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My Five Cents

It was Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow last week, indicating six more weeks of winter; unwelcome news after ice storms covered much of the state this week. The... — Updated 2/3/2023

 

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On January 25, 1839 the official flag of Texas was adopted by the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas. It specified the look of the iconic Lone Star Flag that we know and love... — Updated 1/31/2023

 

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I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. The new year brings a new legislative session, so I'll be spending time in Austin working on your behalf... — Updated 1/17/2023

 

Why I Believe the State Should Offer Paid Maternity Leave

As we look ahead toward the 88th Legislative Session, I believe that one thing we as Legislators should be focused on is supporting children and families. As a parent and... — Updated 12/13/2022

 

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This week we mourn the loss of 21 Texans in a horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Words can not adequately express our grief and we offer prayers of... — Updated 5/31/2022

 

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Monday, January 31 is the last day to register to vote in the March primary elections. To register, simply complete an voter registration application available online through the... — Updated 1/28/2022

 

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On October 13, 1845, voters in Texas overwhelmingly approved an ordinance to accept annexation into the United States by a vote of 4,245 to 257. They also adopted the state’s firs... — Updated 10/18/2021

 

Nichols My 5 Cents

This week, the Texas Legislature is meeting to discuss everything from redistricting to electricity and the grid. We’ve only got a few more weeks left in this special session, hop... — Updated 10/5/2021

 

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The first official day of fall came this week on September 22. With it came a welcome cold front across the state and a beautiful Harvest Moon. Fall brings cooler weather, leaves... — Updated 9/28/2021

 

My 5-Cents

A weekly column from Sen. Robert Nichols by Sen. Robert Nichols, Senate District 3 We continue to hold our friends in Louisiana in our prayers after Hurricane Ida made landfall as... — Updated 9/7/2021

 

My 5-Cents

On August 27, 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson was born near Johnson City, Texas. LBJ would go on to become a US Congressman, US Senator, the Vice President under President John F. Kenne... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

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The Battle of Nacogdoches occurred 185 years ago this week. On August 2, 1836, a group of Texas settler defied an order from a Mexican Army commander and did not surrender their... — Updated 8/10/2021

 

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The 2021 Olympic Games have begun in Tokyo, Japan. Over the next few weeks, we will all get to watch and enjoy the very best the United States has to offer compete on a global... — Updated 8/3/2021

 

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Even though many House members and some State Senators are still in Washington, D.C. to break quorum, special session continues in Austin. The State Senate has enough members at... — Updated 7/20/2021

 

My Five Cents

With session over, there’s time to reflect on what happened toward the end of session and the new laws the legislature passed over the past 140 days. Here are five things happenin... — Updated 6/8/2021

 

Nichols My Five Cents

Session is drawing to a close. This is the last week for Senate committees to realistically consider bills to vote out of committee. We have until May 26 to vote on any bill on the... — Updated 5/25/2021

 

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At the end of this week, we’ll only have three weeks left in this year’s legislative session. These last three weeks are some of the most intense weeks, with long hours and... — Updated 5/11/2021

 

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Last week, the House passed its version of the state budget for the next two years. It differs in some significant ways from the budget the Senate passed. In order to reconcile our... — Updated 5/4/2021

 

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On April 21, 1836, General Sam Houston led the Texan Army in a decisive victory over General Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto. The fighting lasted a mere 18 minutes. Though... — Updated 4/27/2021

 

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This week the Senate passed Senate Bill 1, the Senate’s version of the budget for this year. The budget includes over $11 billion for children and teacher public education... — Updated 4/12/2021

 

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This week the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 5, a bill I authored that would address broadband access across the state. I appreciate the support of my colleagues and the lead... — Updated 4/6/2021

 

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This week marks the halfway point in the 87th Legislative Session. We’ve spent the first 70 days filing bills, attending hearings, and working on the budget. Now that we’re... — Updated 3/30/2021

 

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Twenty-seven of my colleagues and I signed a letter to the Public Utility Commission this week urging them to correct the billing errors related to last month's winter storm. Accord... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

My Five Cents

A weekly column from Sen. Robert Nichols by Sen. Robert Nichols, Senate District 3 Texas Independence Day is celebrated on March 2nd and commemorates the creation of the Republic... — Updated 3/8/2021

 

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As Texas recovers from the destructive storms last week, the legislature is back at work and focused on finding answers to what happened last week. This week we also resumed work... — Updated 3/1/2021

 

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