Legislative

Property tax legislation clears major hurdle in Texas House
A bill that would require voter approval of property tax increases in larger Texas cities and counties won initial approval from the House on Saturday, signaling that Gov....
House OKs reversing cuts to disabled children’s therapy services
Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that House Bill 25 received final approval in the Texas House. The Texas House gave tentative approval Thursday to a...
Nichols’ 5 Cents: state’s budget, convention of states and more
The 85th Legislative Session has come to an end. I believe it was a successful 140 days, and we accomplished a lot for the people of Texas. My weekly column will now...
Nichols’ 5 Cents: end of session, hot air balloon hunting and more
This past weekend, our country observed Memorial Day and remembered the sacrifices of the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. I hope we all...
Week in Review: a look at proposed bills, meeting with delegations
Visiting the Capitol during a legislative session is a way to help develop local community leaders and make sure state lawmakers know the issues important to their...
Nichols' 5 Cents: License to carry, budget passes Senate, voter ID
While preparing your taxes this month, Texans can be thankful we are one of only seven states with no state income tax. Lower taxes and efficient government are just a...
Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
When 181 lawmakers, thousands of policy groups, the media, and people from across the state and nation migrate to Austin every two years for the Texas Legislative Session,...
Nichols’ 5 Cents: license to carry, school choice, vet mental health
Many times the pace of the legislative session can get a little hectic. I often tell my staff that session is more like a marathon than a sprint. We’re well on our way...
Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
Spring is here, and the Capitol is buzzing with activity, including visits from House District 11 constituents. I had the privilege to meet with Elmer Beckworth, Cherokee...
Nichols' 5 Cents: school accountability changes; law enforcement
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course,...
Week in Review: recognizing those making a difference in East Texas
As we move forward in the 85th Legislative Session, our work continues on public policy that impacts House District 11 and the entire state of Texas. I recently read an...
Nichols' 5 Cents: Doolittle Raiders, changes to CPS, Blue Alert bill
Daylight savings time began this past Sunday. The Legislature is taking this very literally as we ‘spring forward’ into high gear with committee hearings and moving bills...
Week in Review: end of February marks busy time for Representatives
The last weeks of February were eventful for the Texas House of Representatives. Our committees are now organized, and important bills are making their way through the...
Nichols' 5 cents: convention of states; no Daylight Savings?
Almost two months into the legislative session, the Legislature is approaching the first of many deadlines, including the last day to file most bills. As of this writing,...
Rep. Clardy's staff in Rusk, Jacksonville on Thursday
On Thursday, March 9, Cherokee County constituents will have two opportunities to meet with State Rep. Travis Clardy’s District Director Jerri Jones on an individual basis...