Updates from your state legislators

Sen. Charles Schwertner Sen. Charles Schwertner • District 5[/caption]

Sen. Charles Schwertner • District 5

Recent activity:

• SB 8 passed out of the Senate by a vote of 24-7. It aims to provide businesses with tax cuts by eliminating the state franchise tax for more than
52 percent of all businesses

• SB 239 passed out of the Senate. The bill aims to offer student loan assistance for mental health professionals who agree to treat underserved patients.

Elected: 2012
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Sen. Kirk Watson • District 14Sen. Kirk Watson • District 14

Recent activity:

• SB 585 and SB 586 requires lobbyists to disclose expenditures of $50 or more per day spent on politicians and their families. The Senate passed both bills May 5.

• SB 754 funds a motorcycle safety and driver education campaign using money in the Motorcycle Education Fund. The bill passed the Senate on May 5 and was sent to the House for consideration.

Elected: 2006
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Sen. Donna Campbell

Sen. Donna Campbell • District 25

Recent activity: 

• SB 310 and SB 573 were presented to committee May 3. The bills provide local oversight of debt and bond issuance.

• SB 1639 protects property owners from annexation into a city without the consent of the area majority. It was presented to committee on April 30.

• SB 1900 was approved by committee May 3. The bill provides facility funding for charter schools.

R-New Braunfels
Elected: 2013
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At The Capitol Rep. Paul Workman • District 47[/caption]

Rep. Paul Workman • District 47

Recent activity:

• House Joint Resolution 79 was put on the House calendar May 9. It calls for a convention of the states to propose a U.S. Constitution amendment for a balanced federal budget.

• HB 40 gives Texas exclusive jurisdiction over oil and gas operations in the state. It passed the House on April 20, and the Senate on May 4, and was sent to the governor.

Elected: 2010
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At The Capitol Rep. Donna Howard • District 48[/caption]

Rep. Donna Howard • District 48

Recent activity:

• HB 2396 received a second reading on the House floor May 5. The bill addresses tuition funds that are not used for their intended purpose.

• The House passed HB 2660 on May 5. The bill addresses the attendance and funding disparity between public school students on a regular schedule and those on a flexible schedule

Elected: 2006
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Rep. Elliott Naishtat • District 49Rep. Elliott Naishtat • District 49

Recent activity: 

• HB 837, which creates a mitigating factor in a defense for patients who are recommended medicinal marijuana by a doctor,
was left pending in the Public
Health Committee.

• HB 3183, a living will directive and do-not-resuscitate order of a pregnant patient—also known as Marlise’s Law—was also left pending in a committee despite an April 15 public hearing.

• D-Austin
• Elected: 1990
• 512-463-0668
• [email protected]


Austin, Travis County and Austin ISD officials gathered Sept. 24 to discuss local resilience planning. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin, Travis County, AISD look to build collaboration on community disaster hubs

The governments and school district are looking to grow a network of facilities that can provide resources to residents amid weather emergencies.

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Austin Public Health eyes possible shift to Stage 4 guidelines

Local health leaders said they want to see the current downward trend of COVID-19 hospitalizations persist before making any changes.

Kyle City Council voted 6-1 and approved the new citywide trail master plan that will utilize 2020 bond election funds for trails that will help connect Austin to San Antonio. (Courtesy Pexels)
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Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said Sept. 23 though the district has been awarded emergency funding, it has only had access to a fraction of it. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD superintendent lays out barriers to receiving emergency funding

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said while it seems that the district has received "millions and millions," it has been able to use a fraction of granted emergency funds.

Kevin Foster, an Austin ISD board trustee, alerted the board Sept. 23 to his concern about a police response at LBJ Early College High School last week. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD trustee questions police response after hoax 911 call

After a large police response to a falsely reported school shooting last week, one member of the Austin ISD board of trustees is concerned about police scaring students.

Several parents of New Caney ISD students spoke at the district's Sept. 20 board meetings about recent allegations that a student brought a firearm to Porter High School's Sept. 18 homecoming dance. NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert stressed that no gunshots were fired at the event, and that the district is investigating the allegations. (Wesley Gardner/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI Nation roundup: Round Rock ISD trustees considered for censuring; New Caney ISD addresses allegations of student with gun at campus event and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 23.

Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
British Airways to resume service from Austin to London in October

The flights will run three days per week and include COVID-19 safety measures for passengers.

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New pickleball league launches with inaugural tournament in Dripping Springs

A new pickleball league based in Austin is launching its inaugural season with a tournament in Dripping Springs later this fall.

Apricot Lane Boutique offers clothing for women of all ages. (Courtesy Anne Burnett)
Clothing boutique now open in Bee Cave

Apricot Lane clothing store managed by mother-daughter team