Humanitarian crisis in Texas

On Friday, I joined several of my colleagues in Austin for a House committee hearing focused on the humanitarian crisis at our southern border. For six hours, we heard from

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16 new laws & a veto

It's been a couple of weeks since my last email update and during that time, several of my bills were signed into law, an important local project was funded and one measure fell victim to the governor's veto. I'll start off with the bills we had signed into law. For the sake of brevity, I'll touch on some of the "bigger" bills and not each of our 16 measures that made it across the finish line and are now law. College Transferability

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Good to be home

It is good to be home. 140 days does not seem like a long time – but when it comes in the form of a Texas legislative session, it’s a really long time! The 86th session of the Legislature ended Monday and overall, it was successful. The Legislature passed a needed school finance measure that will put more dollars in our classrooms and increase compensation for public school teachers, counselors and librarians. I was proud to co-author this important education bill. House Democrats were able to successfully combat a regressive sales tax increase, attempts to erode voting rights an

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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

On Saturday, in a joint session of the Texas Legislature, we honored the lives of five brave fallen Texans, including two from Arlington: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee Smith and Army Specialist Allen Stigler, a resident of House District 101 and a graduate of Timberview High School. Please take a moment today to remember these men, and the thousands of women and men, who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. Let us also reflect on how we may honor their memory not just today, but every day, by making a difference in the lives of others and by positively shaping the

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Sierra

Yesterday, the Senate passed HB 449, my bill that would require a college transcript notation if a student is determined ineligible to re-enroll because of a serious code of conduct violation including sexual assault, terroristic threats, burglary or drug charges.  This bill has taken over three years to get to this point and I know we could not have done it without Senator Kirk Watson, who sponsored the bill, or the student conduct experts who were with us every step of the way. Many played critical roles in the content and the passage of this measure, but no one played a

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