18 September 2017

Legislature Studies Harvey’s Fallout

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas House recently released the first round of interim charges to address the devastation many Texas communities are facing. While the state has taken a number of actions to help provide immediate assistance, the Legislature will most certainly have a substantial role to play in the recovery efforts....
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04 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey Response

Under normal circumstances, the month of September brings routine and predictability back into our lives. As we return home from family vacations, summer camps, and conferences, we welcome back a new school year, cooler temperatures, and annual fall festivities. This year, however, we find ourselves to be under anything but normal circumstances, as just a...
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21 August 2017

Special Session Wrap-Up

As students once again fill the hallways and classrooms of schools across the state, Texas lawmakers are finally making their way home after a laborious month in Austin. I’m pleased to report that the Legislature took action on a number of issues that will positively impact all Texans. After 29 days, a total of 12...
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07 August 2017

Editorial: Health Care Remains Prominent Topic

Lufkin Daily News By TRENT ASHBY/Contributing writer As recent rains across much of East Texas brought cooler temperatures, things were heating up at your State Capitol here in Austin. Health care was a prominent topic of conversation as the Texas House cast a variety of votes toward addressing the needs of Texans. Ground ambulance service. A...
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01 August 2017

Editorial: Education a Prominent Session Theme

Lufkin Daily News By TRENT ASHBY/Contributing writer I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss a number of issues that the Legislature hopes to address during the special session. Our conversation focused primarily on one of the more prominent themes in the Legislature this special session — education. The...
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14 July 2017

The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program

The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) offers a conditional scholarship to a deserving student dedicated to education and military service. Created in 2009 by the 81st Legislature, the TASSP was designed to financially assist post-secondary students by encouraging them to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the...
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30 June 2017

Capitol Update: Buy American

The July 4th holiday is upon us, and while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the fanfare that surrounds our Independence Day, I hope you’ll take time to think about what this national holiday is truly about – freedom. More importantly, I hope you’ll thank all of those who have defended or are currently...
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