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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The martial arts school offers a variety of programs for youth, teens and more. (Courtesy J Tiger Martial Arts)
J Tiger Martial Arts reaches 10-year anniversary in Southlake

The Southlake-based dojo specializes in the World Taekwondo Federation style of martial arts and has classes that teach technique as well as character-building.

Chris Gilliam recently relocated his Farmers Insurance office to Cheek-Sparger Road in Colleyville. (Steven Ryzewski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chris Gilliam relocates Farmers Insurance office in Colleyville

The office on Cheek-Sparger Road offers auto, home, renters and business insurance.

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.

Dutch Bros Coffee opened a new drive-thru location July 26 in Plano. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Dutch Bros Coffee comes to Plano; meat market, butcher shop opens in Richardson and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including a meat market and butcher shop that offers authentic Middle Eastern-style grilled meats that are halal and locally sourced.

Connections Wellness Group has existing locations in Denton (pictured) and McKinney. The group offers therapy and psychiatric services. (Courtesy Connections Wellness Group)
Connections Wellness Group eyes September opening for Southlake location

Connections Wellness Group will offer therapy and psychiatric services with an emphasis on care that is cost effective.

Boxes, moving supplies and locks are also available for purchase at the location. (Steven Ryzewski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Smart Space Self Storage now open in Colleyville

The location offers a variety of climate-controlled storage spaces.

A chiropractor appointment
Alpha Wellness Center relocates within Grapevine

Chiropractor Janelle Whitehead also opened Dr. J's Wholistic Farmacy at the same location.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

GCISD administration building
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to condense funds from 2011, 2016 bonds

The board of trustees will consider short-term capital projects that may be paid for with undesignated bond funds in August.

Racks of shoes and other running gear
Dallas Running Co. now open in Southlake

The store offers personalized shoe fittings and sells over 20 brands of running shoes.

Mad for Chicken opened July 23 at 216 W. Virginia St., Ste. 102, in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy Mad for Chicken)
Mad for chicken now serving McKinney; La Casita Tacos y Pupusas coming to Richardson and more DFW-area news

Mad for Chicken, a Korean-inspired restaurant, serves soy-garlic fried chicken alongside pork belly strips, salads, kimchi fries, quesadillas and more.

A woman wearing rings holds a coffee cup on a marble counter
Jane launches coffee bar in Southlake, full menu expected soon

The restaurant is planning for a grand opening in August. The restaurant will also feature a rotating selection of charcuterie boards, small bites and more in an upscale atmosphere.