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Texas Comptroller Announces $300 Million in Unclaimed Property Returned in Fiscal 2020

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Comptroller’s office approved and paid $300 million in unclaimed property claims during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today. This is the second time the Comptroller’s office has returned more than $300 million in unclaimed property in a fiscal year. In fiscal 2019, the Comptroller’s office returned a record $308 million to rightful property owners. “The $300 million represents more than 777,000 properties returned to their rightful owners,” Hegar said. […]

AG Paxton: Former Texas ITT Students to Receive $27 Million in Debt Relief Settlement with PEAKS Trust

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a settlement agreement with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by ITT Tech and affiliated with Deutsche Bank entities, granting over $27 million in debt relief to former ITT students in Texas. This is the second settlement of its kind in just two years. In June 2019, Attorney General Paxton participated in a $168 million settlement with Student CU Connect CUSO, resulting in debt relief for 18,664 former ITT students. […]

DPS Troopers Hit Milestone in Child Rescues

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Troopers this week rescued their 500th child during traffic stops since the implementation of specialized training that began in 2009. Troopers receive the training as part of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program. The IPC program training teaches officers to spot indicators that a child is a victim or at risk of becoming a victim, and includes children who are missing, exploited, […]

Public Comment Now Open for New Fisheries District Office Building

AUSTIN – An exciting project is in the planning and design phase with public comments now being accepted for a new 8,000 square foot Inland Fisheries District Office building at Lake Corpus Christi State Park. The project is a collaborative effort between the State Park and Inland Fisheries Divisions of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The planning and design phase is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021 followed by the start […]

Texas Department Of Agriculture Provides Guidance On School Meals As Students Return

Emphasizes all students have access to meals, but school districts can choose best local method (AUSTIN)  This week, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has provided additional guidance to the public, elected officials, and school leaders on how Texas will implement federal school meal programs in this state for the fall semester. This follows a broad announcement last week by USDA about availability and cost of school meals. The announcement from USDA can be read HERE. “Thanks to […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Free WiFi Map

Austin, TX – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in partnership with Texas Legal Services Center / Texas Law Help and the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, have launched the Texas Free WiFi Map. This interactive online map provides up-to-date location information for public drive-up WiFi hotspots provided by Texas libraries and schools. The Texas Free WiFi Map is searchable, zoomable, and perfect for educators and students, as well as members of the general public […]

Sen. Cruz Introduces SUSPEND Act To Sanction China for Arms Control and Nuclear Weapons Violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Strongly and Unambiguously Sanctioning Proliferators Exploiting Nuclear Diplomacy (SUSPEND) Act of 2020, a bill to impose sanctions on the defense sectors of China and Russia unless those countries reverse violations of their obligations under international arms control treaties, specifically their obligations under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to reduce their nuclear […]

Sen. Cruz on TikTok: Any Deal That Fails To Address All National Security Concerns Should Be Outright Rejected

Warns against proposed Oracle-ByteDance deal WASHINGTON. D.C. – In response to reports that Oracle and the Chinese-owned ByteDance have reached an agreement, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees, today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raising concerns that the deal could leave the American people exposed to undo influence by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and undermine U.S. national security interests. In the letter, Sen. Cruz warned against […]

Olson Acts to Help Employers Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace 

Washington, DC — Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) acted to help employers working to combat the spread of COVID-19. Olson introduced  H.R. 8260, The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act, a bill that provides tax incentives for employers to properly train their employees on best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “The COVID-19 global pandemic has devastated our economy and hurt Americans through no fault of their own,” Rep. Olson said. “I’m proud to help businesses protect their employees and […]

Olson Joins Colleagues to Enact I Am Vanessa Guillén Act to Transform the Military’s Response to Sexual Violence and Missing Servicemembers

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) joined several House colleagues to honor the late SPC Vanessa Guillén and the many survivors of military sexual violence who have bravely come forward in the wake of her disappearance and brutal murder by supporting the I am Vanessa Guillén Act. The legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and 94 additional co-sponsors. […]