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Friday, January 27 2017

The Capitol Review Vol 5, No. 2

 

Volume 5, No. 2

 

Greetings, Texans!

 

January is already coming to an end, and the Texas Legislature is running in full speed ahead. It has been a busy two weeks! I've been in Austin, but am also grateful to have spent time throughout the district, too, meeting with constituents and stakeholders. In this week's Capitol Review, we're covering:

  • HB 947, a bill I've authored to designate a portion of FM 518 in memory of a fallen police officer.
  • My co-authorship of a Convention of States Resolution
  • Ways to protect senior citizens from insurance fraud
  • The Adopt-A-Beach Art Contest
  • The Disabled American Veterans in Texas monument.

We attended the "G'Day USA Great Australia-Texas BBQ Lunch" at the Governor's Mansion this week! Australian BBQ was delicious but Texas BBQ is still my favorite.

 

 

 Thompson Legislation

We have filed six bills thus far in the 85th Legislative Session. I will be sharing more of the background on each bill and will keep you updated with the status of these throughout session. You can click on each bill number to be directed to its page on Texas Legislature Online, a great tool you can use to search for all legislation filed this session!

 

HB 915: combats the rampant problem of junk "named driver" auto insurance policies.

 

HB 938: designates a portion of FM 518 in Pearland as the Officer Endy Ekpanya Memorial Highway. See more information in the section below on this bill.

 

HB 947: designates a portion of FM 1462 in Brazoria County as the Lieutenant Colonel Roy Lin Tisdale Memorial Highway.

 

HB 991: helps counties be better equipped for grand jury summons.

 

HB 1075: changes the frequency of required criminal background checks for sports officials.

 

HB 1110: increases penalties for assaulting certain sports participants.

 

 

 

 

 

House Bill 938

I'd like to share more about HB 938 with you. I filed this bill to designate a portion of FM 518 in memory of fallen Pearland Police Officer Endy Ekpanya. I never had the opportunity to personally meet Officer Endy Ekpanya. However, since serving on Pearland City Council, I have repeatedly seen the consistent quality of Pearland police officers under Chief Doyle's leadership, so it gives me solace that what has been written and said about Endy after his death speaks to his remarkable character. We are heartbroken as a community and as a state, having lost this fine officer in a senseless, tragic occurrence. Our hearts go out to his family here in Pearland: Lucy and Julian, his friends, family, the Pearland Police Department, and all who were privileged to know him. Designating a portion of FM 518 in memory of Endy by filing HB 938 is the least we could do for his great service to our community.

 

HB 938, if passed, will designate FM 518 between SH 35 and Sunset Meadows Drive as the Officer Endy Ekpanya Memorial Highway. To track this bill and learn more about the legislative process, click here.

 

Officer Endy Ekpanya

EOW June 12, 2016

 

 

Co-Author Alert: HJR 39 for a Convention of States

In addition to championing several pieces of legislation this session, we are also joining to support legislation authored by other members to assist in its passage. We recently joint-authoredHouse Joint Resolution 39, which would implore the U.S. Congress to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution to propose amendments to the constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress. I have received a number of emails from constituents supportive of this endeavor to get our federal government in line.

 

 

 

 

Five Ways to Stop Senior Fraud

Senior citizens can be targets of life and health insurance policy fraud. The Texas Department of Insurance produced a helpful video with five ways to combat fraud against senior citizens. Click on the image above to take a look!

 

 

Adopt-a-Beach: Children's Art Contest

All Texas students in grades K-6 are invited to participate in the 21st Annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest. Artwork should be based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast” and should depict why the Texas coast is important or special to the student.

All submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 and mailed to the Texas General Land Office. For more information, please contact the Adopt-A-Beach program at 877-TXCOAST (892-6278) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website here

 

 

 

Capitol Visitor Information

You are always welcome to visit our Capitol office in Austin. If you are planning a trip to the Capitol, please be sure to stop by our office! We are in the underground portion of the Capitol, in room E2.506. Additionally, here are some helpful links to assist you in your visit!

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Capitol Grounds Monument 

There are a number of impressive monuments around the Capitol grounds in Austin, and we will be featuring different monuments in each Capitol Review! This week, we'd like to share a photo of the monument dedicated to the Disabled American Veterans in Texas. Erected in 1980, this monument pays tribute to all Texas veterans who were wounded and disabled while serving in the U.S. Military. Learn more about all of these monuments here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I work for you!

We look forward to communicating with you throughout this session, and have gathered a talented team of people to help shepherd our bills through the legislative process, analyze bills, and most importantly, stay in touch with you, our constituents. It is an honor to be your voice in Austin. Please call us at (512) 463-0707 or (281) 485-6565, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or follow me on Facebook and Twitter (links below). I look forward to continuing to work for you in the Texas House of Representatives.

 

God Bless Texas!

Ed Thompson

House District 29

 

 

 

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