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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, no spring break for legislators as final bills are filed and committee agendas are full of potential legislation. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
Last month, I stood in the middle of the circle of desks at the State Board of Education taking the oath of office. As I was standing there, repeating my oath being administered by Senator Larry Taylor, I asked myself, “How did I end up here?” more
This Sunday begins daylight savings time. The Legislature is taking this very literally as we ‘spring forward’ into high gear with committee hearings and moving bills off the Senate floor. … more
As Trump ramps up his agenda and our Supreme Court continues to age, there will be an ongoing discussion of Supreme Court appointees. Abortion is bound to be a significant point of contention. I … more
Thinking about Texas Independence made me wonder how many American Revolution veterans made it to East Texas. Between the American Revolution in 1776 and the Texas Republic in 1836 there’s only 60 years. Its possible a child during the American Revolution could migrate to Texas by the time Texas declared independence from Mexico. Of course, factoring in the longevity in 1836 was only 37 years, according to http://www.legacy.com, it would take a miracle. more
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, more than 1,500 bills are filed in the Senate and more than 3,000 have been filed in the House. I expect these numbers will continue to increase during this last week of filing. more
My heart melts when I hear single moms talking about raising their sons. I also know dads who are charged with raising their sons alone. In both cases the greatest challenge is to demonstrate how to treat women respectfully so sons can have successful marriages. The great news is any parent can raise sons who lead in marriage and lead in life. more
We recently observed Presidents' Day. George Washington, who is also known as the "Father of our Country", is one that I admire the most. Through his skills, leadership and longing to live in a country of free people, he helped lay the foundation for our country's future by building a lasting democratic institution. These principles have stood the test of time and guide every decision I make as I represent you in the Texas Senate. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
As another president attempts to dazzle Americans with his first 100 days, we can rejoice that we still live in the best demonstration of freedom and citizen self-government in the world. The challenge for American voters is to not be fooled by foolishness, no matter from which side of the aisle it originates. There’s so much foolishness to go around. more
The Speaker of the House recently announced member assignments for House committees. Now that both chambers have their organizational processes in place and bills are being referred, we are getting down to business. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: 1. Convention of States more
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