Cedar Park and Leander legislators at the Texas Capitol

Sen. Charles Schwertner • District 5

R-Georgetown • Elected: 2012 512-463-0105 • charles.schwertner@senate.state.tx.us

LCP-2017-01-35-s1 GEO-01-2017-25-04Recent bills filed:

  • SB 8: seeks to prohibit certain abortions and treatment and disposition of a human fetus, human fetal tissue and other tissue resulting from pregnancy

  • SB 11: relates to the administration of services provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services, including foster care, child protective, and prevention and early intervention services

  • SB 23: establishes requirements for state contractors to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify

  • SB 176: relates to the regulation of transportation network companies, or TNCs, to require an occupational permit and authorize a fee

  • SB 250: creates limitations on increases in fees and designated tuition charged by certain public institutions of higher education

  • SB 267: relates to the licensing and regulation of hospitals in the state

Sen. Kirk Watson • District 14

D-Austin • Elected: 2006 • 512-463-0114 • kirk.watson@senate.state.tx.us

LCP-2017-01-35-s3 LCP-2017-01-35-s4Recent 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 related to competition or bidding in the Private Information Act



Rep. Terry Wilson • District 20

R-Georgetown • Elected: 2016 512-463-0309 • terry.wilson@house.state.tx.us

LCP-2017-01-35-s5Top campaign issues:

  • LCP-2017-01-35-s11Illegal immigration

  • National security

  • Protection of Second Amendment rights

  • Anti-abortion legislation

  • Tax relief for families and small businesses

  • Reduce wasteful spending

  • Limit government growth

  • Enact zero-based budgets for every government agency

  • Religious freedom

  • Improve educational systems by restructuring state agencies and by rewarding successful teachers


Rep. Larry Gonzales • District 52

R-Round Rock • Elected: 2010 512-463-0670 • larry.gonzales@house.state.tx.us



Recent bills filed:

  • HB 270: requires any proposed constitutional amendment to be placed atop the ballot before all parties, offices, names and other propositions

  • HB 273: each proposition on the ballot must identify the name of the authority ordering the election on the measure and assign a number to the measure that corresponds to the order in which it is placed on the ballot

  • HB 276: allows only one rear-facing license plate to be displayed by passenger cars and light trucks for which the plate is issued

  • HB 277: designates a portion of Hwy. 79 as Officer Chris Kelley Memorial Highway in recognition of the Hutto police officer killed in the line of duty in 2015

  • HJR 28: proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing legislative action at any time during a regular session on a bill that extends the existence of an agency, commission or advisory committee following legislative review; if approved, the amendment proposal would go before voters Nov. 7

Rep. Tony Dale • District 136

R-Cedar Park • Elected: 2012 • 512-463-0696 • tony.dale@house.state.tx.us

LCP-2017-01-35-s9 LCP-2017-01-35-s10Recent bills filed:

  • HB 218: relates to improper relationships between educators and students

  • HB 582: relates to driver’s licenses and personal identification certificates issued to refugees or those seeking asylum lawfully admitted into the U.S.

  • HB 803: relates to a temporary exemption from sales and use tax and franchise tax for certain businesses engaged in spaceflight activities


The Pushing for Justice Caravan for Javier Ambler was held in San Gabriel Park on Aug. 15. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
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See how Leander and Cedar Park real estate fared in March. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Austin FC supporters celebrate the official announcement of the team in January 2019. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Z'Tejas' chorizo dumplings are served on the Arboretum location's porch. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell predicted the end of mass vaccination sites by Memorial Day. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Photo of a sign that says "Travis County"
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Plank Seafood Provisions opened inside The Domain in late March. (Courtesy Richard Casteel)
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Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Austin restaurant group Z'Tejas to open new Avery Ranch location

Z'Tejas will open a third Austin-area location with a large patio before the end of 2021.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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