Notes & Noticias: A Busy Summer Around the Corner


Summer may be right around the corner for many students, but it sure does not feel that way at the Capitol. My staff and I have been busy researching important policy items and serving constituent needs during this interim. You can stay up-to-date on what is going on under the Dome and around District 51 by liking my Facebook page.


Serving on the Business & Industry Committee provides me with unique insight on how the Legislature and state agencies can enact policies that benefit both businesses and consumers across the state. On Tuesday, we looked into a whole breadth of topics, ranging from industrial safety to identity theft to the regulation of transactions. The committee discussed one of my priority issues, wage theft, which occurs when an employer pays less than a committed pay, less than minimum wage or refuses to compensate for overtime work. According to a recent report, roughly one in five Texas construction workers have suffered from wage theft. Last year, I filed HB 1131 with State Representative Mary González of El Paso to crack down on violators. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to seriously address this issue during the next legislative session.


I want to extend a personal congratulations to the winners of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Runoff, including Dr. David Alameel for US Senate, dairy farmer Jim Hogan for Agriculture Commissioner, and Cesar Blanco for State Representative in El Paso.

I am particularly excited to see my sister in the Senate, Leticia Van de Putte, face off with TEA Party extremist Dan Patrick in the Lt. Governor’s race this November. Her story as a Latina small business owner who has served over two decades in the Texas Legislature fighting for families is surely one that everyone can appreciate and admire.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 4. (Don’t worry… I’ll remind you!)

Thanks again for reading Notes and Noticias. I look forward to seeing you in the community!