It’s December and the Holidays are just around the corner. A lot happened in the last month: for one, I filed for re-election to represent District 29 in the Texas House!
I attended the Tri-County Republican Women's Holiday Luncheon, Pearland Arts League Event, Texas Aerospace Legislative Caucus Luncheon, RWB Annual Holiday Luncheon honoring our veterans, Pearland State Bank Holiday Party, Road Plan Meeting for the City of Alvin, Pearland Area Republican Club's November Meeting, the Diwali Function 2015 - Presented by Pearland Indian-American Community, and the Pearland Lions Club Meeting.
Photo from the Texas Aerospace Legislative Caucus Luncheon
I also had the opportunity to go to the Alvin Community College Annual Gala, Pearland Chamber of Commerce's Past Chairs Dinner, Mobil Steel's Thanksgiving Lunch, Pearland Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon, Boeing's Houston Community Leaders' Briefing, Keep Pearland Beautiful Membership Meeting & Dinner, West Pearland Republican Women's Annual Christmas Party, Manvel Tree Lighting & Performances, and even snuck in a University of Houston Football Game and a Texans Football Game!
It was an honor to give the invocation for the Veterans Walk put on by HIKE for Mental Health, hosted our first Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) meeting, spoke at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Team Meeting, Shadycrest HOA Meeting, Memorial Hermann Medical Group Alvin Open House & Ribbon Cutting, Pearland Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting, and the Pearland Community Council Meeting.
Beautiful Tree at the Pearland Police Department's 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this week!
Securing Our Texas Borders
Like many of you, I am very concerned over the recent immigration and refugee issues that have arisen after the terrorist attack in Paris. In the wake of this, I stand with Texas Governor Greg Abbott in firm support of his position that the State of Texas will not accept Syrian refugees, and joined the Texas Conservative Coalition in sending a letter to him that is viewable here. The safety of our citizens must continue to be a top priority. Radical extremists despise our country and the ideals we were founded upon. I stand ready to take whatever legislative action may be necessary at the state level to defend Governor Abbott's message to Washington.
As many of you have heard, the State of Texas has recently sued the Obama administration over their lapse in properly working with us, the states, as they are required to do on refugee matters.
It may seem like there’s nothing else that Texans can do right now. However, the Texas Department of Safety (DPS) has released information on how Texans can help fight crime and terrorism. DPS is reminding Texans to remain vigilant with respect to potential crime and terrorist activity in their communities, and to report suspicious behaviors to the department’s iWATCH website at www.iwatchtx.org. The iWATCH program was created as a partnership between communities and law enforcement, and utilizes citizen-sourced tips related to criminal activity.
Concerned citizens can visit the website to fill out a report, which includes contact information and specifics about a particular incident. A report usually takes fewer than five minutes to complete, and once submitted, each report is reviewed by law enforcement analysts. The website also lists a phone number for possible anonymous reports.
Here are some examples of behaviors and activities to report:
- Strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures.
- Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package is left behind.
- Cars or trucks are left in no-parking zones at important buildings.
- Chemical smells or fumes that are unusual for the location.
- People requesting sensitive information, such as blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules, without a need to know.
- Purchasing supplies that could be used to make bombs or weapons, or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials.
- Taking photographs or videos of security features, such as cameras or checkpoints.
DPS urges residents who see something unusual to simply speak up. Preparations for terrorist attacks may often be seen, but rarely reported. When in doubt, report the suspicious activity through iWATCH. For more information on the iWATCH program or to submit a report, visit www.iwatchtx.org. To make an anonymous report, individuals can contact DPS at 1-866-786-5972. (iWATCH is not designed to report emergencies. If a situation requires an emergency response, call 911.)
As many of you know, the Texas Legislature worked diligently this past session to secure our southern border – a problem that our federal government has repeatedly failed to address. We appropriated $800 million to secure our border and are doing more than any other state to address this problem. We are all extremely grateful for the Department of Public Safety border unit, the U.S. Border Patrol, and sheriffs and local law enforcement officers for their tireless work to secure our border.
Here's a photo from my trip to the border last year with the Texas Department of Safety. It was an honor to have the opportunity to learn from the folks working tirelessly to keep us safe.
Office of Public Insurance Counsel
We want you to be aware of a great resource available to you through the Office of Public Insurance Counsel. OPIC's mission is to work hard each day to make the Texas insurance market more transparent, efficient, and responsive to its customers. OPIC has recently come out with two reports that may be useful to you:
- Comparing Texas HMOs 2015 is OPIC's annual report card on Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) in Texas. The report focuses on the satisfaction of plan members with various aspects of their HMOs. The report also includes information on consumer rights, an analysis of complaint data collected by the Texas Department of Insurance, and information on appeals. The report card provides consumers with information to compare Texas HMOs in compliance with Texas Insurance Code Section 501.252.
- The Guide to Texas HMO Quality: 2015 compares data on quality of care delivered by Texas HMOs. In Texas, basic services HMOs are required by state law to report Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures annually. These standardized measures are used by more than 90 percent of U.S. health plans to compare performance on important dimensions of care and service. OPIC produces and publishes this guide through an agreement with the Department of State Health Services' Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC).
If you have any insurance-related questions, I encourage you to browse the OPIC website at www.opic.texas.gov.
Pearland High School Band gave a moving tribute to veterans at a recent football game. November was National Military Appreciation Month, but every day is a good day to thank a veteran and their family for their service and sacrifice!
Folks who participated in our District 29 Advisory Councils for the 83rd Interim were a great success. People who had interest in, expertise in, or both, met and discussed challenges and potential legislative solutions in 7 different groups. (Local Governance/Water, Business and Commerce, Transportation, Education, Insurance, Law Enforcement, and Health and Human Services).
Rep. Ed Thompson in the News
- Ed Thompson Files for Re-election
- Pearland State Bank serves up holiday cheer
- Pearland Golf Club celebrates Grand Opening
God Bless Texas!
P.S. If you haven't already, please take a moment to contribute $29.00 to my re-election campaign. It would be an immense help. You can also send a check payable to "Friends of Ed Thompson" and mail it to me at P.O. Box 3453, Pearland, Texas 77588. Thank you!