Updates from your state legislators

Updates from your state legislators Sen. Paul Bettencourt • District 7[/caption]

Sen. Paul BettencourtDistrict 7

Top bills filed:

Authored Senate Bill 182 to recalculate the ad valorem rollback tax rates for certain taxing units. The bill was 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 May 4.

Elected: 2014
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Updates from your state legislators Sen. John Whitmire • District 15[/caption]

Sen. John Whitmire District 15

Top bills filed:

Authored SB 135, relating to the organization of a grand jury. The bill  was referred to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. A report was sent to the Calendars Committee May 4. 

Authored SB 308, which would place private university police under the Open Records Act. Passed in the Senate in March the bill was recommended to be sent to the House Local & Consent Calendars Committee May 5.

Elected: 1982
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Updates from your state legislators Rep. Patricia Harless • District 126[/caption]

Rep. Patricia HarlessDistrict 126

Top bills filed:

Authored House Bill 152, which would allow Harris County commissioners to regulate fireworks. The bill was left pending in the County Affairs Committee March 26.

Authored HB 399 and HB 401, which would increase the gasoline tax and vehicle registration fees, respectively. The bills were referred to the Transportation Committee in March and February.

Elected: 2006
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Updates from your state legislators Rep. Allen Fletcher • District 130[/caption]

Rep. Allen FletcherDistrict 130

Top bills filed:

Authored HB 937, which expands gun rights on public
colleges to allow concealed handgun license holders to conceal carry inside campus buildings. The bill was considered by the Calendars Committee May 7. 

Authored HB 121, which allows drivers with warrants for unpaid traffic tickets to pay fines via debit or credit card without going to jail. The bill passed in the House May 4 and was placed on the Senate’s intent calendar May 18.

Elected: 2008
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Updates from your state legislators Rep. Mike Schofield • District 132[/caption]

Rep. Mike Schofield • District 132

Top bills filed:

Authored HB 1091 to create a special three-judge district court. The bill was passed by the House on April 24 and placed on the General State Calendar May 11.

Authored HB 3543 to create a Public Integrity Prosecutions Committee and Office of Public Integrity Prosecutions. The bill was left pending in the General Investigating and Ethics Committee March 20.

Elected: 2014
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Updates from your state legislators Rep. Gary Elkins • District 135[/caption]

Rep. Gary Elkins District 135

Top bills filed:

Authored HB 590, which seeks to create university research technology corporations to provide incentives for the commercialization of technologies developed by universities. The bill was passed by the House April 28 and is scheduled for a public hearing.

Authored HB 1890, which seeks to codify good contracting practices for state agencies. The bill was passed by the House April 9 and remains pending in committee in the Senate.

Elected: 1994
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Updates from your state legislators Rep. Dwayne Bohac • District 138[/caption]

Rep. Dwayne Bohac • District 138

Top bills filed:

Authored HB 1087 to increase the sales tax holiday purchase limit from $100 to $200 and adds to the list of items that are tax free during the sales tax holiday. The bill was left pending in committee in early March.

Authored HB 3815, which would require the integration of positive character traits into the state’s public education curriculum. The bill was left pending in committee April 28.

Elected: 2002
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The academy educates student-athletes and helps prepare them for their post-graduate careers.

Main Chick Hot Chicken opened its first brick-and-mortar location July 23 in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Main Chick Hot Chicken)
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The meals will be available at no cost for all students with zero requirements for qualification. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The meals will be available at no cost for all students with zero requirements for qualification.

Shop Texas Boutique is opening its first storefront July 31. (Courtesy Shop Texas Boutique)
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Houston-area residents will be able to apply online for a one-time payment of $1,500 from July 28-Aug. 11. (File photo)
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Sourced by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $1,500 to support urgent needs.

The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve will break ground on a new expansion project in September. (Emily Jaroszewski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve in Harris County breaking ground on new project in September

Construction of new pedestrian trails is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2022.

Pride Houston Parade
Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events, organizers announced July 25.

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.

Urban Bird Hot Chicken is coming soon to the Cy-Fair area. (Courtesy Urban Bird Hot Chicken)
Urban Bird Hot Chicken adding new location in Cy-Fair

The restaurant serves Nashville-style hot chicken in sandwiches, tenders and fries.

Bel Furniture has purchased the former location of Star Furniture. (Courtesy Baker Katz)
Bel Furniture buys former Star Furniture property in Willowbrook area

The 60,935-square-foot store sits on 2.38 acres near Willowbrook Mall.