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Capitol Update – Special Session Underway

Capitol Update – Special Session Underway Rep Murphy files and moves four important bills during the Special Session Normally, after a 140-day Legislative Session, lawmakers return to their districts where they revert to everyday life (we are true citizen legislators) in their districts. However, this cycle is different. The Governor has called the legislature back for…

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85th Session Wrap-Up: Accomplishments of the Legislature

85th Session Wrap-Up: Accomplishments of the Legislature Capitol Update Dear Friends, The 85th Legislative Session of Texas has ended. Over the session’s five months, my colleagues and I in the House and Senate worked to address important issues facing our communities in the State of Texas. Our last newsletter included information about bills passed by…

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85th Session Wrap-Up: Rep Murphy Passes Key Legislation

85th Session Wrap-Up: Rep Murphy Passes Key Legislation Representative Murphy sees all 14 bills signed by Governor Abbott. Dear Friends, Since our last newsletter, the 85th Legislative Session has come to a close, and a special session has been called starting July 18th. In this edition, we’ll highlight some of the legislative initiatives our office…

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House & Senate Companions

House & Senate Companions Murphy companions with Senate members At the State Capitol, the House and Senate both work extremely hard to improve Texas! Companion bills let the two chambers, both the House and Senate, work together to pass bills. A companion bill is filed in one chamber that is identical or very similar to a bill filed in…

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Governor Abbott signs legislation to strengthen abortion reporting requirements

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 215, strengthening abortion reporting requirements, specifically relating to minors. The bill requires doctors who perform abortions on minors, to document and report additional information. This includes how a minor obtained authorization for the procedure, such as from a parent or judge. The pro-life legislation is yet another…

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4 property tax reform bills signed by Gov. Abbott

AUSTIN – Four property tax reform bills aimed at bringing added transparency, accountability and simplicity to the property tax process in Texas have been signed by Gov. Greg Abbott. Officials said three bills authored by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, as well as one bill authored by Rep. Jim Murphy and sponsored in the Senate by Bettencourt, will now become law “Any…

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Texas Governor Signs Law Amending Captive Insurer Rules

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a measure that tweaks Texas law relating to captive insurance companies. Abbot signed House Bill 1944 on June 15. The bill was authored by Jim Murphy (R – Houston) and sponsored in the Senate by Bryan Hughes (R, Mineola). The Texas Legislature in 2013 first approved the licensing of…

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RealPage says S.B. 873 eliminates incentives fueling abusive lawsuits against apartment owners

by David Yates | Jun. 26, 2017, 1:52pm ————- AUSTIN – Earlier this month, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 873 into law, modifying the Texas water code to benefit apartment owners, operators and their residents, according to RealPage, a provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry. Regulatory professionals at RealPage worked closely…

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Accomplishments of the 82nd Texas Legislature

The 82nd Texas Legislature accomplished a lot in 2011. Led by Republican leaders in the Texas House of Representatives, lawmakers passed historic legislation like Voter ID, “loser pays” tort reform, the State Health Care Compact and legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Most importantly, legislators balanced the state’s budget with the first overall decrease in state…

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82nd Regular Session Wrap Up

Since we are still working in the special session, there is work to be done and highlights yet to come. However, before we get too far past the end of the regular session, we need to reflect on what we accomplished in the 140 days of the session. More was done than people might realize…

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