As work slows down and families begin to gather, Julie and I want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the chance to live in this remarkable community and work on your behalf.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus filed Monday to run for re-election in House District 121.
Speaker Straus filed his re-election paperwork at Bexar County Republican Party Headquarters and said he’s looking forward to talking to voters about the conservative results he has delivered.
“I’m proud that we have prioritized education, secured new water supplies and improved transportation, all within a balanced budget,” said Speaker Straus, R-San Antonio. “But there is more work to be done. Our school finance system is under court review, the fall of oil prices will affect our economy in a significant way and we are working to address issues such as mental health care. I also look forward to working with a new Republican President on issues that require state and federal collaboration.”
The Texas House isn't scheduled to convene again until January 2017. But as Speaker of the House, I have the opportunity to begin setting the agenda for that 2017 session by giving every House committee a list of issues and priorities to study between now and then. And that's exactly what I did last week.
Speaker Joe Straus on Monday formed the House Select Committee on Mental Health in order to take a wide-ranging look at the state’s behavioral health system for children and adults.
Its membership will include legislators from a variety of House committees – such as Appropriations, Public Health, County Affairs, Insurance and Corrections -- with jurisdiction over certain mental health issues.
“We have taken some major steps to address the state’s mental health needs,” said Speaker Straus, R-San Antonio. “It’s important not to look at these issues in isolation, but rather to take a comprehensive view of how to improve the system. Many legislators asked that we take a closer look at various issues related to mental health and it became clear that one committee should look at all of those issues together.”
Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday formed the Texas House Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation to take a comprehensive look at how an array of rules from the Obama administration will affect Texas and its economy.
The committee will look at recently proposed or finalized rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including the Clean Power Plan, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the “Waters of the United States” rules, and new standards regulating methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector.