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Attorney General Ken Paxton Sues Pfizer for Misrepresenting COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy and Conspiring to Censor Public Discourse

Attorney General Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Pfizer, Inc., for unlawfully misrepresenting the effectiveness of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine and attempting to censor public discussion of the product. Pfizer engaged in false, deceptive, and misleading acts and practices by making unsupported claims regarding the company’s COVID-19 vaccine in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The pharmaceutical company’s widespread representation that its vaccine possessed 95% efficacy against infection was highly misleading. That […]

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Transfer of $8.5 Billion to State Highway and Rainy Day Funds

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he has completed the transfer of about $3.06 billion into the State Highway Fund (SHF) and $5.46 billion to the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF; commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund”). The Rainy Day Fund, which normally receives the same amount as the SHF, received $2.41 billion more because of the general revenue (GR) surplus at the end of fiscal 2023. “The strong Texas economy and judicious budgeting by […]

TWC Recognizes Six Scholars for Adult Education and Literacy

Achievements highlighted at statewide workforce conference    AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recognized six individuals who acquired skills through TWC’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program as Scholars of the Year during the 26th Annual Texas Workforce Conference in Houston. The workforce awards highlight the academic work of these scholars and the agency’s commitment to upskilling Texans. “The Texas workforce grows stronger when adult learners strengthen their literacy, math, and digital skills” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “TWC […]

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Opioid Abatement Fund Council Decisions to Approve Grant Plans and Proposed Rules

Glen Hegar

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today applauded decisions by the Opioid Abatement Fund Council (OAFC) to approve its first abatement strategies and grant plans as well as adopting proposed rules to distribute opioid settlement funding to Texas hospital districts. “This week, the OAFC took meaningful, decisive action to fund evidence-based priorities to respond to the raging opioid crisis,” Hegar said. “The grant plans take a multifaceted approach to treat Texans most at risk of overdose, increase […]

Texans Encouraged to Practice Bear Safety

With winter quickly approaching, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) encourages residents in the western, southwestern and northeastern portions of Texas to practice appropriate bear safety measures and report sightings. Black bears are native to Texas and part of the state’s natural heritage and ecosystem. Guided by an excellent sense of smell, their behavior is driven largely by appetite. Fall provides their last opportunity to feast before denning up for the winter. The natural […]

Senator Paul Bettencourt named “2023 Legislator of the Year” at ALEC’s National Policy Summit

(Pictured: Florida Speaker of the House, Daniel Perez, ALEC President Lisa Nelson, and Texas State Senator's Paul Bettencourt and Phil King.)

The American Legislative Exchange Council awards Sen. Bettencourt for his property tax reduction SB 2 & 3 Austin, TX – Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) released the following statement after receiving the “2023 Legislator of the Year” award from ALEC after the passage and implementation of his record $18 billion property tax reduction plan, SB 2 and SB 3. “The American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, just awarded me the “2023 Legislator of the Year” award at their National Policy Summit. […]

Attorney General Ken Paxton Appeals Decision Allowing Biden and Mayorkas to Continue Destroying Texas Border Barriers

Attorney General Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has appealed a decision by a federal judge allowing President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to continue to destroy the State’s border barriers. Texas had requested that the court preliminarily enjoin the federal government from cutting, destroying, damaging, or otherwise interfering with Texas’s concertina wire fence until the court can hold a final trial. In October, Attorney General Paxton filed a lawsuit and a motion for preliminary […]

AIA Houston Board Votes to Revive Beloved Sandcastle Competition and Fundraiser in Galveston for 2024

Galveston, TX (November 29, 2023) – At a special meeting, the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston chapter announced the revival of the renowned Sandcastle Competition and fundraiser, scheduled to take place in Galveston in 2024. This decision follows a collaborative effort with the Galveston Park Board, overcoming the initial decision to sunset the event made during the AIA Houston board’s October meeting. “We are pleased to announce the continuation of […]

Sen. Cruz Reintroduces Bill to Reimpose Terrorism Sanctions on Iran-Controlled Houthis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reintroduced his legislation to impose terrorism sanctions on the Iran-controlled Houthis, as acts of terrorism continue to escalate in the Middle East. On February 5, 2021 the Biden State Department announced it would lift terrorism-related sanctions on the Houthis and three of their leaders: Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim. Sen. Cruz repeatedly pushed language to reverse that decision, including filing this […]

Public Access Lease Opening for Guadalupe River Trout Fishing

AUSTIN – Texas anglers have access to a premier location for rainbow trout fishing during the peak of the winter stocking season thanks to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) “no fee” access lease on the Guadalupe River. Camp Huaco Springs, located between New Braunfels and Sattler, features nearly a half-mile of bank access along alternating pools and riffles on the Guadalupe River. Anglers can use the bank, which is gently sloped and rocky, […]