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

Inside the House abortion vote: preaching, protesting and politics

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) – Wednesday morning, Texas House of Representatives passed legislation that would tighten the rules for doctors and clinics providing abortions in the state. Now, the senate will give the bill a look to decide if they, too, feel it should be signed into law.... Read More

East Texans’ voices heard in Austin as abortion vote draws near

Tuesday, July 09, 2013
AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) – The Texas House is expected to vote in a matter of minutes on the controversial abortion legislation that is drawing thousands to the Capitol.For the past two weeks, people on both sides of the issue have been rallying in Austin, making sure their voices are heard, and East Texans are no exception.... Read More

‘Pro-life’ East Texans plan trips to the Texas Capitol

Friday, July 05, 2013
TYLER, TX (KLTV) – When legislators return to Austin next week, some East Texans will be accompanying them. Local residents who support House Bill 2, the controversial abortion legislation, will leave for Austin on Monday and Tuesday.... Read More

East Texas “Pro-Life” supporters heading to Austin

Friday, July 05, 2013
TYLER (KYTX) – State Representative Matt Schaefer is asking East Texans to join him at the capitol next week, in support of the state’s controversial abortion bill.“It’s important to me, because I think that in order to respect life as adults and as children, we have to respect the life at conception,” said Suzanne Laine.... Read More

Reload for 2014

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Dear friends,I need your help this week. Let me explain.It is hard to believe that my first session in Austin is just a few days from ending, and my first campaign for office ended over a year ago. My time in Austin was spent working on local issues for Tyler and Smith County. But also, importantly, I made many conservative votes in favor of reducing burdensome STAAR testing for public schools, some of the strongest pro-life measures to protect unborn children in the nation, and groundbreaking protections of your digital privacy.... Read More

Texas House debates tighter state abortion restrictions

Sunday, June 23, 2013
AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) – Hundreds of demonstrators descended upon the Texas Capitol today, protesting legislation that would tighten state restrictions on abortions.Supporters argue the bills are about women’s safety, but opponents contend that they instead infringes on women’s rights.... Read More