Joe Straus http://tpr.org en Straus Orders Study Of Economic Incentive Programs http://tpr.org/post/straus-orders-study-economic-incentive-programs <p></p><p>On Friday Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced the creation of the <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/news/press-releases/?id=4936&amp;session=83&amp;district=121&amp;bill_code=4565" target="_blank">Select Committee of Economic Development Incentives</a>, which will examine if the state’s business incentives are really driving companies to move to Texas and if the programs are still worth their weight.</p><p>In a statement, Straus wrote:</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:17:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33864 at http://tpr.org Straus Orders Study Of Economic Incentive Programs Straus, Perry & Dewhurst Sign Off On $1.3 Million Per Week DPS Border Security Push http://tpr.org/post/straus-perry-dewhurst-sign-13-million-week-dps-border-security-push <p></p><p>Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have signed off on a plan pledging $1.3 million per week for the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide border security. But some are criticizing the state for not using the money strictly for humanitarian efforts.</p><p>The recent surge of immigrants coming into Texas, among them tens of thousands of unaccompanied children, has the U.S. Border Patrol in a crisis mode.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:48:07 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33720 at http://tpr.org Straus, Perry & Dewhurst Sign Off On $1.3 Million Per Week DPS Border Security Push Straus Looking To Keep Speakership, But First Must Get Through The Primary http://tpr.org/post/straus-looking-keep-speakership-first-must-get-through-primary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Early voting is underway for the Texas March </span>4 <span style="line-height: 1.5;">primaries and many incumbents around the state are seeing tea party-supported challengers -- that includes House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.</span></p><p>Straus holds one of the most powerful positions in state government, but before he can be speaker he must win the Republican nomination for state representative.</p><p>Straus is challenged by tea party-supported Matt Beebe, who said Straus is not a true conservative.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:13:12 +0000 David Martin Davies 26965 at http://tpr.org Straus Looking To Keep Speakership, But First Must Get Through The Primary Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015 http://tpr.org/post/rep-scott-turner-challenging-joe-straus-speaker-2015 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Freshman state Rep. Scott Turner, a tea party-backed Republican from North Texas who used to play in the NFL, announced that he had filed with the state to be considered for speaker of house in 2015, but<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">one political expert isn’t surprised by the challenge.</span></span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:50:23 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25003 at http://tpr.org Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015 Lawmakers Wrap Third Special Session With Transportation Bill http://tpr.org/post/lawmakers-wrap-third-special-session-transportation-bill <p>The final transportation bill will provide the Texas Department of Transportation with $1.2 billion per year in road funding from the Rainy Day Fund.</p><p>The speaker of the House and the lieutenant governor will appoint a ten-person committee each legislative session -- five members each of the House and Senate -- which will determine a sufficient balance in the Rainy Day Fund before money can be transferred into the State Highway Fund.</p><p>The Rainy Day Fund minimum will then have to be approved by the full House and Senate on a simple majority vote.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:00:48 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16140 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Wrap Third Special Session With Transportation Bill House Panel Approves Transportation Funding Bill With Amended Changes http://tpr.org/post/house-panel-approves-transportation-funding-bill-amended-changes <p>A transportation panel of seven state representatives heard from the head of the Texas Department of Transportation about the transportation bill that passed the Senate and how it will benefit the State Highway Fund beyond the next two years.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:03:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 15968 at http://tpr.org House Panel Approves Transportation Funding Bill With Amended Changes Straus Needs 76 Votes to Hold Speaker Seat http://tpr.org/post/straus-needs-76-votes-hold-speaker-seat <p></p><p>When the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives gavel into session Tuesday, Republican Speaker Joe Straus will be looking to keep his seat as the top man; to do so he only needs a simple majority: 76 votes.</p><p>However, he does have a challenger: Republican David Simpson from Longview. It is only Simpson's second term as a representative, but the former businessman was also mayor of the City of Avinger in 1993.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:20:12 +0000 Ryan Loyd 4408 at http://tpr.org Straus Needs 76 Votes to Hold Speaker Seat