Reps assess work in Austin

Mon, Jun 8, 2015 - 11:14am

During the 84th legislative session that ended Monday, Texas lawmakers spent countless hours politicking under the Capitol dome in Austin.

Among them was a sextet of legislators who represent parts of Denton and Denton County: Rep. Myra Crownover, Rep. Tan Parker, Rep. Pat Fallon, Rep. Ron Simmons, Sen. Jane Nelson and Sen. Craig Estes.

The Denton Record-Chronicle recently checked in with these elected officials to get their thoughts on the latest session.


Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton

Bills introduced: 11

Bills passed: 10


To Quiet Calls for Fracking Curbs, Texas Bans Bans

Thu, Jun 4, 2015 - 11:16am

Jeb Bush’s eldest son, 39-year-old George Prescott Bush, is the latest Bush to become a politician. Last November, he was elected commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, which manages the mineral rights to millions of acres of state-owned property—the spoils of which fund public schools and benefits for veterans.

It’s George P. Bush’s first political office, and it has dropped him in the center of a battle raging for months before he took the position in January, one that pits Texans against the state of Texas in a debate over...

Denton Police Nicely Arrested Six Protesting Texas' Ban on Fracking Bans

Thu, Jun 4, 2015 - 11:04am

Now that Texas has passed a law that says cities can't ban fracking, it's a fitting middle finger to fracking bans that an energy company would get to work in Denton, the city where voters passed the historic regulation that started this all. Vantage Energy resumed drilling in Denton on Monday. While that sucks for all of the people in Denton who voted to pass the city's fracking ban, a small consolation prize is that the company has nothing but very kind words to say about the people who were protesting outside their operations this week. Six of the protesters have been arrested so far. 

"We recognize and appreciate...

After Fracking Ban, Denton Residents Ponder Next Steps

Wed, Jun 3, 2015 - 12:46pm

Frustrated and grasping for options that weren't apparent, Denton residents flooded a city council meeting Tuesday night to assess where things stand after state lawmakers smacked down an ordinance voters passed last fall to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits.

The key question before the council: Should it remove the now-toothless ordinance from its books to stave off further legal trouble, or keep it to strike a symbolic blow for local control on the off chance that the law will prove useful again some day?

“We find ourselves today at a melancholy crossroads,” said Adam Briggle, a North Texas University...

Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges

Wed, Jun 3, 2015 - 12:38pm

Students and faculty members at public and private universities in Texas could be allowed to carry concealed handguns into classrooms, dormitories and other buildings under a bill passed over the weekend by the Republican-dominated Legislature. The measure is being hailed as a victory by gun rights advocates and criticized by many students and professors as irresponsible and unnecessary.

The so-called campus-carry bill is expected to be signed into law by the Republican governor, Greg Abbott. It would take effect in August 2016 at...