Updates from your state legislators

Sen. Brandon Creighton Sen. Brandon Creighton[/caption]

Sen. Brandon CreightonDistrict 4

Elected: 2006
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Top bills filed:

  • Co-authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 that passed April 20 in the Senate, which directs the Texas Water Development Board to conduct a study to look at desalination for the Montgomery County brackish water supply.

  • Authored Senate Bill 228 that passed April 30 in the Senate, which establishes a tax-free weekend for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies in the state of Texas.

Sen. Paul Bettencourt Sen. Paul Bettencourt[/caption]

Sen. Paul BettencourtDistrict 7

Elected: 20145
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Top bills filed:

  • Authored SB 182 to recalculate the ad valorem rollback tax rates for certain taxing units. The bill has been left pending in the Senate Finance Committee after an April 9 public hearing.

  • Authored SB 1215 to abolish the property tax assistance division from the Comptroller of Public Accounts and transfer duties to a newly created tax board. The Senate passed the bill, which was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee on May 4.

Rep. Mark Keough Rep. Mark Keough[/caption]

Rep. Mark KeoughDistrict 15

R-The Woodlands
Elected: 2014
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Top bills filed:

  • House Bill 2990 would allow the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services to obtain criminal history information of applicants and current employees. The bill is awaiting approval in the House.

  • HB 2041 would lower appraisal caps from 10 percent to 5 percent. The bill was sent to the Ways and Means Committee on March 13.

Rep. Debbie Riddle Rep. Debbie Riddle[/caption]

Rep. Debbie Riddle • District 150

Elected: 2005
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Top bills filed:

  • Authored HB 372, relating to the monitoring of Internet access of certain sex offenders. The bill was referred to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on April 30.

  • Authored HB 416, requiring personnel of abortion facilities to complete human trafficking training. The bill was placed on the general state calendar on May 6.

Rep. Cecil Bell Rep. Cecil Bell[/caption]

Rep. Cecil Bell District 3

Elected: 2012
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Top bills filed:

  • Co-authored HB 460, which would allow search warrants  to be issued for blood tests for intoxication charges. A committee report was filed on April 28.

  • Authored HB 1745, which states no state or local governmental employee may be compelled to recognize a marriage or enforce a marriage license that violates a personal religious belief. The bill has been left pending in the State Affairs Committee since March 25.


Magnolia Medical Specialists will be located on FM 1488. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Site under construction on FM 1488 for Magnolia Medical Specialists

Work is underway on Magnolia Medical Specialists, a medical building being built on FM 1488 near the Marcel Town Center.

student writing on paper
Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.

Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null announced during a YouTube update on July 28 tat that students, faculty or parents who test positive for COVID-19 are not allowed to come to school. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe ISD officials: Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test will not be allowed to enter district schools

Superintendent Curtis Null said the district was granted the authority after state officials updated policies.

Early morning paving work will take place on Kuykendahl Road the week of Aug. 2. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early morning paving work planned on Kuykendahl Road in The Woodlands on Aug. 2-6

Early morning paving work will take place on Kuykendahl Road between Lake Woodlands and Bay Branch drives in The Woodlands from Aug. 2-6.

The Tomball ISD board of trustees was named the Region 4 School Board of the Year for the 2020-21 school year by the Texas Association of School Administrators School Board Awards Program. (Courtesy Tomball ISD)
Tomball ISD board named Region 4 School Board of the Year

The Tomball ISD board of trustees was named the Region 4 School Board of the Year for the 2020-21 school year by the Texas Association of School Administrators School Board Awards Program, according to a July 15 release from the district.

Vert will be a sister location of Piney Rose. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Piney Rose announces sister store for Market Street

Vert is anticipated to open this September.

The Round Top Collection Gallery has started offering its fall collection. (Courtesy The Round Top Collection Gallery)
The Round Top Collection Gallery announces relocation to Oak Ridge North

The store is relocating from its Market Street location to Oak Ridge North, next to Whiskey Cake.

Outside of the Alan B. Sadler Commissioner's Courthouse in Conroe
Montgomery County commissioners vote on proposed tax rate, set date for public hearing on FY 2021-22 budget

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20 to adopt the final budget and tax rate for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

The location is expected to open in the fall. (Courtesy Freebirds World Burrito)
Freebirds coming soon to Riley Fuzzel Road

The new Freebirds location is expected to open in the fall.

Chef Chan's will be replacing Spicy Cuisine. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)
Original family reopens Chef Chan's in Indian Springs

Chef Chan's The Original is owned and operated by the family that opened Chef Chan's in 1982 on Kuykendahl Road.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.