AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, today appointed Representative Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, as one of five State Representatives to serve on the powerful Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. This high-ranking commission is essential for maintaining transparency, accountability and efficiency in state government.

Rep. Raymond will help lead the sunset review process for 21 state boards, commissions and agencies. Part of the veteran legislator’s task will be to influence how best to conduct thorough evaluations of each agency scheduled for Sunset review and make fundamental changes to an agency’s mission or operations if needed in the interest of the people.

“This selection is an honor, and I appreciate the Speaker appointing me to this important position,” said Rep. Raymond. “As Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, I have worked with many of these agencies.  I believe that we will be able to identify improvements we can make that will be important for the entire state.”

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It is not too late for Texans to get vaccinated and protect themselves during peak flu season

AUSTIN — By December, many Texans may mistakenly feel that it is too late to get vaccinated against the flu.  But December through February is the peak season for the flu in Texas and by getting immunized during December, the vaccine will offer several more months of protection.  As part of National Influenza Vaccination week from December 8th – 14th, a wide array of Texas pharmacists, health care organizations and legislators are making a push to educate people on the importance of receiving the flu vaccination.  This outreach will highlight cultural aspects unique to Texas, and be geared towards all Texas residents and workers.

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AUSTIN– HB 1501 signed by the Governor and effective immediately pays tribute to the memory of the men, women and children lost in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 and honors the heroic actions of all first responders and volunteers who aided the innocent victims by putting themselves in harm’s way following the attacks. Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, authored HB 1501 and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Madam Chair of the Senate Committee on Government Organization, sponsored it in the Senate.

Rep. Raymond’s bill ensures a moment of silence in public schools to commemorate the 9/11 attacks in each year when September 11 falls on a school day. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the House 146 -1, 2 present, not voting and passed by the Senate 31-0. “This bill honors the memory of the almost 3,000 people who fell victim at the hands of terrorists and the impact on the families, impact on the city, and the country,” said Rep. Raymond. Continue reading