Soon to Come: Back to School & Tax Free Weekend

The beginning of the 2017-2018 school year is around the corner! We want everyone to know about an event soon to be here. To help students prepare for their next step in their education, the Texas Legislature deemed August 11th-13th as the “Sales Tax Holiday” for 2017. This legislation creates an annual exemption of taxes for essential items like clothing, footwear, and a large variety of school supplies priced less than $100. The tax exemption applies to all purchases made in-store, online, mail, or over the phone in Texas for these three days only. As in previous years, shoppers can utilize layaway plans to help prepare for this weekend of savings—i.e. Save $8 per $100 spent on back-to-school necessities.

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2017 Hurricane Season: Tropical Update

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1st and will conclude on November 30th. Within the first two months, the United States (US) has already experienced “named” tropical storms and hurricane activity (i.e. Tropical Storm Arlene, Tropical Storm Bret, and Tropical Storm Cindy). Meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are estimating an increase in the tropical cyclone activity during this year’s hurricane season.
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New Laws in Texas to Prevent Domestic Violence

Prior to the 85th Legislative Session, the frequency of domestic violence cases increased in the Coastal Bend. Several local organizations and my office worked diligently to create new laws to help protect victims and end domestic violence. The Texas Legislature passed some new laws. The following three laws will be highlighted.
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Coastal Bend Colleges Focus on Coastal Studies

In the Coastal Bend area, we have excellent higher education institutions that educate students on coastal issues, coastal studies and coastal habitats. These higher institutions include Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), University of Texas Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas (UTMSI), and Del Mar College (DMC).
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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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