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Newsletter: The House Will Come to Order

The 2017 legislative session will begin at noon Tuesday. I am honored to again have the opportunity to represent our community and provide leadership for our entire state.

I hope to focus this session on issues that will support private sector growth and create opportunities for our citizens, such as promoting job creation, keeping more local dollars in our local schools, improving our mental health system, and protecting children. The House has worked diligently on these issues in recent months and is ready to deliver results.

The Legislature will be in session until the end of May. Over the next five months, I hope you will watch the session closely and share your thoughts with me and my staff. There are a number of ways that you can follow the process and weigh in:

Call my office. You can reach my San Antonio office at 210-828-4411. You are also welcome to contact my office at the state Capitol at 512-463-1000.

Go to Texas Legislature Online. This webpage allows you to look up legislation by bill number or subject area. You can watch live or archived broadcasts of House and Senate floor proceedings and committee meetings. You can also sign up to receive email notifications when action is taken on bills that you care about.

Visit JoeStraus.org. On my campaign website, you will find updates on our work in the Texas House, and you can learn more about my approach to the state's challenges.

Visit the Texas Capitol. You can watch the legislative process in person from the House or Senate galleries and attend committee meetings. To learn about parking and tours, visit this webpage or call my office for assistance.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve our community. The decisions we will make in the months ahead will affect our state for many years, so I hope that you will watch the process closely and share your perspective. I look forward to hearing from you.