9 Constitutional Amendments to be Decided in Nov. Election

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Tyler Paper- Texans will decide the fate of nine state constitutional amendments on Nov. 5. Early voting begins Monday.Constitutional amendment elections draw historically low voter turnouts. In 2011, 5 percent of the state’s 13 million registered voters cast ballots.Of the nine propositions, few have garnered media coverage. Two provisions, Proposition 1 and Proposition 4, would affect spouses of veterans disabled or killed in action.Proposition 1 would exempt a surviving spouse all or part of homestead property taxes. Proposition 4 would exempt portions of the homestead taxes for partially disabled veterans and their spouses.... Read More

Voters: Government should set aside pride, compromise

Friday, October 11, 2013
TYLER (KYTX) – We are now in day 10 of the government shutdown, analyst expect a resolution will come soon. However, some say this whole thing is child’s play and should have never happened. CBS 19’s Katiera Winfrey explains why some say the government needs to play nice and learn to compromise. It’s a lesson children have heard many times. When playing some say win or lose, it’s best to leave it all on the field or all in the sand box. During the government shutdown face off, some say it’s a lesson politicians need to remember.... Read More

Registration for Toys for Tots Kicks Off

Friday, October 11, 2013
(KYTX) – It’s that time of year, toys for tots has officially kicked off.Representatives and community members came together to mark the start of the yearly program geared toward making sure children in needy families don’t go without a gift during the holiday season.... Read More

Pro-life rally organizers: Texas’ future ‘going to be a fight’

Sunday, October 06, 2013
(KLTV) – TYLER TX —  More than 100 people held an pro-life rally in Tyler Sunday, as part of the national “Respect Life Day.”The rally aims to raise awareness to the most vulnerable populations, namely the elderly and unborn.For organizers, the rally also sends another message: fighting to keep Texas values in the midst of what they say will be a battle for the state’s future.... Read More

State representatives speak, answer questions at East Texas State Fair

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Three East Texas State representatives took to the East Texas State Fair to speak to the public and answer questions on the triumphs and challenges of the 2013 legislative session.“You might have read in your history books that state fairs were things where people came …” Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, said. “Candidates came to speak to the people because that was where the people were.”... Read More

Bill makes voting easier for TX military in combat zones

Thursday, August 29, 2013
TYLER, TX (KLTV) –Newly-passed legislation will make voting easier for military men and women in combat zones. The bill, which has already been signed by Governor Rick Perry, could be paving the way for the entire country when it comes to casting ballots while on duty.East Texas Representative Matt Schaefer not only helped author the bill, but he experienced voting problems firsthand while serving in Afghanistan.... Read More

Transportation funding passes third special session

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
TEXAS (KETK) — After failing to come to an agreement during two special sessions and one regular session, Ia dedcision was reached Monday night on how to pay for repairing our Texas roads. District 6 State Representative, Matt Schaefer says, “Voters are going to have a chance to approve diverting some of the oil and gas tax revenue away from the rainy day fund and towards roads.”Currently about 75% of tax revenue from oil and gas is earmarked for the Rainy Day fund, or as Schaefer calls it the “Texas savings account.”... Read More

Zimmerman acquittal spurs debate over ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

Monday, July 15, 2013
(KYTX) – The acquittal of George Zimmerman has ignited new debate about nationwide Castle Doctrines, also called “Stand Your Ground” laws. They allow people to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened.Texas is one of 21 states that have adopted this law.  It was passed in Texas in 2007, and says that people can defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened in their home, business, car, or any place they have a legal right to be.... Read More

Debate over proposed Abortion Bill has East Texans rallying in Austin

Saturday, July 13, 2013
The second Special Session in the Texas Legislature will resume on Monday.And on the agenda—- the Abortion Bill.But this time, outside the doors of the State Capitol— hundreds of East Texans are expected to take part in an ongoing rally.... Read More

Pro-life Tyler area residents to gather in Austin

Saturday, July 13, 2013
TYLER, TX (KETK) — Residents of Tyler and surrounding areas in House District 6 will gather in Austin on Monday, July 8 as part of a statewide effort to support House Bill 2, the omnibus pro-life bill filed in the current special session.... Read More