News Release from Senator Robert Nichols

May 29, 2007
Contact: Alicia Phillips
(512) 463-0103

Nichols' first session a success

AUSTIN -- On Monday the 80th Legislative ended, which marked the end of a successful first session for Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville).

"Serving the people of Senate District 3 is a huge honor," said Nichols. "Working with my colleagues, I believe we passed many pieces of legislation that will benefit East Texas and the entire state."

As a former commissioner for the Texas Department of Transportation, Nichols served as a leader on critical transportation legislation. He proposed a two-year moratorium on private equity toll roads, which became a marquee issue for the legislative session.

"The moratorium is the wind in the sails of this session's transportation reforms," said Nichols. "In January, Texas faced advancing private toll road contracts that would hold our transportation system hostage for the next half-century. Now, a bill sits on the governor's desk which brings major protections and is a good first step to ultimate reform."

In addition to the moratorium, Nichols supported other key legislation including, increased funding for Texas state parks, strengthening penalties for child predators, extending additional property tax relief for senior citizens, empowering citizens to protect their home from invaders, and increasing benefits for retired teachers.

"I want to thank Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for his strong leadership," said Nichols. "While it is impossible to address every issue in a single session, he pursued an agenda to help meet the needs of all Texans."

In addition to his work on state-wide issues, Nichols was able to accomplish many things specifically for his district. Some highlights include:

"It's been a busy five months in Austin," said Nichols. "Now I'm ready to get back to the district to continue serving the citizens I represent."