NEWS IN STATE GOVERNMENT
Governor Abbott Appoints 14 to Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors: Governor Greg Abbott reappointed 14 Board and Ex-Officio Members to the Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on June 15, 2021. Click here to read the full news release.
Governor Abbott Announces Buffalo, LLC Facility in Sinton: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Buffalo, LLC will open a new flat roll steel mill manufacturing facility in Sinton, Texas. Buffalo is a subsidiary of Steel Dynamics, Inc. Click here to read the full news release.
Texas Comptroller’s Deputy Director for Fiscal Management Honored as Administrator of the Year: The Texas State Agency Business Administrators’ Association (TSABAA) honored Sandra Woodruff by presenting her the 2019 Administrator of the Year Award. Click here to read the full news release.
Secretary of State:
Constitutional Amendment Order Decided for November 5 Election: Deputy Secretary of State Joe Esparza today drew the ballot order for ten proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 5th ballot. Click here to read the full news release.
Health and Human Services:
HHSC Expands Treatment for Early-Onset Psychosis to Rural Texans: Texas Health and Human Services announced the expansion of mental health services to help rural Texans experiencing early-onset psychosis. Click here to read the full news release.
Texas Unveils New Hospital Unit for Veterans: Texas health officials announced the creation of a 20-bed specialized care unit for Texas veterans. The first of its kind within the state, the new unit at Terrell State Hospital is designed to provide mental health services to this specific population with unique needs. Click here to read the full news release.
State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn: West joins a crowded and unsettled Democratic field of candidates looking to unseat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Click here to read the full TX Tribune article.
Texas Won’t be Placed Back Under Federal Supervision for Redistricting Despite Findings of Intentional Discrimination: The panel ruled that such an action wasn’t warranted, though it previously ruled that state lawmakers discriminated against voters of color when they first drew new maps in 2011. Click here to read the full Texas Tribune article.
TribCast: Wendy Davis Makes it Official: On week’s TribCast, Emily talks to Edgar, Jolie, Abby and Kiah about about Wendy Davis’ entrance into a Central Texas congressional race, the state’s Alternatives to Abortion program, what the Texas coast can learn from the Dutch and how the legalization of hemp is confusing pot prosecutions.Click here to read more and listen.
Flaring Fight is the Hands of Texas Oil and Gas Regulators: A fight between a pipeline operator and an energy company is putting natural gas flaring, a controversial byproduct of the shale oil revolution, into sharp focus. Subscribers can click here to read the full San Antonio Express News article.
TIPRO commends President Trump for supporting American energy dominance, environmental protections: At a July 8 ceremony in the East Room of the White House, President Donald Trump was joined by members of his cabinet to celebrate America’s leadership on environmental concerns. Click here to read the entire article written by Ed Longanecker, published by MRT.
The 10 Most Popular and Unpopular Governors: Abbott within the rankings of most popular. Click here to read the full Morning Consult article.
6 Takeaways from Robert Mueller’s Testimony: Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, at long last, testified before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference and President Trump’s conduct related to it. Mueller appeared before the House Judiciary Committee in the morning and the House Intelligence Committee in the afternoon. Here’s what we learned from both sessions. Click here to read the full Washington Post article.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Dates to Note:
NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) Legislative Summit
August 5 - 8, 2019
TIPRO Summer Conference
(Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association)
August 7 - 8, 2019
August 14 - 16, 2019
TCCRI 13th Annual Legislative Conference Dinner
August 15, 2019
September 16, 2019 to September 20, 2019
September 26 - 28, 2019
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
The Belmont, Austin, TX
Texas House Republican Caucus Fall Golf Tournament
October 17 - 18, 2019
____________________________________________________________________Texas Energy Summit at the Capitol
November 12 - 14, 2019
Click here for House of Representatives Capitol Events Calendar.
Click here for Texas Senate Capitol Events Calendar.