By Senator Robert Nichols (Senate District)

My Five Cents: Property Tax Relief, TRS, Broadband bill, Ankle Monitor, Bail Reform

March 23, 2023 - One hundred years ago this week, Lamar University in Beaumont originated as South Park Junior College when the Beaumont ISD superintendent sought to develop plans for a junior college. Later that year, the institution’s doors opened, and the name was changed to Lamar College and later Lamar University. I’m a proud alumnus of Lamar University!

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My Five Cents: Teacher Vacancy, Homestead Exemption, JET Grants, Voting, TxDOT Projects

March 2, 2023 - On March 2, we celebrate Texas Independence Day! On that day in 1836, a delegate from each of the 59 existing settlements in Texas signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. This document officially declared Texas’ independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas. The delegation met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and also organized the interim government, naming Sam Houston commander-in-chief of the republic’s military forces.

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My Five Cents: Priority Bills, SFA 100th Anniversary, Data Privacy, Excess Energy, Maternity Leave Bill

February 16, 2023 - On February 15, 1876, Texas adopted the Constitution of 1876. The document is the sixth constitution by which Texas has been governed since declaring independence from Mexico. Despite having been amended more than 230 times, it remains the basic law of Texas today.

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1. Lt. Governor Patrick releases list of priority bills

My Five Cents: Border Czar, SFA, Broadband, Caleb's Law, Winter Weather Resources

February 2, 2023 - It’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week, indicating six more weeks of winter; unwelcome news after ice storms covered much of the state this week. The iconic groundhog made his 137th appearance and records of his predictions go back to 1887. 

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1. Abbott names new border czar

My Five Cents: State Hospital/Living Centers, SB 224, Committee Assignments, Afghan Soldier, Perkins Honored

January 26, 2023 - On January 25, 1839 the official flag of Texas was adopted by the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas. It specified the look of the iconic Lone Star Flag that we know and love today. The colors were chosen to signify certain attributes: red for courage, white for purity and liberty, and blue for loyalty. The Texas flag is the only flag of an American state that previously served as a flag for an independent country.

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