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Presidential Disaster Declaration Granted For Texas Counties

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 15:12
The President today granted Governor Greg Abbott's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 33 Texas counties.

The President today granted Governor Greg Abbott's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 33 Texas counties. This action provides access to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant programs for impacted communities that are recovering and rebuilding following severe weather and flooding this past fall. 

"I thank the President and FEMA for granting this disaster declaration," said Governor Abbott. "As communities continue to recover and rebuild from the aftermath of these devastating floods, we remain committed to working with our federal and local partners to ensure that Texas is more resilient than ever before."

The following counties are included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration:

Archer, Baylor, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Dimmit, Edwards, Fannin, Franklin, Grimes, Haskell, Hill, Hopkins, Houston, Jones, Kimble, Kinney, Knox, Llano, Madison, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Nolan, Real, San Saba, Sutton, Throckmorton, Travis, Uvalde, and Val Verde Counties.

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HUD Provides $652 Million To Texas In Hurricane Harvey Recovery Funds

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 14:09
Governor Greg Abbott today held a joint press conference call with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, in which they announced $652 million in additional funding for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Governor Greg Abbott today held a joint press conference call with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, in which they announced $652 million in additional funding for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The announcement followed a meeting between Governor Abbott and Secretary Carson, where they discussed the progress Texas has made since Harvey rebuilding efforts began. 

“With a disaster the size and scope of Hurricane Harvey, collaboration between state, local, and federal government is critical,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank Secretary Carson for his leadership and officials at HUD who have worked closely with the state of Texas for their tremendous partnership throughout the recovery process. Working together, we will continue to rebuild our communities and ensure the Lone Star State is more resilient than ever before.”

Today's announcement marks the third allocation of funding from HUD for Harvey recovery efforts, and will provide additional restoration resources for homes, businesses, and infrastructure impacted by the storm. These funds, allocated from the Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, will further supplement the $5 billion in recovery programs approved by HUD in June of 2018. 

CDBG-DR grants support a variety of disaster recovery activities including housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. Grantees are required to spend the majority of these recovery funds in "most impacted" areas as identified by HUD.

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Governor Greg Abbott Honored As Mr. South Texas 2019

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:39
Governor Greg Abbott was today honored as Mr. South Texas 2019 as part of the 122nd Washington's Birthday Celebration in Laredo.

Governor Greg Abbott was today honored as Mr. South Texas 2019 as part of the 122nd Washington's Birthday Celebration in Laredo. To commemorate the honor, the Governor attended the Los Caballeros de la Republica del Rio Grande Cocktail Party Friday evening and today participated in the Mr. South Texas 2019 Anheuser-Busch Washington's Birthday Parade. Following the parade, Governor Abbott delivered remarks at a press conference, during which Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz presented him with the key to the city.

"I am truly honored to receive the key to the great city of Laredo and to have been named this year’s Mr. South Texas," said Governor Abbott. "It is humbling to join the list of those who have received this honor for their incredible impact on this region. As Governor, I will never stop working on behalf of the people of South Texas, and I look forward to working with leaders like Mayor Saenz, Judge Tijerina, and my partners in the legislature to chart a course toward an even brighter future for Laredo and all of South Texas." 

The annual Mr. South Texas designation, sponsored by Washington's Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA), is presented to an individual who has made a significant and lasting contributions to the growth and development of Laredo and the South Texas region. Each year, the recipient is honored during the month-long Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Laredo - the oldest celebration in the United States honoring George Washington. 

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Governor Greg Abbott Sets Date For Special Runoff Election In HD 125

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 17:07
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation setting Tuesday, March 12, 2019 as the date for the special runoff election to fill the Texas House District 125.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation setting Tuesday, March 12, 2019 as the date for the special runoff election to fill the Texas House District 125 seat in Bexar County previously held by the Honorable Justin Rodriguez.

The early voting period for this runoff election will begin Monday, March 4, 2019. 

Read the proclamation.

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Governor Abbott Sets Date For Special Runoff Election In HD 125

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 17:00
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation setting Tuesday, March 12, 2019 as the date for the special runoff election to fill the Texas House District 125.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the January 4th, 2019 declination of office by Representative Justin Rodriguez has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas State House of Representatives District 125, which is wholly contained within Bexar County; and

WHEREAS, a special election to fill the vacancy in House District No. 125 was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, and the results of that special election have been officially declared; and

WHEREAS, no candidate in the special election received a majority of the votes cast, as required by Section 203.003 of the Texas Election Code; and

WHEREAS, Section 2.021 of the Texas Election Code requires that a runoff election be held if no candidate receives the votes necessary to be elected; and

WHEREAS, Section 203.013(e) of the Texas Election Code provides that the runoff election must be held on a Tuesday or Saturday not earlier than the 12th day or later than the 25th day after the date the special runoff election is ordered; and

WHEREAS, Section 3.003(a)(3) of the Texas Election Code requires the special runoff election to be ordered by proclamation of the governor;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby order a special runoff election to be held in Texas State House of Representatives District No. 125 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, for the purpose of electing a state representative to serve out the remainder of the full term of office declined by Representative Justin Rodriguez.

Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, March 4, 2019, in accordance with Sections 85.001(a) and (c) of the Texas Election Code.

A copy of this order shall be mailed immediately to the Bexar County Judge which is the county within which Texas State House of Representative District No. 125 is wholly contained, and all appropriate writs shall be issued and all proper proceedings shall be followed to the end that said special runoff election may be held to fill the vacancy in Texas State House of Representative District No. 125 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 22nd day of February, 2019.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the proclamation

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APD Northeast District Representatives participate in The Project, Largest Day of Service at UT

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:58

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the APD Northeast District Representatives and more than 1,500 University of Texas at Austin student volunteers are expected to participate in The Project on Rundberg Ln. This is one of the largest one-day student and community run service events in the nation.
 
Established in 1999 by the Volunteer and Service Learning Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the project involves student volunteers, city government departments, community organizations and local businesses. The Project has received numerous service awards, including the Keep America Beautiful National Award for Community Improvement in 2000.
 
Over the past several years, thousands of students have partnered with APD, Rundberg Educational Advancement District (READ) Schools, Austin Parks and Recreation, Austin Public Library, community and local businesses to help improve the area. Hundreds of trees have been planted, pergolas, benches, walkways and gardens have been built along with countless cleanup projects. This year will be bigger than ever including the placement of a little free library at the Gus Garcia recreation center. We estimate over 1,000 volunteers of students and community members along with the APD Northeast District Representatives.
 

Kickoff 1: 9-9:45 a.m.
Dobie Middle School
Shift 1:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch: 2 p.m.Kickoff 2: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Lunch: 12:15 p.m.
Shift 2: 1-5 p.m.

 
For more information about The Project visit: http://diversity.utexas.edu/theproject/

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