05 February 2016

Capitol Update: Rural Water Issues

February is here and with it comes lots of activity at your Texas Capitol. Interim committee hearings have now begun in earnest, as members of both the House and Senate dig into the assignments handed to us earlier by the Speaker of the House and Lieutenant Governor respectively.  So, as await the arrival both an...
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04 December 2015

Capitol Update: House Interim Charges

  Too often during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and focus our attention on material gifts. This year, I hope you will be mindful of the one gift that everyone desires, and yet, only you can offer. Your time.  Make it a priority this Christmas season to...
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20 November 2015

Capitol Update: Ag Fee Increases

  I want to start this column by asking for all of your thoughts and prayers to be with the victims and families affected by the horrible terrorist attack in Paris. The attack was an atrocity, and I pray that those who took part in it will be brought to swift justice. While the world...
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06 November 2015

Capitol Update: “In God We Trust”

  I want to start this column by honoring those who have served, or are currently serving, in our nation’s military.  Our country is blessed beyond measure to have men and women who continue to put service before self, and who answer the call to defend liberty, freedom, and the values we hold dear as...
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23 October 2015

Capitol Update: Sales Tax on Sporting Goods

Like you, I am very grateful for the much-needed recent rainfall across our region of the state.  Further west in Austin, folks remain alert waiting for the Speaker of the House to issue the interim charges, which will direct the various House Committees to study important issues leading into the next session.  I submitted a...
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25 September 2015

Capitol Update: Fall is Here

Fall is officially here, many communities have festivals around the corner, and it seems most of us have completely settled into our autumn routines. Further west, the Capitol crowd is anxiously awaiting the release of the House and Senate interim charges in the next couple of months, as these determine what issues each committee will...
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