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Three New Laws That are Affecting You in 2018

Hundreds of laws get passed every year that can affect you as a Texas resident. These new laws can cause legal concerns and sprout confusing legal questions for both you and your families. Here are a few of the laws that began to take effect in 2018.
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How Workplace Discrimination Impacts Employees

According to the Enforcement and Litigation Data report for fiscal 2016, released by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on January 18, 2017, the EEOC received 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination in 2016. Out of all the workplace discrimination charges, retaliation topped the list at 45.9%, followed by race-based discrimination with 35.3% charges

REP. JOHN RATCLIFFE VOTES TO ELIMINATE CFPB BURDENS ON COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted today for the passage of the Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 3971) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill will reduce compliance costs for smaller community financial institutions by exempting them from certain escrow or impound requirements.

House Passes McCaul’s Landmark Cybersecurity Legislation

The House unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. This watershed legislation will streamline the current structure of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and re-designate it as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) to more effectively execute cybersecurity and critical infrastructure related authorities.

CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE PRAISES HOUSE PASSAGE OF NPPD REORGANIZATION BILL

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, praised the House passage of legislation to reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at DHS on Monday.

Former Houston escrow officer sentenced to prison in title scam

Sandra Flores will begin serving a six year prison term this week for insurance fraud after a Texas Department of Insurance investigation found she had stolen $1 million from real estate transactions. She was sentenced earlier this week by a Harris County judge.

Olson Applauds House Action to Revitalize Brownfield Sites

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today acted to help redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties and encourage economic development by voting for H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act. Brownfields are abandoned, closed or under-utilized industrial or commercial properties that may be contaminated because of their prior use. However, these sites often have great potential for redevelopment, if they are cleaned up properly. This bill reauthorizes the EPA Brownfields Program in order to help states and localities get the tools and guidance they need to clean up and redevelop brownfields.

CARTER AND RUPPERSBERGER INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO SECURE U.S. ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE

Congressman John R. Carter (TX-31) and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) introduced the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2017, which establishes a pilot program to evaluate United States energy security vulnerabilities. As bipartisan co-chairmen of the House Army Caucus, Rep. Carter and Rep. Ruppersberger continue their shared commitment to national security through this important legislation

SENIORS GET TO STAY IN HOMES AT FOREST DALE APARTMENTS IN DALLAS, TEXAS

Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) today announced that it has provided a $7.0 million loan to Chesapeake Community Advisors (CCA) and Trinity Village Non Profit Housing Corp. (Trinity) for the acquisition of Forest Dale Apartments, a 206-unit community for seniors with low incomes in Dallas, Texas

Rep. Smith Votes to Fund Hurricane Relief

Rep. Lamar Smith voted to provide $15 billion in emergency funding for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. The funding bill also extends the National Flood Insurance Program.

Gohmert’s Statement on Hurricane Relief Funding Vote

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the vote in Congress to provide federal funding in the Disaster Relief Fund

Culberson Statement on Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced an initial emergency supplemental appropriations bill to begin rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

EPA/TCEQ Statement on Water Quality of Flood-Impacted Areas from Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) release the following statement today, in regards to the water quality of flood-impacted areas from Hurricane Harvey

Texas Big Game Awards Announces New Rules for 2017-18 Season

The Texas Big Game Awards program is announcing rule changes designed to better reflect the objectives of this 27 year partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Wildlife Association — to recognize the contributions hunters and landowners make in managing and conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat in Texas

Grant Awarded for West Texas Infrastructure Project

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved grant funding this week to repair the Presidio International Rail Bridge and South Orient Railroad, which extends from Presidio to San Angelo. With this funding, Presidio can continue serve as a pillar of Texas trade, benefitting both the border region and the State’s economy. U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) championed this initiative to TxDOT and local officials to ensure the line’s rehabilitation and improved operations, and safety. Texas Tax ID
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TEXAS NEW HOME PRICES INCREASE, SALES PACE SHOW SIGNS OF SLOWING

New home sales prices are increasing, and the pace of new home sales are showing signs of slowing in the four largest homebuilding markets in Texas, but total new home sales remain solid, according to the HomesUSA.com® New Homes Sales Index and other new home sales data released today.

TDI windstorm inspectors help consumers along coast

Michael Cowen helps homeowners with inspections so they can buy windstorm insurance. He drives hundreds of miles and spends hours on the phone each week talking with homeowners, contractors, and local building officials about inspection requirements.

Playa Restoration Program Fills Grassland Playa Pits, Trenches at No Cost to Landowners

A new multi-partner playa restoration program, the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, is offering participating landowners free backfilling of pits and trenches in playas surrounded by grass.

Presidio Port of Entry Receives Presidential Permit to Start Construction

The Presidential Permit for the Presidio-Ojinaga infrastructure project in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas was approved this week, indicating final approval of a long and tedious process to widen the local Port of Entry one lane in either direction to accommodate 18-wheelers. Due to the efforts of Congressman Will Hurd alongside local officials, the long-planned expansion initiative will strengthen cross-border trade between the U.S. and Mexico and position Presidio as an efficient and cost-effective transit hub for imports and exports. Receiving the permit is the last hurdle before construction may begin. LASIK Houston

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces $497,413 grant awarded to the University of Houston-Downtown under...

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement announcing today that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Houston-Downtown a $497,413 grant to implement its Upward Bound Program to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education

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Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of...

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.

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Three New Laws That are Affecting You in 2018

Hundreds of laws get passed every year that can affect you as a Texas resident. These new laws can cause legal concerns and sprout confusing legal questions for both you and your families. Here are a few of the laws that began to take effect in 2018.