The Texas State Senate: John Carona Press Release
E-MAIL UPDATENovember 25, 2013
What's New . . .
- Texas voters went to the polls in record numbers on November 5, 2013. On the statewide ballot were nine amendments to the Texas Constitution that required voter approval. All nine of those measures passed. To learn more about the results of the election, please visit the Secretary of State's Election Night Returns webpage. This webpage will allow you to review election night return summaries either statewide or on a county-by-county basis.
- On November 14, 2013, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) hosted an event where attendees were given an overview of the new TEXpress Lanes system highlighting the LBJ Express portion of the planned mobility project, which will begin opening in December. You can find out more about the mobility project at texpresslanes.com.
- The 2013 Texas Capitol Ornament is now available. The 18th ornament in the series, the 2013 Capitol Ornament features the skylights of the legislative chambers of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. Proceeds of the sale of this ornament support preservation of the Texas Capitol. To order this year's ornament or one from a previous year, visit the Texas Capitol Gift Shop online.
Focus - What is the Texas Capitol Preservation Board? . . .
The Texas Capitol Preservation Board was created in 1983 by the 68th Texas Legislature and was charged with the responsibility of preserving and maintaining the Texas State Capitol and the General Land Office. The Board's membership is comprised of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the chairs of the Senate and House Administration Committees. Since its creation, the agency's responsibilities have grown. It now maintains many other state buildings and provides additional services. Among the Preservation Board's responsibilities are:
- Providing housekeeping, grounds keeping, and general maintenance for designated state buildings.
- Providing grounds keeping and maintenance for the Governor's Mansion.
- Approving all changes in construction, restoration, and repair for designated buildings.
- Caring for the Capitol Historic Artifact Collection.
- Operating the Capitol Visitors Center.
- Providing guided tours of the Capitol and Capitol Visitors Center.
- Managing public events at the Capitol.
- Operating the Capitol Gift Shops.
- Operating the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
The Texas Capitol Preservation Board also offers a number of internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that provide experience in public administration, facilities management, historical collections/curatorial, and visitor service.
To learn more about the Texas Capitol Preservation Board, visit the agency's website at www.tspb.state.tx.us. And next time you visit Austin, be sure to stop by the Capitol Visitor's Center and schedule a tour of the beautiful Texas Capitol.
Did You Know . . .
- The Texas Department of Agriculture manages a program called GO TEXAN, which supports and promotes Texas-made and Texas-grown products. Check out GO TEXAN'S Holiday Gift Guide for your holiday shopping this year. You can also download the GO TEXAN app (https://itunes.apple.com/app/go-texan/id436842393?mt=8), which will help you find places in your neighborhood offering Texas goods.
- November is National Adoption Awareness Month. During this month, the Department of Family and Protective Services is promoting adoption through its "Why not me?" campaign. Learn more at www.adoptchildren.org, where you will find helpful information about adoption and foster care, view 2013 Adoption Month events, and learn about children waiting for adoption.
Texas In The News . . .
- On November 6, 2013, Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that 14 Texas school districts earned a place on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll. I am especially proud that two of these school districts are in Senate District 16 — congratulations to Coppell ISD and Irving ISD on this great accomplishment!
- Another important award went to Melanie Ringman, a teacher at Coppell Middle School North. Ms. Ringman was one of 11 teachers recognized by Humanities Texas as a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. Congratulations, Ms. Ringman!
In Closing . . .
I wish you a safe and happy start to this holiday season as you enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Let us be thankful for our freedom and all that we have, and also be mindful of those who are not as fortunate. Happy Thanksgiving!
State Senator - District 16
|P.O. Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711
|8080 N. Central Expy.
Suite 1440, LB 44
Dallas, TX 75206
|5401 N. Central Expy.
Dallas, TX 75205