Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of June is Alzheimer’s Awareness month. More than 5 million Americans suffer from this disease. About 360,000 of those who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease live in Texas. The Department of Human and Health Services recently estimated that a new case of Alzheimer’s disease develops every 66 seconds. This month is dedicated to educating our nation on the effects, symptoms, and treatments this potentially deadly disease has on our citizens.
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Upcoming Texas Special Session in July

The Texas Constitution gives the Governor of the State of Texas the ability to call a Special Session at any time after the 140-day regular Session ends. A Special Session is called whenever the Governor believes there is pending business and the Governor now is tasked with setting a specific agenda for the Texas Legislature (the House of Representatives and Senate) to accomplish within 30 days. Legislators of the two chambers are restricted to introducing legislation that fits within the Governor’s defined agenda. If the Legislature does not accomplish what the Governor has designated, the Governor may call the legislators back for as many thirty-day Special Sessions as the Governor feels necessary to complete the pending business.
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New Laws: Creation of the Texas Music History Trail and Cruise Ship Focus

In Texas, the music industry is extraordinarily diverse and has a deep, long history. Texas music, its cultural roots and its history are cherished and celebrated in many ways across the state. There are several hundred music festivals and thousands of live music concerts annually. There are over a thousand Texas music museums and historic dancehalls across the state, as well. These events and establishments draw millions of visitors annually, making Texas music a top tourist attraction in our state and Texas music tourism greatly benefits the local communities and our state economically.

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Hurricane Season Preparedness

As hurricane season approaches, being aware of hazards and having a plan for evacuation, in the case a tropical cyclone (hurricane) occurs, can be lifesaving. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and concludes on November 30. The storms that occur during this time are among the most powerful and destructive of all natural phenomena. The United States (US) Department of Homeland Security, the American Red Cross, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Texas Department of Public Safety, and many more agencies work diligently to create awareness and provide resources to keep Americans safe throughout hurricane season.
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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The month of May is nationally recognized as Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Awareness month. Throughout the month, the American Academy of Dermatology and several organizations, like the American Cancer Society and Skin Cancer Foundation, work diligently to educate the nation on the risks, the warning signs, and how to reduce your risk of contracting skin cancer.
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National Stroke Awareness Month

Since 1989, the United States (US) Congress designates the month of May as American Stroke Month. Throughout the month, communities and organizations strive to increase awareness and education of the types, prevention methods, warning signs, effects or risks, and treatments of strokes. The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) work diligently to bring attention to this preventable medical condition that affects millions of Americans annually.
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