September 23, 2016

Interim Update: October 2016

Economic Stabilization Fund


With its current balance nearing $9.7 billion, Texas' Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) - commonly called the Rainy Day Fund - is the largest fund of its kind in the nation. Thanks to Texas' robust economy and sound fiscal management, the ESF has enjoyed steady growth. But recent drops in energy revenue - to which the fund is directly tied - have slowed those increases. To learn more, visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website, here.

It's election season and along with Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos, Rep. Faircloth want to make sure you have some important information before you head to the polls to cast your vote. The 2016 General Election is on Tuesday, November 8, with early voting from Monday, October 24, through Friday, November 4. Any registered voter can take part in early voting and we strongly encourage you to do so. During early voting you can vote at any polling location in your county of registration.

As a reminder, when you arrive at the polls, you will be asked to present one of  the seven forms of approved photo ID. If you have been able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, you must present it. They are:

1. Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
2. Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
3. Texas handgun license issued by DPS
4. United States military identification card containing the person's photograph
5. United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
6. United States passport
7. Free Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

If you are not able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID and you have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining one, you may vote by (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining the reasonable impediment or difficulty that you have to obtaining one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, and (2) providing one of the following various forms of supporting identification:

   * Valid voter registration certificate
   * Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
   * Current utility bill (copy or original)
   * Bank statement (copy or original)
   * Government check or paycheck (copy or original)
   * Other government document that shows the voter's name and an address (any government document that includes a photo, must be original and not a copy) (examples of government documents include, but are not limited to: driver's licenses from other states, ID cards issued by a federally recognized Native American tribe (if the ID card contains an address), DPS Receipts (without a photo), expired voter registration certificates, expired Texas DPS-issued driver licenses or personal ID cards (over 4 years)).

The address on an acceptable form of photo ID or supporting ID presented by the voter does not have to match the address on the list of registered voters. Voters with a disability may apply with the county registrar for a permanent exemption to showing approved photo ID at the polls. Also, voters who (1) have a consistent religious objection to being photographed or (2) do not present one of the seven forms of approved photo ID because of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may apply for a temporary exemption to showing approved photo ID at the polls. You can learn more about the voter ID requirements at, along with additional information such as election deadlines and your rights as a voter. You can also call the Texas Secretary of State's toll-free hotline, 1-800-252-VOTE, with questions.


Definitions of "Rural" in Texas Statutes and the Texas Administrative Code

Do you know what the definition of "Rural" is?  In the Texas Statutes, that definition has multiple meanings.  45 to be exact.  Please click here, to learn what the different meaning are.


Galveston Coastal Legislative Tour

On September 8th through the 11th, Rep. Faircloth, Senator Taylor and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ever Galveston Coastal Legislative Tour. The purpose of this tour was to highlight all that Galveston has to offer, including: the Port of Galveston, the offshore industry, the petrochemical industry, tourism, UTMB, Galveston National Lab, Texas A&M University Galveston, Galveston College and the significant contributions of the area to the state and country.

This was an excellent opportunity for us to educate other members from across the State about the needs of the Texas coast, and the development of a coastal barrier system.