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AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus, (San Antonio) reappointed Representative Richard Peña Raymond (Laredo) today as Chairman of the crucial Human Services Committee. Additionally, Speaker Straus reappointed Representative Raymond to the Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and appointed him to the Rules and Resolutions Committee

The Human Services Committee handles matters regarding physical and mental health, aging, alcohol and drug abuse, and care of persons with disabilities. The Human Services Committee also hears matters related to protective, regulatory, and rehabilitative services provided by Child Protective Services.

Speaker Straus stated, “Chairman Raymond will play a critical role in ensuring that our Human Services programs are administered properly, efficiently, and to the benefit of Texans. He is a widely respected leader in the Texas House and I look forward to working with him on a number of critical priorities.”

“I’m privileged and honored to earn the trust from the Speaker of the House on taking the lead role in defending the health security of our children and putting people first by investing in worker-earned health services,” said Chairman Raymond.

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swearing in

Rep. Richard Peña Raymond takes the oath of office on the Opening Day of the 83rd Texas Legislature

AUSTIN– Following today’s 83rd legislative session swearing in, Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) called on the Legislature to put children first by fully restoring funding to education and investing in programs focused on the well-being of our kids.

“I am asking my colleagues to join me in fully restoring $5 billion to fund education. Protecting our children is our number one priority. Whether it’s fighting for good schools, their safety and security outside our homes, or child health and family worker earned services.  We must come together to protect all our children and work together to secure a safe and prosperous future for our city, state and country.” Raymond said.

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Tax-Free Food, Drinks, Medicine, and Child-Care Services

LAREDO, Nov. 10, 2010 — Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) has filed HJR 36 to protect Texans from higher taxes. The constitutional amendment prohibits the legislature from taxing certain food, drinks, medicine, or child-care services.

“These are difficult times and Texas families across the state are facing increasing financial hardships. Most foods and medicines are not taxed — and I want to keep it that way,” said Rep. Raymond.  Rep. Raymond added that currently certain foods, bottled water, over the counter medicines, and day care services are exempt from taxation under the tax code. These exemptions are not constitutionally mandated. Each session, Texans face the possibility of being required to pay taxes on indispensable items that their families require to live.  “My bill would allow Texans to vote on prohibiting a tax on such things as food and medecine,” said Rep. Raymond.

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