By Senator Robert Nichols (Senate District)

My Five Cents: Immigration, Bills Effective Jan 1, Medal of Courage, Honoring Bush, Methodist Women

January 30, 2020 - I hope that you all had a wonderful start to this new year. This coming year will be spent reviewing interim charges in our Senate committees and beginning to prepare for the next legislative session which will begin in January 2021. 

Here are five things happening around your state this month:

1. Immigration in Texas

My Five Cents: Feral Hogs, Finance Hearing, STARR Test, Adoptions, Evaluating Licensure

December 26, 2019 - As I look back on this year and all that was accomplished during the 86th Legislative Session, I am once again reminded that it could not have been done without you. While you are making your own resolutions for your personal life and businesses, the Senate is doing the same thing through its interim charges and interim hearings, as we plan for the 87th Legislative Session. I look forward to this next year and working together to make a difference for our state. Happy New Year!

Here are five things happening around your state this month:

My Five Cents: Mass Violence Prevention, House Public Education Hearing, Interim Changes, Explore Our State, Veterans Day

October 31, 2019 - I am very grateful for many things in November…my family, friends, and hunting season. I am also grateful for the opportunity to represent Senate District 3 in Austin as your State Senator. As you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a holiday filled with family, friends and lots of pumpkin pie or pecan pie (which is the state pie of Texas!).

Here are five things happening around your state this month:
1. Mass Violence Prevention

My Five Cents: Proposition 4; Executive Orders on Gun Violence; Digital License for Hunting, Fishing; Get Appointed; NASA Aerospace Scholars

September 26, 2019 - Earlier this month, Southeast Texas was devastated by Tropical Depression Imelda. My staff and I have been working hard to ensure those in Senate District 3 are receiving the help and services they need. If you require assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact any of my offices. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who were affected by this disaster.

Here are five things happening around your state this month:
1. Proposition 4 

My Five Cents: Smoking Age, College Credits, School District Grades, Domestic Terrorism, Beer to Go

August 29, 2019 - As students dust off their backpacks these last few weeks and head back to school, Fall is definitely in the air. If only our Texas temperatures would cooperate and bring a dose of Fall weather to go along. 

Here are five things happening around your state this month:

1. Smoking Age Raises to 21

My Five Cents: Redistricting Committee, Dogs On Patios, Unclaimed Property, Bills Effective September 1st, Tax Free Weekend

July 25, 2019 - As the last days of summer are fast approaching and you are trying to fit in one last vacation, why not look at some of the exciting destinations in Texas? You can visit the Texas Travel Guide online at to find a compilation of attractions and places to stay all across the state, including your Texas State Capitol. 

Here are five things happening around your state:
1. Redistricting Committee 

My Five Cents: Rural Broadband, Veto Period, Stealing Packages, Selling Lemonade, Unemployment Rate

June 27, 2019 - On July 4th, we will celebrate our nation's freedom. The signing of the Declaration of Independence, in 1776, marked the birth of the United States of America as an independent Nation. I hope you are able to celebrate with fireworks, friends and family, as I know I will be. 

Here are five things happening around your state:

1. Rural Broadband 

Nichols Ends 86th Session With Success

May 28, 2019 Austin - On Monday, the 86th Legislative Session convened Sine Die, marking the end of another successful legislative session for Texas. 

"The Legislature came together once again and passed integral legislation that will benefit all Texans, and help our State to continue to move forward with one of the strongest economies in the country," said Senator Robert Nichols. "I am also grateful to Lt. Governor Patrick for entrusting me to serve as Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the fourth time."

My Five Cents: Free Speech, Battleship Texas, Income Tax, Firearm Carry, Tobacco

May 23, 2019 - The next time you hear from me, the 86th Legislative Session will have come to an end. On average only about 1 in 5 bills will make it successfully through a legislative session. At the writing of this column, approximately nine percent of the 7,324 bills, filed in the Senate and House, have been passed and sent to the Governor. This number will continue to rise. In 2017, 18 percent passed and in 2015, it was 21 percent.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. Free Speech on College Campuses


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