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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Ordinance restricting Plano City Council votes involving campaign contributors up for discussion

The ordinance forces council members to withdraw from any vote that may benefit a donor who contributed over $1,000 in campaign contributions.

Dutch Bros Coffee opens new drive-thru in Plano

With more than 475 locations across 11 states, the Oregon-based drive-thru coffee company serves specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes, teas, a private-label Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink and nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee.

Collin County Health Care Services announced on July 27 the creation of mobile vaccination teams. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Collin County residents can now request mobile COVID-19 vaccine services

The teams will focus on reaching homebound individuals, long-term care facilities, businesses requesting vaccination for employees and other organizations.

Kalua pig is made with slow-roasted pork. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hawaiian-style eatery Mo' Bettahs coming to Plano

The restaurant serves staples of Hawaiian cuisine, including kalua pig and pulehu chicken.

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.

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Plano officials explore music venue permit process amid resident noise complaints

The directive, issued last August, is being reviewed after residents of the Windrose Tower high-rise complex in Legacy West have made numerous complaints in past months about noise levels coming from the outdoor concert venue in Legacy Hall.

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.

Williams Sonoma is a California-based company that sells kitchenware and home furnishings. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williams Sonoma relocates to new storefront in Plano

The business is a California-based company that sells kitchenware and home furnishings.

The Plano Animal Shelter is operating normally and welcoming all walk-in visitors during regular hours. (Courtesy Plano Animal Services)
Animal intake up 30% at Plano shelter

Animal Services Director Jamey Cantrell said during spring and summer the shelter averages an intake of around 600 animals per month.

The home furnishings chain offers furniture, bedding, kitchenware, lighting fixtures, window coverings, bath linens, wall decor and more. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pottery Barn now open in Plano

The home furnishings chain offers furniture, bedding, kitchenware, lighting fixtures, window coverings, bath linens, wall decor and more.

The city of McKinney established school zones for Emerson High School in a July 20 City Council meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
School zone established for Emerson High in Frisco ISD; 61% of residents in 3 Plano ZIP codes fully vaccinated, and more top news from DFW

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

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.