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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21 February 2017

Press Release: Lawmakers Take Action to Derail Bullet Train between Dallas and Houston

AUSTIN, TX – Today, a group of key state lawmakers filed a slate of legislation to push back against Texas Central Railway’s controversial proposal to construct a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.  Senators Birdwell (R-Granbury), Creighton (R-Conroe), Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), Perry (R-Lubbock), and Schwertner (R-Georgetown) joined with Representatives Ashby (R-Lufkin), Bell (R-Magnolia), Cook (R-Corsicana),...
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10 February 2017

Capitol Update: Committee Assignments

I’d like to start the column by highlighting an event that is particularly special to me and other members of the Legislature. This week I joined my colleagues, and hundreds of other Texans, when we gathered in prayer on the South steps of your Capitol to launch the Texas Legislative Prayer Caucus. With the 85th...
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03 February 2017

Capitol Update: State of the State

This past week was a busy one at your State Capitol with lots of constituent visits, office meetings, and a variety of resolutions being considered on the floor. As the House eagerly awaits committee assignments to be announced by the Speaker, here’s the latest update on what’s happening in Austin . . .   State...
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31 January 2017

Press Release: Nichols and Ashby File Legislation for Small School Districts

AUSTIN – Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) have once again filed legislation aimed at addressing the arbitrary small school adjustment formula in our state’s school finance system. Senate Bill 678 and House Bill 1390 will help create a level playing field for small districts that are expected to provide the...
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