Legislative

Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads
More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5...
Rep. Clardy discusses State of the State, State of the Judiciary
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Governor outlined his priorities and named...
Nichols' 5 Cents: State of the State address, school funding
This week marks the end of the first month of the legislative session. Senate committees are beginning to hold hearings and the Capitol is buzzing with constituent groups...
Sen. Nichols, Rep. Ashby file legislation for small school districts
AUSTIN - Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) have once again filed legislation aimed at addressing the arbitrary small...
Rep. Clardy discusses healthcare, higher education options
This week, I had the pleasure of serving on the Education and Health panel at the Conservative Roundtable of Texas’ Policy Summit. The panel included four of my...
Nichols' 5 Cents: Senate Finance hearings, session timeline
This week, the Lieutenant Governor began referring bills to committee and we will soon begin to hear them in committee. The legislative process kills more bills than it...
Cherokee County Texas Republican Club meeting
The topic of the next Cherokee County Texas Republican Club meeting is “Self-Government is Not a Spectator Sport, [Understanding and Applying America’s Founding...
Governor Abbott Issues Directive On Iran Divestiture Policy
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas retirement agencies informing them that it will continue to be the policy of the State of Texas to prohibit the...
Governor Abbott Statement On President Obama's Executive Actions
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive actions imposing gun control measures across the country.“The Bill...
New Handgun Law Takes Effect Jan. 1
AUSTIN – House Bill 910 - which allows a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to now openly carry a holstered handgun - goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016. The License to...
Governor Abbott Appoints Eskridge To Timothy Cole Exoneration...
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Charles Eskridge of Houston to the Timothy Cole Exoneration Commission for a term at the pleasure of the governor. The...
ICYMI: Governor Abbott Discusses Ending Sanctuary Cities On The Blaze
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today appeared on Dana, hosted by TheBlaze TV’s Dana Loesch, to discuss his call to enforce federal immigration laws and eliminate sanctuary...
Governor Abbott Sets Special Election Date For HD-118
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott ordered a special election to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 for the purpose of electing a state representative to serve out the...
TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES AUGUST PROPOSITION 1 PROJECTS
AUSTIN – The Texas Transportation Commission today approved 22 projects from Proposition 1 funding totaling more than $304 million worth of roadway construction,...
Governor Abbott Files Amicus Brief In Support Of Houston Businesses...
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today filed an amicus brief in support of Houston businesses suing to stop their city council’s unlawful attempt to impose increased...