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Bonnen’s HB 31 passes, unanimous 141-0 vote
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “It’s important that we continue to practice fiscal discipline, and it’s also important that we provide sensible and meaningful tax relief,” said Texas House Speaker Joe Straus earlier this year. Tuesday, after the Texas House gave overwhelming approval to not one, but two tax cutting bills, Straus noted, “The Texas House has voted to provide all Texans tax relief that encourages job creation and economic growth. The House looks forward to a productive conversation with the Senate about how best to deliver results on this issue, and the many others.” Continue Reading.
ALSO: Tax Credit Scholarships & School Choice in Texas
By Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – In the Senate’s continuing efforts to deliver quality education to all Texans, Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor, along with joint authors Senators Paul Bettencourt and Donna Campbell, passed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), known as the tax credit scholarship bill, over to the House of Representatives. Continue Reading.
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) was appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to represent the Senate on the conference committee for HB 1, the state budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. “It’s a remarkable honor to serve on the committee tasked with finalizing the state budget,” said Schwertner. Continue Reading.
“Export Ban is important, and Washington, D.C. moves slow.”
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “What do I think for the remainder of 2015? The following – oil prices are going to remain range-bound between a 4-handle and a 5-handle until June or July. Then they’re going to begin to grind back up slowly, and by the fall our models show oil between $65 and $68 a barrel. They’ll get near $70, but not touch it,” Breitling Energy’s founder & Chairman Chris Faulkner tells Insider’s Jim Cardle about the future of Texas’ oil & gas industry. Continue Reading.
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Colonel Lionel F. “Fred” Solis, U.S. Army Retired, of San Antonio, Texas to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for a term to expire February 1, 2021. The Board makes parole decisions for Texas prison inmates, determines conditions for parole and mandatory supervision, and makes recommendations on clemency matters to the governor. Continue Reading.
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today joined with Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and 53 other House colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama requesting information on public input that was included in the decision making process when issuing Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. Olson and many others have expressed concern about a lack of transparency during the process of developing this order. Continue Reading.
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the passage of several of his priority early education initiatives in the Texas Senate. Senate Bill 925 (Sen. Kolkhorst), Senate Bill 934 (Sen. Kolkhorst) and Senate Bill 935 (Sen. Kolkhorst) seek to establish Literary Achievement Academies to improve the professional development of teachers in literacy, Math Achievement Academies to train K-3 teachers in numeracy instruction and technology, and Reading Excellence Teams to improve student learning in critical learning years, respectively. Continue Reading.
Senator Bettencourt Passes SB 849 – 30 to 0
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today Senator Paul Bettencourt passed a bill allowing more business owners to go to arbitration to appeal the ruling of an Appraisal Review Board (ARB). Under current law, only residence homesteads and non-homestead properties worth $1 million or less can appeal the ruling of an ARB by going to arbitration instead of going to court. This bill is designed to encourage more arbitration and less litigation. SB 849 raises the value of eligible property from $1 million to $3 million. Continue Reading.
Texas Land Comm. Launches New Website to Promote Accountability
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Commissioner George P. Bush today delivered an address and released a new accountability website to report on the progress he has made during his first 100 days leading the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The speech was live streamed using the Periscope app and the video was recorded to be available on YouTube for viewing after the event. Continue Reading.