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Lt. Gov. Patrick Statement on HB 21 Boost for Teacher Retirement Health Care and School Finance  

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement on the final passage of House Bill 21 early this morning. “Before the Special Session last month, I made a commitment to retired teachers to boost TRS-Care and HB 21 will do that. It reduces premiums for retirees who are not Medicaid eligible and deductibles for retirees over the age of 65. It will also assist those retirees with adult disabled children. HB 21 includes […]

Sen. Cruz Urges Department of Justice to Investigate Acts of Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville

Senator Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation into the acts of domestic terrorism that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and Saturday. “It’s tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great Nation with bloodshed. Heidi’s and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured in the ongoing violence in Charlottesville. The First […]

Texas Comptroller Kicks Off Tour of Texas Manufacturing Plants with Visits to Central Texas Cities

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar kicked off a tour of Texas manufacturing plants today with visits to Samsung in Austin and TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company in Round Rock. During his Good for Texas Tour: Manufacturing Edition, Hegar will tour facilities, meet with local officials and release the results of a study the Comptroller’s office recently completed examining the economic impact of the manufacturing industry. “Texas has an extraordinary manufacturing economy,” Hegar said. “The state’s resources […]

AG Paxton: Department of Labor Should Rescind the Persuader Rule to Protect Employers and  Attorney-Client Privilege

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Leading a 17-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today urged the U.S. Department of Labor to rescind the Obama-era Persuader Rule, which threatened to increase legal costs for businesses and undermine the long-standing and sacred attorney-client privilege. Last November, Attorney General Paxton won a permanent, nationwide injunction against the Persuader Rule, when a federal judge ruled that it was unlawful and would have required attorneys to publicly disclose confidential information protected by attorney-client […]

AG Paxton Leads 23-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Defending Displays of the Ten Commandments 

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Leading a 23-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Bloomfield, New Mexico’s Ten Commandments monument on its city hall lawn. In February, a divided 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision upholding a district court’s order to remove the monument. “The Supreme Court has ruled that a passive monument such as a Ten Commandments display, […]

Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Austin Travis County

Eddie Rodriguez

AG Paxton filed the preemptive suit to consolidate challenges against SB 4. Austin, Texas – Today, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s preemptive lawsuit against Austin and Travis County over Senate Bill 4. State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) serves as policy chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the United States. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding the ruling: […]

AG Paxton Vows to Continue to Defend the Constitutionality of Senate Bill 4 

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today expressed his disappointment after a U.S. District Court judge in Austin refused his request to consolidate the multiple lawsuits filed against SB 4. He vowed to continue fighting for Senate Bill 4 and today’s ruling has no effect on the merits of the SB 4 cases still pending in San Antonio. SB 4 is scheduled to take effect September 1. “We were first to file a lawsuit concerning SB […]

AG Paxton Files Intervention to Protect Homeowners’ Tax Cuts

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN— Attorney General Ken Paxton today intervened in a property tax lawsuit against Dumas Independent School District, stating that the district violated state law and the Texas Constitution when it reduced the district’s local option homestead exemption. Attorney General Paxton filed similar interventions against the White Deer and Kilgore Independent School Districts in September 2016. The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 and Senate Joint Resolution 1 in May 2015 with near universal support—138 votes […]

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Announces the Appointment to the Port Authority Advisory Committee

AUSTIN – Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointment of Michael J. Plank to the Port Authority Advisory Committee. Upon making the appointment Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said: “Texas ports serve as gateways to the state economy, representing approximately 23% of the total State GDP and creating nearly 1.6 million jobs for Texans. I know Michael Plank will be an asset in ensuring that our ports and therefore our state maintains a strong economy.” […]

AG Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Supporting Wisconsin’s Redistricting Plans

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton led a 16-state coalition filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday in support of Wisconsin’s redistricting maps that were drawn in full compliance with traditional redistricting principles. The outcome of the case could affect elections across the country. Last year, a panel of three judges in Gill v. Whitford ruled 2-1 that Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan was unconstitutional. That decision was the first from a federal court […]