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

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