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Our Public Schools

Our Public Schools

May 18, 2016 |

A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.

Texas Constitution, Article 7, Sec. 1

In a ruling last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court apparently overlooked that part of our state’s constitution when it declared our broken, underfunded and inequitable school finance system to be…“constitutional.”

Needless to say, this ruling stunned a lot of people, myself included.

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Save Energy / Save Water / Save Money

Save Energy / Save Water / Save Money

May 10, 2016 |

Get tips from the Public Utility Commission, the City of Arlington and others about conserving energy and reducing your utility costs.

Call 817-459-2800 or email chris.turner@house.texas.gov to RSVP or for more details!

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Helping Our Neighbors

Helping Our Neighbors

April 28, 2016 |

I say it often — the most important part of a state representative’s job is being responsive to the needs of constituents.

This can mean helping constituents navigate what can be a complex and confusing system of state services, by answering questions regarding state law, or providing information by hosting events like our Town Hall earlier this month or the utilities forum we’re hosting in May.

I want to take a moment to highlight one example of why these constituent services are so important.

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A Broken System

A Broken System

April 14, 2016 |

I am sure by now you have heard the name Leiliana Wright. Last month, the Grand Prairie four-year old was tied up, choked and beaten to death. In the months preceding her death, attempts had been made to involve Child Protective Services (CPS) in what had become a very dangerous situation for this young child. Sadly, due in part to inaction by the state agency charged with protecting Texas children from abuse and neglect, her innocent life was cut short.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated case of a child tragically “falling through the cracks.”

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