The Texas Constitution bans gambling, so legalizing casinos or sports betting would require amending the State Constitution. That requires two-thirds of both the State House & Senate, as well as approval by Texas voters and passage of legislation to authorize licensing & regulation. But don't tell the 65+ lobbyists currently pushing the issue in Austin.
The Texas Senate has already moved 30 conservative priority bills forward, as senators are putting in long hours and worked tirelessly. "This Legislative Session brought the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic... and the winter storm, which continues to require our attention as we put solutions forward,' said Lt. Gov. Patrick.
About 900,000 Texas school students are currently attending around 1,000 "failing" Texas schools — almost 1 in 5 children. Sen. Paul Bettencourt's "Family Educational Relief Program" – currently being considered by the Texas Legislature in Austin – is a bi-partisan bill that would help Low-Income Families solve their educational roadblocks.
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommendation to pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
The deep personal toll of the crisis on our Southern Border's been on full display for weeks, but was best encapsulated in the tragic video of a 10-year old boy abandoned by the group he was traveling with desperately asking for help. The heartbreaking reality is the toll this crisis has taken on the children being trafficked into the U.S.
When critics of the filibuster argue that the Senate is “undemocratic” because of it, what they really mean is our Nation's Federal System requiring buy-in by various levels of government should be weakened. Back in 2017 – when Republican Donald Trump was president – 31 of 48 Democrat Senators signed a bipartisan letter unashamedly arguing for it.
Awareness months are helpful because they bring public attention to issues facing many of our friends & families. Autism is no different, and April is National Autism Awareness Month. Here's some helpful things you need to know.
"Texans are not overcome when faced with adversity; Together, we can protect the vulnerable, help victims find healing, and bring offenders to justice," reads the Governor's proclamation asking Texans to come together to build awareness around the issue of sexual assault and to recognize the courage of survivors.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken in response to President Biden’s plan to send a reported $75 million in general economic support payments from USAID and the U.S. State Department into territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas.
Texas is coming back stronger than ever because our fiscal foundation is strong and our conservative budgeting principles are sound.
"Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," said Gov. Greg Abbott, issuing an Executive Order prohibiting State Agencies or political subdivisions from creating a "Vaccine Passport" or other requirement for citizens to receive any sort of commercial service.
“As Lt. Gov. of Texas, I'm stunned American Airlines would put out a statement saying 'we strongly oppose this bill' just minutes after their Govt. Relations Representative called my office and admitted neither he nor the Airlines' CEO had actually read the legislation," said Patrick, responding to the company's comments on the SB 7 Election & Ballot Security Bill.
"Major League Baseball adopted what's turned out to be a false narrative about the Election Law Reforms in Georgia, and based on that false narrative... its shameful America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives," said Gov. Greg Abbott.
Though most bills are numbered in the order in which they are filed, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has reserved the first 30 bills for legislation he feels are top priorities for the state. A number of these important, marquee bills were passed by the Texas Senate and sent to the Texas House last week.
The Texas Legislature, currently in session, meets every other year. Yet it can make the most of its short time together by passing House Bill 2668 and Senate Bill 523 to help protect some of Texas' most vulnerable – those with rare and chronic diseases.
After eight days of mounting pressure, and Sen. Ted Cruz’s request for press access, President Biden finally ended his media blackout of the Customs & Border Protection Facilities in Donna, Texas, by allowing a "pool camera" inside for the first time during his presidency.
“We are still waiting on the final data from the U.S. Census Bureau, but there's no time to waste. We need to get to work,” said State Rep. Brooks Landgraf ahead of the Texas House Committee on Redistricting conducting a hearing to discuss population projections and the redistricting process for Texas.
"Given your new role as the administration’s Border Czar, I urge you to visit the border to see the crisis, and I implore the Biden Administration to take swift action to secure it," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, admonishing the president's newly named "Border Czar," Vice President Kamala Harris, for both answers and action on the rapidly growing crisis.
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for Texas youth summer camps to help camps safely operate throughout the summer.
“I visited Ciudad Juarez to see how dire the situation is on the Mexican side as well. The families we met are more than just statistics, and the dangers they encounter on their journey are horrifying. Right now, our broken system is only encouraging more of these dangerous journeys to take place," said Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales.