Updates from your state legislators

Sen. Kelly Hancock • District 9 Sen. Kelly Hancock • District 9[/caption]

Sen. Kelly Hancock • District 9

Recent activity:
• SB 9, authored by Kelly, was approved by the Senate and is now being discussed by the House. The bill would tie the growth of the budget to population and inflation increases

• Hancock voted against SB 106, which decriminalizes the crime of failure to attend school, also known as truancy

R-North Richland Hills
Elected: 2012
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Sen. Konni Burton • District 10 Sen. Konni Burton • District 10[/caption]

Sen. Konni Burton • District 10

Recent activity:
• Burton’s SB 1864 was approved 7-0 by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. As proposed the bill would amend current laws and require law enforcement officers to obtain a search warrant in order to search a mobile phone, smartphone or other wireless communication devices

Elected: 2014
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Sen. Jane Nelson • District 12 Sen. Jane Nelson • District 12[/caption]

Sen. Jane Nelson • District 12

Recent activity:
• Authored and passed SB 200,  which reorganizes Texas’ health and human services agencies

• Authored and passed SB 55, which creates a grant program to help provide mental health services for veterans

R-Flower Mound
Elected: 1993
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Sen. Don Huffines • District 16 Sen. Don Huffines • District 16[/caption]

Sen. Don Huffines • District 16

Recent activity:
• Added legislation to Senate Joint Resolution 66, which would limit the governor and lieutenant governor to two consecutive terms in office

• Filed SB 62, which would require the comptroller to account for and supervise all funds the state expends on border security and illegal immigration

Elected: 2014
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Rep. Tan Parker • District 63 Rep. Tan Parker • District 63[/caption]

Rep. Tan Parker • District 63

Recent activity:
• Helped pass HB 31 and HB 32, which advances the House tax cut plan of $4.9 billion that includes an across-the-board 25 percent cut to the business franchise tax

• Supported the House open carry bill that allows properly vetted and licensed individuals to openly carry small firearms

R-Flower Mound
Elected: 2006
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Rep. Jonathan Stickland • District 92 Rep. Jonathan Stickland • District 92[/caption]

Rep. Jonathan Stickland • District 92

Recent activity:
• Supported HB 142, which would ban red-light traffic cameras in the state of Texas

• Added two amendments to a bill to prevent the state of Texas from potentially mandating HPV vaccinations to children

Elected: 2012
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Rep. Giovanni Capriglione • District 98 Rep. Giovanni Capriglione • District 98[/caption]

Rep. Giovanni Capriglione • District 98

Recent activity:
• HB 903, co-authored by Capriglione, was sent to the governor for approval. The bill would take a portion of the $7 billion currently in the rainy day fund and invest it in higher-yield, low-risk accounts

• Co-authored HB 1294, an ethics disclosure bill, which would require Texas elected officials to reveal contracts they have with governmental entities

Elected: 2012
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Rep. Matt Rinaldi • District 115 Rep. Matt Rinaldi • District 115[/caption]

Rep. Matt Rinaldi • District 115

Recent activity:
• HB 937, co-authored by Rinaldi, has been approved by the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and is waiting to be put on the House calendar for discussion. The bill would allow individuals who have a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses and other higher education institutions

Elected: 2014
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Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet to open in Grapevine

Dimassi's offers halal and Mediterranean food options such as falafel, tabouli, hummus, lamb shank and mansaf.

The Texas Secretary of State's office has launched an audit of 2020 election results in four of Texas’ largest counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Texas Secretary of State's office announces audit of 2020 election results in Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and Harris counties

In a statement released Sept. 23, the office said it anticipates the state Legislature will fund the process.

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)
CI Nation roundup: Perfect Game coming to Cedar Park; Kyle City Council approves trail master plan to connect Austin to San Antonio 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. 24.

wall of hanging guitars
Addison-based Tone Shop Guitars now serving Southlake community

Tone Shop Guitars is an independently owned guitar shop that sells a variety of guitar brands and accessories and also offers in-store repair services.

Artists’ work will be available to view and buy, along with live entertainment, food and drinks at Art in the Square in Southlake. (Courtesy Art in the Square)
Art in the Square returns to Southlake this weekend, Sept. 24-26

The annual festival and community fundraiser highlights work from more than 150 artists and raises money for programs serving women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County.

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.

R&J's Bar and Grill held a soft opening earlier in September. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
R&J's Bar and Grill opens in former Lucy's Lot location in Grapevine

R&J's Bar and Grill in Grapevine offers a variety of menu items, such as burgers, tenders and seafood entrees, alongside a full bar.

Mikoto Ramen Bar & Sushi is now open on Southlake Boulevard. (Courtesy Mikoto Ramen Bar & Sushi)
Mikoto Ramen Bar & Sushi now open in Southlake

Mikoto Ramen Bar & Sushi offers 100% plant-based broth for its ramen and uses fresh fish for its sushi.

Chicken N Pickle will include a restaurant, sports bar and pickleball courts, and is expected to open in late 2022 in Grapevine. (Courtesy Chicken N Pickle)
Entertainment venue Chicken N Pickle to open in Grapevine in late 2022

The indoor/outdoor entertainment complex offering a restaurant, sports bar and pickleball courts is coming to the Delaney Vineyards property next year.

McKinney City Council considered design concepts for future wayfinding signs for the city Sept. 21. (Illustration courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney eyes designs for wayfinding signs; Plano House of Comedy reschedules opening and more DFW-area news

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Colleyville City Council shot off confetti shooters in celebration after adopting a no-new-revenue tax rate for the fourth consecutive year. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Colleyville officially lowers tax rate, adopts budget for fiscal year 2021-22

Colleyville City Council lowered its tax rate at its Sept. 21 meeting by adopting a no-new-revenue tax rate of $0.291778 per $100 of assessed value for the upcoming fiscal year.