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Turner Files Child Car Seat Safety Measure

Turner Files Child Car Seat Safety Measure

December 8, 2016 |

This week, Representative Chris Turner (HD 101- Grand Prairie) filed HB 519, which would update state law by requiring that children be restrained in a rear-facing car seat until the age of two, unless the child weighs more than 40 pounds or exceeds 40 inches in height. This measure mirrors American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) […]

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Stunning

Stunning

December 6, 2016 |

“BSI (Brain Synergy Institute) put the health and safety of participants at risk…” Last year, I asked for an Inspector General (IG) audit of a 2013 contract between Brain Synergy Institute (formerly Carrick Brain Centers) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).  The request came after Dallas Morning News and NBC5 news stories highlighting troubling issues […]

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Annual Open House & Toy Drive

Annual Open House & Toy Drive

November 29, 2016 |

State Representative Chris Turner’s  Annual Open House & Toy Drive Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:00 to 6:00 PM  1600 E. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 515 Arlington, TX  76010 Bring an unwrapped toy for a child served by Mission Arlington. To RSVP, click here or call 817-459-2800.    

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The Election

The Election

November 9, 2016 |

I want to thank the voters of District 101 in Arlington & Grand Prairie for entrusting me with the privilege of representing them in Austin for another two years. When all the votes were counted, we received 66.3 percent of the vote and won every precinct in our district.

Lisa and I are so appreciative to all our friends and supporters who contributed and volunteered, as well as to my dedicated staff in our capitol, district and campaign offices. It means more than you know and I am honored to continue representing our community in Austin.

Obviously, the outcome of the presidential election was not the result many of us had hoped for. As I watched Hillary Clinton’s gracious concession speech this morning, I was reminded of how proud I have been to support her. She is, above all else, a patriot. We owe her immense gratitude for her lifetime of service to our nation.

As President Obama said today, no matter the outcome of an election, the sun always comes up the next day. And today is no different. For all the shock and dismay that many feel today, no one questions that we will have a peaceful transfer of power in January, just as our country has seen following every election since 1800. No one questions that when the people speak and the votes are counted, we know who our leader will be. There are a lot of people around the world who can’t say that about the country they live in. We’re blessed to be Americans – and our national elections, even when they don’t turn out the way we want – are a reminder of that blessing.

We have important work ahead. Let’s all keep fighting for our beliefs and working to make Texas and America stronger.

Thank you for all you do.

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After the thoughts and prayers

After the thoughts and prayers

July 20, 2016 |

It’s been a really tough few weeks. From Orlando to Dallas to Baton Rouge, our nation has seen more tragedy in rapid succession than in any time I can recall. For those of us in North Texas, the loss is especially profound – not since 9/11 have so many American police officers been killed in the line of duty.

As a community, we will continue to grieve for our collective loss. For the families who have lost a husband, son, brother or father, their pain is incomprehensible. For the police officers who lost partners and friends, I have to imagine the pain they feel is only magnified by the continued daily pressures and dangers of the job.

So for the rest of us, after the memorials and vigils have passed, as social media and the 24/7 news cycle inevitably directs our attention elsewhere, how do we hold on to the grief and horror we’ve shared lately and translate it into something tangible that maybe helps avert future tragedies?

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Dallas

Dallas

July 8, 2016 |

What an empty feeling to start a day. What happened in Dallas, the city I grew up in, is still unfathomable to me.

I can’t imagine the grief of the families of the five officers who gave their lives in the line of duty…and the anguish of those families whose loved ones are in the hospital. Let’s all pray that those officers are able to return home to their loved ones. It’s a tragedy of incomprehensible magnitude. Let’s all pray for Dallas.

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Out of Control

Out of Control

June 29, 2016 |

The Republican Party is out of control. Every day, Donald Trump is on TV spewing hateful insults and demonstrating he has neither the wisdom or the temperament to be President.

Here in Texas, it’s not any better. One statewide Republican official is under indictment and another is under criminal investigation. And several are implicated in a scheme to pay hush money to employees who no longer work for the state.

We can thank the Tea Party for Trump and our government in Texas. Now, a Tea Party Republican is running against me in the November election – I need your help to make sure he does not win.

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Turner: Supreme Court Decision a Victory for Texas Women

Turner: Supreme Court Decision a Victory for Texas Women

June 29, 2016 |

AUSTIN — In reaction to today’s United States Supreme Court decision overturning Texas’ abortion law (HB2), State Representative Chris Turner (HD101 – Grand Prairie) released the following statement:

“Today marks a landmark victory for Texas women and a strong rebuke of Texas Republican leaders and their misplaced priorities. The United States Supreme Court has sent a powerful message to lawmakers across our nation that they may not pass restrictive, unconstitutional barriers to reproductive healthcare. The rejection of this ill-conceived law will help ensure that Texas women once again have access to safe, legal reproductive health care. Now that this case is decided, the Legislature should stop trying to find new ways to deny health care to Texans and instead start creating pathways to expanded health care access.”

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The Last Full Measure of Devotion

The Last Full Measure of Devotion

May 30, 2016 |

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and ensure that our nation remains the greatest in the world.

Although we will never be able to repay the tremendous debt our nation owes these heroes, we can honor their sacrifice by serving our communities, making a difference in the lives of others and by shaping the future for our state and our nation.

Take a moment today and every day to remember those who through their selfless acts of courage gave what President Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion.”

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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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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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