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GUILLEN IMPLORES GOVERNOR TO ADD ASATR GAP TO SPECIAL SESSION TOPICS

June 23, 2017

On June 21, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) sent a letter to Governor Abbott, requesting that the special session call include Additional State Aid for Tax Relief for public schools. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BACK ON THE ROAD FOR SUMMER 2017 LISTENING TOUR

June 23, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is set to embark on his seasonal Listening Tour this summer, on July 8, 2017. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HONORS TEXAS MUSIC LEGEND

June 7, 2017

Early this session, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB 3283 which designates a portion of State Highway 16 in Duval County as Al Dean Memorial Highway, after the late Texan musician. The bill was signed into law by Governor Abbott on Thursday, June 1. More...

 

 

GUILLEN SEEKS JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF SEX CRIMES

June 6, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 1729, a bill which creates a statewide grant program for testing evidence related to sex crimes. The bill was signed into law by Governor Abbott on Monday, May 29. More...

 

 

GUILLEN PROVIDES CREDIT FOR FUTURE PLUMBERS

June 5, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) authored HB 3049 which will allow high school students to earn up to 250 hours in experience, to be applied towards applications for certain plumbing licenses. The bill was signed into law by Governor Abbott on Monday, May 29. More...

 

REP. GUILLEN HELPS END DISCRIMINATORY LEAVE POLICIES

June 3, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 88, which prevents employers from implementing sick child leave policies that  discriminate against employees with foster children. The bill was signed into law by Governor Abbott on Friday, May 26. More...

 

GUILLEN EQUIPS FIRST RESPONDERS WITH PTSD BENEFITS

June 2, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 1983, a bill to allow first responders to receive workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The bill was signed into law by Governor Abbott on Thursday, June 1. More...

 

 

GUILLEN STREAMLINES DUAL CREDIT PROGRAMS

June 1, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen's (D-Rural South Texas) HB 1638 will increase the consistency of dual credit programs by mandating the Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create joint statewide goals for academic dual credit programs and require high schools and postsecondary institutions to align with those goals. HB 1638 was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, May 23. More...

 

 

GUILLEN EXPANDS ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIPS

May 31, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen's (D-Rural South Texas) HB 66 will allow eligible candidates for the four-year Armed Services Scholarship to replace awardees who lose their eligibility for the scholarship. On Monday, May 29, HB 66 was signed by Governor Greg Abbott. More...

 

 

REP. GUILLEN COMMENDS STAFF FOR HARD WORK

May 30, 2017

As the 85th legislative session comes to an end, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) this week thanked his staff for their hard work, long hours and commitment during the 85th legislative session. More...

 

 

GUILLEN EMPOWERS STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

May 29, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 1886, which will require each regional education service center to employ a licensed dyslexia therapist to provide school districts with support and resources necessary to assist students and their families with dyslexia. On Monday, May 29, the bill was sent to the Governor for action. More...

 

 

GUILLEN SUPPORTS FAMILY CAREGIVERS

May 22, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 4, a bill that allows certain kinship caregivers to receive cash payments from the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) based on their income. The bill also makes it a criminal offense to intentionally deceive DFPS into allowing them to enter into a caregiver assistance agreement. HB 4 passed the Texas Senate on Monday, May 22. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HONORS SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES

May 22, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 1645, a bill which requires high schools to allow students who compete in the Special Olympics to earn a letter for their letterman jacket. On Monday, May 22, HB 1645 was reported enrolled and sent to the Governor for action. More...

 

 

REP. GUILLEN PROTECTS STUDENTS FROM SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

May 17, 2017

On Monday, May 15, SB 7 was enrolled in the Texas legislature and currently awaits action from the Governor. State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is a sponsor of SB 7, which will prohibit sexual conduct between any educator and any student regardless of whether the student was enrolled in the district where the teacher worked. More...

 

 

GUILLEN COMMENDS PEACE OFFICERS FOR SACRIFICES

May 16, 2017

In honor of National Police Week, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) expressed his support and gratitude for the many brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us as Peace Officers. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HELPS BRING BETTER ROADS TO RURAL AREAS 

May 11, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 1140, which will change the public transportation funding categories for the State of Texas. On Tuesday, May 10, HB 1140 was sent to the Governor's office for action. More...

 

 

GUILLEN IMPROVES TEXAS MILITARY EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

May 10, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is the author of HB 3066, which seeks to update and extend protections for active duty service members in the Texas military. On Tuesday, May 9, HB 3066 was engrossed in the Texas House and currently awaits action in the Senate. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILL EXPANDS PUBLIC SERVICE OPTIONS 

May 9, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen's (D-Rural South Texas) bill, HB 3055, will allow county election administrators to run for a non-partisan office in a separate county, increasing their ability to serve the public. HB 3055 was referred to the Texas Senate State Affairs committee on Monday, May 8. More...

 

 

GUILLEN ANNOUNCES EFFORTS TO FIGHT CATTLE FEVER TICKS 

May 9, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is pleased to announce a huge increase in funding for the mitigation of cattle fever ticks. SB 1 includes an additional $7.2 million from the Economic Stabilization Fund to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) for the 2018–19 Biennium, CSHB 2 appropriates about $650,000 in general revenue funds to the TAHC for fiscal year 2017, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated an additional $3.7 million, all in an effort to fight the spread of cattle fever ticks. More...

 

 

GUILLEN OFFERS RELIEF TO VETERAN REEMPLOYMENT 

May 4, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of  HB 829, a bill which allows state employees who are former military to take days off for reintegration matters. After a unanimous vote in the Defense and Veteran's Affairs Committee, HB 829 was placed on the Local,  Consent, and Res. Calendar on Thursday, May 4. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILL COMMEMORATES TEXAS MUSIC LEGEND

May 4, 2017

Early this session, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB 3283 which designates a portion of State Highway 16 in Duval County as Al Dean Memorial Highway, after the late Texas music legend. More...

 

 

GUILLEN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

May 3, 2017

On Wednesday, May 3, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) released a list of public community and technical colleges and independent school districts to be funded through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program. State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is pleased to announce the schools in and around his district set to receive funding. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILL EXPANDS RURAL TEXANS' MEDICAL CARE 

May 3, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 1697, a bill that would establish a pediatric health tele-connectivity resource program for rural Texas. On Thursday, April 6, HB 1697 was engrossed in the House, and on Friday, April 19, the bill was read and referred to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee where testimony has already been heard and action is pending. More...

 

 

GUILLEN SALUTES RECOGNITION OF HISTORIC THEATRE

April 30, 2017

On early Saturday morning, April 29, the historic Rialto Theatre of Three Rivers was granted an official Registered Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) medallion from the Texas Historical Commission. State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) commends the Three Rivers community and the Texas Historical Commission for their efforts in bringing the RTHL medallion to fruition. More...

 

 

GUILLEN PROMOTES EARLY LANGUAGE TRAINING

April 27, 2017

Early in this legislative session, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 1451, which will allow pre-high school students to receive high school credit for dual language immersion programs taken in elementary school. HB 1451 recently passed out of the Public Education Committee, and was sent to the Local & Consent Calendar on Wednesday, April 26. More...

 

 

GUILLEN SEEKS JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF SEX CRIMES

April 27, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is a coauthor of HB 1729, a bill which creates a statewide grant program for testing evidence related to sex crimes. HB 1729 was engrossed in the House on Thursday, April 6, and was referred to the Senate committee on Criminal Justice on Wednesday, April 19. More...

 

 

EXPANDING VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER TRAINING

April 26, 2017

HB 2154, a bill filed by State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas), will help veterans maximize access to available benefits by allowing accredited groups to help train Veterans County Service Officers. On Tuesday, April 25, HB 2154 was sent to the Local & Consent Calendar Committee. More...

 

 

FREE PRE-K FOR STAR OF TEXAS FIRST RESPONDERS

April 24, 2017

HB 357, a bill that would allow the children of first responder recipients of the Star of Texas Award to be eligible for free pre-kindergarten classes, was successfully passed out of the Texas House on Thursday, April 20, and is currently awaiting action in the Texas Senate. State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 357. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HOSTS SOUTH TEXAS STUDENTS

April 20, 2017

In honor of the students from across South Texas, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) hosted 8 high school bands, a JROTC group and the Preparatory for Early College High School RGC Ballet Folklorico to perform in the rotunda of the Capitol. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO PROTECT PEACE OFFICERS' FAMILIES

April 20, 2017

On Monday, April 17, HB 457 was engrossed in the Texas House, and is now awaiting action in the Texas Senate. Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 457, which will protect the anonymity of the spouses and children of peace officers, reducing their risk of being targeted by criminals. More...

 

 

GUILLEN PROTECTS VETERANS' EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

April 19, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 846, which will prohibit higher education institutions from charging additional financial and administrative charges on student veterans using military education benefits. On Thursday, April 13, HB 846 was engrossed in the Texas House. More...

 

 

REP. GUILLEN PUSHES TO END DISCRIMINATORY LEAVE POLICIES

April 18, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 88, a bill to prevent employers from implementing sick child leave policies discriminating against employees with foster children. HB 88 was successfully engrossed in the Texas House on Monday, April 17, and is currently awaiting discussion in the Texas Senate. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO EXPAND TEXANS' MEDICAL BENEFITS

April 13, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 10, a bill requiring a health benefit plan to provide mental health condition and substance use disorder benefits under the same terms and conditions as the plan's medical and surgical benefits.  More...

 

 

GUILLEN HELPS DONATE FOOD TO STUDENTS IN NEED

April 13, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 367, a bill to help feed hungry children through a process of donating excess food in public schools to nonprofit organizations. HB 367 has been placed on the General State Calendar to be heard on the Floor. More...

 

 

GUILLEN AUTHORS BILL ENSURING JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF SEX CRIMES

April 12, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 281, a bill  which creates a statewide electronic monitoring system for evidence relating to sex crimes. HB 281 was engrossed in the House on Wednesday, April 12. More...

 

 

GUILLEN WORKS TO SAVE TEXAS LIVES

April 11, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is again pushing legislation that would provide a safeguard from arrest and prosecution to any Texan who calls 911 to report an overdose. A public hearing for HB 73,  a Good Samaritan Bill, was held on Monday, April 10.  More...

 

 

GUILLEN PLANS TO STREAMLINE DUAL CREDIT PROGRAMS

April 11, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen's (D-Rural South Texas) HB 1638 will help increase quality and consistency among dual credit programs by requiring the Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create joint statewide goals for academic dual credit programs and require high schools and postsecondary institutions to align with those goals. More...

 

 

GUILLEN WORKS TO IMPROVE TEXAS' HISTORIC SITES

April 7, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is pushing legislation to assist communities with qualifying historic sites to undergo necessary restorations, renovations, and/or improvements. A public hearing on HB 2393 was held on Wednesday, April 5.  More...

 

 

GUILLEN SEEKS TO HELP FIREFIGHTERS/PEACE OFFICERS WITH PTSD

April 3, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 1983 which will allow for a firefighter or a peace officer to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A public hearing for HB 1983 took place on Monday, April 3, before the Business & Industry committee. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILL ENHANCES NON-PROFIT RAFFLE INCOME

April 3, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen's (D-Rural South Texas) bill, HB 115, will raise the cap on the value of real estate that nonprofits can offer at charitable raffles. A public hearing on HB 115 took place on Monday, April 3. More...

 

 

GUILLEN STRIVES TO PROTECT LOTTERY WINNERS

April 3, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen's (D-Rural South Texas) bill, HB 59, will continue efforts to allow lottery winners to claim prizes anonymously, reducing their risk of being targeted by criminals. A public hearing on HB 59 took place on Monday, April 3. More...

 

 

GUILLEN SALUTES HISTORIC RANCH RECOGNITION

April 3, 2017

On land that over the last 400 years has seen the passage of Spanish explorers, large herds of horses and cattle and early land grant families, Comanche raids, and generations of South Texans, local officials and residents gathered last week to erect a plaque recognizing the significant history of the Rancho San Jose de la Mulada. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO PRESERVE TEXAS OYSTER FISHERY

March 28, 2017

Early this session, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 51, a bill to create an oyster license buyback program that would protect oyster fishery areas from overfishing and enhance long term oyster production off the Texas Gulf Coast. The bill continues to move forward in the Texas legislature, and a public hearing took place on Tuesday, March 28. More...

 

 

GUILLEN PLAN IMPROVES SAFETY ON TEXAS WATERWAYS

March 28, 2017

Close collaboration by State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) and Texas Parks and Wildlife officials led to the creation of HB 550, now under review at the state legislature. This bill will further align Texas law with Coast Guard regulations, and affectively make our waterways safer for all. A public hearing for HB 550 took place on Tuesday, March 28. More...

 

 

GUILLEN'S BILL TO IMPROVE TEACHER RETENTION MOVES FORWARD IN THE LEGISLATURE

March 27, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) believes his HB 1918 will help young teachers, assigned to teach courses they did not train for, by creating a grant program that funds the training they need. A public hearing on the education bill was held March 27. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILLS BOOST VETERANS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS

March 23, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 61 and HB 79 seeking fair testing for special education students and better test score reporting for public schools. He also filed HB 66 increasing funding options for the four-year Armed Services Scholarship, and HB 92, a bill to help disabled veterans' spouses find jobs. His HB 69 will cut back on time consuming paperwork for public school educators. More...

 

 

GUILLEN'S BILL BANNING POWDERED ALCOHOL FOR MINORS CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW

March 23, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen's (D-Rural South Texas) bill, HB 47, will include powdered alcohol in the legal description of alcohol to ensure children cannot purchase it. A public hearing on HB 47 took place on March 27, and the bill is now pending a vote before it can be scheduled for the full House vote." More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILL PROTECTS LANDOWNERS FROM FALLING ROCK CLIMBERS

March 23, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is working to pass HB 487, a bill to provide liability immunity to landowners when guests on their land participate in activities like rock climbing and are injured. The first public hearing on HB 487 was held on Tuesday, March 28. More...

 

 

REP. GUILLEN BACKS USE OF RAINY DAY FUND

March 20, 2017

After careful consideration, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) believes the legislature should use a portion of the Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) to address the economic downturn in Texas. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TAKES PART IN JIM HOGG COUNTY FAIR FESTIVITIES

March 20, 2017

Over the weekend, Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) celebrated Jim Hogg County’s 32nd annual county fair in Hebbronville, taking part in the annual grand parade and congratulating local officials on their work helping the community to grow and prosper. More...

 

 

HEARING SET ON PREFERENCE TO HIRE DISABLED VETS SPOUSES

March 19, 2017

Early this session, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 92, a bill that would help disabled veterans' families by giving their spouse a preference when competing for a state government job. The bill will help veteran households maintain an annual income to meet their needs. A public hearing for HB 92 has been scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 23. More...

 

 

HEARING SCHEDULED TO PROTECT OYSTER INDUSTRY

March 18, 2017

Early this session, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 51, a bill to create an oyster license buyback program that would eliminate extra licenses not currently in use and protect oyster fisheries from overfishing. A public hearing on HB 51 has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 21. More...

 

 

HEARING EYES BALANCED FUNDING FOR STATE PARKS

March 17, 2017

Working closely with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 448 to allow balance in TPWD’s dedicated account, allowing them to address water safety and enforcement challenges more efficiently and effectively. A public hearing on HB 448 has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 21. More...

 

 

GUILLEN AN AUTHOR OF OVER 100 BILLS BEFORE FILING DEADLINE

March 10, 2017

Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of over 100 bills this session. Friday, March 10, 2017 marked the bill filing deadline in the 85th Texas Legislature. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

March 8, 2017

This past week, after a day of committee hearings and House Floor votes, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) hosted a live Virtual Town Hall from his Capitol office, answering questions and providing constituents with knowledgeable insight on current legislative activity and government resources. More...

 

 

HEARING SCHEDULED TO EXTEND ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP USE 

March 7, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 66 to allow eligible candidates for the four-year Armed Services Scholarship to be named to replace awardees who lose their eligibility for the scholarship. A public hearing on HB 66 has been scheduled to take place on March 15, 2017. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HOLDS LIVE TOWN HALL

March 7, 2017

This Wednesday, March 8th, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) will host his Virtual Town Hall to address questions and concerns from constituents across the district. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILL HELPS TEACHERS PREPARE TO TEACH

February 24, 2017

Earlier this month, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB 1918 to create a grant program that funds the tuition for a course for teachers preparing to teach a subject they did not receive a bachelor's degree in or preparing to teach at a school with a low rating. More...

 

 

GUILLEN ENHANCES PROPERTY DAMAGE REIMBURSEMENT

February 23, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) has filed HB 2306 to allow law enforcement agencies to pay for repairs, and to be reimbursed, when a car being pursued is driven onto private property and abandoned and it damages fences or other assets on the land. More...

 

 

GUILLEN LESSENS FINANCIAL BURDEN ON STUDENTS

February 23, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) has filed HB 2307 to limit the amount an institution of higher learning can charge for an official transcript to no more than $10. The bill would effectively regulate the cost for transcripts in public institutions without imposing new fees or costs for an official transcript. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO INCREASE QUALITY AND CONSISTENCY IN DUAL CREDIT PROGRAMS

February 21, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen  (D—Rural South Texas) has filed HB 1638 to increase quality and consistency among dual credit programs by requiring the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to create joint statewide goals for academic dual credit programs and require high schools and postsecondary institutions to align with those goals. More...

 

 

GUILLEN RECEIVES TEXAS GAME WARDENS AWARD

February 21, 2017

On February 21st , 2017,  Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) met with the President of the Texas Game Warden Association to receive a commemorative photo and discuss issues facing the 85th Texas Legislature. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HONORS FFA VALUES, HISTORY, ACHIEVEMENTS

February 20, 2017

In honor of the national Future Farmers of America (FFA) week, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) expressed his gratitude to FFA and his continued support for the national organization's impact on generations of young lives. More...

 

 

GUILLEN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR DRAINAGE PROJECT

February 17, 2017

On Friday, Feb. 17th, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ, released a draft list of projects to be paid for through the RESTORE ACT Texas Bucket 1 grant program, including funds for Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1's Raymondville Drain Project. More...

 

 

GUILLEN LAUNCHES WEEKLY COFFEE

February 17, 2017

Last week, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) launched his new Weekly Coffee Event, giving folks another opportunity to talk about the issues they care about. More...

 

 

GUILLEN BILL STRENGTHENS TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD

February 15, 2017

On February 15th, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB 1905 to align state and federal descriptions for general officer titles and positions within the Texas National Guard so they can be officially recognized and qualify for federal funding. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO RENAME PORTION OF FM 649 FOR TROOPER

February 15, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) has filed HB 1162 to name a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 649 in Jim Hogg County after the late State Trooper David Lee Nevarez. More...

 

 

GUILLEN DISCUSSES PRIORITIES WITH TEXAS MILITARY

February 14, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) met with the Texas State Guard (TXSG) Major General John F. Nichols, Chief of Staff Colonel Greg Chaney and Major Malcom Warbrick to discuss their needs to respond quickly to state disasters and to assist their fellow Texans. More...

 

 

GUILLEN NAMED TO MOST SOUGHT-AFTER COMMITTEES IN HOUSE

February 9, 2017

Today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced that State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) was named Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures as well as being appointed to serve on the House Committee on State Affairs, two of the most high-profile committees in the House. More...

 

 

GUILLEN PROMOTES BETTER LANGUAGE TRAINING

February 3, 2017

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB 1451 last week to allow pre-high school students to receive credit for dual language immersion programs.  More...

 

 

GUILLEN MEETS WITH TEXAS FARM BUREAU LEADERS

February 1, 2017

South Texas Farm Bureau (TxFB) officers and Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) met to discuss their priority issues for the 85th Texas Legislature this week. More...

 

 

GUILLEN LEADS STATE OFFICIALS ON VALLEY TOUR

January 30, 2017

At the start of the new legislative session, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) helped host over 20 of his colleagues for the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Partnership Legislative Tour. This tour marks the 21st Legislative Tour of the Rio Grande Valley highlighting valley area growth and the needs of the area going forward. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HOLDS OFFICE OPEN HOUSE

January 30, 2017

On Thursday, February 9th, 2017, residents from Atascosa County and surrounding areas are invited to join State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) at his Northern District Office, in Pleasanton from 5-7 p.m, for his first Office Open House in the series for 2017.  More...

 

 

GUILLEN SEEKS TO ENHANCE NEW HOUSING OPTIONS

January 27, 2017

This week, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 1328 to allow advertising to notify local residents about planned housing developments. More...

 

 

REP. GUILLEN DISCUSSES LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES WITH COUNTY JUDGES

January 24, 2017

This week, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) met with the county Judges of Atascosa, Jim Hogg, Live Oak, and McMullen to discuss their priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. More...

 

GUILLEN TO END DOUBLE TAXATION FOR CATERERS

January 23, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) has filed HB 1164, a bill to extend the sales tax exemption to purchases of equipment used for leasing or renting, like tables and chairs, for businesses like caterers who collect sales taxes on the food and services they provide. More...

 

REP. GUILLEN SUPPORTS RE-ELECTION OF SPEAKER STRAUS

January 11, 2017

On January 11, 2017,  Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) congratulated Joe Straus on being re-elected to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives for a record-tying fifth term. More...

 

 

REP. GUILLEN SET TO HOST FELLOW LEGISLATORS IN SOUTH TEXAS

January 10, 2017

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) welcomes all legislators to the RGV Partnership Tour. More...

 

 

REP. GUILLEN ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES

January 10, 2017

As the 85th legislative session gets underway, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) has recruited, filled, and reorganized several staff positions. More...

 

 

GUILLEN SWORN IN AT TEXAS CAPITOL

January 10, 2017

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) was sworn in for his eighth term in the Texas House of Representatives. Kicking off the 85th meeting of the Texas Legislature. More...

 

 

GUILLEN SEEKS TO INCREASE FUNDRAISING ABILITY OF NON-PROFITS

January 10, 2017

On November 14, 2016, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 115 to raise the cap on the value of real estate that nonprofits can offer at charitable raffles. More...

 

 

GUILLEN MOVES TO MAKE WATERWAYS SAFER

December 30, 2016

Working alongside Texas Parks and Wildlife, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas)  filed HB 550, a bill to update Texas' water safety requirements to match regulations issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.More...

 

GUILLEN CONTINUES FIGHT TO SAVE TEXAS STATE PARKS, HISTORIC SITES

December 23, 2016

On Monday, November 14, 2016, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HJR 16, which would guarantee that sales taxes collected on the sale of sporting goods are dedicated to the preservation and expansion of Texas state parks and historic sites. More...

GUILLEN WELCOMES SPRING INTERNS

December 21, 2016

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D – Rural South Texas) welcomed nearly two dozen bright men and women as they began the Spring 2016 Class of the Legislative Internship Program.More...

GUILLEN PUSHES TO CHANGE ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP

December 19, 2016

On November 14, 2016, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 66 to allow eligible candidates for the Armed Services Scholarship to be named in place of awardees who have lost their eligibility for the Scholarship. Representative Guillen believes this bill will ensure the funds for the scholarship would go to qualified students and not be wasted. More...

GUILLEN PROMOTES LOCAL HIGHER ED. EXPANSION

December 15, 2016

South Texas College (STC) broke ground December 15 for the expansion of its Starr County Campus. Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) attended the ceremony as an invited guest, to show his support for expanding educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. More...

 

 

GUILLEN RECOGNIZED FOR HIS WORK FOR RETIRED TEACHERS

November 17, 2016

On Thursday, November 17th, 2016, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) received special recognition from the Texas Retired Teacher Association, District 1 branch, for his outstanding service and support towards the organization. More...

 

GUILLEN SEEKS TO LESSON RECIDIVISM AND CUT TAXES

November 14, 2016

On November 14, 2016, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB 86 to provide a sales and tax refund or franchise tax credit to Texas businesses that employ former offenders full-time. More...

 

 

GUILLEN FIGHTS TO PROTECT LOTTERY WINNERS' IDENTITIES

November 14, 2016

On Monday, November 14th, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) announced he filed HB 59, continuing his efforts to allow lottery winners to claim prizes anonymously, reducing their risk of being targeted by criminals. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO PROTECT OYSTER INDUSTRY

November 14, 2016

On Monday, November 14, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D -- Rural South Texas) filed HB 51, a bill to create an oyster license buyback program that would eliminate extra licenses that are not being used and protect oyster fisheries from over fishing. More...

 

GUILLEN CONTINUES TO IMPROVE TEXAS' BUSINESS CLIMATE

November 14, 2016

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed HB 102 on November 14 to provide a ten-year franchise and sales tax exemption to research & development and manufacturing businesses moving to Texas. More...

 

 

GUILLEN FIGHTS TO PROTECT TEXANS

November 14, 2016

On Monday, November 14, 2016 State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB73, a Good Samaritan law which will provide a safeguard from arrest and prosecution to any Texan who calls 911 to report an overdose. More...

 

 

GUILLEN STRIVES TO PROTECT STUDENTS

November 14, 2016

On Wednesday, November 14, 2016 State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filled HB49, a bill relating to the prosecution of improper relationship between educators and students. More...

 

 

GUILLEN WORKS TO EMPLOY VETERAN FAMILIES

November 14, 2016

On Monday, November 14, 2016 State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filled HB92, a bill that would allow spouses of 100% disabled veterans to qualify for the Veteran Employment Preference privileges in Texas. Representative Guillen says this measure will reduce unemployment for spouses of veterans and help veteran households sustain a healthy annual income. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO BAN POWDERED ALCOHOL FOR MINORS

November 14, 2016

On Monday, November 14, 2016 State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) filed HB47, a bill designed to ban powdered alcohol for use by minors. This measure will further define powdered alcohol in order to ensure children cannot access the product. More...

 

 

GUILLEN AIMS TO SAVE WOMEN MONEY

November 14, 2016

Recently, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D--District 31 Texas) filed HB55, a bill to include tax exemptions for feminine hygiene products during tax free weekend. Representative Guillen says the bills' aim is to lessen the amount paid yearly by our mothers, daughters, and wives for a natural occurrence. More...

 

 

GUILLEN CONCLUDES 13TH STUDENT LEGISLATURE

November 14, 2016

On November 14th, 2016, Guillen concluded his 13th Student Legislative Session at the Capitol with over 200 of South Texas’ best and brightest high school students in attendance. Representing 26 schools across Guillen’s house district, students stepped into Texas' political arena as they took on the roles of Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker, House and Senate members, lobbyists, and journalists to reenact the legislative process. More...

 

 

UPHOLDING HIS COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE, GUILLEN COMPLETES ANOTHER YEAR OF DQ LISTENING TOURS

November 12, 2016

On November 12, 2016, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) again held his seasonal Listening Tour, which takes place several times a year on every second Saturday of March, July, and November at a local Dairy Queen in all 10 Counties of District 31. More...

 

 

GUILLEN AGAIN HOSTS OFFICE OPEN HOUSE

November 11, 2016

On Thursday, November 10th, 2016, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) hosted local officials and residents from Willacy County for his final District Office Open House of 2016. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with Representative Guillen one-on-one to discuss their ideas and concerns. To conclude the event, Ryan Guillen delivered remarks, thanking attendees and providing a pre-session legislative update. More...

 

 

GUILLEN HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY SUMMIT AND VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

November 10, 2016

This past week State Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) hosted another Community Summit and Virtual Town Hall providing great insight on community affairs, and government resources. More...

 

 

GUILLEN ANNOUNCES EFFORT TO ESTABLISH AN OFFICIAL ELECTION DAY HOLIDAY

November 4, 2016

On Friday, November 4, 2016 State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—Rural South Texas) announced plans to file a bill establishing the Tuesday of the General Election as an official state Election Day Holiday. Representative Guillen says this measure will encourage greater voter turnout, and emphasize the importance of the electoral process. More...

 

 

GUILLEN DISCUSSES LEGISLATIVE ISSUES WITH SOUTH TEXAS COUNTY OFFICIALS

November 2, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 State Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) addressed county officials from across District 31 at the Texas Association of Counties at the "Luncheons with the Legislators" event in Atascosa. Guillen discussed many hot ticket issues for the upcoming session. More...

 

 

GUILLEN VISITS SAN MIGUEL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE FACILITIES

November 2, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 State Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) visited the San Miguel Electric Cooperative power plant and mine near Jourdanton. During the visit, Guillen met with staff and local residents to hear about the coop’s operations and discuss their impact on the state as well as the nearby communities. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO HOST HIS 13th STUDENT LEGISLATURE

October 28, 2016

Each year, State Representative Ryan Guillen hosts a mock legislative session for students from across South Texas. On November 14, 2016, Guillen will be hosting his 13th Student Legislative Session, after months of diligent preparation. More...

 

 

GUILLEN TO HOST OPEN HOUSE IN WILLACY

October 28, 2016

On Thursday, November 10th, residents in Willacy County and the surrounding area are invited to gather at State Rep. Ryan Guillen’s Eastern District Office in Raymondville for his Office Open House. More...

 

 

GUILLEN WEIGHS-IN ON CPS BACKLOG & REFORM

October 26, 2016

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee met to discuss Child Protective Services' (CPS) plan to ensure timely contact with children at immediate risk of abuse or neglect. State Representative Ryan Guillen (D—District 31) agrees with Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus' scathing letter to CPS, Oct. 12, and further stated that CPS needs to take immediate action to improve the crisis at hand. More...

 

 

GUILLEN ISSUES EARLY VOTING AND ELECTION DAY REMINDER

October 21, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016 marks the first day of early voting and in person absentee voting in Texas. This election cycle, Texas has a record-breaking 15 million people registered and ready to vote. There are now only 18 days before the official November 8th General Election. More...

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