The Bay Area Citizen - State Representative Dennis Paul was on hand for the opening of his district office in Clear Lake last Friday. Rep. Paul spoke briefly on a number of issues he considered high priority in Austin that relate back to his constituents.
Some of those issues include tax relief, including property, sales and business taxes, and moving forward with the Spaceport project and the Ike Dike.
Paul said he hopes to plan a town hall meeting in the near future.
ValleyCentral.com - A bill to monitor and limit internet access for sex offenders will get a third reading on Monday. Texas House Bill 372 was proposed to stop registered sex offenders from using technology to prey on children.
It’s why Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Texas, drafted a bill which would allow the state to monitor and limit internet access of certain sex offenders who have been released on parole.
“If you've got kids, it’s very very important to understand that there are people out there that are searching out there for vulnerable kids," warned McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.
Hillsboro Reporter - The Alex Brown Memorial Act, a bill to enact a statewide ban on texting while driving, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives this week and will be sent to the Texas Senate for consideration.
Representative Tom Craddick and the bill’s joint authors, representatives Byron Cook, Patricia Harless, Eddie Lucio III and Gene Wu saw House Bill 80 receive overwhelming support from the Texas House during the debate on second and third readings.
KVUE Austin - A monument unveiled on the Texas Capitol grounds represents an appreciation for the sacrifices of Vietnam War veterans, Gov. Rick Perry told a large gathering Saturday.
Perry spoke near the Vietnam Veterans Monument for an event coinciding with the 41st anniversary of the last U.S. troops leaving South Vietnam. About a half-million Texans served in the war, with more than 3,400 losing their lives and 105 still missing in action.
The monument on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds joins others honoring Texans who have fought in other wars, dating back to the Texas Revolution.
Perry said the newest monument is a reminder of what is noble and good about the human spirit.
Breitbart - A parent appointed as a conservator of a child by court order has a duty to disclose to the other conservator of the child if they are living with a registered sex offender. H.B. 1470, filed by Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) would require similar disclosure for a parent who is living with someone who has committed family violence, or becomes charged with family violence.
Texas law requires judges to order that each conservator of a child has a duty to timely inform the other conservator of significant information concerning the health, education, and welfare of a child.
Members of the HCRP Ballot Security Committee again traveled to Austin earlier this week to testify on election issues before both the Senate and the House.
Those BSC members present included Ed Johnson, Pam Joyce and Alan Vera. Also present representing themselves were Colleen Vera and Kay Tyner. Also represented were others from the County Clerk’s office as well as Harris County's Tax Assessor-Collector (voter registrar) Mike Sullivan and his Director of Compliance J.R.Harris.Read more
Dallas Morning News, March 30 - A Senate committee heard testimony this morning on an omnibus ethics bill aimed at curbing corruption in Texas politics.
Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, filed the bill that would prohibit all Texas elected officials from lobbying for at least one legislative session after leaving office, would prohibit those convicted of misdoing stemming from their office to collect state retirement benefits and expand disclosure requirements.
“If you’re going to work for the people, then you should work for the people and be beyond reproach as to whether or not you are working for the people,” Taylor said.
Taylor said too often legislators have left office often only to immediately turn around and lobby their former colleagues, to significant financial gains. Requiring a “cooling off” period of one legislative session would ease concerns as why and how someone voted on an issue.
Austin American-Statesman, March 26 - In a sign of fights to come, Democratic and some Republican Texas senators chided a trio of divisive education proposals Thursday designed to award taxpayer — or donated — money to public school students to help pay tuition at private or religious learning institutions.
The concept, commonly referred to as “vouchers,” is one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top education priorities for the legislative session — one that he unsuccessfully championed as a state senator and has vowed to push again now that he presides over the upper chamber.
The Republican, in a surprise move, appeared before the Senate Education Committee Thursday to debunk arguments made against three such bills — made by school officials, teacher groups and a couple of Baptist pastors during hours of previous public testimony.
The committee’s Republican chairman, Larry Taylor of Galveston, filed the leading measure, Senate Bill 4, which he described Thursday as a “shell bill” that may be modified to include elements of the other two.
Dayton News, March 27 - The Senate approved a series of bills Wednesday that would reduce taxes by $4.6 billion, delivering on Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s early session promise to cut property and franchise taxes. Because Texas doesn’t have a statewide property tax, legislators can’t reduce the rates directly, but Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound authored two measures that would raise the homestead exemption.
The value that homeowners can deduct from their yearly property tax bill hasn’t been changed since it was set at $15,000 in 1997, and Nelson said now is the perfect time to fix that.
Harris County Republican Party's 2015 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
The Harris County Republican Party's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner is fast approaching. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, March 28th at the Bayou City Event Center and celebrating 50 years of Republican growth in Harris County.
There are no physical tickets. There will be a guest list at check-in.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for check-in.
Free parking on site. No valet.
Dress is semi-formal.
- Seating will be unassigned for individual tickets (other than auxiliary clubs with tables).
If you purchased tickets for yourself and guests, please email your guests' names to Ben Stinsman, email@example.com, by noon on Thursday, March 26 to allow enough time to prepare name tags.