By Senator Robert Nichols (Senate District)

Expansion of Broadband Deemed Emergency Item by Governor Abbott

February 2, 2021 - Monday night, in his biennial address to outline priorities for the Legislative Session, Governor Greg Abbott announced that increasing access to broadband services would be an Emergency Item. Broadband - which the Governor noted is no longer a luxury, but an essential tool - is one of five Emergency Items that will be eligible for the Legislature's consideration within the first sixty days of the 87th Legislative Session.

My Five Cents: Redistricting, NRA, Broadband Access, Scholarship Opens, Unemployment Assistance

January 22, 2021 - On January 25, 1839 the Lone Star flag was adopted by the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas as the national flag since Texas was an independent nation at that time. When Texas joined the United States as the 28th state six years later, the national flag became the state flag.

Here are five things happening around your state:

1. Senate Redistricting Committee to begin hearings

Nichols Appointed Transportation Committee Chair, Member of Five Other Committees

January 20, 2021 - Last week, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced committee assignments for the 87th Legislative Session. I am honored to once again chair the Senate Transportation Committee and look forward to working with my fellow members on transportation legislation. The Lt. Governor also appointed me as the Vice Chair of the Senate Business and Commerce committee and a member of the Senate committees on Criminal Justice, Finance, Local Government (formerly known as Intergovernmental Relations), and the Select Committee on Redistricting. 

My Five Cents: 87th Legislative Session, Corporate Destinations, Vaccines, Revenue Estimate

January 14, 2021 - The Legislature has ended its first week of session. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Senate has decided to recess until January 26th. However, we will still be working hard in the meantime on legislation for Senate District 3.

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1. The Texas Legislature begins the 87th Legislative Session

My Five Cents: FCC Broadband Expansion Rural Texas, HHSC Launches Mental Support Line to Assist Texans during COVID-19, TEA Announces Pause On Grading School Districts

January 7, 2021 - With the beginning of the 87th legislative session fast approaching, my staff and I are gearing up to do the work of the people at your Texas Capitol. Though this session will certainly look different than past sessions, we are prepared to do this important work on behalf of Senate District 3. 

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1. FCC announces $362 million in funds to expand broadband in rural Texas

My Five Cents: Hurricane Relief Funding, COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution

November 27, 2020 - Though the Capitol has been closed to the public for most of this year, my staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming legislative session. Though session will surely look different this year due to the ongoing global pandemic, we are still focused on the needs of the state and our constituents. Please reach out to my office if you have any needs or concerns. 

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1. Neches High School Volleyball wins state championship for third year

My Five Cents: Senate Redistricting Committee, NASA Aerospace Scholar, Texas #1 in Business, Tomato Bowl Stadium, Census 2020

November 2, 2020 - One hundred and thirty-six years ago this month, the Texas State Fair opened in Dallas. The iconic predecessor to our present-day State Fair of Texas drew crowds from across the state. A rival fair, the Dallas exposition, opened around the same time and together they welcomed over 35,000 people. Both fairs were successful and, ultimately, decided to combine efforts in 1887 to establish the State Fair of Texas as we know it today.

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My Five Cents: #4 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Awards $150,000 Park Grant to Center

September 24, 2020 - This month Texans celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 26. Hunters and anglers alike are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and continue Texas’ long tradition of hunting and fishing. This day was designated by Congress in 1971 to honor hunters and anglers for their commitment to conservation. Every year, this day is celebrated on the fourth Saturday in September. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging outdoorsmen to invite others along for their outdoor adventures.

My Five Cents: August Marks 100-year Anniversary of 19th Amendment

August 28, 2020 - This August marked the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment, which secured the adoption of the amendment. We celebrate this important centennial of women’s suffrage. 

Here are five things happening around your state: 

1. COVID-19 Data Tracker for Texas Public Schools, Child Care Centers


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