Since my first session in the Texas Senate in 2011, I have seen anti-immigrant bills filed in every legislative cycle. For the most part, we've been successful in stopping them from being sent to the Governor's desk. The passage of S.B....
On Wednesday evening, several of my Senate colleagues and I tagged 11 bills referred to committee shortly after midnight. We did this in order to give the public adequate notice of the hearings. As it did yesterday when I tagged a...
WESLACO, RGV – A top official with the Texas Municipal League is set to visit the Rio Grande Valley to discuss with local municipal leaders what the group calls Gov. Greg Abbott’s “war on cities.” Valley officials invited the lobbyist...
MCALLEN, RGV - A former state senator from San Antonio says she has never seen the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation as united as it was during the recent legislative session. Leticia Van de Putte says that was not always...
How do we keep the Texas economy growing and moving forward, when we face increasing competition from other states and countries? While the question is broad, the answers are quite simple: More education and job training for our students, more...
WESLACO, RGV - Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez testified before a hearing held by two Texas House panels on Tuesday. They were the House Committees on Transportation and the House Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs. The joint hearing was held...
McALLEN, RGV - On the eve of a special legislative session in Austin, a McAllen lawmaker and a local Tea Party leader have offered widely different opinions on the value of having state Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker of...
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is out with his estimate of the amount of money that will be available to the Texas Legislature for the next budget cycle, and the news is not terrible (we have seen much worse in...
EDINBURG, RGV - State Rep. César J. Blanco slammed Republican legislators after they tried to get the Obama Administration to reimburse Texas for the money it has spent on border security. At a news conference at the state Capitol on...
EDINBURG, RGV - Like many other local law enforcement officers in Texas, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra does not like Senate Bill 4. The legislation, which has been passed by the Texas Senate and the Texas House, gives local...

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