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LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP UPDATE

Mar 25, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

As we approach the midpoint of the 84th Legislative Session, please join State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer as he brings back a piece of the Capitol home to the people of San Antonio. Discussions will include the upcoming budget vote, as well as the values and needs of our community. Let us hear from you! …

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Abbott employs charm offensive at halfway point of session

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News AUSTIN — Over a recent lunch of chicken enchiladas at the Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dennis Bonnen discussed a fresh initiative: a puppy play date for their respective canines. The moment provides more than a detail for dog lovers. It’s one …

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High-rise sprinkler reporting bill filed in state House

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Van Darden SAN ANTONIO – A bill that would require local governments and fire departments to report information on high-rise buildings in their jurisdictions not equipped with fire protection sprinkler systems to the state fire marshal has been introduced in the Texas House by San Antonio Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-District 116). “I filed this …

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House Gives Tentative OK to Broad Border Security Bill

Mar 18, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Julián Aguilar  March 18, 2015 Texas House members overwhelmingly gave tentative approval to a sweeping border-security measure on Wednesday following about four hours of debate on the measure’s costs, accountability mechanisms and whether it will stain the image of border cities. House Bill 11 by state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, would increase over two years the number of …

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Bill would require surveys of residential high-rises without sprinklers

Mar 17, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

BY DREW JOSEPH : MARCH 16, 2015 Cities and counties in Texas would have to survey which residential high-rises in their jurisdictions lack sprinkler systems under a bill filed by state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer after the fatal fire at the Wedgwood Senior Livingcomplex. That information would have to be reported to the state fire marshal’s office and in turn …

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Business, faith and community leaders urge Medicaid expansion

Mar 12, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Nicole Cobler, San Antonio Express-News AUSTIN — Business groups, faith leaders and city officials from around the state gathered outside the Capitol on Thursday to urge the Legislature to pass health care expansion legislation. More than 500 supporters called for lawmakers to accept federal Medicaid funding to close a coverage gap, noting that there are currently …

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S.A. educators plead for state funds, changes in testing

Mar 9, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Nicole Cobler  March 9, 2015 AUSTIN — San Antonio educators rallied in the Capitol rotunda Monday for their biennial lobby day. “Too much testing, not enough investing,” members of the Texas American Federation of Teachers and the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel chanted. The groups spent the day meeting with legislators about funding …

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Senate District 26 Election Analysis

Mar 3, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

In the two weeks following the runoff election for the state senate, many of you have been very gracious and encouraging with your letters, emails, and calls. Some of you have literally stopped me in the street to discuss the election results. And while most folks know I lost the runoff election for state senate …

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Martinez Fischer, Bernal clear picks

Feb 16, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

EXPRESS-NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD : FEBRUARY 16, 2015 Election day has arrived for the Texas Senate District 26 and House District 123 runoffs. In the Senate race, we recommend Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer to replace mayoral candidate Leticia Van de Putte. Martinez Fischer faces Rep. José Menéndez. Both Democrats have been in the House since 2001. …

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Martinez Fischer, Bernal best runoff picks

Feb 8, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

EXPRESS-NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD : FEBRUARY 8, 2015 Voters in Texas Senate District 26 and House District 123 will head back to the polls to settle runoffs in special elections spawned by the incumbents’ mayoral ambitions. In the Senate race, we recommend Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer to replace mayoral candidate Leticia Van de Putte. The district …

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