soon consider to keep the government funded and raise the debt ceiling will also include $15.25 billion in new disaster relief funding available for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 7, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Denounce ending DACA and urge lasting reform

The Texas Catholic Bishops have issued the following statement in response to the decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We say, first, to DACA youth: regardless of your immigration status, you are a child of God. You are welcome in the Catholic Church. We support you and will advocate for you.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

September 6, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Distributed Financial Assistance to 80,000 Households Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that the Comptroller’s office and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) processed and distributed the first wave of federal aid, providing financial assistance to about 80,000 individuals and households displaced from their homes by Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 6, 2017

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP: Super Lawyers Recognizes 40 Gardere Attorneys on Its 2017 List

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that 39 of the firm’s Texas attorneys, along with partner Leonard H. MacPhee in Denver, have been named to the 2017 Texas and Colorado Super Lawyers Lists.

From Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

September 6, 2017

James Talarico Campaign: Democrat Announces Run for Open State House District 52

Round Rock native and nonprofit leader James Talarico has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for State Representative in House District 52. Talarico has been endorsed by nearly every Democratic elected official and precinct chair in the district – including Williamson County Commissioner Terry Cook and Round Rock City Councilwoman Tammy Young.

From James Talarico Campaign

September 6, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Speaks on House Floor in Support of $7.85 Billion for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the House Appropriations Committee (the committee that sets federal discretionary funding) and the Homeland Security Subcommittee spoke on the House Floor today in favor of funding to help the people of Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 6, 2017

John Raney Campaign: Representative John Raney Announces Re-Election Bid

From John Raney Campaign

September 6, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Supports Initial Disaster Relief for Harvey Victims

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement today after the House passed an emergency disaster relief bill that provides $7.85 billion in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana: “I am very pleased that the House has acted swiftly to ensure those impacted by Harvey receive relief.

From Representative Brian Babin

September 6, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Announces Revenue for Fiscal 2017, August State Sales Tax

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today released totals for fiscal 2017 state revenues, in addition to announcing monthly state revenues for August. Sales tax revenue for the year was $28.9 billion, 0.3 percent ahead of the $28.8 billion projected in the January Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE).

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 6, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Passage of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Aid

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3672, legislation providing $7.8 billion of Hurricane Harvey emergency aid that passed the House of Representatives: “Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic damage to the state of Texas, claiming lives, destroying homes, and ruining businesses.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

September 6, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Helps Texans Recover from Harvey

Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to support emergency funding for disaster relief and recovery needs in response to Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented flooding. “FEMA’s disaster response and relief efforts have no doubt saved the lives of many fellow Texans in the last two weeks.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 6, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Applauds House Passage of Initial Harvey Aid

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) stressed the importance of Congress quickly passing emergency aid for Texans in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 6, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Senators Cornyn, Klobuchar, Heller, Bennet Introduce Bill to Help Fight National Rape Kit Backlog

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), today introduced the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act to reauthorize, strengthen, and extend the Sexual Assault Forensic Registry program in an effort to help reduce the national rape kit backlog.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 6, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Court Ruling Preserves Texas' Voter ID Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded a decision yesterday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that preserves Texas’ voter ID law. By a 2-to-1 vote, a three-judge panel overturned a lower court ruling that blocked Texas from enforcing voter ID.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 6, 2017

Gary VanDeaver Campaign: Rep. Gary VanDeaver to seek re-election to the Texas House

State Rep. Gary VanDeaver will seek re-election to the Texas House, citing recent accomplishments and the critical need to stand up for northeast Texas. “I am deeply honored to represent northeast Texas in the state house. This has been my home for generations and that’s why I’m fighting to keep our communities, public schools, and economy strong for generations to come,” said Rep. VanDeaver.

From Gary VanDeaver Campaign

September 6, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Against Tying Debt Ceiling Increase to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Wednesday in opposition to indications that funding for Hurricane Harvey relief will be packaged with a debt ceiling increase: “Texans experienced firsthand the devastating power of Hurricane Harvey less than two weeks ago.

From Representative Roger Williams

September 6, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Hails Victory Over Unlawful Obama-Era Immigration Programs

Attorney General Ken Paxton today voluntarily dismissed a 2015 lawsuit against the federal government after the Trump administration phased out the unlawful Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA granted lawful presence and work permits to nearly one million unlawfully present aliens without congressional authorization.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 5, 2017

TexPIRG Education Fund: Response to Gov. Abbott's Comments on Toxic Sites Flooded by Hurricane Harvey

Comments from Kara Cook-Schultz, Toxics Director for TexPIRG: “Texas Governor Gregory Abbott said Tuesday that state and federal inspections of hazardous waste sites and landfills in the Houston area have found no evidence so far of any leakage. While it is hoped that none of these sites are currently leaking any toxic chemicals, the Governor’s comments are premature.

From TexPIRG Education Fund

September 5, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Time to Get to Work on Harvey Aid

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) applauded the swift response from local, state, and federal government officials in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and discussed the path forward for relief for Texans. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 5, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Stay a Lower Court Decision Blocking Implementation of Senate Bill 4

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to stay last week’s district court ruling that blocked Senate Bill 4 from going into effect on September 1. In his brief, the attorney general requested emergency consideration and a ruling by the 5th Circuit within two days.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 5, 2017

Office of Injured Employee Counsel: Appoints a First Responders Liaison to Assist With Workers' Compensation Claims

First responders in Texas now have a new tool to navigate the often complex workers’ compensation system. HB 2082 went into effect September 1, 2017. HB 2082 by Representative Dustin Burrows created a first responder liaison at the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC).

From Office of Injured Employee Counsel

September 5, 2017

Stuart Spitzer Campaign: Spitzer Launches Campaign for House of Representatives District 4

Tuesday, September 5th, Dr. Stuart Spitzer announced his campaign for House of Representatives District 4. The announcement continues the back and forth saga of two House District 4 candidates: physician Dr. Stuart Spitzer and politician Lance Gooden.

From Stuart Spitzer Campaign

September 5, 2017

Public Citizen: Embarks Wednesday on a Tour Across Texas to Spark a Conversation About Climate Change

Public Citizen on Wednesday will launch its Climate Change Tour across Texas to talk about the impacts and solutions around manmade global warming in the state. The tour, which starts at 10:30 a.m. CT Wednesday from Austin’s City Hall, will be taken in an electric vehicle. Luis Castilla, press officer in Public Citizen’s Texas office, will visit 23 cities across Texas from early September to mid- October.

From Public Citizen

September 5, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Statement on DACA

Today, the Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement: "Ending DACA is cruel and morally unacceptable. This is not who we are as a country. We are not about hate or people ready to kick out young adults who were brought to this country as innocent children.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

September 5, 2017

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Releases Legislation Session Brief on Taxes and School Finance

A review of the Texas Legislature’s recent regular and special sessions’ successes – and failures – in passing bills addressing tax, economic development and school finance issues has been compiled by the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA). The research brief – Wrap-Up for the 85th Legislature – also discusses the issues that are likely to resurface in the Legislature in 2019.

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

September 5, 2017

Texas Association of Health Plans: Hurricane Resource Guide : TX Health Plans & Medical Services Groups Provide Relief to Impacted Texans

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today shared a growing list of its members’ efforts to assist Texans who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas Association of Health Plans

September 5, 2017

Representative Celia Israel: Statement in response to President Trump's decision to rescind DACA

"Today, President Trump dealt a major blow to the American Dream. The United States Congress must act immediately to ensure that DACA recipients are protected and provided with a path to citizenship. Dreamers have demonstrated a readiness to sacrifice their lives for this country - including by serving in the military or acting as first responders in a crisis.

From Representative Celia Israel

September 5, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on Trump's Decision to End DACA

Texas State Representative César J. Blanco, Chairman of the Texas House Border Caucus, released the following statement today on Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Trump’s decision to end DACA has cemented himself as one of the most anti-Latino Presidents in recent memory.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

September 5, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Conservative Leader Steve Hotze Endorses Huffines for Texas Senate District 8

Steve Hotze, leader of the Conservative Republicans of Texas and influential champion of the Texas conservative movement, announced his endorsement of Phillip Huffines for Texas Senate District 8 this morning. “Phillip Huffines represents the conservative values that Texas needs.

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

September 5, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on President Trump's Decision to End DACA Program

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “In my home state of Texas over 120,640 young people, who have known no other country, have benefited from the DACA program.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 5, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement on DACA Repeal

"A civilized society does not punish nearly 800,000 young people for coming out of the shadows, a place they found themselves by no fault of their own. Over 124,000 young people in Texas will be negatively impacted. As a member of the Texas Legislature for 20 years, I have been a fighter for the children of Texas, and that commitment doesn't discriminate based on paperwork or country of birth.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

September 5, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Trump Administration's DACA Announcement

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced their intention to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program put in place by the Obama Administration:

From Senator John Cornyn

September 5, 2017

Jay Hulings Campaign: Hulings Sets the Pace in TX-23

Right out of the gate, Jay Hulings’ campaign made waves and the Texas press corps’ response was clear: Jay has the experience, the profile, and the fresh perspective needed to take TX-23, the most competitive House race in the country, by storm.

From Jay Hulings Campaign

September 5, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Blasts Decision to End DACA

The Texas AFL-CIO today blasted President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DREAMers") program. "Once again, our nation and state are engaged in hypocrisy and injustice, disrupting the lives of young working people who are building a better future for all of us," Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.

From Texas AFL-CIO

September 5, 2017

The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Statement on shameful DACA decision

Today, President Trump went back on his word and discontinued President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Senate Democratic Caucus' statement is as follows:

From The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

September 5, 2017

Representative Gene Wu: Condemns Wave of Anti-Immigrant Policies

President Trump has today announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, within 6 months. DACA provided relief to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as young children. Additionally, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 4 in May, which made changes to law enforcement tactics regarding undocumented immigrants within the state.

From Representative Gene Wu

September 5, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds President Trump's Decision to Phase Out DACA

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded President Trump’s decision to phase out the unlawful 2012 Obama-era policy memo that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA granted lawful presence and work permits to nearly one million unlawfully present aliens without Congressional authorization.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 5, 2017

The University of Texas System: Statement from Chancellor William H. McRaven on DACA

With today’s announcement by the Administration regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, I want to take a moment to share some thoughts. Our state and nation have benefited for decades by attracting and retaining great students, scholars, physicians, and researchers from around the world.

From The University of Texas System

September 5, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Trump fails on promise to treat DREAMers "with a heart"

Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement following the president's decision, announced this morning, to discontinue President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

September 5, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: End of Program for Young Immigrants "Runs Counter to What Has Made America Great"

Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. In response, CPPP Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

September 5, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on DACA

U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. “There is no doubt that our immigration system is broken. Congress must provide a permanent, legislative solution for children brought here through no fault of their own.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 5, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: President Trump Announces End Of DACA

Today, President Donald Trump announced through Attorney General Jeff Sessions that his administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deportation relief program established under the Obama administration in 2012.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

September 5, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: President Trump Breaks Promise to 800,000 Dreamers

Today, President Trump broke his promise to over 800,000 undocumented immigrants who are working and attending school under the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA puts the lives of every DACA recipient at risk of deportation from the country they call home.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

September 5, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on President Trump's Decision to End DACA

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

September 5, 2017

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Gina Ortiz Jones Calls For Congress To Take Immediate Action To Protect Dreamers

Donald Trump promised to treat DREAMers with "heart," but his actions could not be further from it. While it is clear our immigration system is broken, deporting young people brought here as children through no fault of their own - who are as American in their values and aspirations as you and me - is not the answer.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 5, 2017

Cindy Burkett Campaign: Republican Cindy Burkett Announces Campaign For Texas Senate

Texas State Representative Cindy Burkett today announced she will run for Texas Senate in the Republican Primary next March. Burkett will face incumbent Bob Hall. Burkett is best known for her strong faith and strong work ethic. While raising three children and working full time, at age 37, she started college at night and went on to graduate with the highest honors.

From Cindy Burkett Campaign

September 5, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Triantaphyllis Statement on DACA

Nonprofit leader and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis released the following statement in response to the president’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

September 5, 2017

The UPS Foundation: Mobilizes Relief Network, Pledges More Than $1 Million

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced more than a $1 million pledge, throughThe UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The pledge is a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise to provide urgent relief, as well as support for long-term needs ranging from rebuilding to personal and financial recovery assistance.

From The UPS Foundation

September 1, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Expedites the Import of Motor Fuel into Texas in Response to Hurricane Harvey

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that the Comptroller’s office is working with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to temporarily suspend certain requirements for motor vehicles engaged in interstate disaster relief efforts due to Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 1, 2017

Travis County Tax Office: Activities planned for Voter Registration Awareness Month

Travis County Tax Office is asking the community to participate in voter registration activities in September as part of Voter Registration Awareness Month. The month includes voter registration drives and trainings for volunteer deputy registrars. Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday recognizing Voter Registration Awareness Month.

From Travis County Tax Office

September 1, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Additional Missed School Day waivers for districts affected by Hurricane Harvey

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has authorized up to four additional Missed School Day Waivers for school systems within Gov. Greg Abbott’s 58-county disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey that will be unable to open the week of Sept. 4.

From Texas Education Agency

September 1, 2017

Harris County Engineering Department: Harris County Debris Hotline

The Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline is now open to assist Harris County residents living in unincorporated areas of the County with recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.

From Harris County Engineering Department

September 1, 2017

Pete Gallego Campaign: Rep. Gallego Statement on Texas' 23rd District

In regards to seeking election in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, Rep. Pete Gallego has issued the following statement: “I am humbled by and tremendously grateful for the confidence and support of the many people who continue urging me, even today, to once more seek public office. I have been blessed with an incredibly strong network of friends and supporters in Texas 23.

From Pete Gallego Campaign

September 1, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on former state Rep. Paul Moreno passing

Former state Rep. Paul Moreno, who served in the Texas Legislature for more than 40 years, has died. Sen. José Rodríguez's statement is as follows: El Paso, Texas, and the nation have lost a great champion for working people, the poor, and the disenfranchised. A strong advocate for civil rights, Paul fought in the Texas Legislature with an unwavering commitment to social justice and equality, raising his voice on behalf of farmworkers, workers, people of color, and others seeking the American Dream.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

September 1, 2017

Texas Values: Saenz to Courts: Respect Will of Texans By Upholding Entire Dismemberment Abortion Ban

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel has postponed the implementation of the key portion of SB 8, the dismemberment abortion ban bill, which is scheduled to go into effect today, Sept. 1.

From Texas Values

September 1, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Helping Texans File Their Insurance Claim After Harvey

Many Texans are just now seeing the damage caused to their property by Hurricane Harvey. The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) recommends that homeowners and vehicle owners take the time to assess the damage to their property by taking photographs or video and then reporting the claim to your insurance agent or company as soon as possible.

From Insurance Council of Texas

September 1, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Statement on Supreme Court Justice's Temporary Stay of Ruling in Texas' House Maps

The Office of the Attorney General today issued the following statement after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito granted a temporary stay of a district court ruling that required nine of Texas’ 150 House districts to be redrawn:

From Office of the Attorney General

September 1, 2017

Texas Humane Legislation Network: Bill to Strengthen Animal Cruelty Laws Takes Effect Sept. 1

Legislation that will increase the punishment for violent animal cruelty offenses and address loopholes that have allowed animal abusers to avoid prosecution goes into effect today, said the Texas Humane Legislation Network.

From Texas Humane Legislation Network

September 1, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Vows to Continue Protecting the Unborn

Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed displeasure with a district court ruling today granting a temporary restraining order against a law protecting unborn human life from dismemberment abortions. The law, known as Senate Bill 8, was passed during the regular session of the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott. It was set to take effect tomorrow, September 1.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 1, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files District Court stay Motion and Notice of Appeal in SB 4 Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked a district court in San Antonio for a stay motion on its ruling against Senate Bill 4 while he appeals the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Senate Bill 4, which the Texas Legislature passed to ban sanctuary cities in Texas, is set to take effect tomorrow (Sept. 1).

From Office of the Attorney General

September 1, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Warns Gas Stations Against Fraud in Wake of Hurricane

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a warning to gas stations against any attempt to take advantage of Texas consumers by fraudulent action in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office received more than 500 complaints today, many of which involve allegations of high fuel prices in Dallas, including amounts ranging from $6-$8 dollars per gallon.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 1, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Wins Final Judgment in "Overtime Rule" Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, Nevada and 19 other states, won a final judgment from a federal district court ruling that invalidates the U.S. Department of Labor’s unlawful Overtime Rule. The Obama-era edict more than doubled the salary threshold for a worker to be entitled to overtime, which would force many state and local governments, as well as private businesses, to substantially increase their employment costs.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 1, 2017

Jodie Laubenberg Campaign: Representative Jodie Laubenberg Announces She Will Not Seek Re-Election

Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) officially announced today that she will not seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Representative Laubenberg represents District 89 in Collin County, which encompasses Allen, Fairview, Lavon, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, Murphy, Nevada, Parker, Plano, Princeton, Sachse, St. Paul and Wylie.

From Jodie Laubenberg Campaign

September 1, 2017

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles: Texas Suspends Vehicle Titling and Registration Requirements in Hurricane Harvey Disaster Counties

Texas residents in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey will not have to worry about vehicle titling and registration requirements for the next 45 days. Today Governor Greg Abbott suspended certain statutes related to the enforcement of title and registration laws in the 58 counties included in the state’s disaster declaration:

From Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

August 31, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Supreme Court Stay Motion on Texas House Map Ruling

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a recent lower court ruling that invalidated nine of Texas’ 150 House seats. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Antonio prevents the state from using the same court-adopted House maps in 2018 that it used in each of the last three election cycles.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 31, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Sen. Uresti and Blue Ribbon Task Force Launch Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort for Foster Children

Senator Uresti and members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force launched a coordinated campaign to provide specific assistance to foster children, their families, and those in the care of the state that have been displaced to Bexar County at a press conference on Thursday.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

August 31, 2017

Texas Association of Community Colleges: Partner with State and National Philanthropic Organizations to Launch Texas Guided Pathways

The Texas Success Center (TSC), a division of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), is pleased to announce the partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Greater Texas Foundation, T.L.L. Temple Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation to launch an ambitious five-year effort to implement Texas Pathways reform across all 50 community college districts in the state.

From Texas Association of Community Colleges

August 31, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement on Harvey Insurance Claims and HB 1774

In light of so much misinformation circulating in social media, Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement about property insurance claims in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey:

From Office of the Attorney General

August 31, 2017

Texas Public Interest Research Group: Harvey Victims Threatened by Scams and Unfair Insurance Practices

The Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) is warning consumers against potential scams and is advising consumers to take advantage of the resources available to them online from various legal groups. TexPIRG notes FEMA has announced that homeowners and renters are getting robocalls telling them their flood premiums are past due.

From Texas PIRG

August 31, 2017

Teachers Volunteering in Shelters: Houston-Area Teachers Unite to Help Students Displaced During Hurricane Harvey

Teachers Volunteering in Shelters, a newly formed group of Houston-area teachers, is organizing to help children in the flood-ravaged areas of Southeast Texas brought on by Hurricane Harvey. In just two days, the organization already has more than 800 teachers from the area who have committed to meeting the needs of children and families displaced by the hurricane.

From Teachers Volunteering in Shelters

August 31, 2017

Representative Celia Israel: New Hot Car Rescue Law Goes into Effect on 9/1

Beginning Friday, bystanders will be able to take action to rescue children, the elderly, and disabled adults trapped in hot cars without fear of being sued for property damage. "HB 478 allows Good Samaritans to be proactive about saving lives when every second counts," Israel said, noting that even on a 90 degree day, the temperature inside a car with all the windows rolled up can rise as high as 116 degrees in less than ten minutes.

From Representative Celia Israel

August 31, 2017

Representative Evelina Ortega: Statement on Senate Bill 4

State Representative Lina Ortega (D-El Paso) issued the following statement following yesterday’s court ruling on Senate Bill 4, the controversial “sanctuary cities” bill: “The Order of Chief US District Judge Orlando Garcia, enjoining the implementation of SB4, is the right decision to take while our Federal Courts consider the ramifications of a very harmful law that will more likely than not be found to violate the US Constitution.

From Representative Evelina Ortega

August 31, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Federal Court Temporarily Blocks SB 4

Today, a federal court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction in the challenge against SB 4, the ‘sanctuary city ban’ that would have otherwise taken effect on Friday, September 1.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

August 31, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Applauds Federal Court Halting Senate Bill 4 (SB4)

Today, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia granted a preliminary injunction of Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) the "show-me-your-papers" law, which was scheduled to take effect on September 1, 2017.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

August 31, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Vows to Defend the Constitutionality of Senate Bill 4

Attorney General Ken Paxton tonight vowed to continue fighting for Senate Bill 4 after a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional and that San Antonio is the proper venue for multiple lawsuits challenging the law. SB 4 is scheduled to take effect September 1.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 31, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Court blocks S.B. 4, the "show me your papers" law

Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding the preliminary injunction granted by the federal court in the Western District of Texas finding that provisions of S.B. 4 are preempted by federal law and unconstitutional:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

August 31, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Judge's Decision Overturning SB 4 Is Victory for Working People

A federal judge's decision blocking SB 4, the "show me your papers" immigration law that was to take effect Friday, is a victory for all working people, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

From Texas AFL-CIO

August 31, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Federal Court Grants SB 4 Preliminary Injunction

Today, a San Antonio federal court issued an injunction against implementing provisions of SB 4. Specifically, the court order blocked the following provisions: police questioning on immigration status, mandatory ICE detainers in local jails, and restrictions on the free speech of local officials.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 31, 2017

Texas Workforce Commission: Disaster Unemployment Aid Now Available for 11 Additional Texas Counties

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in 11 additional counties as a result of severe weather due to Hurricane Harvey. Individuals whose employment or self-employment was impacted by Hurricane Harvey may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as a result of an amendment to the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4332-DR).

From Texas Workforce Commission

August 31, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Praises 5ht Circuit Ruling to Unseal Planned Parenthood Video

The Texas Office of the Attorney General today praised a ruling by a federal judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit granting its motion to unseal the full, unedited undercover video showing a willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal body parts and manipulate the timing and methods of abortions.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 30, 2017

Communities in Schools: Announces the All In For Texas Relief Fund to Support CIS Affiliates Serving 330,000 Students

Communities In Schools, (CIS) has announced the creation of the All In For Texas Relief Fund to support CIS affiliates who have suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Relief Fund is being launched with an initial pledge of $500,000 by an anonymous donor in honor of the late Texas Governor Mark White and his widow, Linda Gale White, long-time supporters of CIS.

From Communities in Schools

August 30, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Praises Harvey Response Efforts, Pledges Aid

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) praised the Trump Administration’s response to Hurricane Harvey and pledged to help with federal recovery efforts yesterday at a press conference in Austin: “I think all of us have expressed our gratitude to the President and his Cabinet for leaning in on this terrible disaster that has hit the state of Texas.”

From Senator John Cornyn

August 30, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Texas Insurance Facts About Harvey

The claims process and claims filing deadlines for Harvey-related damage do not change on September 1. Consumers should file their claims as they would after any other loss.

From Insurance Council of Texas

August 30, 2017

Kevin Couch Campaign: Couch Launches Campaign for Texas State Representative District 62

Kevin Couch, Sherman City Councilmember, announces his campaign for State Representative of House District 62. “I have worked tirelessly during my term to help implement conservative reform on the Sherman City Council,” said Couch.

From Kevin Couch Campaign

August 30, 2017

KWhalen512 Public Affairs and Communications: Deputy Commissioner for Agency Affairs Kevin Brady Retires from TDI

Deputy Commissioner for Agency Affairs Kevin Brady has announced his retirement from the Texas Department of Insurance effective August 31 after 33 years with the agency.

From KWhalen512 Public Affairs and Communications

August 30, 2017

Representative Jeff Leach: Hurricane Harvey Response

Words cannot express our collective shock and sorrow as we see the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. After spending the past two days in Houston assisting with boat evacuation operations and participating in daily coastal briefings from DPS – I can report firsthand that yes, the storm was strong, but the spirit, compassion and resolve of the people of Texas is even stronger. We continue to pray for those affected by the storm and give thanks to all of the Texans - as well as the thousands of people outside of Texas - who are offering substantive relief, help and aid.

From Representative Jeff Leach

August 30, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Public comment period for ESSA state plan extended

The Texas Education Agency has announced that the public comment period for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated state plan for Texas has been extended through Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

From Texas Education Agency

August 30, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: OpEd: Giving in Disaster: Give Like the Widow

“And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.’” (Mark 12:43-44)

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

August 30, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Announces 60 New Laws Take Effect Sept. 1

Sixty new laws, including 29 Senate Bills (SB) authored by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and 31 House Bills (HB) that she sponsored during the 2017 legislative session, will become effective on Sept. 1 (Friday).

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

August 29, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Morath authorizes Missed School Day waivers for districts affected by Hurricane Harvey

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that school districts and charters within Gov. Greg Abbott’s 58-county disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey can submit Missed School Day Waivers for any scheduled instructional days missed this week due to recent adverse weather conditions.

From Texas Education Agency

August 29, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Details Agency Response to Hurricane Disaster, Offers Prayers for Victims

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today offered prayers of support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, while detailing his office’s role in disaster response. “We are praying for those who’ve been devastated by this disaster, and we’re doing all we can to support those who are working tirelessly to rescue fellow Texans still in harm’s way,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 29, 2017

Representative Borris Miles: Statement on HB 1774 Regarding Hurricane and Flood Insurance

"Over the past few days, the Greater Houston area received a disastrous amount of rain that caused extreme severe flooding. As the rain begins to cease and the water recedes, I pray for those directly impacted. As with previous disasters and floods, we will get through this as we have always done.

From Representative Borris Miles

August 29, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Senate Bill 4 Must Not Be Enforced Until Lives Are Saved

On Friday, several bills will take effect amid the Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. One of these bills is SB 4, the ‘sanctuary cities ban’ that allows law enforcement officers to ask people their immigration statuses during detainments and restricts their supervisors’ ability to direct the use of department resources.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

August 29, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement on Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

“The Texas Association of Business deeply appreciates Governor Greg Abbott, Harris County Judge Ed Emmitt, Mayor Sylvester Turner and all our state leadership who are working tirelessly to save lives throughout the many areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We know there are many tough days still ahead and we offer our thoughts and prayers to all those affected.

From Texas Association of Business

August 29, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Statement on Supreme Court Justice's Temporary Stay of Ruling on Texas' Congressional Map

The Office of the Attorney General today issued the following statement after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito granted a temporary stay of a district court ruling that required two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts (27 and 35) to be redrawn:

From Office of the Attorney General

August 29, 2017

Texas DPS: Announces Temporary Storm-related Changes

At the direction of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will implement cost-saving measures for residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The changes will affect driver license (DL) duplicates and Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) surcharges for residents who live in one of the counties that have received a gubernatorial disaster declaration.

From Texas DPS

August 29, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: US Supreme Court Grants Temporary Stay in Texas Redistricting Case

Today, the US Supreme Court granted a temporary stay pending appellate review from plaintiffs. The stay temporarily blocks a ruling that found two Texas congressional districts unconstitutional. In response, State Representative Mary Gonzalez, Vice Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and plaintiff in the case, released the following statement:

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 29, 2017

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse: New Laws Ensure Courts Are Used For Justice

Texas has built a reputation for being the leader when it comes to lawsuit reform, and two wins this Legislative Session helped reinforce that: hailstorm lawsuit reform and ADA lawsuit reform. New laws taking effect Sept. 1 include hail storm lawsuit reform (HB 1774) and ADA lawsuit reform (HB 1463).

From Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse

August 28, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Visits Coastal Bend Region, Surveys Damage from Harvey

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today joined Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, and local officials for a briefing at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Corpus Christi.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 28, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement Regarding Hurricane Harvey and HB 1774

Texans for Lawsuit Reform today issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Harvey: “TLR was founded in Houston and continues to have strong roots in the community. We are devastated to see the damage that has been unleashed on the city, and on our friends, family and neighbors,” TLR President Dick Trabulsi said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

August 28, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Harvey Continues to Wreak Havoc in Texas Cities

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to produce heavy rainfall which is exacerbating already swollen rivers, lakes and bayous in southeast Texas. Earlier this weekend, Harvey caused significant damage when it made landfall near Rockport. The damage has been widespread as Governor Abbott has declared a State of Disaster for 54 Texas counties. Our thoughts and prayers go to the many Texans who have been impacted by this devastating storm.

From Insurance Council of Texas

August 28, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Texas Working People Step Up in Worst Storm Ever

As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

From Texas AFL-CIO

August 28, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Catholic Church Responds to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey is significantly impacting the Texas coastal area. The Catholic Church in Texas is coordinating its response through the bishops of the 15 dioceses. At this time cash contributions are of greatest need.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

August 28, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement Following Landfall of Hurricane Harvey

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today released the following statement after Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast: “Our Texas communities affected by this severe hurricane continue to be in my prayers, as are the first responders and emergency personnel who are working around the clock.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 25, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Harvey's Winds, Rain and Storm Surge Could Cause Record Damages and Flooding

Hurricane Harvey’s forecasted slow march through south Texas could result in record rainfall and insured losses. Harvey is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi, which hasn’t seen a hurricane in 47 years.

From Insurance Council of Texas

August 25, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Huffines Announces Support of 39 Republican Party Precinct Chairs

Phillip Huffines, candidate for Texas Senate in District 8, announces the following 39 Republican Party precinct chairs as endorsers of his campaign:

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

August 25, 2017

Public Citizen: During Hurricane Harvey, Protect Yourself And Others by Securing Hazardous Chemicals at Home

As Texans prepares for the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, Public Citizen encourages residents to check their garages, under their sinks, and in other places where they may store hazardous chemicals, and move them to a safe area where they will not be affected by flooding.

From Public Citizen

August 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Announces Consumer Protection Hotline

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, employees from the Consumer Protection Division and the Constituent Affairs Division will operate the Consumer Protection Hotline throughout this weekend.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 25, 2017

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Support Abbott Request for Major Disaster Declaration Ahead of Harvey Landfall

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to grant Governor Greg Abbott’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration in advance of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 25, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Postpones Tax Deadline in Counties Affected by Hurricane Damage, Announces Closures of Some Agency Offices

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that taxpayers in declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Harvey can postpone paying state taxes while they recover from storm-related losses. Businesses located in those areas can call the Comptroller’s office and request up to a 90-day extension to file and pay certain monthly and quarterly state taxes.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Stay Order to Redraw Texas' Congressional Map

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a lower court ruling invalidating two of Texas’ 36 Congressional districts (27 and 35). Last week’s ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Antonio prevents the state from using the same court-adopted maps in 2018 that it has used in each of the last three election cycles.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Comments on Hurricane Harvey

In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey making landfall, Attorney General Ken Paxton today said Texans must be vigilant to heed any and all directions from local and state law enforcement officials as they prepare to guide people along the Gulf Coast to safety.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 25, 2017

Trent Ashby Campaign: Representative Ashby Announces Re-Election To Texas House

After prayerful consideration and discussion with his family, State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has officially announced he will file for re-election and seek another term as the State Representative for House District 57.

From Trent Ashby Campaign

August 25, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Current and Former Collin County Legislators Endorse Van Taylor for Congress

State Senator and Congressional candidate Van Taylor today announced the endorsement of nine current and former legislators whose districts have overlapped Congressional District 3. This influential group of elected officials comes on the heels of the recent endorsements from over 80% of Republican Precinct Chairs and the nationally recognized conservative organization Club for Growth.

From Van Taylor Campaign

August 25, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Hurrican Harvey to Make Landfall near Corpus Christi

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) reminds all Texans in the path of Hurricane Harvey to heed evacuation orders and if you haven't done so already, take steps to protect you home and business. Harvey is currently a category 2 storm with winds in excess of 110 miles per hour and is expected to be a category 3 when it makes landfall near Corpus Christi early Saturday morning.

From Insurance Council of Texas

August 25, 2017

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: Rep. Helen Giddings Statement on Redistricting Ruling

Rep. Helen Giddings (Dallas) applauded the federal court ruling that declared Texas' legislative maps were drawn to intentionally discriminate against minorities. "Once again, the State of Texas has been handed a much needed wakeup call from the federal courts." Rep. Giddings said.

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

August 25, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Federal Court Strikes Down 2013 Texas House Electoral Maps

Today, a federal court ruled that the intentional discrimination found by the court in the 2011 Texas House electoral maps carried over to the 2013 court-drawn maps and ordered that districts in Bell, Dallas, Nueces, and Tarrant Counties must be redrawn.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

August 25, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Another Major Court Loss for State of Texas

This afternoon, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas released a unanimous decision again that ruled intentional discrimination persisted in the maps drawn for the Texas House in 2013. Specifically, violations persist in Bell, Dallas, Nueces, and Tarrant counties.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Request for Stay, Notice of Appeal in Voter ID Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi to stay its permanent injunction against Texas’ voter ID law while also notifying it that Texas will appeal Wednesday’s decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on Court's Redistricting Ruling

Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his disappointment with today’s district court decision on the state’s House map, which the court itself adopted in 2012 and has been in effect for the last three election cycles. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Antonio invalidated a portion of the map drawn for the Texas House of Representatives.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 25, 2017

Texas Values: Bathroom Privacy Debate Hits San Antonio ISD; New Government Rule Sneaked In

With very little public notice, the San Antonio ISD voted to approve a new school policy that could allow boys into the girls' showers, restrooms, locker rooms, changing areas, and possibly even sports teams.

From Texas Values

August 24, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Shameful Court Ruling on Voter ID Law

"Judge Ramos' Wednesday ruling is nothing more than political posturing from the bench when the courtroom should be absent of such partisan bias. The changes the Legislature made this session to the voter ID law where thoughtfully crafted with lots of citizen input and allow flexibility for the circumstances of all Texans while still safeguarding integrity at the ballot box.

From Senator Donna Campbell

August 24, 2017

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: Rep. Helen Giddings Statement on Voter ID Ruling

Rep. Helen Giddings (Dallas) applauded the federal court ruling that declared Texas' voter ID law intentionally discriminatory and unconstitutional. "Yesterday, another federal court ruled that our state's Voter ID law was enacted with the intent of discriminating against minority communities." Rep. Giddings said.

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

August 24, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Statement on Redistricting Ruling

A Federal Judge in Corpus Christi has ruled that two of Texas' voter ID laws, originally passed in 2011 as Senate Bill 14 and revamped in 2017 as Senate Bill 5, are intentionally discriminatory to both black and Latino voters. The judge issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of both laws.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

August 24, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Over 80% Of Republican Precinct Chairs Endorse Van Taylor For Congress

One day after Van Taylor announced his candidacy for Congress, over 80% of Republican Precinct Chairs in Congressional District 3 provided their endorsement and launched the grassroots juggernaut “Team Taylor.”

From Van Taylor Campaign

August 24, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Urges Caution Ahead of Tropical Storm Harvey

Today on KTSA’s “The Jack Riccardi Show” U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged Texans in the potential path of Tropical Storm Harvey to take caution and listen to warnings from local emergency management personnel.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 24, 2017

Brooks Landgraf Campaign: State Rep. Landgraf seeks re-election with focus on tax relief

State? ?Representative? ?Brooks? ?Landgraf? ?(R-Odessa)? ?announced? ?Thursday that? ?he? ?will? ?seek? ?re-election? ?to? ?continue? ?serving? ?his? ?fellow? ?West? ?Texans? ?in? ?House? ?District 81,? ?which? ?consists? ?of? ?Andrews,? ?Ector,? ?Ward? ?and? ?Winkler? ?counties.

From Brooks Landgraf Campaign

August 24, 2017

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Victory for Voters: Judge Rules New Texas Voter ID Law is Still Discriminatory and Doesn't Fix Damage Caused by 2011 Law

A federal judge ruled today that Texas’ new voter ID law (SB 5) is discriminatory and does not sufficiently cure the discriminatory effects of the 2011voter ID law (SB 14), which the court previously ruled was passed with an intent to discriminate against Black and Latino voters. The judge issued an order, permanently enjoining Texas from enforcing both the old and new laws.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 24, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Federal Judge Strikes Down Discriminatory Voter ID Laws

Today, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a sweeping ruling on Texas’s voter ID laws, SB 14 and SB 5. The court order confirms previous findings that SB 14 was passed with discriminatory purpose and has had a discriminatory effect in violation of the United States Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

August 23, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Will Appeal Today's Voter ID Ruling

Attorney General Ken Paxton today promised to appeal a federal court decision granting a permanent injunction against Texas’ voter ID law (Senate Bill 14). Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos also issued an injunction against Senate Bill 5, the revised voter ID law passed during the recent regular session of the Legislature to comply with the 5th Circuit’s prior ruling.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 23, 2017

Lumbermen's Association of Texas & Louisiana: Names New Leadership

The Lumbermen’s Association of Texas and Louisiana (LAT), announced today that it has selected Mireya Zapata to lead the organization. The LAT advocates for lumber and building material dealers.

From Lumbermen's Association of Texas & Louisiana

August 23, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Van Taylor Announces Campaign For Congress

In a video to supporters State Senator Van Taylor today announced his candidacy for United States Congress, declaring his resolve to fight for conservative solutions and to work every day to safeguard our freedom.

From Van Taylor Campaign

August 23, 2017

Texas Values: Back to School Hotline: Call If You See, Experience Any Violations of Privacy, Religious Liberty

While Texas public school classes are going back in session, the legislature has left its special session without passing essential privacy protections for our schools. This failure to protect privacy leaves schoolchildren vulnerable to school district policies that allow men into girls' showers, locker rooms, and showers.

From Texas Values

August 22, 2017

Texas Education Agency: State Board of Education Update Long-Range Plan Steering Committee named

The State Board of Education has created an 18-member steering committee to help it develop a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education. The committee will work throughout the 2017-2018 school year to draft recommendations that will be sent to the State Board, which will ultimately approve the final plan.

From Texas Education Agency

August 22, 2017

Anti-Defamation League: Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force condemns violence in Charlottesville, VA

The Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force condemns the expression of racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry that occurred last weekend by individuals and hate groups in Charlottesville.

From Anti-Defamation League

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