By Senator Robert Nichols (Senate District)

My Five Cents: ALERRT, Suicide Hotline 988, Universal Service Fund, Tax Free Weekend, Drawn Hunt Permits

July 29, 2022 - Sixty-four years ago this month, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which established NASA and emphasized our commitment to space exploration and manned space flight. NASA later elected to build a new flight-control center outside of Houston, making Texas an essential piece of the space race.

Here are five things happening around your state:

1. ALERRT and House Committee release reports on shooting in Uvalde

My Five Cents: Committee Reports, Coastal Barrier, New Academy, Car Part Thefts, Sale Tax Holiday

May 27, 2022 - This week we mourn the loss of 21 Texans in a horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Words can not adequately express our grief and we offer prayers of comfort to the families affected, the community, and our state. 

Here are five things happening around your state: 

1. Finance and Business and Commerce hearings

My Five Cents: Interim Charges, Newton County Broadband, TRS, Operation Lone Star, Best State for Business

May 5, 2022 - Last month, I was proud to co-host the Lone Star Legislative Summit in Nacogdoches with Rep. Travis Clardy in conjunction with the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce. We hosted a number of attendees from across the state including Speaker Dade Phelan and panels on immigration and border security, education, infrastructure, energy, health care, and social media and freedom of speech. It was a pleasure to have so many familiar faces in East Texas. 

Here are five things happening around your state:

My Five Cents: Broadband, Electricity, Oil and Gas Permit, Space-Related Entities, SFA

March 31, 2022 - On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, formally declaring independence from Mexico and forming the Republic of Texas. We celebrate their bravery, courage, and resolve still today. 

Here are five things happening around the state: 

1. Broadband Development Office embarks on listening tour

My Five Cents: Top Exporter, Biorefinery, Rusk State Hospital, Opioid Settlement, Special Election

February 24, 2022 - On February 24, 1836, William B. Travis penned his letter at the Alamo alerting the recipients that the garrison was surrounded, and the Texan Army was outnumbered by Santa Ana and the Mexican Army. The letter, a passionate plea for aid, would become one of the most well-known letters in American history. He famously signed the letter “Victory or Death.”

Here are five things happening around your state:

1. Texas named top exporter among states

My Five Cents: New Laws, Awarded Grants, Health Care Workers, Employment, Vaccine Mandate Withdrawn

January 27, 2022 - Monday, January 31 is the last day to register to vote in the March primary elections. To register, simply complete an voter registration application available online through the Secretary of State's website, fill it out with the necessary information, and return it to your county election office. The website to view this information is www.VoteTexas.gov. Remember, the voter registration application must be completed and returned at least 30 days before the upcoming election date.

My Five Cents: Volunteer Award, ERCOT, TPWD Grants, 3rd Session Update, American Rescue Plan

October 14, 2021 - On October 13, 1845, voters in Texas overwhelmingly approved an ordinance to accept annexation into the United States by a vote of 4,245 to 257. They also adopted the state's first constitution. 

Here are five things happening around your state:

1. Hookset Brothers Combat Recovery wins Governor's volunteerism award

My Five Cents: Redistricting, Temple Foundation, Veteran Hiring, Hazard Mitigation, Border Security

October 7, 2021 - One hundred and eighty-six years ago this week, the Texas Revolution began at Gonzales. On October 2, 1835 fighting broke out at Gonzales between Mexican soldiers and Texas militiamen. When the Mexican military commander in Texas received word that the American colonists refused to surrender a small cannon that had been gifted to the settlement in 1831 as a defense against Indians, he dispatched a small contingent to retrieve it. The struggle feature the iconic "Come and Take It" flag and ended in a Mexican retreat.

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