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

Five things happening around state

ROBERT NICHOLS STATE SENATOR On June 14th, we will commemorate the U.S. Congress adoption of a flag with 13 stars and stripes to represent our nation and our founding colonies, with the stars set on a blue background to “represent a new constellation” in the night sky. While the stars in our current flag have … Read more