From The Texan: Education Commissioner Says Funding Waivers Still Available to Districts Delaying In-Person Opening

July 30, 2020

According to a clarification issued by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath this week, school districts may continue to delay reopening for in-person instruction for as long as eight weeks. Morath says the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will continue to grant funding waivers to public school districts who elect to offer virtual instead of in-person instruction for up […]

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Members Are Unopposed In GOP Primary

December 12, 2019

AUSTIN – Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) announced that all nine members of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus that are on the ballot in the 2020 election cycle will be unopposed in the March Republican Primary. This is a testament to the historic record of accomplishment by the Republican led Texas Senate, under the leadership […]

Texas Senate passes Bill to Ban Red Light Cameras

May 17, 2019

House Bill 1631 Prohibits the use of Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Systems   AUSTIN– House Bill 1631, otherwise known as the Red-Light Camera Bill, passed the Texas Senate 23-8. The bill was authored in the House by Representative Jonathan Stickland (R – Bedford) and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Bob Hall (R – Edgewood). […]

Senate Bill 1978, the so Called “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill, Authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R – Mineola), Passes to Engrossment in the Texas Senate

May 15, 2019

Senate Bill 1978 Protects the Religious Liberty of Businesses and Individuals Against any Discrimination by a Government or Public Entity   AUSTIN– Senate Bill 1978 would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San […]

Massive Overhaul of School Finance, House Bill 3, Passes the Texas Senate

May 6, 2019

HB 3 Reduces STAAR Tests, does not Increase Passing Standards and Prohibits Evaluating Teacher Performance and Incentive Pay based solely on STAAR test scores   AUSTIN– The Committee Substitute to House Bill 3, sponsored by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Galveston) has passed the Texas Senate with 26 yes votes, thereby allowing for the largest school finance […]

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Continues to Draw Attention to Crisis At Border

April 18, 2019

  People continue to die crossing the border and are forced into sex slavery in the face of Congress’ refusal to act Senators Cornyn, Cruz, and Lt. Governor Patrick all joined Senate Republican Caucus membership   AUSTIN – Yesterday afternoon the Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference to again call attention to […]

Senate Republican Caucus Recognizes Plight of Texas Property Taxpayers by Passing SB 2

April 15, 2019

  Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt authors Senate Bill 2, which passes 18-13, Texas Businesses and Homeowners finally catch a break from rising Property Taxes   AUSTIN– Senate Bill 2, authored by Chairman of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, Senator Paul Bettencourt, passed the Senate with all 19 Republican members of the Senate voting to suspend […]

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Hails Passage of Senate Bill 23, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst

April 9, 2019

All 19 Republican Senators voted to send Senate Bill 23 to the House and ensure that babies Born-Alive must be given every chance to live  AUSTIN – Senate Bill 23, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst passed the Senate 21-10 with all 19 Republican Senators voting for it. Senate Bill 23 would […]

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Supports Senate Resolution 535 Declaring the Humanitarian and Security Crisis at the Border an Emergency

April 2, 2019

Chairman of the Caucus Paul Bettencourt Puts Forth Senate Resolution 535, co-authored by all 18 other Republican Senators AUSTIN – Chairman of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, Paul Bettencourt, put forth Senate Resolution 535, co-authored by all the Republican Senators, this afternoon that declares the crisis at the US-Mexico border an emergency. Chairman Bettencourt, echoing […]

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