Updates from your state legislators

At the Capitol Sen. Jane Nelson • District 12[/caption]

Sen. Jane Nelson District 1

Recent activity:
• Authored and passed Senate Bill 200, which reorganizes Texas’ health and human services agencies. The bill passed in the Senate on April 15.
• Authored 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. Van Taylor • District 8 Sen. Van Taylor • District 8[/caption]

Sen. Van Taylor District 8

Recent activity:
• Spearheaded  ethics reform to help terminate conflicts of interest, and increase transparency and make politicians more accountable to voters.
• Helped push for an increase in border security funding
• Helped pass property and business tax relief as well as several measures to limit the growth of government

Elected: 2014
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At the Capitol Rep. Matt Shaheen • District 66[/caption]

Rep. Matt Shaheen District 66

Recent activity:
Supported SB 1139 to provide two district courts and one county court-at-law in Collin County. The bill was passed in the Senate on April 27.
Co-authored HB 114 providing greater oversight of capital appreciation bonds used by local governments was passed in the House on May 13.

Elected: 2014
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At the Capitol Rep. Ron Simmons • District 65[/caption]

Rep. Ron Simmons • District 65

Recent activity:
Filed HB 20 to add accountability to the Texas Department of Transportation’s process for prioritizing project funding. The bill was passed in the House on May 1.
Filed HB 1286 which strengthens the definition of a disabled person to support stricter penalties for injury to a disabled person. The bill passed in the house on April 13.

Elected: 2012
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At the Capitol Rep. Jeff Leach • District 67[/caption]

Rep. Jeff Leach District 67

Recent activity:
Filed HB 207 to provide tougher penalties for sexual offenders. The bill passed in the House on May 12.
Filed HB 2489 to protect private property rights of homeowners. The bill passed in the House on May 8.
Filed HB 2596 to expedite processing time for protective orders filed by victims of domestic violence. The bill was passed in the House on May 15.

Elected: 2012
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At the Capitol Rep. Jodie Laubenberg • District 89[/caption]

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg District 89

Recent activity:
Filed SB 1139 to provide two district courts and one county court-at-law in Collin County. The bill was passed in the Senate on April 27.
Filed House Bills 1623, 1878 and 2082 to assist Children's Health System provide care. The bills were passed in the House on May 8.

Elected: 2002
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At the Capitol Rep. Pat Fallon • District 106[/caption]

Rep. Pat Fallon District 106

Recent activity:
Gave testimony to Pensions Committee about HB 425, which takes away the pensions of legislators convicted of a felony related to abuse of their office.
Filed HB 3559, which prohibits a concealed handgun license holder from having a gun in governmental meetings.

Elected: 2012
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Compass has offices across DFW, including in Plano, Southlake, Highland Village and Frisco. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Real estate company Compass acquires LegacyTexas Title

The acquisition will strengthen Compass’ title and escrow portfolio and enable further integration of the company’s brokerage and related services, according to a company release.

See new population data in Plano. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Plano 2020 census data reveals substantial increases in residents of color

Residents who identify as white decreased by almost 13%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Collin College's Plano Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Collin College planning to offer third bachelor's degree program

Collin College’s ability to offer more bachelor’s degrees will help address gaps in workforce training and offer a more affordable path to higher education for students. 

Volunteers with signs.
13th annual NTX Giving Day partners with record 3,300-plus nonprofits

A fundraiser started by Communities Foundation of Texas connects donors with nonprofits in their area.

The lot where the car wash will be built falls under the Spring Creekwalk Master Plan, a 160-acre area identified by the city as having development and redevelopment potential. (Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Captain Car Wash coming to Plano after council approves zoning request

The Plano Planning and Zoning Commission said the car wash does not align with the Spring Creekwalk master plan and recommended council deny the zoning request, according to city documents.

New fixtures are being installed at the Cannaday Recreation Area near Clark Middle School. The 4-acre park is being redesigned as an athletic training hub. A budget of $500,000 will bring an obstacle course not unlike something from the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to the neighborhood. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
Collin County adopts budget and property tax rate; Frisco prioritizes parks and trails development, plus more top news from DFW

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

GALLERY: Plano ISD’s new fine arts center to open later this year

“For our students to be able to have a place this fine to display their talents is just a dream come true,” Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser said.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

Building under construction.
Black Rifle Coffee Company shop under construction in Plano

According to the Black Rifle Coffee Company website, the new coffee shop will offer a full espresso bar, 15 different blends of coffee, outdoor seating, a drive-thru, and grab-and-go food options.

People working out.
RockBox Fitness studio now offering classes in Plano

The group fitness studio offers high-energy boxing and kickboxing classes in a community setting.

North Central Texas Council of Governments is proposing new uses for high-occupancy vehicle lanes on US 75 and is asking the public to provide feedback on the plan. (Community Impact Staff)
Richardson, Plano residents asked to comment on plan that would pay some drivers to use HOV lanes on US 75

A pilot project in the corridor between I-635 and SH 121 will evaluate the effectiveness of allowing solo drivers to use the lanes while also providing an incentive to cars with more than one occupant, according to the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The tuition-free, early intervention school for students on the autism spectrum serves children in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. (Courtesy Foundation School of Autism - Plano)
Foundation School of Autism now open in Plano

The tuition-free, early intervention school for students on the autism spectrum serves children in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade.