Please join Rep. Donna Howard for a House District 48 Town Hall on October 28th at Casis Elementary. She'll be providing a wrap-up of the recent Regular and Special Sessions, giving a preview of what to expect in the legislative interim, and answering questions from the audience. RSVP Here.
Last week, Rep. Howard hosted the first in her series of October Town Hall Meetings in House District 48. There will be three more in the next couple of weeks, at locations across the district. Please join us to get a wrap-up of the recent #txlege session, to hear about what to expect in the legislative interim, or to voice your questions or concerns.
Rep. Howard and Sen. Kirk Watson recently co-wrote an op-ed, published by the Texas Tribune, in which they voiced their support for the transformation of a section of Congress Avenue – the four blocks between 15th Street and MLK Boulevard – into a pedestrian mall.
On Wednesday, October 4th, Rep. Howard hosted the first in her series of October Town Hall Meetings. The event was well-attended, and it was a vibrant discussion that covered topics such as women's health, property taxes, school finance, redistricting, and transgender health, among many others. You can watch the video below, or by clicking this link.
On October 4th, Rep. Howard will host a Town Hall Meeting at Small Middle School in House District 48. She'll provide a recap of the recent Regular and Special Sessions of the Texas Legislature, discuss what to expect in the legislative interim, and answer questions from the audience.
Over the weekend, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times ran an Op-Ed by Rep. Howard, in which she discussed the veto of her SB 790. That bill would have extended the Women's Health Advisory Committee for another two years. You can read the piece here:
On Friday, September 8th, Rep. Howard will make a special guest appearance in the opening night performance of Over the Lege at the Institution Theater. The production is described as a "political satire variety show exposing the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature."
This morning, Rep. Howard & Rep. Matt Krause issued a bipartisan letter to HHSC, asking for a cancellation or delay in new rules which may negatively impact access to acute therapy. Those rules are currently set to go into effect tomorrow.
Forecasters have just upgraded Tropical Storm Harvey to a Category 1 hurricane, and it is expected to make landfall tomorrow. Computer models have already suggested it will increase to a Category 3 hurricane by landfall and could drop a dozen or more inches of rain in less than a day, posing risks of severe flooding and storm damage all along the coast. Here are some resources to help you prepare for the storm.
Last Monday marked the final meeting of the Women's Health Advisory Committee (WHAC), which is set to expire on September 1st of this year. The agenda featured two major items: a presentation on maternal mortality in Texas by Dr. Lisa Hollier, the Chair of the state's Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, and an update on the state's women's health programs. Here are a few key points from that discussion:
On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature wrapped up its Special Session. After 29 days, a total of 12 bills had been sent to the Governor's desk, all of which have now been signed into law. Here's a quick summary of those measures, and how Rep. Howard voted on them:
This afternoon, the House will consider HB 208 by Rep. Tan Parker, which would place an additional limit on the growth of the state budget. During its hearing before the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Howard argued effectively against the need for the bill. Watch her takedown here.
This morning on the Texas Standard, Rep. Howard discussed her objections to HB 214, which would prevent standard private insurance plans from including coverage for abortion. You can listen to that interview here.
Rep. Howard recently authored a blog entry for End the Backlog, detailing the steps which brought her HB 281 into law. The bill establishes a secure, confidential tracking system for rape kits, so that sexual assault survivors can easily see where their evidence kits are in the process.
The Austin American-Statesman recently published an Op-Ed that Rep. Howard wrote, relating to her HJR 18. Here is the text of the piece, in which she argues that real property tax reform requires real school finance reform. A link to the article can be found here.
Today, the House took up Rep. Howard's HB 280, which would establish a grant program to help prevent violence against nurses in the health care workplace. The bill is the latest step in Rep. Howard's multi-session effort to address such violence.
In the latest edition of the Round-Up, Scott discusses a proposal to establish a statewide ban on texting while driving. He also mentions Sunset legislation for the Railroad Commission of Texas, which doesn't actually regulate railroads in the state.