06 November 2017

Today is Election Day

I encourage you to read through the list of propositions below and the brief descriptions of the arguments for and against each proposed change to the Texas Constitution. While some of the proposals may seem minor, this election will have a lasting impact on the lives of Texans.   Let your voice be heard in...
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01 November 2017

Speaker Issues Interim Charges

The big story around the state this past week was the announcement from Texas House Speaker Joe Straus that, after five sessions wielding the gavel, he will not return for the 86th Legislative Session. It’s a long time between now and January 2019, when the House will select the next Speaker, but this change of...
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17 October 2017

Rep. Ashby Named to Texas PTA Legislative Honor Roll

AUSTIN – Today, members of Texas PTA named Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Representative Ashby serves as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee, that has the tough task of setting the education budget. “There were multiple issues...
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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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