NICHOLS: LBJ’s birthday celebrated as a state holiday | Community


Lyndon Baines Johnson was born near Johnson City on August 27, 1908. LBJ later became a US Congressman, US Senator, Vice President under President John F. Kennedy, and eventually President of the United States. His birthday is celebrated as a national holiday.

Here are five things that will happen in your state:

1. Election advances in the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives will consider Senate Bill 1, the Election Integrity and Security Bill. It passed the House Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies this week, chaired by Rep. Trent Ashby, and will be voted on in plenary shortly.

The draft law ensures that early election times are standardized and extended across the country. It also protects the integrity of ballot papers by tightening postal voting requirements by adding identification requirements to postal voting records. Voters would simply have to provide either their driver’s license number or their ID number on their ballot and application. Those who don’t have either can use the last four digits of their social security number.

The bill also prohibits drive-through voting with exceptions for people with disabilities. This bill makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat.

2. The policy to remain in Mexico was reinstated by the Supreme Court.

This week the US Supreme Court reintroduced the Migrant Protection Protocol, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, first introduced by the Trump administration. Afterwards, asylum seekers have to wait at the southern border in Mexico while their applications are examined by the US authorities.

Earlier this month, Texas and Missouri asked a lower federal court to investigate the process in which the Biden administration reversed policy. That court found that the Biden administration had failed to follow due process in repealing the policy and that the alternative of paroling asylum seekers in the US could be against federal law.

Texas and Missouri argued before the Supreme Court that the MPP “abolished the ‘free pass’ to the United States” and “served to discourage such senseless and dangerous travel.”

3. Increase in the financing of border security in the bill of the House of Representatives.

The House Budgets Committee approved a nearly $ 2 billion increase in funding for border security efforts over the next two years. The bill would cover the prosecution and detention of illegal immigrants for trespassing, building border barriers and sending additional state soldiers to the border to help with the crisis. This bill would also repay the $ 250 million transfer made in June by the Texas Department of Justice as a down payment for the construction of the border wall.

In addition, as part of Operation Lone Star, Governor Greg Abbott has dispatched 2,500 National Guards and 1,000 DPS personnel to patrol the southern border region. The increase in funding would allow the state to stem the flow of illegal immigration and proactively build infrastructure to reduce future influx.

4. Stay prepared during hurricane season.

As the hurricane season continues, it is important to always be prepared before a storm occurs. Here are a few tips from the Texas Hurricane Center to prepare for the storm:

■ Put together an emergency supply set

■ Create a communication plan with your family

■ Sign up for your community or district warning system

■ Know flood risks in your area

■ Know your escape routes

■ Keep important documents in a waterproof container

■ Follow the weather warnings

As always, stay safe, follow local directions and be extremely careful with water on the streets. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

5. Tax relief invoices in advance in the house.

This week the house was considering three bills that would give senior and disabled Texans and new homeowners tax breaks. Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 12, and Senate Joint Resolution 2 all aim to reduce the property tax burden of many Texans.

Senate Bill 8 allows homeowners to apply for their homestead exemption the year they purchase the property instead of having to wait until January 1 of the next year. SB12 and the accompanying SJR 2 would extend the reduced tax rate passed during the 2019 legislature to include elderly and disabled Texans who did not receive this reduction.

Robert Nichols is the state senator for Senate District 3. First elected in 2006, Nichols represents 19 counties, including much of East Texas and part of Montgomery County. He can be reached at 699-4988 or toll-free at (800) 959-8633. His email address is