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DATED MATERIAL January 19, 2023
From @GovAbbott: "We gather on the threshold of a legislative session that will transform the lives of Texans for generations. Together, we are going to build the Texas of tomorrow not for just the next four years, but for the next century."
Current Bills by East Texas Politicians 1/22/2023
subject to revision, updates and changes; these are preliminary pending bills that have a process before a vote. Here's how a bill becomes law, (click here), includes enrollment, committee assignment, committee vote, vote, 2nd reading, 3rd reading, governor signature.
This list is slated for update with the actual bill numbers and links to their status in the coming weeks.
ENROLLED BILLS - PRELIMINARY LIST FROM
EAST TEXAS LEGISLATIVE OFFICIALS
TEXAS NEWS - Jan. 20
NEW: From @GovAbbott:
POSTER REQUIRED IN NAIL SALONS, HAIR SALONS, ALL COSMOTOLOGY BUSINESSES, MASSAGE BUSINESS
STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING - Two Notes
"Proud to unveil the ‘Stop Human Trafficking’ specialty license plate. I encourage all Texans to join us in our mission to eradicate human trafficking as we raise awareness, educate the public, and support survivors." Governor Abbott
@TexasHHSC Texas Official Health and Human Services
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Several professions regulated by TDLR can intersect with persons who are being trafficked. This poster - required to be posted in cosmetology and massage establishments - is useful.
From @GregAbbott_TX: "Texas is sitting on a historic budget surplus. We owe that surplus to our taxpayers. I want to provide Texans with the largest property tax cut in the history of our state. It’s your money – you deserve to keep it."
Update: January 22, 2023, from Senator Bryan Hughes (FB), from District 1, representing 16 northeast Texas counties, reported on social media Monday,
stating, "I am grateful to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for reappointing me as Chair of the Senate Committee on State Affairs and for giving me the additional honor of serving as Chair of the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. I will use these positions of leadership to support the limited government and free market policies that have made Texas a beacon of hope in our nation and the world."
Hughes continued, "It is an honor to serve on the Senate Committee on Finance with Chairwoman Joan Huffman as our state seeks to steward a $33 billion surplus. Texans can rest assured that under her leadership, we will produce a balanced, conservative budget."
"I also am honored to serve," Hughes added, "as a member of the Committees on Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and Economic Development, and Nominations. Each of these committees plays a vital role in our state. I look forward to working with Chairs Huffman, Lois Kolkhorst, Brian Birdwell, and Dr. Donna Campbell to advance policies for Texas' brightest future."
TEXAS BORDER SECURITY
From @GovAbbott: "More Texans have a job today than EVER in the history of our state! That puts more Texans on the path to prosperity through higher wages and unparalleled opportunities.
BORDER CRISIS Update: From @TxDPS: As part of Gov. @GregAbbott_TX's Operation Lone Star, DPS' Aircraft Operations Division is helping secure the border by combating the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas. The goal: keep Texas communities safe." Governor Abbott
TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
From @TexasEconDev: https://twitter.com/TexasEconDev
@LaredoEDC Texas’ central location and state-of-the-art ports, infrastructure and transportation network provides unmatched access to domestic and global markets by land, air and sea >> Read more here.
"Exxon prepares to start up $2 BILLION Texas oil refinery expansion. Great news for our mighty oil and gas industry. Oil production is expected to reach a new high in 2023 thanks to hardworking Texans. Texas energy powers the world." >> Read more here, as provided by the Governor's office link to Reuters story.
EMPLOYERS & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FUND
EMPLOYERS: From @TXWorkforce: Take advantage of this winning formula: Join 4,800 TX businesses that have partnered with local community colleges and workforce development boards to offer job training grants from the Skills Development Fund! Read more here!
GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL EARLY?
NEW STATE SCHOLARSHIP
From @TXHigherEdBoard: Students graduating early could receive the Texas First Diploma, a Distinguished Level of Achievement and a scholarship toward their first year at a select Texas university. Learn more about this opportunity for graduating high school students! [Read about this program here!]
TEXAS VETERANS (MILITARY)
jANUARY 19, 2023
FROM THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF SUMMARIES
January 16, 2023
JUST TWO MILLIGRAMS CAN KILL
- TIED TO BORDER CRISIS AND
(From the Governor's staff on state updates.)
#OnePillKills message from @TxDPS: DID YOU KNOW? Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. That's why DPS is working to raise awareness about the dangers of this deadly drug, as tasked by Gov. @GregAbbott_TX . Learn more about the dangers of fentanyl at dps.texas.gov/onepillkills.
"To combat the rise in fentanyl across Texas, DPS continues to combat the smuggling of this deadly drug into our state, particularly as part of Operation Lone Star. Since Operation Lone Star began in March 2021, DPS has seized more than 346 million* lethal doses of fentanyl across the state. This is enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in the United States."
Editor's note: This is milligrams in weight, not fluids. "Milligrams are very small measurements of solid weight in the international metric system. Specifically, a milligram is one-thousandth of a gram; to put it in concrete terms, the common mosquito weighs around 2 milligrams."
See also: All The Science
TEXAS NEWS - Jan. 22
NOTICE: This page is made of re-circulated news. It is compiled from other direct news sources and emails from OPEN RECORDS of Texas govt. agencies and departments; subject to change, updates and revised links.
NEW: From @GovAbbott:
From @GovAbbott: "GREAT jobs news! Texas hit a new historic high for total jobs for the 14th month in a row, putting even more Texans on the path to prosperity. Our skilled, growing workforce and pro-business environment are a magnet for job creators. This session, we will work together to keep Texas the land of opportunity. Read more."
BORDER CRISIS UPDATE
BORDER CRISIS Update: From @TxDPS:
ELEVATED FIRE DANGER THIS WEEK
From @TDEM: Elevated fire weather conditions are in the forecast for southwest Texas through at least Tuesday. READ MORE HERE (TIPS)
@TXForestService has resources prepared to respond if requested by local officials, and TDEM field staff are standing by to support as needed. Tips here.
On 1/19/2023, the governor's office reporter,
"Since Friday, (January 13) Texas A&M Forest Service has responded to 13 wildfires for 111.8 acres burned. There are currently 70 county burn bans in place across Texas, (story here) Always be mindful of these bans and other burning restrictions in your area."
BURN BANS HERE:
TEA OFFERS STUDENT HEREOS AWARD
Nominate a Texas public school student volunteer for the 2023 Student Heroes Award. The award highlights students that inspire their peers and community with acts of kindness through volunteer service. Let’s recognize these outstanding students!
Read more from the TEA.
TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DYK: Dallas is the birthplace of the integrated circuit (Jack Kilby designed it at @TXInstruments during summer vacation)! The design sparked a revolution, establishing Texas as a powerhouse in the semiconductor industry. Read more.
JOBs and BIZ News:
JOB GROWTH IN TEXAS
EMPLOYERS: From @TXWorkforce:
Read more here!
Take a look at the top Texas Industries for job growth from November to December! 12.7K added in Education and Health Services; 6.3K jobs added in Financial Activities; 5.5K added in Manufacturing. Learn more.
TWC news release: Texas Unemployment Rate Drops in December, State Adds 29,500 Jobs
TEXAS VETERANS (MILITARY)
"Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! Join us in showing our Texas Veterans they are loved and the sacrifices they made for their country will always be appreciated by sending a Valentine’s Day card to a resident of one of our nine Texas VLB Veterans Homes."
HUMAN TRAFFICKING UPDATE - TEXAS
Public awareness is an important part of preventing and combating human trafficking. Learn more about DPS’ efforts to prevent human trafficking and
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