Fort Worth Star-Telegram - What happens in Texas stays in Texas. At least it should, according to a controversial bill filed by a state lawmaker. State Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy, has filed a proposal that requires government workers to release information sought under the Texas Public Information Act to Texans only. If a request comes in from out of state, the bill lets government workers decide whether they want to comply.
“I’m a big fan of open government,” said Schofield, who served for years as former Gov. Rick Perry’s policy adviser, working on issues ranging from public information requests to voter ID. “The purpose of Texas government is to serve Texans.
The Texas Tribune is coming to the Wortham Center to hold a free lunch event on Houston and the Legislature, previewing the just-started 84th Session.
The panel includes state Sen. Rodney Ellis and state Reps. Garnet Coleman, Jim Murphy, and Debbie Riddle, with the Tribune's Evan Smith moderating -- and time for audience Q&A.
Thursday, February 12
11:30am - 2pm
Wortham Center - Grand Foyer
Clear Lake Area Republicans announced that they will be hosting a Candidate Debate for Republican Party of Texas Chairman.
Wade Emmert, Tom Mechler, Robin Armstrong and Jared Woodfill will be participating with award winning radio host, Sam Malone as moderator.
The debate is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the University of Houston - Clear Lake Bayou Building, Atrium 2. The program will start at 6:45 p.m. with the debate beginning at 7:00 p.m.
You will have the opportunity to have your opinion recorded though a straw poll ballot that will be distributed at the time of your $5 paid admittance.
All are welcome to attend, especially voters residing in Texas Senate Districts, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 18.
Find out what Senate District you are in here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/zip.aspx
For more information on the Clear Lake Area Republican PAC visit www.clearlakearearepublicans.com
KXAN Austin - Many parents look forward to the one weekend in August where they can save money on school supplies. Now, state leaders are looking to expand the state’s ‘Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday.’
Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) and Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) on Tuesday filed a bill that would increase the sales tax exemption from $100 to $200 and also include electronic devices like computers, tablets and e-readers.
“It’s time to bring the sales tax holiday into the 21st century,” said Ellis in a statement. “Texas needs to increase the sales tax holiday amount and add the electronic devices that our students regularly use to succeed in the classroom.”
Community Impact Newspaper - The University of Houston has taken preliminary measures to file a tuition revenue bond worth $60 million to fund the construction of a new campus in Katy.
Jason Smith, University of Houston’s vice president for governmental and community affairs, said the preliminary revenue bond request was filed Jan. 22, and the university has asked District 18 Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and District 132 Rep. Mike Schofield to file separate bills for the tuition revenue bond. Those bills are expected to be filed in February, Smith said.
Dennis Paul Newsletter - Due to the importance of transportation needs in Texas and specifically in district 129, House Bill 1081 would allow automobile sales taxes to be directed to the state highway fund.
The Spring Observer - This week, State Reps. Will Metcalf and Dan Huberty joint authored House Bill 552 to phase out and repeal the Franchise Tax.
“It is important to understand the devastating effects that the Franchise Tax has on small businesses throughout the state,” Metcalf said. “This tax can even be levied against a business operating with a net loss for the year. This is essentially a double tax for any small business with revenue of $1 million or higher.”
News 4 San Antonio - State Representative Allen Fletcher ((R) District 130 - Cypress) is a former Texas State Trooper, who patrolled for 19 years. Now serving his fourth term in Austin, few law makers introduce and pass more laws than Fletcher. He is also one of the most accessible and straight talking politicians in the state, especially when speaking about his signature issue, abortion. "I think taking a baby's life, especially a healthy baby, for any reason, is wrong," says Fletcher.
This legislative session Fletcher is determined to end a specific type of abortion, one he fears is set to become a growing problem. The procedure is called gender specific abortion and it happens when an expectant mother ends a pregnancy based on the sex of her unborn child. To end the practice in Texas, Fletcher recently introduced House Bill 113.
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Houston Chronicle - Five months after the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry, Republicans have taken their first official step toward fulfilling a pledge to reorganize the team whose investigation led to the charges.
State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Spring, filed a bill and constitutional amendment last Friday to move the duties of the Public Integrity Unit from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office to the Attorney General’s Office.
The Humble Observer - On May 6, 2012, Cody Stephens – a six-foot-nine, 290-pound football star at Crosby High School – passed away from an unforeseen heart condition.
Now in his legacy, a bill to be introduced to legislators in the Texas 84th Legislative Session will endeavor to ensure that other Texas athletes have the opportunity to undergo potentially life-saving electrocardiogram (EKG) screenings.
...The Cody Stephens Bill, which is being carried by Texas Rep. Wayne Smith (R- District 128), Texas Rep. Sylvester Turner (D- District 139) and Texas Rep. Dan Huberty (R-District 27), would ensure that Texas athletes undergo EKG screenings before their ninth grade and 11th grade years.
“Cody had the world at his fingertips, but his life was tragically cut short,” Huberty said. “Cody had never had his heart health checked with an electrocardiogram, which would have made evident his oversized heart. This preventative measure could have easily saved Cody’s life.