30 March 2020

Coronavirus Update

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread throughout our state, I want to take a break from our examination of interim charges so that I can provide you with as much information as possible about what we are doing at the state level to address this global pandemic. A complete list of the resources highlighted in...
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02 March 2020

Capitol Update: Insurance House Interim Charge

I’d like to start this column by providing an update on a recent development with Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and their proposal to rent high-end office space in downtown Austin at an exorbitant cost. After pushback from numerous elected officials and scores of concerned citizens, the TRS board has decided to scrap plans to move the investment division...
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03 February 2020

Capitol Update: State Affairs Interim Charge

My office has recently received a number of phone calls regarding the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and their tentative plan to rent upscale offices in downtown Austin. While my colleagues and I will continue to monitor this recent development, I have serious concerns with the current plan. As the organization responsible for managing...
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20 January 2020

Capitol Update: 2020 Census

With the dawning of a new decade, the United States Census Bureau will begin carrying out a constitutionally mandated count, or Census, of every US resident from sea to shining sea. The importance of this process cannot be understated, as the final numbers will determine everything from the number of electoral votes the State of...
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