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The Insider's Report

The Insider's Report

Stay informed on the issues that affect you. The Insider's Report brings you the latest happenings from the Texas Legislature and Texas House District 25.
Insider's Report, Vol. 7, No. 39 In the federal government's continued campaign to impose its control over Texas, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this past week announced it was federalizing the air permitting process for the Flint Hills Resources East Refinery in Corpus Christi. In taking this unprecedented step, the…
Insider's Report, Vol. 7, No. 38 Texans will once again have the opportunity to save energy and money over the Memorial Day weekend. As a result of a bill that I helped pass in 2007, certain Energy Star approved items will be exempt from sales tax beginning at 12:01 AM…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 37 In the wake of the recently-enacted federal healthcare legislation, the Texas Department of Insurance has witnessed related fraudulent activity and insurance scams, particularly targeting the elderly. Fake insurance agents and sales representatives who claim to be with the federal government are going door-to-door trying…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 36 With blatant disregard of the majority of Americans, our federal government passed an unconstitutional healthcare bill on Sunday that tramples on our state's rights, undermines individual rights, and calls for massive increases in state and federal spending. In turn, I have joined my colleagues…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 35 During these challenging economic times when every dollar counts, I wanted to make you aware of the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which will save you money and help conserve energy. Texas was allocated more than $23 million in federal stimulus funds by the…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 34 This week, the elected members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) are holding public hearings on proposed revisions to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Social Studies. These proposed revisions will define history, government, and social studies education for a generation…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 33 Now more than ever, it is vitally important for elected leaders to protect Texas taxpayers, limit government intrusion, and strengthen our state's business climate. To that end, I am proud to have been named a "Defender of the American Dream" -- the highest recognition…
Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 32 It is a great honor to share with my constituents the following press release from House Speaker Joe Straus announcing my appointment as vice-chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission. This is a tremendous privilege that allows me to be directly involved in eliminating wasteful…