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11 September 2015

Capitol Update: Support our Law Enforcement Officers

Over the past few weeks, we have seen some backlash and hostility towards our law enforcement
community in the national press and on social media. Like you, I am very thankful for the work
they do keeping us safe, and I think we should all honor them in every way possible. As you
encounter law enforcement over the next few weeks, I would encourage you to thank them for
their service, as they put their life on the line each and every day to protect each of us and our
families. Please join me in giving them the respect and honor they deserve.
A Bill and Some Change
As you know, there has been a major push for increased border security over the past few years,
and the Texas House of Representatives has been very successful at identifying and solving the
problems related to that issue. One of these solutions from the last Legislative Session was
Senate Bill (SB) 374. SB 374 requires all state agencies to electronically verify the employment
status of their employees prior to hiring using the nationwide E-Verify system. This system will
prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining these jobs, regardless of whether they have illegally
entered the country or overstayed their legal visa. The change in SB 374 will have a positive
impact for our workforce and will help to deter future illegal immigration.
Constitutional Amendments: Part 4 of 7
Continuing our seven part series, we will be taking an in-depth look at the fourth proposed
constitutional amendments leading up to the constitutional amendments election on November
3rd, 2015.
Proposition 4 on this November’s ballot would allow professional sports teams to operate
charitable raffles through the charitable foundations they operate. Many professional sports
teams are involved in admirable causes, and raise money for sick children and others who need
assistance. Prop 4 will allow teams to have their fans to donate to these worthy causes, and
expands their ability to fundraise through a raffle. I believe with the passage of this proposition,
Texans will have more opportunities to give to those in need and be able to work together with
the other fans of their team to see the world changed for the better.

Additionally, it is important to note that if you have moved, or are not registered to vote, the

deadline for voter registration is in less than a month on Monday, October 5, 2015. Early voting
will be from October 19th through October 30th. If you have any questions regarding any of the
proposed amendments, or on how to register to vote, please call my office at (512) 463-0508. We
will be glad to help you navigate the process.
For the convenience of constituents not wanting to travel far from home, the regular mobile
office is set for September 16th at the Houston County Courthouse Annex from 8:30am to
11:00am, and the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Finally, the
mobile office will be at the San Augustine County Courthouse from 8:30am to 11:00am on
September 23rd.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at (936) 634-2762 or (512) 463-0508 if we can ever be of
assistance, and remember that our door is always open

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