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Hispanic Outreach in Texas Politics

July 30, 2013

Rep. Jason Villalba discusses the importance of Hispanic outreach in Texas politics on a recent YouTube video. Please take a moment to watch and give us your thoughts:

Texas House passes restrictive abortion measure

July 10, 2013

Texas House passes restrictive abortion measure

The Texas House of Representatives approved a measure Wednesday that would place broad new restrictions on abortions in the state.

A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to send its version of the bill to the full Senate.

The legislation would ban abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, require abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, tighten usage guidelines for the drug RU486 and require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they’re providing abortion services.

The House’s move comes two weeks after state Sen. Wendy Davis tried to block the bill with a filibuster, talking for more than 10 hours in an attempt to run out the clock on the legislative session.

Gov. Rick Perry called a special session so the legislature could take up the measure again.

The measure passed the House on Wednesday with a 98-49 vote after hours of debate over proposed amendments.

Please read the entire article on CNN.com by clicking here.

Please watch Rep. Jason Villalba’s closing speech on HB 2:

Dallas Morning News Education Blog: Legislators need to move Villalba’s bill to improve teacher evaluations

May 1, 2013

In the 2011 Legislature, GOP Sen. Florence Shapiro tried to pass legislation that would have helped new teachers develop their talents, including putting them with mentors and helping them create career plans. The proposal also would have established a framework for districts to use in evaluating teachers.

Unfortunately, she was unable to get the bill through both houses. So, this year Jason Villalba, a freshman Republican from Dallas, is pushing a version that focuses on evaluating teachers.

The bill, HB 2977, would create a framework for districts to use in evaluating teachers. The framework would include:

Standards for effective teaching;

Use of student data to help evaluate teachers; and

Using evaluations to guide career development plans for teachers.

The House Public Education Committee heard the legislation in mid-April, but left it pending. The measure needs to move so that districts have a set of expectations for evaluations.

To read the entire blog post or comment on the Dallas Morning News website, please click here.

Dallas Morning News Editorial: Middle ground between arming teachers and banning guns from schools

April 16, 2013

All kinds of legislative proposals have emerged to tighten school safety since the December massacre in Newtown, Conn. Some lawmakers want to add lots of guns and turn teachers into frontline defenders. Others want tighter restrictions to make campuses as gun-free as possible.

There has to be a more sensible middle-ground approach, and we think a proposal by Dallas Republican Rep. Jason Villalba strikes the right tone by creating secret marshal systems similar to those providing emergency security on U.S. airliners.

It is a supremely bad idea to have large numbers of teachers carrying weapons. Their job is to teach, not serve as armed enforcers. Confrontations between students and teachers are a sad reality of today’s public education system, and the potential for mishaps grows exponentially when pistol-packing educators are added to the equation.

Many school districts, including Dallas ISD, designate police officers as the sole individuals authorized to use armed force. But not all school districts can afford full-time police protection. They need better options than to leave staffers and students completely unprotected. With no one able to respond quickly in those long minutes before police arrive, the gunman is free to kill at will.

Villalba has authored a bill, HB 1009, that answers this newspaper’s qualms about guns in schools but also helps ensure that a qualified educator can react instantly against an armed attacker and help minimize casualties.

To read the entire editorial, please click here.

Rep. Villalba Named a Legislator to Watch

January 8, 2013

The Texas Observer named Rep. Jason Villalba a “Legislator to Watch” in the 2013 Session.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“The legislative session has barely begun, but incoming freshman Jason Villalba has already been called the future of the Republican Party by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and by The Dallas Morning News…Villalba’s presence in the Texas House is already viewed as a major win for a Republican Party desperate to recruit Latinos…”

You can read the complete article and see what other legislators were named by clicking here.

Volunteers Needed!

October 22, 2012

Volunteers, it’s hard to believe, but we only have a few more weeks left until Election Day! You have stood by us this far, but we still need your help in a number of ways:

Poll Greeting . . .

Can you spare a few hours to greet voters at a polling location during early voting and/or on Election Day? Please contact Jan Woody at j-bwoody@sbcglobal.net or 972.243.5908 to sign up now!

Blockwalking . . .

We had a record 40 volunteers show up for last weekend’s walk with the Dallas County Young Republicans, Texas College Republicans, and the hardworking students from Texas Christian Academy! But we still have a lot of work left to do in order to beat Jason Villalba’s liberal, Democrat opponent!

Can you lend a hand and help us with one or two of the exciting walks that we have scheduled for these final few weeks? We walk every Saturday and Sunday. Some of our upcoming walks include:

*Volunteers for Villalba

*Lake Highlands Republican Women

*Northwood Republican Women

*Medical Professionals for Villalba

*Realtors for Villalba

*US Congressman Jeb Hensarling for Villalba

We always serve breakfast and lunch, provide t-shirts, and, most importantly, we always have a great time!

For more information including walk launch locations and times, contact Linda Rogers at 214.766.0110 or linda@texansforjason.com.

Jason Villalba Featured in D Magazine!

October 22, 2012

The Dallas Morning News Recommends Jason Villalba!

September 26, 2012

Texas Hospital Association PAC Endorses Villalba

September 21, 2012

AUSTIN – The Texas Hospital Association’s state political action committee, HOSPAC, has endorsed Jason Villalba, Republican for Texas House District 114. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 85 percent of the state’s hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide.

“Texas hospitals face numerous challenges in delivering care to our diverse, fast-growing population,” said John Hawkins, senior vice president of Advocacy and Public Policy for THA. “HOSPAC has endorsed candidates who recognize the importance of health care to all Texans, and value the role that hospitals play in caring for our communities as well as their significant contributions to the state’s economy.”

“Hospitals are major employers in the state, and workforce needs continue to grow as demand for services increases, especially among the elderly,” said Hawkins. “Sound health care policies will be more important than ever, and Jason Villalba has indicated a willingness to work with Texas hospitals to address health care issues.”

The 33-member HOSPAC board makes endorsements based on a candidate’s position on health care issues and input from local hospital representatives. Learn more about HOSPAC at www.HOSPAC.org.   

About the Texas Hospital Association
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. Learn more at www.tha.org  or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.

Texas Association of Realtors Endorses Villalba

September 19, 2012

Texas’ most influential association pledges its support

AUSTIN – The Texas Association of Realtors today announced its decision to endorse Jason Villalba in his campaign for the Texas House of Representatives to represent District 114. Making the statement last week, Chairman Joe Stewart applauded Villalba’s commitment to Texas homeowners.

“The next legislative session will be filled with difficult decisions,” said Stewart. “That’s why we need lawmakers like Villalba who understand the critical role homeowners play in keeping our state prosperous, which is why we’ve pledged our full support.”

Texas is leading the nation’s economic recovery, due in large part to its strong real estate market. To maintain that momentum, Texas’ lawmakers must understand homeowners’ concerns and act to bolster homeownership in the state and supporting those efforts is the association’s top priority this election season. Jason Villalba has clearly demonstrated a commitment to issues critical to sustaining our Texas economy, as well as the needs and challenges our fast-growing state will encounter in the future.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Texas Association of Realtors,” Villalba said. “As small business owners, Texas Realtors make the dream of homeownership more affordable for all Texans and I will strive to help support this important goal.”

As one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the state, the Texas Association of Realtors expects to be a considerable grassroots force for Jason Villalba.

Texas Realtors have championed a number of legislative issues enhancing the lives of Texans, such as urging reforms to the property appraisal system in 2011 and 2009, preventing a tax of $600 or more on the personal vehicles of independent Texans in 2007 and advocating for billions in property tax reductions in 2005. To learn more about Texas Realtors’ legislative advocacy on behalf of its members and homeowners, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®

With approximately 80,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.