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House Budget Debate Set for Tomorrow The House will take up their version of the state budget – HB 1 – tomorrow. A summary of the House budget can be found here. There were 388 pre-filed amendments which can be found here. Update on Senate and House Leadership’s Property Tax Relief Plans Current Law -- School Property Tax Rate - Current average school Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate is $0.91 per $100 of value. Homestead Exemption for purposes of school property tax...

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Relentless Defender t-shirt fundraiser for Trooper Putz
Relentless defender is doing a t-shirt fundraiser for Trooper Putz. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Putz family. The pre-order window is for 2 weeks. After it closes you can no longer order the shirt. Thanks to Relentless defender for this campaign to help a Trooper in need!  Trooper Curtis Putz Fundraiser Tee - ReLEntless Defender Apparel

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Senate Confirms Larry Long as Member of Public Safety Commission AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Senate confirmed Larry Long as the fifth member of the Public Safety Commission (PSC). The confirmation follows Long’s appointment by Texas Governor Greg Abbott last month. His term will expire on Jan. 1, 2028. “I am truly honored to be appointed by Governor Abbott to the Public Safety Commission,” said Public Safety Commissioner Larry Long. “The mission to protect and serve the citizens of...

DPS Offers Safety Reminders for Spring Break
DPS Offers Safety Reminders for Spring Break AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding everyone of some simple tips to help keep all Texans safe this spring break. “We know families and young adults are anxious to hit the road or get away for spring break, and safety must continue to be a priority,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “No matter where you’re traveling, please follow the traffic laws, be aware of your surroundings, report suspicious activity a...

DPS Urges Texans to Avoid Spring Break Travel to Mexico
DPS Urges Texans to Avoid Spring Break Travel to Mexico AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to avoid traveling to Mexico during spring break, and beyond, due to the ongoing violence throughout that country. “Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into Mexico right now,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We have a duty to inform the public about safety, travel risks and threats. B...

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House and Senate Leaders Differ on Property Tax Relief Proposals This week, House Speaker Dade Phelan announced the filing of the House leadership’s property tax relief proposal – House Bill 2 by Ways and Means Chair Morgan Meyer. Representative Meyer also filed House Joint Resolution 1, which would put House Bill 2 on the Texas ballot if passed by the Legislature, leaving it up to voters to decide whether it is adopted as state law. House Bill 2, also known as the Property Tax Relief ...

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