Greg Abbott

If news reports concerning the past regular session and the special session are accurate, it could be that our state senate is losing not only its independence, but also its credibility. It seems from outside appearance it is becoming more of a rubber stamp for the desires of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott.

From many years of observation as well as my years in the Senate, I know the Senate was once fiercely independent and jealous of any erosion of senatorial power or political stroke. In recent sessions, it seems this tradition of the Senate has faded away.

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One month after announcing a violent crime reduction operation in Houston, Texas to combat the alarming rise in violent crime and gang-related activity in Harris County, Governor Greg Abbott announced May 22 that in the last four weeks, more than 450 arrests have already been made, his office said in a release.

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Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement on the shooting of a first responder in Dallas and the stabbing attack on the University of Texas at Austin campus on May 1:

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Following major wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster on March 13 in the following counties: Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts and Wheeler, according to a statement.

In addition to the disaster declaration, the State of Texas has asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a Secretarial Disaster Designation to activate the USDA Farm Service Agency's Emergency Loan Program to help eligible farmers and ranchers rebuild and recover from losses sustained by the wildfires.

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Governor Greg Abbott met March 10 with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Houston to discuss energy, trade relations and commercial ties between Texas and Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau met with the Governor while in Texas attending the CERAWeek Conference. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed common goals on energy, trade and education.

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The Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division offered a reward on Feb. 27 of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved in the shooting of eight year-old De'Maree Adkins.

The award offered by the Governor’s office, combined with the Houston Crime Stoppers award of $5,000 will bring the total amount to $15,000.

Following a car crash around 2:00 A.M. on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Houston, an unknown gunman opened fire on the vehicle De’Maree was traveling in, resulting in her death.

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The Office of the Governor, The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and Texas Crime Stoppers today announced a new reward program related to the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program.

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Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement Feb. 7 after the Texas Senate voted to preliminarily approve a bill to ban sanctuary cities (SB 4) in the State of Texas, one of Governor Abbott’s emergency legislative priorities:

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Governor Abbott toured the U.S. - Mexico border with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and discussed the importance of strengthening border security on Feb. 1. During their tour, Governor Abbott reiterated his commitment to be a partner with the administration in efforts to secure the border.

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Governor Greg Abbott listed reforming Child Protective Services (CPS) as one of his emergency items in his State of the State address on Jan. 31. CPS advocates were quick to offer praise for the Governor’s call to action:

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