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Recent News

REP. WAYNE SMITH COLLABORATES WITH LEE COLLEGE ON DUAL-CREDIT LEGISLATION

AUSTIN–Following close collaboration with Lee College, State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) authored and co-authored legislation that would increase access for high school students seeking to enroll in dual-credit courses at public colleges and universities. House Bill 505 passed both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate and is now at the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

Texas House Passes Bill to take Public Integrity Unit from Travis County Prosecutors

“I’m proud to have supported this bill,” said Wayne Smith (R-Baytown). “It’s important that the citizens of Texas have confidence in the agency that’s responsible for upholding the public’s trust.”

Texas House announces $4.87 billion tax cut package

The Texas House’s Republican lead tax policy writer announced a $4.87 billion tax cut package Wednesday that includes across-the-board cuts to the business franchise and sales tax rates.

House Bill 31 would cut the 6.25-percent state sales tax rate to 5.95 percent, costing the state $2.3 billion over two years but saving the average household of four $172 per year.

House Bill 32 would cut the business franchise or “margins” tax rate by 25 percent across-the-board and also lower an “EZ” calculation rate, which state Rep. Dennis Bonnen said “will substantially lower the cost of compliance for thousands of small businesses.”

Texas House Passes Conservative Budget

“I am very proud that the Texas House passed a two-year state budget that lives within our means, came in well under the spending cap, and prioritized for essential state services such as education, transportation, border security and public safety. The public demands that we be good stewards of their tax dollars while meeting the future needs of the state and promoting continued economic prosperity. I believe we have done this in the budget that we passed.”

Texas House of Representatives Creates Long Term Plan to Secure the Texas Border

(Austin, Texas) Today, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 11, a bill aimed at creating a comprehensive long term solution to Texas’s border security problems. Specifically, HB 11 authorizes an additional 300 DPS troopers for border security operations, criminalizes the act of inducing a person to enter the country illegally, strengthens state smuggling laws to effectively target the organized criminal element infiltrating our border, along with other reforms. The legislation also protects local control by creating the “Texas Transnational Crime Intelligence Center”, which would be staffed by local police and sheriffs to serve as a real-time, around-the-clock intelligence hub for state and local law enforcement agencies.

HAWTHORNE: Time for Texas to take aim at copper theft

Across the Lone Star State, Texans are seeing incidents of copper theft in epidemic proportions, from church air conditioners, to copper wiring in or around private homes and retail stores, to telecommunications and electric and cable provider equipment. Criminals typically target copper and other metals because they can quickly and easily convert these materials into quick cash by selling them to scrap metal dealers or other metal recycling companies.

State Rep. Wayne Smith Joins Lawmakers to Pass Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act

“Border security is a federal responsibility but Texas cannot afford to wait for Washington to act,” said Smith. “The Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act will permanently strengthen the presence of DPS Troopers on the border, curb the flow of the cartels’ supply lines and create a new team of investigators who will help police crack down on crime syndicates wherever they operate in Texas.”

Texas House Republican Caucus Fights for Texas Teachers

(Austin, Texas) House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Otto announced on the House floor today that the House will fully fund TRS-Care, the health insurance program for retired public school employees of Texas. Chairman Otto was joined in this announcement by House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Chairman Trent Ashby and members of the Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Pensions Dan Flynn, and other members of the Texas House.

Representative Sylvester Turner, Representative Wayne Smith, and Representative Dan Huberty urge the Texas Legislature to Support Legislation Allowing for Electrocardiogram Screening for Student Athletes

AUSTIN, TX ~ Today, State Representative Sylvester Turner (D-Houston), State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown), State Representative Dan Huberty (R-Houston), and Scott Stephens, President of the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation, urged the Texas Legislature to support legislation that will allow for electrocardiogram screenings (ECGs) as part of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) pre-participation requirements for student athletes. The legislators have introduced HB 677, HB 767, and HB 779, respectively. Representatives of medical and educational entities joined today in support of the legislation, including Pat Shuff, CEO of Cypress ECG; Dr. Keith Moore, Superintendent of Crosby ISD; Holly Farmer and Pamela Velasco of August Heart, as well as numerous other medical professionals and supporters.

Committee Assignments for the 84th Legislative Session Announced

AUSTIN, TX – Committee assignments for the 84th Legislative Session were announced today and State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) will again serve as Chair of the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures and on the House Committee on Tourism, Culture and Recreation. Rep. Smith also served on these committees during the 83rd Legislative Session and Interim.

Rep. Wayne Smith Supports Superfund Funds Going to Local Communities

State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) respectfully urged Harris County officials to consider allocating funds resulting from the San Jacinto Superfund Site settlement toward local projects in Harris County.

Smith honors Texas heroes at Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument ceremony

State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) honored Texas Heroes who served in Vietnam during groundbreaking ceremonies for the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument.

Rep. Smith Files Bill to Crack Down on Game Rooms

AUSTIN – State Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) has filed House Bill 1127 aimed at cracking down on undercover Game Rooms in Harris County that have become a breeding ground for illegal activity and crime.

Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument foundry work begins

The long effort to build a monument at the Texas Capitol honoring hundreds of thousands of Texans who served in the Vietnam War is finally on the way to reality…

Officials gather to celebrate Chevron Phillips groundbreaking

Chevron Phillips Chemical hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 1-hexene plant Wednesday morning at their Cedar Bayou Plant on Interstate 10 that was attended by various dignitaries. Shown doing the groundbreaking, from left, Dr. W.A. Brookshire, S&B Engineers and Constructors CEO; Jack Morman, Harris County Precinct 2 commissioner; Wayne Smith, state representative; Tommy Williams, state senator; Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos; Van Long, Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Cedar Bayou plant manager; and Pete Cella, Chevron Phillips Chemical’s president and CEO.

5.20.11 – Hispanic Republican Conference (TxGOPVote) Interviews Rep. Wayne Smith

“Rep. Wayne Smith impressed me with his attitude of recognizing the ability of other state representatives. He expressed his participation with the Hispanic Republican Conference and explained how we can have a sensible conversation about protecting our natural resources and exploring and developing our vast resources without the environmentalists politicizing it.”
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5.19.11 – TRRCC Continues Support of RPT

Back in February, members of the Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Committee (TRRCC) joined Chairman Munisteri at RPT headquarters to present the party with a generous donation of $15,000 and a pledge to continue the momentum of our party’s success through additional fundraising. The RPT expressed gratefulness and thanked the TRRCC board members including Rep. Wayne Smith.

Community Resource Credit Union recognized by State Rep. Wayne Smith

Community Resource Credit Union was honored in a resolution on the House floor by State Rep. Wayne Smith for its 75 years of service to the city of Baytown and vital role in the local economy…

Lee College Student Recognized

When State Representative Wayne Smith said her name, Vesta Grubb’s heart was pounding so hard she was sure the audience could hear it…

Smith champions bill to stop rampant metal, copper theft

AUSTIN —Last month, Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) filed H.B. 1933 relating to the regulation of metal recycling entities; providing penalties…

Cedar Bayou Navigation District Board

Last Wednesday, there was a meeting of the Cedar Bayou Navigation District Board…

Smith named Committee Chair

Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) has been named Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Environmental Regulation by House Speaker Joe Straus…

Rep. Smith appointed to committee

Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus (R- San Antonio) recently released a proclamation appointing Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) to the newly created House Select Committee on Election Contest…

Reps present flags with special history

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, State Rep. Wayne Smith and School Board Trustee Robert Hoskins presented flags to the Baytown City Council…

Christmas ornament returns to Baytown

State Rep. Wayne Smith delivered the Christmas ornament….

Dow honored as Industry of the Year

The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce bestowed the honor on the company…

Rep. Smith presents ornament designed by local artists

AUSTIN — In accordance with a Texas House of Representatives holiday…

ExxonMobil unveils latest investment in cleaner air

After four years of planning and construction, ExxonMobil introduced its…

Smith: Budget deficit, redistricting to top session

Transportation, immigration, gambling, environmental regulation…

Baytown plant receives recognition

Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling recently announced that its Baytown…