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

Nichols files bills for upcoming session

This week, State Senator Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, filed legislation to limit the growth of property taxes and prohibit the use of eminent domain for recreational purposes. The first bill Nichols filed is a constitutional amendment to slow rapidly rising taxable values on Texas homes. “Escalating tax appraisals make homeownership less and less affordable,” Nichols said. … Read more

Republicans dominate election night returns

Diboll-area voters didn’t have any local candidates to vote for, with Republican Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Esther Barger and Republican Precinct 4 Commissioner-elect running unop-posed. Precinct 2 County Commissioner Kenneth Timmons defeated challenger David Stua, and Pre-cinct 3 JP-elect Pat Grimes withstood a write-in challenge from incumbent Bradley Stringer. Republicans won the statewide … Read more

Border security a high priority

Recently, I had the opportunity to receive a briefing from Colonel Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, about our highly publicized campaign to deter illegal crossings and stymie drug and human smuggling operations along our Texas-Mexico border. The latest data reveal significant progress is being made. Illegal detentions in the Rio … Read more

84th Legislative Session looms

With the first day of early bill-filing less than three months away, and more Committee hearings being added to the schedule, the upcoming 84th Legislative Session is not far off. And, speaking of the calendar, it’s time again for the beginning of a new school year, and I’d like to wish all our students well … Read more