By Senator Robert Nichols (Senate District)

"My Five Cents" by Senator Robert Nichols

July 27, 2017 - Mark your calendars for this year's sales tax holiday on August 11th-13th.  The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks which are priced under $100 from sales and use taxes.

The law also allows layaway purchases of these items to qualify for the sales tax exemption.  All sellers in the state are required to honor the sales tax holiday, so it's a great time to get prepared for the upcoming school year while saving some money in the process.

My Five Cents by Sen. Nichols: Special Session

June 29, 2017 - This upcoming month we will celebrate two important holidays. The first being the Fourth of July to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The second is National Pecan Pie Day on July 12. Pecan pie also happens to be the State Pie of Texas. So while you shoot off fireworks and eat pie, I hope it is with family and friends as I know mine will be.

Here are five things happening around your state this month:

1. Special Session

Nichols Requests Applications for Texas Armed Services Scholarship

June 7, 2017 - Today, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) request qualified students to apply for a Texas Armed Services Scholarship.

"This scholarship is a way to encourage and reward students interested in military service," said Nichols. "It provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue higher education and take advantage of preparation from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs at universities in Texas."

My Five Cents: This Week at the Texas Capital

June 1, 2017 - The 85th Legislative Session has come to an end. I believe it was a successful 140 days, and we accomplished a lot for the people of Texas.

My weekly column will now revert back to a monthly column and I will continue to keep you updated as to what is happening not only at your state Capitol, but also in your state.

Here are five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol:

1. President Pro Tempore

Nichols Named President Pro Tempore After Successful 85th Legislative Session

May 29, 2017 - Austin -- On Monday, the 85th Legislative Session came to a close, marking another successful session for the people of Texas. Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), was also elected President Pro Tempore, by a unanimous vote from the members of the Texas Senate.

"Working together, I believe this Legislature has passed integral legislation to benefit the entire State of Texas," said Senator Robert Nichols. "Serving the people of Senate District 3 has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I look forward to continuing to work for them."

'My Five Cents' by Senator Nichols

May 25, 2017 - This weekend, our country will observe Memorial Day and remember the sacrifices of the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. I hope we all take time to give thanks for those who sacrificed everything for our nation so we might live free.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:
  
1. Session almost over

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