Author: East Texas Review

Cornyn, GOP Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect DACA Recipients

Cornyn’s SECURE Act Includes Text of Bipartisan BRIDGE Act U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and David Perdue (R-GA) to introduce legislation to protect and provide certainty to DACA recipients and improve the lawful immigration system by targeting illegal immigration and enforcing border security measures. The Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United in Reform Efforts (SECURE) Act contains provisions from several immigration proposals, including Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) bipartisan BRIDGE Act, which protects DACA recipients from deportation and Sen. Cornyn’s comprehensive border security...

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County Judge Honored for Education Efforts

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as county judge. Judge Moran was inducted on November 16 as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy during the 2017 Fall Judicial Education Session. The Texas Judicial Academy, a partnership between the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Association of Counties, recognizes judges who attain significant judicial education above that required by state law as Fellows each year. The educational program of the Texas Judicial Academy is overseen by the...

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Connecting Communities: New Chapel Hill Highlighted in Commissioners Court

New Chapel Hill Mayor Riley Harris has served his city for the last 10 years. His family has been in New Chapel Hill since his great-great grandmother settled on a 160-acre homestead there in 1851. Except for a few years living in Winona, Harris has lived in New Chapel Hill his entire life. The city of New Chapel Hill formed in 1969, but there was a school there long before that time. It was a farming community, where people raised peanuts, cotton and tomatoes. The city has “very little business,” brings in little income and has little growth. “I...

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Houston’s Attempt to Override State Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court after it declined to review a decision by the Texas Supreme Court, which ruled in June that former Houston Mayor Annise Parker exceeded her authority when she tried to force taxpayers to pay for spousal employment benefits for city employees with same-sex partners while the law of Texas recognized marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. Two Houston taxpayers sued the city of Houston after former Mayor Parker extended spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples married in other states. The Texas Supreme Court overruled a lower court...

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State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.8 Billion in November

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.78 billion in November, 11.1 percent more than in November 2016. “The double-digit growth in sales tax revenue compared to last year was fueled, in part, by increased collections from oil- and natural gas-related sectors,” Hegar said. “Recent higher oil prices have spurred increased well drilling and completion. Collections from retail trade and restaurants were also up, reflecting growth in consumer spending.” Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in November 2017 was up 9.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales...

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