By Senator Robert Nichols (Senate District)

My Five Cents: Telemarketer Bill, Medications, Major in Education, Red Light Cameras, Veto Period

May 16, 2019 - While session is five months long, 80 percent of the work is done in 20 percent of the time.

At the writing of this column, we have 11 days left in the Session, and much of the work is left to be done.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. Telemarketer Bill

My Five Cents: School Finance, Monuments, Fantasy Sports, Sunset Bills, TEA Do Not Hire List

May 9, 2019 - The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas. SCR 20, which was passed by the Senate Administration committee this week, would make this true for even our knives. It designates the Bowie knife, made famous by Jim Bowie when he carried it during the Battle of the Alamo, as the official knife of Texas.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. School Finance

My Five Cents: School Safety, School Finance, Fire Fighter Day, Legislative Updates

May 2, 2019 - Students across the state are counting down the days until they are out of their classrooms and can begin their summer vacations. In an almost identical countdown, legislators are marking the days left until the end of session. As I write this column, we have 25 days left till the end of the 86th Legislative Session.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. School Safety Bill

My Five Cents, Tax Free Shopping Day for Emergency Preparedness Supplies

April 25, 2019 - Did you know you can buy tax free emergency preparedness supplies from April 27th - 29th, and ensure you are prepared for the next natural disaster? There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, including: portable generators, batteries, ice chests, first aid kits, and more. To find out more information on items that qualify you can visit https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php.

My Five Cents: Property Tax Relief, Powdered Alcohol, Tax Payer Lobbyist, Missing Adults, Feral Hogs

April 18, 2019 - This past weekend the northern part of Senate District 3 was hit hard by tornadoes, resulting in the loss of lives, severe injuries and property. My office is working closely with these communities to ensure they are receiving the aid they need to help with their recovery and rebuilding. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who were affected by this disaster and the families who lost loved ones. 

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. Property Tax Relief

My Five Cents: Human Trafficking Task Force, State Budget, Special Ed Cost, Open Meetings Act, Rural Broadband

April 11, 2019 - With only seven weeks left in session, the Legislature is well on its way to completing its to do list with both chambers passing their versions of the budget. This is the only constitutionally required task for the Legislature to complete.  

My Five Cents: Property Tax Relief, Border Security, Consumer Protection, Free Speech, First Tuesdays

April 4, 2019 - The Texas House has passed House Bill 3, the school finance overhaul bill with a historic vote of 148-1. It is headed to the Senate and we will continue to work to ensure school districts are funded equitably. 

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:
 
1. House Committee Passes Property Tax Relief

My Five Cents: TRS, Walking Quorum, Lemonade Stands, Born-Alive Infant, Women's Suffrage

March 28, 2019 - This week, I had the honor of recognizing Smokey the Bear on the Senate floor for his 75th anniversary of service. The Smokey the Bear program is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. History. 

Wildfire prevention is one of the most critical issues affecting our country, with 9 out of 10 wildfires caused by people. Smokey's message is as relevant and urgent today as it was in 1944, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. Teacher Retirement System

My Five Cents: Teacher Retirement, Supplemental Budget, Disaster Relief Bills, School Finance, Shelbyville Basketball Team

March 14, 2019 - March is always a busy month in the Capitol as many people make their way to Austin during spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is no spring break for legislators as committee agendas are full of potential legislation.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:
 
1. Teacher Retirement System

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