Happy New Year! We are planning an active and fruitful 2019. The first half of the year will be a busy one with the start of the 86th legislative session, which began yesterday, January 8th. We will be monitoring legislation that affects our issues in both a positive and negative way, and will be sending out weekly updates on their progression.
Eminent domain reform legislation will be one of our main issues of concern. We are once again sharing information with other property rights organizations (through the Texans for Property Rights website) to help shepherd reform legislation to a successful outcome. Please visit the site and consider sharing your personal story if you’ve been impacted by infrastructure development.
I’m currently working with the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Border Patrol Sector on plans to publish a “State of the Border” report. It will include sector statistics on apprehensions, trends, and personal stories, and will be sent out in our daily update on a monthly basis.
Our relationship with the RGV Sector has been ongoing for the past 12 ½ years. I’m pleased to say that the trust we have developed with them over time has opened up a line of communication that never existed before. The information sharing will help our members understand the effects felt at the border and how it impacts the landowner, the state, and the nation.
You’ll be receiving a personal call from a staff member soon to help us ensure that we are meeting all your property right’s needs. You’ll also be getting a survey via email, and in addition it will now be on the second page of the membership form, so please take some time to complete it and help us help you.
An invitation to the “Austin-South Texas Connection” gathering, on January 30th, will be going out in an email blast on Thursday. We hope that you will seriously consider attending. The South Texas legislative delegation has been invited and some have already confirmed. It would be a great opportunity for you to visit with your legislators and with old and new friends. If we have enough participation, we plan to schedule visits at the Capitol that afternoon with various South Texas Representatives and Senators. Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or issues.
We are here to help!
Until next month,