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Thu
27
Jun

The fight for affordable health care in rural Texas

By HENRY CUELLAR

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT

Many hard-working families in Texas’ 28th District are struggling to afford basic health care coverage. While health care is a vital issue that affects the quality of life of all Americans. It is particularly important in Texas’ rural communities, which house some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the U.S. I have worked hard to help families afford health care, but I will continue to fight for access to care for those regions.

Thu
20
Jun

Governor signs disaster-related legislation

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and 23 House and Senate members joined Gov. Greg Abbott in Houston on June 13 as he signed four disaster preparedness and relief bills into law.

The group met at Gallery Furniture, owned by Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, to look on as Abbott put his signature on the bills. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August 2017, McIngvale opened two of his stores to shelter storm-displaced Houstonians and his company deployed its largest moving truck to rescue people in flooded neighborhoods.

Thu
20
Jun

A look at the IPMC

FROM THE DESK OF THE PLANNING DIRECTOR

Ibring you greetings from the Planning Department. This month we are going to look at certain aspects of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC).

In our bid to deliver a clean Pearsall, we would like to explore the IPMC as it relates to the exterior of all properties. Section 301 of the IPMC governs the minimum conditions and the responsibilities of persons for the maintenance of structures, equipment and exterior property.

If you have a vacant lot/premises within the City, it is expected that the land be maintained in a clean, safe, secure and sanitary condition so as not to cause a blighting problem or adversely affect the public health or safety. In terms of sanitation (for occupied lots), again, exterior property and premises “shall be maintained in a clean safe and sanitary condition. The occupant shall keep the exterior property that they occupy or control in a clean and sanitary condition.”

 

Thu
13
Jun

Governor signs school safety, mental health bill

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 signed three bills into law to improve school safety and expand access to mental health resources.

“After the horrific shooting (at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018) and the subsequent school safety roundtables, I made school safety an emergency item to help prevent a tragedy like this from happening again,” Abbott said. “Today, I am proud to sign legislation to make Texas schools safer for students and teachers. I thank members from both chambers, as well as the many stakeholders, who worked tirelessly to get these bills through the Legislature and to my desk today.”

Thu
13
Jun

The trucker was also an educator

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Thu
06
Jun

Legislature passes property tax, school finance reform

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

While the Memorial Day holiday was observed across Texas, lawmakers stayed busy at the state Capitol, voting on key bills in the final three days of the 86th Texas Legislature’s 140-day regular session.

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen did what they jointly set out to do at the beginning of the session in January. They exercised their leadership skills well enough for the Senate and House to pass property tax reform (Senate Bill 2) and school finance reform (House Bill 3), and to pass a state budget for fiscal years 2020-2021 (House Bill 1).

Thu
06
Jun

Knocking down prescription drug prices

HURD ON THE HILL

Access to medical care and affordable prescriptions is a real problem for many in the 23rd District of Texas. I hear story after story about seniors having trouble getting an appointment with their doctor and families having to make tough decisions to afford the medicine they need. My dad is 84 years old and has diabetes, this issue hits close to home for me.

Thu
30
May

Top officials say state’s top issues are resolved

With the governor’s mansion as their backdrop, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on May 23 announced their agreement on the Texas Legislature’s state budget, property tax reform and school finance reform bills.

Standing behind the state’s top three elected officials in the press conference were members of three House and Senate conference committees tasked with smoothing out the sticking points in House Bill 1, the state budget; Senate Bill 2, property tax reform; and House Bill 3, school finance reform.

 

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Thu
30
May

Clarifying the process

By UCHE ECHEOZO

Ibring you greetings from the Planning department. The past two weeks have been quite busy with so much activity that relates to community development.

We are going to look at certain important aspects of the permitting process that seem to be quite confusing at the moment. Our focus will be on businesses and what it takes to address all the issues involved in opening and/or running a business in compliance with the city ordinances.

It is required that all businesses operating in the city of Pearsall apply for and display a business license issued by the city. This business license is subject to the business having a valid Certificate of Occupancy.

 

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Thu
23
May

Much remains on table as Legislature begins final week

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

As the Texas Legislature entered the final week of its 140-day 86th regular session, Texans continued to wait for lawmakers to wrap up priority issues: the 2020-2021 state budget, property tax reform and school finance reform.

Of the more than 7,000 bills Senate and House members have filed proposing to create, amend or repeal a law, only 56 had passed and been forwarded to the governor’s desk for final approval as of Sunday, May 19. This is a low number of bills to have survived the threshing floors at both ends of the Capitol at this point in the session. Lawmakers with bones to pick with each other have used and may continue to use parliamentary maneuvers to speed or slow the movement of bills between now and May 27, the last day of the session.

Meanwhile, last week, the House and Senate passed and forwarded to the governor the following bills:

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