Public Safety

Chris believes we must do everything possible to keep our families and children safe from the threat of sexual predators. As state representative, Chris tightened registration requirements to make sure sex offenders living in our neighborhoods can be tracked. Some offenders claim to be homeless in order to evade registration requirements, but Chris’s law requires them to register with their local law enforcement agency every two weeks. Chris also authored and passed out of the House legislation requiring computer technicians to report the discovery of child pornography to law enforcement. Ev

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Veterans

Chris has a proven record of leadership on veterans’ issues: he was the author of the bill that created the veterans scratch-off lottery ticket, which has raised more than $20 million for veterans’ assistance programs. He remains committed to working on and supporting legislation that honors the service and sacrifice our veterans. Chris also authored and passed legislation requiring Texas colleges and universities to have a designated financial aid officer for veterans, so that returning service members are able to fully access the benefits they have earned under the new Post-9/11 G.I. Bill a

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Jobs

Chris believes we must invest in education and job training to create more economic opportunity for all Texans, not just a privileged few. At the local level, Chris understands that the lack of public transportation in Arlington and Grand Prairie is a difficult obstacle for many families who are unable to commute to work or school. Chris belie

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Turner Hopes Legislature Can Tackle Issues Pragmatically

BY ANNA M. TINSLEYThis year's Legislature will have a different look and feel. New faces will make up nearly a quarter of the Texas House, and many government watchers believe that this could be one of the most conservative sessions ever in Austin. Five of Tarrant County's seven new House members are ranked among the top 12 freshman lawmakers expected to be the most conservative in the 83rd legislative session. Rep.-elect Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, was the only local House freshman not to make Hailey's list. He said he hopes that both parties can work together.

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Turner Calls for a Bipartisan Approach to Texas Issues

BY DAVE MONTGOMERYThe selection of a speaker will be one of the first orders of business in the 150-member House on Tuesday when lawmakers open their 140-day biennial session to deal with state spending and host of other issues. Although Straus is favored to easily retain his post in the GOP-controlled House, Simpson's challenge perpetuates an element of conservative dissent that has periodically dogged the speaker through his two terms in the leadership post. A threatened conservative uprising in 2011 evaporated when Straus' two challengers withdrew. Rep.-elect Ch

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