12 May 2017

Capitol Update: Buy American

With Mother’s Day upon us, I hope you’ll take some time to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to the wonderful mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers, in our lives. While we should always be thankful to the women in our lives, Mother’s Day provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for the way they help shape...
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05 May 2017

Capitol Update: Legislation

With less than four weeks to go in the 85th Legislative Session, the Legislature has shifted into high gear as we are now meeting even on weekends. This next week the Texas House will have its last chance to take action on the bills that were authored by House members. In the weeks that follow,...
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28 April 2017

Capitol Update: Legislation

With less than a month remaining in session, mornings are coming earlier and nights lasting longer. On several recent occasions, the Texas House debated legislation well through the night and into the early hours of the morning. While these long nights will only become more frequent, I find motivation by working with my colleagues to...
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21 April 2017

Capitol Update: Education

Education has been the buzzword around your Capitol this past week. From increasing school funding, to taking care of our retired teachers, the Texas House has taken decisive action on fulfilling our commitment to making meaningful improvements to the education system here in Texas. As hearings continue and proposals are discussed, I can’t help but...
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14 April 2017

Capitol Update: Legislation

He is risen! With the Easter season upon us, I’m reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a state where your Legislature begins every day with a prayer. With all the hustle and bustle that surrounds the Capitol this time of year, it is so helpful to come to the Lord in reverence...
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24 March 2017

Capitol Update: First Responder’s Day

Last week marked the official halfway point of the 85th Legislative Session.  With throngs of college basketball fans watching the playoffs, I was recently reminded that we have our own version of March Madness happening right here in Austin.  With hundreds of bills being heard in committees, and voted upon daily on the House floor,...
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17 March 2017

Capitol Update: Legislation

As the pollen piles up across East Texas, so does the pile of bills waiting to be heard and voted on at your State Capitol. This past week, my colleagues and I moved closer to finalizing our budget by focusing on funding for the next biennium. I look forward to continue working  with my fellow...
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03 March 2017

Capitol Update: Child Protective Services

The State Capitol was filled with energy this past week, as folks from around the state poured into the building to celebrate Texas Independence Day. On March 2, 1836 our brave ancestors adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence, which officially established Texas’ independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas. As I walked the...
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