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‘I, for one, have been encouraged to hear folks from both sides of the aisle, Republicans and Democrats alike, make clear we actually agree on more than we disagree on, particularly when it comes to securing our border.’

‘I have been glad to read press reports and hear the Minority Leader, Senator Schumer, among others, talk about how providing more resources to secure the border is necessary to keep us safe.’

‘We must devote resources not only to enhance border security but also fix our aging infrastructure at our ports of entry. Fortunately, this bill does exactly that.

WASHINGTON –Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the bipartisan legislation to fund the government, which includes additional funding for border security and defense, and the importance of free trade agreements to Texas.  Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

“Over the weekend, an agreement was finally reached on a funding bill to keep the U.S. government open and to provide much-needed long-term funding to our federal agencies.”

‘This agreed bill consists of the 11 remaining appropriation bills, with additional funding set aside for our military, disaster relief, and border security. I, for one, have been encouraged to hear folks from both sides of the aisle, Republicans and Democrats alike, make clear we actually agree on more than we disagree on, particularly when it comes to securing our border.”

“I have been glad to read press reports and hear the Minority Leader, Senator Schumer, among others, talk about how providing more resources to secure the border is necessary to keep us safe.”  

“Last month during the state work period, I had the chance to speak to hundreds of my constituents all across the state, ten cities in all. Part of that time was spent visiting the folks who live and work along the U.S.-Mexico border.”  

“It goes without saying that free trade has been a cornerstone of the economy in Texas, adding billions to our economy annually and bolstering our relationship with our partner to the south. In other words, free trade agreements, particularly NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, are critically important to many of my state’s leading industries, such as agriculture and energy.”

“As we consider this omnibus appropriation bill and specifically, more resources to enhance security along the border, I think we can all agree that our approach should be twofold. We must devote resources not only to enhance border security but also fix our aging infrastructure at our ports of entry. Fortunately, this bill does exactly that.”

“I’m glad we found a way to fund the government and to actually govern while doing more for our national defense and security, particularly security along the border.”               

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

George Herbert Walker Bush

Austin, TX – The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of HCR 141, by Representative Jim Murphy (Houston) directing the Texas Facilities Commission to name a building at 1801 Congress Avenue after the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush.

Buildings in the Capitol Complex are named in honor of those who have dedicated their lives to serving Texans with integrity and distinction.  President Bush has served his country as a soldier, a civil servant, and a philanthropist for over fifty years.  From Republican Party Chair in Harris County to President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush has devoted his life public service.

Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller suggested the renaming. With assistance from the House Administration Committee and Committee Chairman Charlie Geren (Fort Worth), Representative Murphy, who represents the Bush Family in West Houston, drafted and presented the resolution to the House.

“It is an honor to play a role in this special recognition of President Bush. He built a legacy of honor and service to his fellow man, and this resolution is a fitting tribute to that legacy,” said Representative Murphy.

The $335 million,  605,000 sq. ft. building is part of the Capitol Complex redevelopment master plan with a groundbreaking and naming ceremony set to take place this summer.

State Representative Jim Murphy represents District 133, West Houston. First elected in 2006, Murphy serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus.

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Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Dr. Jeanette Winters, speaks at the April General Assembly meeting.

The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its monthly General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at the Katy ISD Educational Support Complex. The meeting, which brought together roughly 100 members and guests, featured a presentation by Igloo.
Many people that reside in the Katy area often do not realize an iconic brand, Igloo, resides within their own backyard. The Katy Area EDC was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to host a leader of Igloo, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Dr. Jeanette Winters, at the April Katy Area EDC GA meeting.
Igloo, which is one of the top employers in the area with over 1,250 employees, calls the western portion of the Katy area home with its headquarters situated on a total 1.8 million square-foot among three-buildings. According to Winters, the Katy location offers the “most scalable and advanced manufacturing and distribution facility in the industry.”
This year, Igloo is celebrating its 70th anniversary and according to Winters, business continues to thrive. From its humble beginnings when it produced its first water jug to today where the company offers a variety of products from water jugs to keep your football team hydrated on a hot summer day, or a durable cooler to take with you on a camping trip, Igloo has become an iconic American brand. In line with its mission, Igloo operates with one goal in mind, “to create products that enable the pursuit of happiness (however you define it).”
“We appreciate Dr. Winters presenting at our meeting this month,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour. “Our area is home a diverse set of world-class businesses and it is always great to hear from them.”
Several new members were recognized at this month’s meeting. Ortiz Staffing joined at the Strategic Partner level and Amazing Place, Berkadia, Entrust, Inc., Terry’s Landscaping and JP Morgan Chase were announced as new Associate members.
Membership renewals recognized at the meeting included Board of Governors members CenterPoint Energy, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court, Info TM, NACE International, The Howard Hughes Corp. – Bridgeland and Woodcreek, LLC, and Strategic Partners Costello, Inc., Katy Ranch Crossing and Newland Communities. Associate renewals included Brewer Construction, Caldwell Companies, Capital Release Estate Commercial Brokerage, Cinco Charities – Ballard House, Cinco SW MUD 3, EHRA Engineering, Facility Interiors, Goya Foods, Greater Fort Bend EDC, Harris Fort Bend County MUD 3, House + Partners Architecture & Planning, Levin & Atwood, Mickie C & Company, Network Funding, LP, Powers Brown Architecture, Residence Inn Katy Mills, Rooms to Go, SCI Dignity Memorial, Si Energy, Times Square Entertainment, Van De Weile & Vogler, Inc. and Watercrest Katy.
Katy Mills Mall and Terry’s Landscaping served as sponsors for the meeting. Katy Mills Mall shared information on the recent upgrades to the AMC 20 Movie Theater which is housed in the mall. The new theaters now offer an enhanced move experience with amenities such as reclining theater seats. Terry’s Landscaping, a commercial and residential landscaping company, outlined its growth in the Katy area and discussed its commitment to excellent service for Katy area residents and businesses.
For more information on how to become involved with the Katy Area EDC, please contact Frank Lombard at FrankLombard@katyedc.org or 281-396-2200.

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TEXAS – CALLING ALL CADETS

Texas Brigades is celebrating its 25th year hosting wildlife and natural resource-based leadership camps. These youth programs are held across Texas and, in its milestone year, will host over 200 Texas youth, filling all eight summer camps!

Texas Brigades is a wildlife and natural resource-focused leadership development organization for youth that features summer camp programs, a Wildlife Intensive Leadership Development (WILD) program, and targeted day-programming.  In 25 years, Texas Brigades has grown from its premier Bobwhite Brigade, into a multi-program, non-profit organization. Approximately 3,000 youth from throughout the state of Texas have graduated from a Texas Brigades program.

Join us in Fredericksburg, TX on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This 25th Anniversary Fundraiser event is to celebrate achievements, honor and recognize those who have shaped Texas Brigades, including Dr. Dale Rollins, and raise funds to create a stronger organization that shapes Texas’ youth into high-achieving stewards and conservation ambassadors.

The 25th Anniversary event will feature a program and dinner, entertainment and keynote address from Captain Steve Stapleton from Animal Planet’s Lone Star Law, multiple silent auction items and firearm raffles, as well as high-valued live auction items such as trophy hunts and fishing trips. Help Texas Brigades reach its fundraiser goal of “$25,000 for 25 years”.

ABOUT TEXAS BRIGADES

Texas Brigades is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, AgriLife Extension, USDA-NRCS, as well as universities, conservation groups, local soil and water conservation districts, private businesses and individuals with an interest in wildlife and youth leadership development.

Tickets to the 25th Anniversary event may be purchased online at https://texasbrigades25thanniversary.eventbrite.com or by calling the Texas Brigades office in San Antonio by April 25th.  For more information, contact Texas Brigades at info@texasbrigades.org, call the office at 210-556-1391, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, IG and Snapchat.

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The Katy Bar Association is proud to announce Jun-Yong Kim, a student at Seven Lake High School, placed First in the statewide, State Bar of Texas Law Day writing contest.

The State Bar of Texas competition theme is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. Why is it important that all people receive equal protection of the laws”.  The essay is the student’s original work.

The State Bar of Texas just announced that first place in State 2017 Law Day Contest, was awarded to Jun-Yong Kim, a student attending Seven Lakes High School.

Katy Bar President Elizabeth Pratt, added that “ We were pleased to submit Jun-Yong Kim’s essay, to the State Bar of Texas for its Law Day essay writing contest. The entire community is so proud of his success. He placed first in the 2017 Katy Bar Association Essay Scholarship contest. The other students placing in the Katy Bar Essay contest are,

Parisa Jesudasem              2nd Place             Tompkins High School

Emily Palmer                    3rd Place               Cinco Ranch High School

Iyanla Smith                     Honorable            Mayde Creek High School

Mention

“The Katy Bar first place winner will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship, the second place winner will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship, and the third place winner will receive a $500 scholarship, to defray education expenses.”

The State Bar First Place Winner will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship and is invited to attend, with his parents, and be introduced at the May 1, 2017 Law Day luncheon hosted by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association, in Austin.

Scholarship Committee Chairman, Stu Levin, remarked “ We are so proud of Jun-Yong Kim, what a wonderful accomplishment. We are so proud of all the students that crafted and submitted their essays, with such thoughtful insights. These students’ achievements, will last a lifetime, and is a wonderful tribute to the good work in Katy ISD by their teachers and the support of the administration.”

 

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Discusses efforts to reduce the burden of federal regulations and create more good paying jobs for Texans

 

WALLER, Texas – Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited the Daikin Texas Technology Park in Harris County. Several media outlets covered Sen. Cruz’s visit to the company’s air-conditioning manufacturing plant, where the senator discussed his efforts to reduce the burden of federal regulations on businesses and manufacturers, and create more good paying jobs for hardworking men and women throughout Texas.

Selected news coverage is below:

KRIV/Fox: Senator Ted Cruz hopes to reignite ACA repeal with dealmaking

“Talking to dozens of Daikin workers in Waller County, Ted Cruz labeled Obamacare ‘the biggest job killer in Texas’ — a system so debilitating he’s actively morphing from Senate bomb thrower to GOP peacemaker in an effort to reignite repeal of the Affordable Care Act. ‘The role I’m trying to play is to bring people together and focus on where we have common ground on repealing Obamacare,’ said Cruz.”

KPRC/NBC: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz tours plant, speaks in Waller County

“‘As a native Houstonian, there is nothing more wonderful than air conditioning,’ said Sen. Cruz. He checked out the plant that sits on 500 acres in Waller County. The whole thing cost 500 million dollars. He said companies like it are creating jobs. Sen. Cruz said, ‘Texas is real simple. We care about jobs. And I got to tell you that is uniform across Texas whether you’re in East Texas, West Texas, whether you’re in the Panhandle or the Valley. The No. 1 priority in Texas is jobs and what y’all are doing makes a real difference.’”

KTRH: Cruz Touts Jobs, Talks North Korea

“But beyond the sheer size and scope of the plant, Cruz touted what he believes is the most important aspect–the estimated 5,000 new jobs created. ‘Texas is real simple, we care about jobs,’ he told the audience. ‘And that is uniform whether you’re in East Texas, West Texas, in the Panhandle or the Valley, the number one priority in Texas is jobs, and what y’all are doing makes a real difference.’ The Daikin plant is set to hold its grand opening next month.”

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Recycles CO2 for Enhanced Oil Production, Environmental Protection

RICHMOND – Last week, Commissioner Wayne Christian attended the official opening of the world’s largest carbon capture facility, participating in the valve opening ceremony with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Governor Greg Abbott, Congressman Pete Olson and Japanese General Consul Tetsuro Amano.

The Petra Nova Project, located in Fort Bend County, captures carbon dioxide resulting from coal-fired power generation and uses the CO2 for enhanced oil recovery while also sequestering it deep underground.

“With the official opening of the Petra Nova plant, Texas is undeniably the leader in energy technology,” Commissioner Christian said last Friday. “This important project will not only lead to more energy production and jobs in Texas, but to cleaner energy production as well.”

The Petra Nova project is expected to capture approximately 1.6 million metric tons of CO2 annually from the WA Parish Generating Station southwest of Houston. Hilcorp Energy will use the captured CO2 at the company’s West Ranch oil field.

 

Houston attorney Randy Sorrels is representing Matthew Bonestele, a United States Navy veteran, who was severely burned after his e-cigarette battery unexpectedly exploded in his pant pocket. The product liability lawsuit was filed in Travis County against retailer Great Vapes, LLC., distributor Lightfire Group, LLC., and manufacturer LG Chem America, Inc., in July of 2016. As more and more people have made the switch to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to smoking, battery explosions and injuries have been on the rise.

On April 21, 2016, Matthew Bonestele was carrying an LG Chem HG2 18650 battery in his right pant pocket, when it suddenly exploded, resulting in severe third degree burns to most of his right leg and a hole in his upper right thigh. Pictures of the injuries are attached. Mr. Bonestele purchased the battery at Great Vapes, who had purchased the battery from Lightfire Group, LLC.

The lawsuit alleges that the LG Chem battery was defectively designed and manufactured, which rendered the battery unreasonably dangerous to potential users, operators, or consumers, including Mr. Bonestele. The suit also alleges that the battery lacked warnings to alert users of potential danger.

“Mr. Bonestele suffered an injury that he could never have imagined in civilian life. The reality is that these batteries are small sticks of dynamite and the e-cigarette industry needs to make whole sale changes to insure the safety of all those who use these batteries,” said Mr. Sorrels. “Further, the danger is not just limited to the user, but also to everyone that is near the user — including those in the same house who could be injured or killed by a resulting fire.”

Randy Sorrels is a Partner at the Houston personal injury law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz. For questions regarding the lawsuit, contact Mr. Sorrels at 713-222-7211 or rsorrels@abrahamwatkins.com.

 

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Animal advocates incentivize City of Stafford to include provisions in the new zoning ordinance to allow development of an animal sanctuary in the Primary Corridor or Island Districts.

 At the Joint Stafford City Council & Zoning and Planning Commission Meeting, President of Fort Bend Pets Alive! Claudine Vass, along with several folks from Stafford and local business owners recommend to the Mayor, City Council and Commissioners of Stafford to include provisions in the new zoning ordinance to allow Fort Bend Pets Alive! to develop an animal sanctuary in the Primary Corridor or the Island Districts.

It is with our utmost concerns that City of Stafford gives the permission to allow an animal sanctuary to be developed in the prestigious districts that provide high accessibility and visibility for the homeless animals. Our group has the interest, know-how and capabilities to put a plan together to develop an impressive, first-class animal sheltering facility to take care of the companion animals in Stafford. The animal sanctuary will take care of the homeless pets with the goal that they will be placed in good and caring homes. Our vision is to make Stafford a no kill community with an elevated awareness of  kindness to animals.  We will lead by example to develop, to promote and to share great new ideas and programs to help Stafford residents care for their pets. We believe that Stafford can become a city that will grab national attention, attract employers and residents to treasure these pets. It will be recognized as influential because of it being tolerant, innovative and compassionate.

Long time resident Sandy Holloman, who takes pride living in Stafford, wants to see Stafford’s homeless pets being taken care of. She urges the city government and zoning and planning commission to update the zoning ordinance to allow a no kill shelter to be developed. Maria Rychlik, also a resident from Stafford agrees the shelter needs to be located in the PC District for excellent exposure. Janet Starr is hopeful the community involvement will be beneficial to Stafford and will foster relationships with small animals and enhancing quality of life in the city.

All animal advocates present are very impressed with the general concurrence from both the Stafford City Council and the Zoning and Planning Commission that the homeless pets in Stafford need assistance and protection.  Most of the officials are favorable and excited how they can provide safety and security to the animals in Stafford.

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Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick

AUSTIN – Please see Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick’s editorial on the leading role Texas is playing in developing clean energy technology. The editorial appears in the San Antonio Express-News Sunday, April 16.

“Texas is a national leader in the development of clean energy,” Craddick said. “We have more wind power capacity than any other state and all but five countries. The solar power market in Texas is also taking off as the manufactured cost of panels have been reduced. Clean energy involves more than a commitment to the development of renewables. It includes investments in new technologies that can make conventional generation cleaner, too.

“The United States must remain on the leading edge of energy technologies, just as we led the way on hydraulic fracturing, which is transforming America’s energy economy,” Craddick said. “Our commitment to develop renewable sources, to tap the potential of our shale formations, and to develop the technology needed to make our air cleaner and our economy stronger means Texas remains positioned as the nation’s energy leader.”

The editorial can be read in full here.

Christi Craddick was elected statewide by the people of Texas in November 2012 to serve a six-year term as Texas Railroad Commissioner. A native of Midland, Christi is an attorney specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy.