Cy-Fair legislators make moves at the Capitol

Sen. Paul Bettencourt • District 7

R-Houston • Elected: 2014
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Bill update:

  • Senate Bill 7, filed by Bettencourt in November, was passed by the Senate March 8. The bill seeks to put an end to inappropriate student/educator relationships by increasing penalties and expanding the power of the Texas Education Agency to investigate.

Rep. Kevin Roberts • District 126

R-Houston • Elected 2016
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Recent bills filed:

  • Roberts filed House Bill 1290 on Jan. 25 with the intention of reining in state agency regulations. The bill would require agencies to take one rule off the books for every new rule added. It would not apply to rules granted directly by the Legislature or rules that are necessary to ensure the safety of Texans through the Health and Human Safety Code.

Rep. Tom Oliverson • District 130

R-Cypress • Elected 2016
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Recent bills filed:

  • Oliverson filed HB 1757 on Feb. 10. The bill would allow law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle if a driver does not have a valid driver’s license or some form of liability coverage. The law would not apply to drivers who do not have a license or proof of insurance on them at the time but only to drivers who are missing from the system entirely.

Rep. Mike Schofield • District 132

R-Houston • Elected 2014
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Bill update:

House Bill 936, filed by Schofield on Jan. 11, was referred to the House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 21. The bill is aimed at capping growth on state spending. HB 936 would prevent state government spending from growing more than the growth in the state’s population based on the cost for providing the same level of services per individual and allowing for inflation.

Rep. Gary Elkins • District 135

R-Houston • Elected 1995
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Recent bills filed:

  • Elkins filed HB 2127 on Feb. 20, which would take away authority from the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District to regulate wells that serve only a single-family dwelling. The well has to be located on the same property as the dwelling, be within a certain size and depth, be only used for outdoor landscaping and watering, and to have received certification from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Rep. Dwayne Bohac • District 138

R-Houston • Elected 2002
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Recent bills filed:

  • Bohac filed HB 1473 on Feb. 6, which would exempt anyone 80 years old and older from paying all property taxes if they have owned their homes for at least 10 years. The proposed exemption would automatically extend to a surviving spouse. Resulting decreases in school funding would be made up for with state appropriations. The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on March 7.


Cy-Fair ISD continues to see hundreds of COVID-19 cases confirmed weekly. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 case confirmations down 14% week over week in Cy-Fair ISD

Nearly 3,000 cases have been confirmed on campuses since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Cliff Woodward (center), co-founder of Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, hands the keys of CCEMS’ first ambulance to early CCEMS paramedic Richard Beasley (left) in 1975. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Cypress Creek EMS, Harris County ESD 11 forge new paths after yearslong feud

On Sept. 1, the Harris County ESD 11 launched ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare to take over providing emergency services to over 600,000 residents across 177 square miles in its service area in north Harris County.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Daily average hospitalizations drop 15% week over week; ICU sees dip in number of patients

Coronavirus patients at TMC hospitals number 2,107, which in itself is an 11% week over week decline.

The sandwich chain offers hot subs, cold subs with fresh-cut deli meat, wraps and salads. (Courtesy Jersey Mike's Subs)
Jersey Mike’s Subs opening soon on Barker Cypress Road

The eatery offers a variety of cold and hot subs as well as wraps and salads.

At a Sept. 11 practice, Houston Girls Hockey Association teams took the ice to prepare for their first games the weekend of Sept. 17. (Courtesy Houston Girls Hockey Association)
New Houston-area all-girls hockey league set to play first games this weekend, Sept. 17-19

The league was created to give school-aged girls a chance to continue playing hockey through college, since young girls can often feel discouraged playing on co-ed teams, Director of Membership Valory Zeck 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.

Texas-wide public charter school system Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option for eligible students. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)
Harmony Public Schools will offer virtual learning for K-12 students in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress

Schools under the Harmony Public Schools umbrella may offer up to 10% of its student body a full virtual learning option.

The Barn at Frio Grill has food, drinks and live music. (Courtesy The Barn at Frio Grill)
15 live music venues to visit in Cy-Fair

With a growing live-music scene in their own backyard, Cy-Fair residents do not need to travel far to see talented artists perform.

Construction has begun on Elementary School No. 57. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
5 Cy-Fair developments to follow this fall

Construction is underway on these five local projects.

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Bobby Warren was elected mayor of Jersey Village in May. Check out our Q&A to see what he's been up to and what his priorities are moving forward.

Lambeau's Sports Bar & Grill is now open. (Courtesy Lambeau's Sports Bar & Grill)
Lambeau’s Sports Bar & Grill holds soft opening on Louetta Road

During the soft opening, the eatery will offer full bar service and a limited version of its food menu.