Rep. Reynolds Files Mandatory Meningitis Legislation
February 23, 2011

(News Release)

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 22, 2011) — Today, Rep. Ron Reynolds (D – District 27, Fort Bend) filed HB 1557 requiring all incoming college students to be vaccinated for bacterial meningitis. Currently, only students who live on campus in student housing are required to get the meningococcal vaccine. 

 Last week, a Texas A&M junior from Sugar Land, Texas, who did not live on campus, suffered from bacterial meningitis and died in a College Station hospital. “When a student dies from the area I represent, it really hits home that we need to change the law to include that all college students need to be vaccinated,” said Rep. Reynolds.  Since the student was not living in a dorm on campus, he was not required to be vaccinated.  Rep. Reynolds said, “We need to pass this bill to save lives on college campuses and HB 1557 will help accomplish that.”  

Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, but the early symptoms can mimic the flu. According to the CDC, about 10 percent of people who get infected with bacterial meningitis die, in spite of treatment with antibiotics.  Even students who do not live in a dorm are at risk since they are still in close proximity to other students in the classroom, the library and other campus settings.       

“I am appreciative that Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) has joint authored this legislation with me, and I look forward to working with him in a by-partisan manner to pass this important life saving legislation,” Rep. Reynolds concluded.     

 About State Representative Ron Reynolds

Ron Reynolds is State Representative for District 27 of Fort Bend County in Texas. Rep. Reynolds serves on the Economic and Small Business Development and Environmental Regulation committees.  He is a former Associate Municipal Judge for The City of Houston.  For more information, please visit:

State Rep. Borris Miles Files Police Accountability Bill
February 17, 2011

Mayor Annise Parker has announced plans for a news conference on Friday. 

The Mayor and some state and local officials plan to unveil a comprehensive plan to restore public trust in local law enforcement, according to a media announcement.

She will be joined by State Senator Rodney Ellis and State Representatives Borris Miles and Garnet Coleman, Houston city council members Melissa Noriega and Ed Gonzalez.

Police Chief Charles McClelland will also be part of the announcement.

Meanwhile, Rep. Miles says he has filed a Police Accountability bill at the State Capitol. 

 (News Release)

State Representative Borris L. Miles Files Bill for Police Accountability
HOUSTON, TX – 02/17/2011 – 

Representative Borris Miles (Houston) has filed legislation that will create a statewide police community review board, enhance penalties for rogue police officers and increase record keeping measures just weeks after the Chad Holley tape was released to the community.

The outcry demanding protection from the abuse of power by rogue police officers led Miles, who first called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, to review the case as a violation of Chad Holley’s civil rights.  He has now filed legislation to ensure fair treatment to all citizens.

“As a former law enforcement agent, I have a particular interest in creating processes that will improve our overall public safety,” said Miles.

After conferring with Houston Police Department and Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) leadership, he has filed the following bills.

HB 1470-A Statewide Police Civilian Review Board – civilian review board with an independent body empowered to investigate allegations of misconduct by police or peace officers employed by the State of Texas and/or its agencies, public authorities, and public benefit corporations, and to recommend disciplinary action where appropriate.

HB 1471-Enhanced Penalties for Official Opression- this bill enhances the punishment from a Class A Misdemeanor to a 2nd Degree Felony depending on the severity of the injury caused to the victim.

HB 1472-Increased Record Keeping of Police Misconduct whether Substantiated or Not – Requires that all complaints are retained, so that a complete and accurate history can be made available if necessary.

“The three bills will safeguard the rights of our community by holding officers accountable,” said Miles.  “A few simple changes to our process will ensure fair treatment for all Texans.”

The submission can be downloaded at



Borris L. Miles was elected to serve as the Representative for District 146 in the Texas State House of Representatives in November of 2010.  He is a lifelong resident of the district and grew up in Sunnyside. A former law enforcement officer, Mr. Miles is a successful entrepreneur and businessman, leaving a promising corporate career to launch his own insurance agency.

Abortion Becomes Issue In Race For Speaker of the Texas House
January 3, 2011

As the new legislative session is set to begin next week , different special interest groups are drawing a line in the  sand over several controversial issues. 

For the Texas Pastor Council, the issue is abortion. The inter-racial, inter-deominational group representing local pastor councils in Houston, Austin, Beaumont, El Paso and other areas of the state, issued a statement regarding the race for Speaker of the Texas House of  Representatives.  The statement is aimed at current Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio)  He’s facing a heated battled to keep the coveted post, but most political experts believe  he will survive the challenge.


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“There is not one question that the platform of the Republican Party of Texas has been and is now unequivocally strong for protecting the lives of innocent, unborn children, the definition of marriage and the well being of our vulnerable citizens against predatory gambling.  Given that those principles are among the foundational purposes of our constitutional republic, it is inconceivable that Texas would choose someone for the most powerful position in our state House who denies the very positions of his party on those issues. 


Because of the margin of the Republican majority, the decision will rest with the commitment by that majority to the essential principles of those who elected them and those who devoted much time, money and personal sacrifice to establish the platform.  The lame defense for arbitrarily re-electing Joe Straus because he was the consensus choice of eleven moderate Republicans in 2009 who split from their own caucus, is precisely that – lame.  If it was acceptable for that “gang of 11” to cross party lines and violate the trust of their constituents, why is it not now acceptable to question the choice of that liberal coalition with a conservative super-majority? 


We again join with tens of thousands of other pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government voices across the state of Texas to respectfully but firmly request that those who asked for the endorsements, the precious time on the streets and phones, the finances and the credibility of grassroots citizens representing these principles to truly represent us.  As those representatives know more than most, the way that starts is by casting their most important vote of each session – that for Speaker of the House – for someone who does not stand under the shadow of pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, pro-gambling special interests as does Rep. Joe Straus.



Because courts have affirmed the clear right of 501 (c) (3) non-profit churches and organizations to advocate in this race because it is equated to supporting legislation, we express on behalf of hundreds of churches throughout the state of Texas that only a pro-life, pro-family, fiscal conservative should be elected the next Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Finally, because the Republican caucus will vote by secret ballot according to chairman Larry Taylor, the members should be free to vote their principles and with their constituents without the much-discussed fear of reprisal from Joe Straus.”


Houston Lawmaker First In Line to File Immigration Bills at State Capitol
November 8, 2010

Today – Monday, November 8, is the first day for lawmakers to file new bills before the Texas Legislature convenes in January.

State Representative Debbie Riddle (R-District 150) wanted to make sure that her bills would be filed first when the doors of the chief clerk’s office open at 8 a.m. this morning.  On Saturday, Rep. Riddle began camping out in front of the office inside the State Capitol. 

She has been providing video updates for her constituents.

According to her video updates and facebook, Rep. Riddle plans to file a Voter ID bill and several bills targeting illegal immigration. At least one seeks to create a new law similar to the one being enforced in the state of Arizona, while another deals with illegal immigrants caught criminal trespassing.

With republicans picking up more seats in the state legislature you can expect to see a more of a conservative agenda being promoted and passed under the dome. 

You can read the bills filed and learn more about Rep. Riddle at her website:

Below is a the release Rep. Riddle sent to Texas media:


AUSTIN – Six months ago, Representative Debbie Riddle (R – District 150) created a media frenzy when she said she would be introducing legislation similar to a provision in Arizona’s SB 1070 as soon as permitted for the upcoming session. 

She made good on that promise earlier today when she filed the states’ first batch of bills, including HB 17, which creates the offense of Criminal Trespass by Illegal Alien and allows for their arrest by state and local police officers.

 “My constituents want to see that their representative is just as serious about getting the job done this session as they are,” Riddle said. “They’ve got a real fire in their bellies, and I’m here to show them that I’m ready to match that tenacity.” 

Riddle set up some folding chairs and pitched a make-shift campsite outside the floor of the Texas House of Representatives beginning on Saturday afternoon to make sure she was the first in line when the Chief Clerk’s office opened for early filing this morning. She spent both Saturday and Sunday night sleeping on the lobby floor. 

“A visitor that walked by told me that I reminded them of the kids that camp out for Duke basketball tickets in Durham, North Carolina,” Riddle said. “It was eye-opening to realize that people think it’s normal to be passionate about something like college basketball, but odd to be passionate about your state’s politics.”

 Although the immigration legislation has generated the most buzz this year, Riddle deliberately filed her Voter ID bill before any of her others, making it the very first bill filed for the new session: HB 16. The bill requires one form of photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID in order to vote in Texas.

 “Voter ID has got to be one of the top priorities of the legislature this session.” Riddle said. “It passed in the House two session ago and was stalled by politics in the Senate. It passed in the Senate last year and then was stalled by politics in the House. There are no more excuses left this time around.” 

Seven other bills rounded out the first day of Riddle’s early filings: HB 18, imposing sanctions for municipalities that allow “sanctuary cities;” HB 19, which seeks to imprison unlicensed drivers who cause serious accidents; HJR 16 and HB 23, which allow counties to set their own appraisal caps; HB 22, requiring all state agencies to determine and report their costs related to illegal aliens; HB 21, requiring school districts to report the number of illegal aliens attending their schools; and HB 20, increasing the penalty for burglary of a motor vehicle to a state jail felony.

State Rep. Ellen Cohen Concedes Race – Sends Message to Supporters
November 3, 2010

State Representative Ellen Cohen
Dear Friends,

It has been a great honor and privilege to represent District 134 these past two terms. I promised in 2006 to represent the District to the Legislature and not a Party to the District. Together we’ve made some significant accomplishments, including adjusting the Top 10% Rule, moving UH towards Tier One status, rebuilding UTMB, and creating the Cancer and Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

We didn’t receive the final numbers until early this morning and unfortunately the results showed us 725 votes down. We ran a hard and honest campaign. I am proud of the hundreds of volunteers who gave hours and hours of their time, and would like to say thank you to our interns and staff who have worked tirelessly since April.

The next session will prove to be extremely challenging. I wish my successor good health and the wisdom to make decisions beneficial to the District and the State of Texas.

I am grateful for your support, wise advice and counsel.