Op-Ed: Mob Rule in Texas

July 1, 2013

On Tuesday morning the Texas Senate convened to take up and debate Senate Bill 5, a bill that would have protected innocent life and improved health care for women.  The bill ensured that women who make the incredibly difficult decision to have an abortion receive the proper care they deserve in a safe, medically appropriate […]

Op-Ed: A Conservative Budget

June 17, 2013

Texas is the 14th largest economy in the world and is roughly the same size as the economy of Australia. With such a large economy, the hard-working people of our great state expect their leaders in Austin to provide for the critical infrastructure needed to keep our economy strong, such as water, transportation, and public […]

Op-Ed: 83rd Legislative Session Recap

June 11, 2013

On Monday, May 27 the Eighty-Third Regular Session of the Texas Legislature came to an end. Over the last five months, I’ve appreciated the opportunity to hear what many of you had to say. You’ve shared with me the issues that are most important to you and how you would like them solved. Now, I […]

Press Release: Estes Sends Drone Bill to Governor’s Desk

May 26, 2013

HB 912 provides needed safeguards for privacy and property rights of Texans Austin — The House and Senate gave final approval to HB 912 tonight and it now goes to the desk of Governor Rick Perry. The bill makes the misuse of an unmanned aircraft to take an image for the purpose of monitoring or surveillance […]

Press Release: Texas School Safety Training Act Sent to Governor

May 17, 2013

Act empowers courageous teachers to voluntarily seek training for active-shooter scenarios Austin — Today the Texas House finally passed SB 1857, the Texas School Safety Training Act, which empowers qualified Concealed Handgun License (CHL) instructors to earn a “school safety certification” that would allow them to train teachers to save lives should an active-shooter scenario occur […]

Press Release: Senator Craig Estes Votes Texas Privacy Act out of his Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security

May 12, 2013

Senator Craig Estes Votes Texas Privacy Act out of his Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security Austin — The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security voted out HB 912 today. The bill would make the use of an unmanned vehicle or aircraft to take an image for the purpose of […]

Op-Ed: Securing a Bright Future for Texas

May 8, 2013

Texas businesses have created more than 500,000 jobs since November 2011.  Our economy is growing nearly 50 percent faster than the rest of the country and our cost of living remains low. Things are going well in Texas, and people are noticing.  That is why over the next 50 years, the population of our great […]

Press Release: Senator Craig Estes amends H.B. 5 to provide needed oversight of the use of RFID technology by Texas school districts

May 7, 2013

Austin — State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) successfully amended H.B. 5 to require school districts to receive school board approval prior to using radio frequency information technology (RFID) to track students. The amendment also requires a parental opt-out provision for parents who do not want their children tracked by their school. RFID is a tracking […]

Op-Ed: Special Interests Want Term Limits

April 22, 2013

A constitutional amendment limiting the number of terms statewide elected officials can serve is winding its way through the legislative process. On the surface, term limits sound like a good idea, but they’re not. If you dig deeper, you’ll find that term limits unnecessarily curb voter choice while making elected officials less accountable to voters. […]

Op-Ed: Offsetting the D.C. Regulatory Assault

April 22, 2013

Americans are under constant assault by tens of thousands of federal bureaucrats armed with hundreds of thousands of pages of big-government regulations that control seemingly everything. This assault comes at a high price. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2011 that federal regulations cost the American economy $1.75 trillion per year. On top of that, […]