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Speaker Straus Calls for Responsible Approach to Budget Shortfall

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus authored a guest column in the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that called for legislators to take a responsible approach to balancing the state budget, as opposed to only making deep spending cuts that would decimate higher education and leave retired teachers paying significantly more for health care.

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House Approves Two Bills to Improve Child Protection

The Texas House on Wednesday approved the first two major bills of the 2017 legislative session, unanimously passing legislation to improve child protection in the state.

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Newsletter: Listening to Local Educators

Last week, I hosted a number of leaders and groups from our community to discuss issues facing the Legislature and how they may impact San Antonio.

Two important meetings were with leaders of our local school districts. First, I met with school board trustees and Superintendent Brian Gottardy of North East ISD. Later that afternoon, I visited with Alamo Heights ISD Superintendent Kevin Brown and school board trustees Lisa Krenger and Lynn Thompson.

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Newsletter: Getting to work

Last week, I announced the membership of every Texas House committee. This was an important milestone in our legislative session, and now we can continue working to address the challenges facing this state.

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SPEAKER STRAUS ANNOUNCES HOUSE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced Texas House committee assignments for the 85th Legislature.

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