Updates from your state legislators

Sen. Jane Nelson District 12

R-Flower Mound
Elected: 1993

Recent activity:

  • Filed SB 200, which reorganizes Texas’ health and human services agencies; the bill was signed into law on June 17

  • Filed SB 55, which creates a grant program to help provide mental health services for veterans; the bill was signed into law June 4

Sen. Van Taylor District 8

Elected: 2014

Recent activity:

  • Filed SB 112, which prohibits communication between a criminal suspect and victim; the bill was signed into law May 23

  • Considered 225 bills in the Senate Education Committee

  • Considered 237 bills in the Senate Transportation Committee

Rep. Matt Shaheen District 66

Elected: 2014

Recent activity:

  • Considered 280 bills in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

  • Considered 120 bills in the House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee

  • Filed HB 1734, which would make toll roads a part of the state highway system in certain cases; the bill died in session

Rep. Ron Simmons • District 65

Elected: 2012

Recent activity:

  • Considered 61 bills in the House Business & Industry Committee

  • Considered 300 bills in the House Transportation Committee

  • Filed HB 20, which brings accountability and transparency to the process by which the Texas Department of Transportation prioritizes funding for projects; the bill was signed into law June 1

Rep. Jeff Leach District 67

Elected: 2012

Recent activity:

  • Considered 280 bills in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

  • Considered 89 bills in the House Governement Transparency & Operation Committee

  • Filed HB 48, which creates a commission to review convictions after each exoneration; the bill was passed in the House June 1

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg District 89

Elected: 2002

Recent activity:

  • Considered 211 bills as Chair of the House Elections Committee

  • Considered 274 bills in the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee

  • Filed HB 11 to strengthen border security through data sharing among law enforcement and stricter penalties for smugglers; the bill was signed into law June 9

Rep. Pat Fallon District 106

Elected: 2012

Recent activity:

  • Considered 211 bills in the House Elections Committee

  • Considered 152 bills in the House Special Purpose Districts Committee

  • Filed HB 425, which takes away the pensions of legislators convicted of a felony related to abuse of their office; the bill died in session



Plano Sports Authority announced its expansion in a release Dec. 13. the expansion will include a new soccer arena and additional multi-use courts. (Abode Stock)
Plano Sports Authority announces construction of new soccer arena, additional multi-use courts

Plano Sports Authority announced Dec. 13 that it will begin constructing a new soccer arena in January.

kid gets eye exam
Motiveyes Eye Care opens second Plano location

Motiveyes Eye Care opened a second location Nov. 11 at 1700 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 100, Plano.

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The Boiling Crab opens second Texas location in Plano

The Boiling Crab opened a new location Nov. 11 at 1517 North Central Expressway, Plano.

Collin County voters will have a chance to decide Republican and Democratic nominees in the March 3 primaries. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin County voting: State, local primaries take shape for Republicans, Democrats

Republicans and Democrats have filed for their respective primaries, which Texas voters will decide on March 3.

Plano ISD trustees voted Dec. 10 to approve a final calendar for the 2020-21 school year, with one amendment. (Adobe Stock)
Plano ISD trustees approve a final calendar for the 2020-21 school year

Plano ISD has a new calendar for the 2020-21 school year, and it includes an additional 5 minutes at the beginning of the school day for early childhood, elementary and middle school students.

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Here's a list of candidates running in the 2020 primary for Texas, Denton County offices

Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village voters will have the chance to go to the polls March 3 to vote in local, state and national elections.

The city of Plano has expanded its public improvement district that supports events and marketing for downtown Plano. (Courtesy city of Plano)
Plano loops in more properties to support events in city's historic downtown

Plano City Council on Dec. 9 approved an expansion of the public improvement district that collects fees from downtown Plano property owners to pay for festivals, marketing and beautification projects that promote business in the city’s historic downtown area.

Plano's Chamberlain Ballet performed "The Nutcracker" at Texas Health Dallas on Dec. 7. The ballet company has three planned special performances following its regular season performances in November. (Courtesy Texas Health Resources)
Plano’s Chamberlain Ballet takes part in Texas Health arts initiative

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas hosted Plano’s Chamberlain Ballet for a special performance of "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 7.

Dickens 2019 will take place Dec. 6 in areas of Plano's historic downtown. (Courtesy Dickens)
Event guide: Be in the know for Plano's Dickens 2019

Dickens, Plano’s annual holiday event, will take place in the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District Dec. 6.

Dallas Fort-Worth based running store reaches 1 year at its Plano location

Dallas Running Co. opened a Plano location in mid-November last year at 7200 Bishop Road, Ste. D12, Plano.

Hambone Willy's closes Plano location, continues to operate in Frisco

A notice of lockout for abandonment was posted on the doors of Hambone Willy’s on Oct. 25 at 2208 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 303, Plano.

Weir's Furniture Village celebrates 20 years in Plano

Weir's Furniture Village celebrated its 20th anniversary at its Plano store and outlet location at 5801 Preston Road.

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