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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Capitol Update 41
It’s time, the 84th Legislative Session has begun! On January 20th, Texas held its first inauguration in over 14 years. We heard speeches from newly elected Governor Greg Abbott and Lt Governor Dan Patrick. I look forward to working with both, as well as the entire delegation. We know that with hard work we can accomplish great things in the 84th.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Capitol Update 40
We had a great turn out in District 133. I am honored to have been re-elected to serve as your state representative. We will have a lot of new faces in January. There is an entirely new group of statewide elected officials, as well as 7 new state senators and 24 freshman house members.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Capitol Update 39
Last week, as Co-Chairman of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Education for a Skilled Workforce we met and discussed counseling, apprenticeships, employer-based training, and other innovative ways to improve our secondary education.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Capitol Update 38
I’ll be in Austin next Tuesday for the second hearing of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Education for a Skilled Workforce.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Capitol Update 37
We would like to remind you about our upcoming Town Hall Meeting this Saturday from 10-11 AM at the Memorial Middle School auditorium, located at 12550 Vindon Drive. We look forward to seeing and hearing from our constituents. As always we encourage you to stop by our Austin office if you find your way to the Capitol.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Capitol Update 36
As a reminder, immunizations are an important part of public health and state law requires students in Texas schools be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) understands that it can be hard to find the time and money to get your children vaccinated. Please click on this link to find out what immunizations your child might need for back to school: Immunization Branch, School & Child-Care Facility Requirements.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Capitol Update 35
This month we also begin to buy our children’s books and supplies in preparation for the new school year, but before making your purchases remember that Texas Tax Free Holiday is coming up on August 8 – 10. The special includes clothing, school supplies, and backpacks that are under $100.

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Immigration Update
The crisis along our border requires immediate atten-tion. The good news here is that this is taking place. I want to keep you updated with accurate information. Be-low are key references from our heads of state.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014
News – Capitol Update 34
Visiting with our students, teachers, and administrators is one of the most enjoyable “duties” I have as member of the Legislature. Recently I attended the groundbreaking of the wonderful Rummel Creek Elementary, I met star students at KIPP SHARP who impressively memorized pieces of my Charter School bill from last session, and met Briargrove Elementary Roadrunners who certainly know their Texas facts.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
News – Capitol Update 33
We hope that everyone’s school year went well and you’re ready for summer. As always, it is our duty to keep y’all informed of happenings in District 133, so below you will find tips and events in the coming weeks.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
News – Capitol Update 32
Spring weather is upon us with bluebonnets in bloom. While
we have been more fortunate in Texas, other states have begun
to experience unpredictable and inclement weather, something
we are all too familiar with in Houston. With that in mind, one
of my priorities is the safety and welfare of my constituents.
Below are some tips to prepare you for the hurricane season.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
News – Capitol Update 31
One of the best things I get to do is to speak to our community at meetings with school groups, local elected officials, businesses and religious organizations. Accountability starts with accessibility so these meetings are very important to me. A common question I am asked is, “When you are not at the Capitol during session, what do you do as a Legislator?” Although we only convene in Austin every other year for 140 days, we are continuously working to become more educated on issues affecting c

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Friday, April 4, 2014
News – Capitol Update 30
Spring has sprung here in Austin! The Bluebonnets are in full bloom and we’re getting some early doses of that Texas heat we all know and love. As we mentioned in our last Capitol Update, things are picking up here in preparation for the 84th Legislative Session

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
News – Capitol Update 29
Wednesday’s hearing of the Public Education Committee was called to monitor the implementation of HB 5 and hear recommendations on possible improvements. The committee heard testimony about the need for the creation of additional rigorous mathematics and science courses to address the current and projected needs of our state’s workforce.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
News – Capitol Update 28
Texas seems to finally be done with a long winter. We are kicking off the first official day of spring and it’s time to enjoy ourselves outdoors. It’s not too late to start planning those gardens in order to see an array of colorful blooms and vegetables by mid-summer.

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Friday, March 14, 2014
News – Capitol Update 27
Things are buzzing at the Capitol this week. It is South by Southwest and it is also Spring Break. The tour guides are busy! And so are our Committee Clerks. The Committees are preparing to begin their interim hearings. If you are interested in learning more about the interim charges or committee hearings please visit the House website or click on the links above. This is a great time for you to share your thoughts on legislative ideas and get involved in the process.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
News – Capitol Update 26
As an elected official, I rely on your involvement in the voting process. Thank you to everyone who made it out to the polls in both early voting and this past Tuesday. It is our civic duty and indeed a privilege to be able to participate.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
News – Capitol Update 25
Happy New Year! We hope that your 2014 is off to a great start. My personal New Year’s resolution is to be a better father, husband, and son. If your resolution has to do with health and wellness, please stop by the Westchase District farmer’s market.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
News – Capitol Update 24
Happy Holidays! The holiday season is filled with fun and festivities, but let us not forget what this time of year is really about; spending time with our friends, families, and giving back to our community.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
News – Capitol Update 23
In the midst of all of the holiday bustle, we are still hard at work here at the Capitol with the battle over House Bill 5 and its implementation by the State Board of Texas. The State Board of Education is meeting this week to hear the proposed rules from the Texas Education Agency. The Board will make recommendations and vote on a final version of the rules in January. We are working hard to keep the Texas economy thriving and this starts with our students and their education. Please know I ha

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Thursday, November 7, 2013
News – Capitol Update 22
Congratulations to all of our newly and re-elected officials! Thank you to everyone who made it to the polls to vote for the propositions on the ballot. I am excited about the changes to our state constitution.There is a new farmers market in the district! Stop by every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the parking lot at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, 10503 Westheimer.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013
News – Capitol Update 21
As I reported last week, the House held their first interim hearing on Tuesday. The Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met on Tuesday and again on Wednesday to hear invited testimony and is considering whether to file articles of impeachment against University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
News – Capitol Update 20
In Austin, the first two interim hearings were held by Senate committees last week. Every interim, House and Senate members submit interim charge requests to the Speaker and Lt. Governor, who then select charges for committees to study in preparation for the upcoming legislative session. We submitted our interim charges on Oct. 5 and I expect that the House interim hearings will begin soon.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
News – Capitol Update 19
We now have a district office to better serve you at home. Our new address is 9525 Katy Freeway in the Bunker Hill Building, Suite 215.District Events: This weekend is the St. John Vianney Bazaar. We will be there with the Constables Office hosting the child ID booth. Please stop by between 11-6.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
News – Capitol Update 18
The Senate Committees met yesterday and passed out SB 2 and SJR 1. The House Committee on State Affairs also met on Tuesday, heard testimony on HB 2 and passed the bill out of committee. The next step is floor debate on these three bills. See the Legislative Information portion of this newsletter for details on these bills.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
News – Capitol Update 17
Article IV-14 of the Texas Constitution provides the Governor 20 days after
adjournment of the Legislature to either sign or veto a bill. The Governor may also choose not to sign a bill. If he does not sign a bill, the bill will become law. Of the 5,868 bills filed, 1,437 bills made it to the Governor’s desk. Of those bills, the Governor signed 1,395 and vetoed 26.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
News – Capitol Update 16
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 and Texans will benefit in many ways.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
News – Capitol Update 15
The Legislature is in the third week of Special Session. Just this week Governor Perry signed HB 5 into law. Many of you were very active in helping pass this bill. Your voices were heard. This bill will not only reduce the number of tests that our students are required to take, but it will help prepare our children to enter the workforce and for life. This is a very positive step to improve the education of Texas students.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
News – Capitol Update 14
Now that all of our bills have been heard in their respective committees, we are working hard to get them out to the floor. Some of our priority bills are H.B. 800 and H.B. 734.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
News – Capitol Update 13
Only six weeks to go until the end of session. Our priority now is to get bills passed through their respective committees and to the floor. In the next couple of weeks, we have two of our bills set to be heard on the House floor.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013
eNews – Capitol Update 12
Committees have picked up the pace and will be voting bills out to be heard on the floor within the upcoming weeks.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013
eNews – Capitol Update 11
This week will be all about the budget! Once the state budget is approved by both chambers of the legislature, it is sent to the Governor for a final review and signature.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
eNews – Capitol Update 10
This week, we passed HB 5 and HB 4 out of the House. HB 5 addresses public school accountability, assessments, and curriculum requirements. HB 4 is about the funding of water-related projects in order to ensure that Texas will meet its future water needs.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
eNews- Capitol Update
Presented four bills to com-mittees

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
eNews- Capitol Update
HB 884 addresses the procedure of obtaining unclaimed property seized at the time of certain arrests

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
eNews- Around the Capital
The first was HR 420 honoring the Texas Association of Manufacturers who represent over 450 large and small companies from every manufacturing sector.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
eNews- Manufacturing and Texas
The opportunity to visit Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX).

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
eNews- And the work begins..
The committee Chairman reviews and determines whether bills merit a hearing. Once a hearing is scheduled, the committee is able to review the piece of legislation, in addition provide an op-portunity for testimony by witnesses.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
eNews- Committee Announcements
At the committee assignments for the 83rd legislature, I was appointed to the Texas House Committee of Higher Education and Economic and Small Business Development.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
eNews- Town Hall Recap
This session we will tackle a wide variety of issues, primarily tax policy and the economy, as well as education policy, infrastructure, and health care.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
eNews- Town Hall Meeting this Saturday!
This month the Comptroller’s office released the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE). The BRE is a formal estimate of funds expected to be available from revenue sources of the next two years.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013
eNews- 83rd Legislative Session {Opening Day}

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Town Hall and Tree Lighting This Saturday
We would like to invite you and your families to join us for a joint town hall meeting, Ornament Contest and tree lighting.

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Friday, April 27, 2012
eNews – Redistricting Follow Up
After an extensive redistricting process this past year, I wanted to take this opportunity to clear up any confusion. The Court has finished drawling our maps and ordered primaries to be held on May 29th with early voting taking place May 14- 25.

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Friday, April 20, 2012
eNews – Meet My Staff
The skill and value of the people who assist us in our work as legislators is impressive. Whether we are in session or not, our staff continues to work in our Capitol office.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
eNews – Interim Committee News
I enjoy getting out in our community and meeting with school groups, local elected officials, businesses and religious organizations. Accountability starts with accessibility so these meetings are important.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
eNews – What I Have Been Up To
This has been a busy interim in our community. I have been out in the district visiting with local schools, businesses and community organizations and attending their events.

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Monday, March 5, 2012
eNews – Redistricting Spring
Here is the big news: The court has finally issued the interim maps for the House, Senate and Congress.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012
eNews – Spring in Texas!
The last two weeks have been a rollercoaster for Redistricting in our state. On Monday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott released three maps (Congressional, Texas House and Senate) that were part of a settlement. The San Antonio court then instructed the parties to keep working because they do not feel that the maps have adequate buy-in from all parties for an agreement.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
eNews – Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends. As you are putting together your resolutions for 2012, we would like to encourage you to continue to give back to the community. Oftentimes we only do that during the holiday season and these organizations need our help year round.

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Monday, November 21, 2011
eNews – Giving Back This Holiday Season
I want to thank everyone who sent us recommendations for charities to get involved in this holiday season and beyond. We have so many neighbors who are generous with their time, talent, and treasure right here in West Houston.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
eNews – Charities
We are compiling a list of local charities that need support during the holidays and throughout the year. Are there any unique charities in our community that you would like to share with us? We want to hear from you on the opportunities to get involved and give back.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
eNews – Upcoming Ballot
I wanted to remind everyone that beginning Monday, October 24th, voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballot to amend our State’s Constitution.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
eNews – Summertime Energy Savings
As much as we wish we could change the weather, it is out of our hands. This summer has been one of the hottest on record in Texas and trying to stay cool during this heat wave can prove to be detrimental to your pocketbook.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
eNews – Back To School
It is August and that means it is time to go back to school! Don’t forget this weekend (August 19, 20 & 21) Texas shoppers get a break from sales tax on clothes and other items for school.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
eNews – News From The Capitol
Issue 8 May 18, 2011
House Bill 2581 was signed by the Governor this week.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011
eNews – News From The Capitol
Issue 7 May 5, 2011
I have been working the Calendars Committee to get the last of my bills placed on the House calendar.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
eNews – News From The Capitol
Issue 6 April 8, 2011
After more than 24 hours of discussion on over 300 amendments, the House passed House Bill 1 on Sunday, April 3rd, with a vote of 98-49.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
eNews – News From The Capitol
Issue 5 March 24, 2011
Things are picking up quickly in Austin. I have filed 27 bills and have had hearings on seven so far.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
eNews – News From The Capitol
Issue 4, March 9, 2011
This week I had my first committee hearing on HB 1062 regarding eminent domain in the Land and Resource Management committee.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011
eNews – News From The Capitol
Issue 3, February 24, 2011
A big thank you to all who came out for the Town Hall last Saturday. We had over 200 people show up to voice their concerns and share their thoughts.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
eNews – Capitol Report
Issue 2, February 17, 2011
Things are moving at a fast pace in Austin. Committee assignments have been announced, and I’m happy to tell you I will be serving on the powerful Ways and Means and the new Small Business and Economic Development.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
eNews – Capitol Report
Issue 1, February 2, 2011
The 82nd Legislature is off to a great start! After being sworn in, we cut our office budgets by 15 percent, the House approved the rules for the upcoming session which included two additional committees.