Texas Restaurant Association Coronavirus Updates

By TRA | Texas

  COVID-19 Pandemic – March 21, 2020 Dear Friends, I hope you had a good Saturday and were able to enjoy some fresh air. I had my twin 14-year-old girls out doing a little yard work, and I have to say, that felt more challenging than my days managing what is going on with COVID-19! Just proves they need to practice more so it is not such a “shock” to their system next time! Several things from today. One, we asked last week to have refunds available for permit fees related…Read More

Speaker Bonnen Statement Regarding Wage Continuity for School Support Staff

By 380news | Texas

SPEAKER  DENNIS  BONNEN Speaker Bonnen Statement Regarding Wage Continuity for School Support Staff Amid school closures, Speaker Bonnen calls on ISDs to provide regular compensation AUSTIN, Texas — Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen today issued the following statement with regard to paying school support staff affected by COVID-19 school closures. “The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to thousands of school closures in the State of Texas, raising questions and concerns over whether school support employees — such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers — will continue to receive their…Read More

Texas HHS Temporarily Suspends Non-Essential Visits to State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers

By 380news | Texas

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Texas HHS Temporarily Suspends Non-Essential Visits to State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers AUSTIN – To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Texas Health and Human Services has temporarily suspended visitation and on-campus events at state hospitals and state supported living centers across Texas. “We are working across the state to protect the health and safety of the people we serve and our staff at our state hospitals and living centers,” said Mike Maples, HHS Deputy Executive Commissioner for the Health and Specialty Care System,…Read More

Coronavirus Updates from the Texas Restaurant Association

By 380news | Texas

COVID-19 Pandemic – March 15, 2020 Hi all. Long update today – lots of moving parts. As always, we are thinking of you, your staff, and your communities through this. As you have contacts across the state, I am writing to ask for urgent support to get the below message to our elected officials. Many state governors are now considering closing all restaurants and bars for two weeks. This would drive panic and complete societal breakdown. We believe we are the best partner to the state and local government and can work with them, side-by-side, to get through this challenging time: Restaurants will lead their communities through this crisis by continuing to provide drive-thru, take-out/pick-up, and delivery service. This will drive “no…Read More

Secretary Hughs Announces “Ready. Check. Vote.” Voter Education Initiative

By 380news | Texas

Secretary Hughs Announces “Ready. Check. Vote.” Voter Education Initiative  AUSTIN – Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs today announced a new statewide initiative, “Ready. Check. Vote.,” to educate Texas voters about what they need to bring to the polls when they cast their ballot. The campaign will utilize social media, paid advertising, and a grassroots tour to communicate to Texans the seven approved forms of photo identification and what to do if they do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of these seven forms. In its 2019 session, the Texas Legislature appropriated funding to the Secretary of State’s office for this initiative. The Ready. Check. Vote. grassroots tour visited San Antonio last week and will be in Brownsville and…Read More

Poetry Gathering Features Western Singer Jean Prescott

By 380news | Texas

Poetry Gathering features western singer Jean Prescott ALPINE, Texas – As the third weekend in February approaches, anticipation is building toward the Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering’s inaugural event on the campus of Sul Ross State University.Picking up the torch of the previous Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the new nonprofit organization has invited cowboy poets and western songwriters from across Texas and other western states to participate in an event known for its attention to tradition. Among those scheduled to perform, Jean Prescott, a native Texan, looks forward to sharing her life-long love of music. “I started singing to the radio with my granddad when I was about two,” she recalls. As a teenager living way out in Glasscock County…Read More

USDA Invests $24 Million in Water Infrastructure in Texas Rural Communities

By 380news | Texas

TEMPLE, TX – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states. Texas State Director Edd Hargett reported that 5 of those projects were in Texas with investments totaling over $24 million. “Funding for infrastructure is vital in helping rural communities keep the pace with their rising populations,” said Hargett. “We are pleased to be able to assist these communities in meeting their water and wastewater needs.” The recently enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus spending bill includes a significant boost in financial support for water and wastewater projects. It provides $5.2…Read More

Recreational Anglers Will Receive the Longest Red Snapper Season in Recent Years

By 380news | Texas

HOUSTON, TX – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have agreed upon a modified version of the Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), securing a red snapper season for 2018. Under the EFP, recreational anglers fishing from private vessels will have an 82-day season in federal waters and a 365-day season in state waters off the coast of Texas. Charter for-hire (CFH) vessels are not included in the EFP, therefore recreational anglers fishing on a charter trip will have roughly a 50-day season in federal waters. “CCA has been a strong proponent of state management of red snapper for years, so this is a very exciting first step toward more predictable and enjoyable seasons…Read More

Long Term Care Wins as False Attacks Fall Flat With Voters

By 380news | Texas

Texans re-elect incumbents attacked for vote to improve long term care AUSTIN, TX – Efforts to mislead voters about a quality-based funding bill vote during the 2017 state legislative session fell flat on Tuesday night as voters overwhelmingly re-elected legislators who had been targets of the deceptive attacks. Accused of allowing a “granny tax,” those targeted had supported a measure during the session to provide funding to improve nursing home care in the state. “Incumbents targeted with the ‘granny tax’ attack hit back with real facts about a bill based on a solid policy,” said Kevin Warren, president and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association. Letters and political fliers mailed to Republican primary voters in recent weeks claimed a…Read More

Updates to RRC’s “Call Before You Dig” Requirements

By 380news | Alerts

Rule Changes Strengthen Public Safety AUSTIN, TX – Effective Monday, Feb. 12, Railroad Commission pipeline damage prevention rules require excavators who strike a pipeline while digging to notify the pipeline operator by calling the 811- notification center as soon as possible, but no later than one hour after an incident. Excavators must also call 911 if any natural gas or other product is released when an underground pipeline is struck. These rule updates extend the deadline for pipeline operators and excavators to file a damage report with the Railroad Commission…Read More

NTTA Welcomes 2018-20 Road Program Participants

By 380news | Texas

NTTA WELCOMES 2018-20 ROAD PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS Mentoring Partnership Seeks to Drive Growth of Diverse Firms PLANO, TX – The North Texas Tollway Authority introduced its 2018-20 Relationships and Opportunities Advancing Diversity (ROAD) program participants at its board meeting Wednesday. This year’s ROAD program has a total of nine teams. The ROAD program provides opportunities for new and emerging disadvantaged/minority-owned/woman-owned business enterprises (D/M/WBEs) to partner with established firms in a mentor-protégé style program. ROAD is designed to enhance technical and industry knowledge, so consultant companies can compete for future procurement opportunities…Read More

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