Politics

A Tale of Two Houses

By Senator Borris Miles This week, the Texas House, with an overwhelming 148-1 vote, passed House Bill 3, the school finance reform package. This $9 billion overhaul of the public-school finance system included a pay raises for all school employees, invests new money into classrooms, reduces recapture and local property taxes, allocates additional funding for

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Harvey Legislature Moving Out

This week marks the halfway point of the 86th Legislative Session. Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast more than a year and a half ago. Hundreds of thousands in Houston were impacted with the loss of vehicles, homes and prized irreplaceable possessions.

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Preparing Texas for the Future

With a death toll of at least 103 people with a price tag of $125 billion in damage, Hurricane Harvey was the most devastating and costly natural disaster the State of Texas has ever endured.  Although Hurricane Harvey occurred two years ago, the impacted areas are still in recovery.

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Criminal Justice Reform

Recently, 45 and POTUS (President of the United States) signed into law a criminal justice bill that provided relief for thousands of low-level offenders in the federal penal system. There are only 2.2 million people in jails and prisons in the United States.

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Children of the Confederacy Creed Plaque Removed

Recently, the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” plaque was removed from the Texas Capitol, where it had been on display for the last sixty years.  The plaque was originally placed in the Texas Capitol in 1959 and stated, “The Civil War was not a rebellion and its underlying cause was not to sustain slavery.”

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NLC Elects Amanda Edwards

Amanda K. Edwards,Houston City Council Member in At Large Position 4, of Houston, Texas was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC)board of directors by NLC’s membership at the 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles.

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Cleophas Steele Social Justice Award

State Representative Eric Johnsonhas been awarded the 2018 Cleophas R. Steele,Jr. Social JusticeAward for his work in the Texas Legislature. He recently accepted the award at Good Street Baptist Church in Dallas.  The Cleophas R. Steele, Jr. Social Justice Award was established in honor of the late Judge Cleophas Steele.

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Open Season Continues on Blacks…

Yellow police tape, red white and blue lights flashing, officers of the law standing around and a Black male body laid face down has been the highlight of various media outlets, over the course of this past week. It is a scene that African-Americans around the United States, have become all too familiar with.

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