Health and human services transition on schedule

By Richard Lee Special to The Fort Bend Star The major organizational overhaul of the state agencies charged with providing health and human services to Texans is progressing on schedule according to testimony offered before an oversight panel Tuesday evening. The state is in the midst of consolidating the five HHS agencies down into three, […]

Sean Burnett files to run against Jajoo on Sugar Land City Council


Sean Burnett a 17-year resident of Sugar Land and business owner has officially announced his intent to run for the City of Sugar Land Council Member District 4 in the May 6 election. “I believe our city is among the greatest in the country and I want to do my part to ensure Sugar Land […]

Jerry Seinfeld opens Smart Financial Centre


By Joe Southern Although the attention over the weekend was on the grand opening of the Smart financial Centre at Sugar Land, the entertainment on stage was still much ado about nothing. The $84 million arts and entertainment venue opened Saturday night with two performances by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, whose self-titled TV program in […]

Reynolds files bills about racism, police killings, minimum wage, small businesses


House Minority Whip, Rep. Ron Reynolds, wasted no time taking action when the 85th Legislature convened earlier this month. The Democrat from Missouri City released five press releases recently outlining action he has taken on issues of the minimum wage, racism, officer-involved deaths, the economy and minority representation. They are as follows: Statement after filing […]

Actors should keep politics out of award shows


I didn’t watch the Golden Globes when they were on television a couple weeks ago. I didn’t even know they were on. Not that it matters; I wouldn’t have watched anyway. I did hear about it, though. Social media was on fire with reports about how Meryl Streep went on a political rant against President-elect […]

Post Oak Bancshares buying The State Bank of Texas


Post Oak Bancshares, Inc. announced Friday that it will acquire Houston-based The State Bank of Texas. According to the terms of the agreement, Post Oak Bancshares, Inc. ($1.128 billion in total assets as of Dec. 31) will acquire all of the outstanding stock of The State Bank of Texas in a stock and cash transaction. […]

Nelson files base budget bill in Senate

By Richard Lee Special to The Fort Bend Star The first draft of the Senate version of the state budget was filed Tuesday, setting the baseline for the coming negotiations on how the state should spend money and meet critical needs. The bill, SB 1 by Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, would spend $103.6 billion […]

Patrick, West unveil plan to protect police

By Richard Lee Special to the Fort Bend Star Police officers at all level of government would be given access to new bulletproof vests under a plan unveiled by lawmakers Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Dallas Sen. Royce West said that the tragic shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers by an assailant armed […]

Sunset commission wraps up interim work

The Sunset Advisory Commission of Texas held its final meeting of the 84th Interim Session on Wednesday, approving a number of recommendations relating to the agency charged with overseeing medical practice in Texas as well as recommendations for the Texas Department of Transportation. Every agency in Texas government must undergo a periodic review, usually every […]

Texas Senate opens 85th session

The Legislature of the State of Texas was called to order in both houses on Tuesday, kicking off a fresh 140-day session for lawmakers to address the needs and future of the state. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was happy to welcome members new and old to the storied building. “We are blessed to serve others, […]

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