Patrick: Guard must stay on the border

Texas must continue to secure its international border with National Guard troops past a March deadline, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. With funding due to run out next month, Patrick said the state must continue to pay for Guard forces to stay on the Mexico border through at least … Read more

Noteworthy happenings at Capitol

This past week, as expected, Speaker Straus released the House Committee assignments. I am extremely grateful to have been reappointed to both the House Appropriations and Naturals Resources Committees, along with my new position as a member of the House Administration Committee. Serving on these committees gives me the best opportunity to protect and promote … Read more

Inspection stickers are set to expire

The two sticker system for vehicle inspection and registration will soon be a thing of the past. Beginning March 1, Texas drivers will only have to display a single registration sticker in the bottom driver’s side corner of their windshields. Vehicles will still have to pass the same safety and emissions standards at licensed inspection … Read more

Nelson unveils Senate budget

The Chair of the Senate Finance Committee laid out the Senate version of the initial state budget Tuesday, showcasing a plan to reduce property taxes while increasing funding to education and border security. Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound said that this budget follows the same principles that allowed Texas to weather the national economic … Read more

Nichols to serve on 4 committees

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced this evening that State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) will serve on four committees during the 84th Legislative Session. Nichols will serve on the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee and the Finance committee. He will continue to serve as Chair for the Senate Transportation Committee. First … Read more

Senate kicks off 84th session

The Senate of the state of Texas opened the 20 week session Tuesday, welcoming eight new members and saying farewell to a longtime leader. Eight newly-elected Senators took their oath of office from outgoing Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, serving his last opening day as the body’s presiding officer. The Senate took time to honor the … Read more

Ready for state’s 84th Legislature

The next time you hear from me we will have begun the 84th Legislative Session. Set to last 140 days during odd-numbered years, the session is the time the Texas Legislature must pass a two-year budget as well as to address existing laws and consider new legislation. During session, I will be writing this column … Read more

Rep. Ashby files bills to protect military

State Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has introduced legislation that, if approved, will alter a burdensome property tax law that directly affects members of the United States Armed Forces. House Bill 276 seeks to amend the state tax code for the purpose of allowing deployed military members to keep an agricultural exemption on their land, if … Read more