Updates from your state legislators

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

Sen. Charles Schwertner • District 5

Recent activity:

Schwertner helped pass SB 8, which relates to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax, out of the Senate with a 24-7 vote. It aims to provide businesses with tax cuts.
Passed SB 239 out of the Senate, which offers student loan assistance for mental health professionals who agree to treat underserved patients.

R-Georgetown • Elected: 2012
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At The Capitol Rep. Marsha Farney • District 20[/caption]

Rep. Marsha Farney • District 20

Recent activity:

Farney filed HB 2794, which would make it easier for a person to get a delayed birth certificate and would make it a Class A or B misdemeanor for parents who continue to refuse to give their child an affidavit of personal knowledge. The bill was filed in response to a Williamson County resident who had difficulty in obtaining identifying documents because she was born at home, and her parents did not file for a birth certificate or Social Security number.

Elected: 2012
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Rep. Larry Gonzales Rep. Larry Gonzales • District 52[/caption]

Rep. Larry Gonzales • District 52

Recent activity:

Gonzales is chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, which drafted a proposed two-year, $210 billion state budget.
On April 28 the Conference Committee began meeting to discuss and combine the House and Senate’s separately proposed budgets. Gonzales is a committee member.

R-Round Rock
Elected: 2010
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Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin housing market still hot but showing signs of slowing down

Experts say that a decrease in mortgage purchase applications points to “a reversion back to norm” in the Austin housing market.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

The Pit Stop Grooming opened in Georgetown on July 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Dog grooming shop now open in Georgetown

The Pit Stop Grooming serves dogs of all breeds and sizes.

Complaints over roofing scams general rise after storms, and the city of Georgetown is looking at how to help residents find reputable roofers. (Courtesy Sarris & MacKir Roofing and Construction)
Roofing scam complaints lead Georgetown officials to consider how to protect residents

Unofficial complaints from residents generally increase after storms such as the recent April hail storm, and leaders are looking at ways to protect residents.

The business serves Georgetown and surrounding areas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Lice-removal service now open in Georgetown

The mobile company offers professional head lice removal at clients' homes and sells products geared toward lice prevention and treatment.

WCCHD vaccination drive
Outside consultants to review programs, performance of Williamson County’s health district

The firm will review services and programs offered by the Williamson County and Cities Health District as well as the performance of different departments.

Back to school bash. (Courtesy Wolf Ranch Town Center)
Catch these 15 Georgetown events, activities happening in July and August

Plays, a back-to-school bash, live music and more are happening over the next month.

Travis County has been discussing the possibility of a new Samsung facility with Samsung since January. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County begins incentives negotiations with Samsung for possible $17B facility

Samsung is hoping to finalize a performance agreement by mid-August, which would include information about how the potential facility would affect property taxes.

RadiateHope365 offers its services to Georgetown and surrounding areas. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Financial consulting service now open in Georgetown

The business provides financial coaching services to individuals in Christian ministry.

Poindexter (center) has 24 years of physical therapy experience and has a passion for helping people. (Fernanda Figueroa/Community Impact Newspaper)
Physical therapy practice in Georgetown gets innovative with treatments

Just 20 minutes of using the ARP Wave laser treatment is equivalent to lifting heavy weights in the gym for an hour.

Massey Wallace and her husband, Allen Wallace, will open a seventh location of Lonestar Kolaches at the former Little Red Wagon in October. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lonestar Kolaches coming to Round Rock; Kilwins sweet shop to open in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, such as the Williamson County judge doubting more shutdowns as coronavirus rates increase.

Williamson County courthouse
Williamson County judge: It is ‘not the plan’ to return to COVID-19 lockdowns

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell at a July 20 public meeting said he has no plans to implement restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. According to the WCCHD coronavirus dashboard, the rate of new infections across Williamson County doubled from July 11-18.