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Newsletter: Improving Mental Health Care

As we near the end of May, which is recognized nationally as Mental Health Month, I'd like to briefly update you on the work that my Texas House colleagues and I are doing on this very important issue.

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Newsletter: Innovation in Education

Julie and I recently paid a visit to a very special school in our community, where we met some wonderful children and the teachers who work tirelessly to serve them.

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Speaker Straus Statement on School Finance Ruling

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement Friday following the Texas Supreme Court's ruling that the state's school finance system is constitutional:

"While I am grateful that the Supreme Court has found our school finance system to be constitutional, it's important to remember the Court also said there is ample room for improvement. The Texas House will continue working to deliver value for taxpayers and provide an outstanding education for our students."

Statement From Speaker Joe Straus on Child Protection in Texas

The Texas House will make it a top priority in next year's legislative session to improve the state's system for protecting and helping abused children. All of us have a responsibility to end the suffering that far too many Texas children are experiencing. This is not a new challenge or a simple one, but the complexity of the problem is not an excuse for inaction. Texas children are counting on all of us.

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Statement From Speaker Joe Straus

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement on his decisive victory in the Republican primary for House District 121:

"I want to thank the people of District 121 for their tremendous support and confidence. I'm proud of the campaign we ran and the positive message we delivered. A couple of people who live far away from here once again tried to take this seat from our community, and they have once again failed. Voters showed that angry rhetoric and dishonest ads are no match for a well-organized campaign that looks to a brighter future. It is an honor to represent the people of District 121 and I will continue to work tirelessly and gladly on their behalf."

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