Area lawmakers file bills to start 85th Texas legislative session

Meet your legislators Lake Travis | WestlakeRep. Terry Wilson • District 20

R-Marble Falls • Elected: 2016

(No bills pre-filed)

Campaign promises:

  • Immigration: secure the border, end sanctuary cities, reject amnesty

  • Second Amendment rights: eliminate regulations and gun-free zones

  • Pro-life: “put an end to abortion in Texas”

  • Education: eliminate ineffective education bureaucracies, reward passionate teachers

Meet your legislators Lake Travis | WestlakeRep. Paul Workman• District 47

R-Austin • Elected: 2010

Recent bills filed:

  • HB 262: relates to late applications for certain exemptions from ad valorem taxation

  • HB 638: relates to prosecution for operating unmanned aircraft over a correctional facility or critical infrastructure facility

  • HB 734: relates to requiring driver’s education curriculum to include information regarding appropriate interactions with law enforcement

Meet your legislators Lake Travis | WestlakeRep. Donna Howard • District 48

D-Austin • Elected: 2006

Recent bills filed:

  • HB 631: relates to a public awareness campaign on firearm safety and suicide prevention

  • HB 635: relates to issuance of a vendor permit for the sale of goods during an event held in the Capitol Complex

  • HB 636: relates to a report on the range of potential fiscal impacts to the state resulting from judgments in pending suits against the state or a state agency

Meet your legislators Lake Travis | WestlakeSen. Kirk Watson • District 14

D-Austin • Elected: 2006

Recent bills filed:

  • SB 284: relates to acceptable forms of identification for voting

  • SB 290: relates to the state’s financial contribution to funding public education

  • SB 407: relates to closing loopholes that create exemptions in the Private Information Act for government entities

  • SB 417: relates to a notice to policyholders and agents of certain changes to property and casualty insurance policies

Meet your legislators Lake Travis | WestlakeSen. Dawn Buckingham• District 24

R-Austin • Elected: 2016

Recent bills filed:

  • SB 394: relates to requiring members of the electoral college to vote  for the presidential and vice presidential candidates who received the most votes in the state’s general electionAn elector who violates the bill would be ineligible to serve as an elector in all subsequent elections and would be liable for  a civil penalty of $5,000.

Meet your legislators Lake Travis | WestlakeSen. Donna Campbell • District 25

R-New Braunfels • Elected: 2012

Recent bills filed:

  • SB 227: relates to the eligibility of certain property for some ad valorem tax incentives relating to wind-powered energy devices

  • SB 239: relates to a parent’s right to view the body of a deceased child before an autopsy is performed

  • SB 395: relates to prosecution for operating unmanned aircraft over a correctional facility or critical infrastructure facility


City officials are facing growing pressure to address the growing visibility of homelessness in Austin. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sanctioned homeless camp proposal gains attention from Austin leaders as pressure mounts

Mayor Steve Adler said the urgent need for shelter space and housing could overrule initial objections to sanctioned homeless encampments.

See how COVID-19 continues to impact Travis County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Despite drop in hospital admissions, Travis County adds 4,039 new COVID-19 cases over past 7 days

Overall, Travis County has reported 65,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Construction at Q2 Stadium is on schedule to be completed by late March or early April. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC will play at newly named Q2 Stadium starting this summer

Austin FC announced the naming partnership with Austin-based tech company Q2 Holdings Inc. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25.

Lane closures will occur at Redbud Trail. (Community Impact Staff)
Temporary lane closures in effect on Redbud Trail bridge in Westlake

Residents can anticipate alternate lane closures beginning Jan. 25 on the Redbud Trail bridge in the Westlake region.

Early voting will begin April 12 for the May 1 election. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lake Travis ISD calls board of trustees election for May

Trustees officially called the election during a Jan. 20 board meeting, with Place 1 and Place 2 on the ballot.

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vaccine portal opens in Hays County; read Austin business news and more Central Texas info

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Leander ISD students to make up snow day in April

The April date was set in the 2020-21 district calendar and otherwise would have been a holiday.

Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines opened Jan. 19. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Register for vaccine in WilCo; 24 restaurants to try in Leander, Cedar Park and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Home sales have increased in the Lake Travis-Westlake area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Real estate competition grows in Lake Travis-Westlake region as Central Texas sees unprecedented housing demand

Residential home sales in the Lake Travis-Westlake area soared by 28.5% in December. The total dollar volume, which represents the month’s total sale prices, increased by 56.2%.

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott floats ‘statewide camping ban’ as homeless debate heats up

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague.

Staff at Lake Travis ISD received COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 19. (Courtesy Marco Alvarado)
Staff at Eanes, Lake Travis ISDs obtain COVID-19 vaccine

Through a partnership with local health entities, this week, Eanes ISD and Lake Travis ISD secured COVID-19 vaccines for a combined 338 eligible staff members.