Prayers for Hurricane Harvey and How You Can Help

Our community is fortunate to have avoided major damage from Hurricane Harvey — but the rest of Texas was not as lucky.

But during hard times, Texans inevitably rally together to support each other. The response to this disaster — from our first responders and government officials as well as from regular people who stepped up to serve — has been overwhelmingly encouraging.

If you have friends or family members on the coast or in the Houston area who still need assistance with evacuation, food, clothing, or other urgent needs, please encourage them to dial 2-1-1 or to call the Red Cross at (866) 438-4636.

If you are able, I hope you will consider contributing some of your time, money, or goods to help families recover from Hurricane Harvey. Below is a partial list of organizations in Central Texas and around the nation that are supporting Hurricane Harvey victims.

  • American Red Cross: Seeking volunteers (requires training) and financial support
  • Austin Disaster Relief Network: Seeking volunteers (requires training), financial support, and donations of undergarments, socks, toiletries, feminine products, pillows, blankets, cleaning supplies, black trash bags, mops, buckets, utility knives, work gloves, air mattresses, hand sanitizer, baby bottles, baby formula, diapers
  • Austin Pets Alive!: Seeking volunteers, fosters, financial support, and donations of medium and large dog crates, sheets, towels, food bowls, dog and cat food (dry and canned), cat litter, litter boxes, martingale dog collars, leashes, dog treats, peanut butter, flea and tick prevention, cleaning supplies
  • Central Texas Food Bank: Seeking financial support
  • Habitat for Humanity Texas: Seeking volunteers and financial support
  • Rockport-Fulton Chamber Foundation: Seeking financial support
  • The Salvation Army: Seeking financial support
  • Samaritan’s Purse: Seeking volunteers and financial support
  • Texas Diaper Bank: Seeking volunteers, financial support, and donations of disposable child and adult diapers, wet wipes, baby bottles, baby clothes, breast pumps, and baby toys
  • Upbring: Seeking financial support
  • We Are Blood: Seeking blood donations (Type in your location to see upcoming mobile drives nearby. Scheduled appointments are preferred but walk-ins are accepted.)

Keep in mind you can usually order products from Amazon and have them shipped directly to the organization. HEB will also have tear-off donation pages available at checkout.

If nothing else, please pray for peace for these families in the months to come. There are many immediate needs to fill, but also a long road to recovery ahead.

 

Save the Date: Jason Isaac’s Annual BBQ Roundup

Friends,

It’s that time of year again! My annual BBQ Roundup is coming up at the Salt Lick in Driftwood, and my team is working hard to make this another great event. Can I count on your support as a sponsor? The initial details are below. To be listed on the host committee prior to the invitations being printed, I need your response by September 5th.

Carrie, the boys, and I hope to see you at The Salt Lick’s Pecan Grove Pavilion on September 27!

Thank you for your continued support,

Jason


 

Join us for
Rep. Isaac’s Annual BBQ Roundup!

September 27, 2016
Salt Lick Pecan Grove Pavilion
Driftwood, Texas

VIP Reception 6-7 p.m.
General Admission and Dinner served 7 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities available now:
$5000 Sponsor – VIP table for 10
$2500 Sponsor – Six VIP tickets
$1000 Sponsor – Four VIP tickets
$500 Sponsor – Two VIP tickets

All sponsorships include recognition on the invitation and host board, access to VIP reception, and VIP seating.

You can reserve your sponsorship by contributing here or printing the attached reply form.  Please respond by Tuesday, September 5th, to be included on the invitation as part of the host committee.

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Nelson at cn@jasonisaac.com
or 512-850-5524.

Thank you for your support!

 

Rep. Isaac Condemns City of San Marcos SB 4 Amicus Brief

Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) today issued a letter opposing the City of San Marcos’ decision to file an amicus brief in a lawsuit opposing provisions of state law put in place by Senate Bill 4.

“Although this law has been vilified in the media, the facts reveal that SB 4 is a reasonable measure to ensure truly violent criminals are kept off our streets,” Rep. Isaac said in a letter to Mayor John Thomaides and city council members.

State law under the provisions of SB 4 requires law enforcement entities to honor ICE detainers for “criminal aliens” — those who have committed serious crimes while in the United States illegally. The law does not target or affect people who have entered the United States illegally but are otherwise productive and law-abiding members of society.

Data from the Texas Department of Public Safety reveal 462 homicide convictions, 24,680 assault convictions, 2,644 sexual assault convictions, and 226 kidnapping convictions among criminal aliens in the five-year period between 2011 and 2016. Had detainers not been honored in these cases, these criminals would have been released and potentially re-offend.

“I urge you to reconsider this decision and join the State of Texas in its commitment to uphold the rule of law,” Rep. Isaac concluded.

Rep. Isaac is a fourth-generation native Texan who has served House District 45 since 2011. He is the vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature, and founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He is proud to represent Hays and Blanco counties and lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

 

Special Session Adjourns

The Texas Legislature adjourned a day early, having passed 9 of the 20 items on the governor’s call. Though we tackled some important issues, I’m disappointed that several conservative measures to constrain the growth of government (like property tax reform and spending caps for state and local governments) were not given full hearings and fell by the wayside.

One silver lining is the passage of House Bill 21. While it does not radically reform our school finance system, it does include much-needed relief to our retired teachers, who have been struggling with astronomical health insurance increases. It also creates a commission to recommend improvements to our “lawful but awful” school finance system.

Earlier this week I amended another bill to charge this commission with studying career and technical education regulations. CTE courses are critical to our current and future workforce, but I’d heard from constituents who explained how difficult and costly it was for our schools to comply with current regulations.

“Efforts like these are what we need to maintain a workforce for agriculture in this state,” said Russell Boening of the Texas Farm Bureau, one of several organizations advocating for increased CTE opportunities. “Training that allows our youth to make a good living not only supports families in our rural communities, but also across the state in suburban and urban areas.”

Unfortunately, the bill I amended didn’t make it, but I will work with the commission to ensure it includes CTE requirements in its review process so Texas can improve and expand our CTE offerings.

The special session was a lukewarm success for conservatives, but the fight isn’t over. You elected me to fight for true conservative values that allow our families to live our lives free from government overreach. And I’m not finished yet.

 

AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) has filed House Bill 156, which will prohibit the State of Texas and local governments from collecting dues for trade associations representing government employees.

“Texas has collected literally millions of dollars on behalf of unions over the last few years, which is simply not the proper role of government,” said Rep. Isaac Thursday. “The majority of Texans recognize this fact and join me in supporting the end of this practice.”

HB 156 is companion legislation to Senate Bill 7 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues is one of 20 items Governor Abbott included on the special session call.

“HB 156 strikes the right balance between transparent and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars and preserving Texans’ rights to freedom of association,” Rep. Isaac continued. “I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Abbott and my colleagues in the legislature to pass this legislation.”

Rep. Isaac is a fourth-generation native Texan who has served House District 45 since 2011. He is the vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature, and founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He is proud to represent Hays and Blanco counties and lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

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AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) announced his intention to file legislation for the upcoming special session to ban the State of Texas from collecting union dues.

“Texans don’t ask much of their government, but one thing they do expect is responsible and transparent stewardship of their hard-earned money,” said Rep. Isaac (R-Dripping Springs). “Texas is a right-to-work state, and it’s simply not appropriate for labor unions to be given preferential treatment. It’s long past time to end the outdated practice of using taxpayer-funded resources to collect dues for private organizations.”

“Texas taxpayers should not be on the hook for collecting union dues,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The legislature made strides in advancing this measure during the regular session, and with the upcoming special session I feel confident we can get this measure across the finish line. I am thankful to Sen. Hughes and Rep. Isaac for working on behalf of taxpayers by filing this bill that will put an end to this practice.”

The bill’s Senate companion will be filed by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues is one of 20 items Governor Abbott included on the special session call.

Rep. Isaac is a fourth-generation native Texan who has served House District 45 since 2011. He is the vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature, and founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He is proud to represent Hays and Blanco counties and lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

 

 

You’re invited to Fire in the Sky!

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Dear Friends:

Independence Day is almost here, and it’s time to celebrate our country’s founding and the values that knit our society together: liberty and justice for all.

In that spirit, I want to personally invite you to Fire in the Sky, a free professional fireworks show at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on July 4th. Fireworks will begin at dark.

Would you also join me for dinner featuring The Salt Lick BBQ, live music, adult beverages from local businesses such as Treaty Oak, Twisted X Brewing, William Chris Vineyards, and more? The optional air-conditioned dinner helps my campaign committee with the costs of producing the fireworks show. Because of the overwhelming generosity of the attendees and sponsors, we cover our costs and donate the remaining proceeds throughout the district I serve, with a major portion of the proceeds benefiting the North Hays County Fire Rescue. You can purchase tickets to the dinner here. Dinner tickets are limited, so reserve today.

Dripping Springs Ranch Park
1024 Event Center Drive
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Park gates open at 5:00
Doors open for private VIP dinner at 6:30
Dinner served at 7:00
Fireworks at dark, around 9:00

Please feel free to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate with us. You can also share Fire in the Sky’s Facebook page.

I hope to see you on Independence Day!

Sincerely,

Jason Isaac

 

AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) announced the passage of Senate Bill 1329, which will create two new courts in Hays County.

“Hays County is one of the fastest-growing in Texas and even in the nation. With such rapid growth comes significant challenges, including backlogs in the legal system,” Rep. Isaac said. “This legislation will help Hays County residents resolve their legal matters and reach justice while reducing frustrating delays.”

“Hays County last received an additional county court in 1987 and an additional district court in 2005. Since then, our population has increased dramatically placing a great burden on our courts,” said Hays County Judge Bert Cobb. “These new courts will ensure we are able to operate the efficient and effective justice system that our citizens deserve.”

SB 1329 is the 85th Texas Legislature’s omnibus bill creating several new courts across the state. Among other provisions, it creates the 453rd Judicial District, composed of Hays County, and the County Court at Law No. 3 of Hays County. The bill has been sent to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law.

“The passage of SB 1329 creating two additional courts in Hays County is the culmination of two years of work by several members of the local bar, our sitting judges, the Hays County Commissioners Court, and Representative Isaac’s office,” said Daniel O’Brien, a member of the local legal community. “The new courts will help meet the current high demand on judicial resources in Hays County to hear all types of cases and will allow community members to more quickly resolve their disputes. The new courts will also help the county keep pace with the acknowledged needs of our fast-growing population, including the continued increase in criminal, family, probate, and other civil case filings.”

“I’m thankful to Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), author of SB 1329, for recognizing the importance of these new courts to or community,” Rep. Isaac continued. “I was proud to work with Senators Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) to get this done for the constituents we serve.”

Rep. Isaac is a fourth-generation native Texan who has served House District 45 since 2011. He is the vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature, and founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He is proud to represent Hays and Blanco counties and lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

 

AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) successfully passed House Bill 1510, which transfers oversight of emergency services district (ESD) annual reports from the Texas Department of Agriculture to the Texas Division of Emergency Management. It also requires that the reports be published online.

“Public information about ESDs has historically been difficult for the public to find — even by the districts’ own commissioners,” Rep. Isaac said Thursday. “I’m confident that both emergency service personnel and taxpayers will be better served by annual reports residing with a state agency more closely tied to ESDs’ mission of public safety and emergency management.”

ESDs are special taxing districts that provide fire or EMS services. Their annual reports were originally the purview of the Office of Rural Community Affairs, which was later absorbed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

“Transparent and responsible use of taxpayer dollars is one of my top priorities, and HB 1510 seeks to improve the public’s access to information about their taxing districts,” Rep. Isaac said Thursday.

HB 1510 has been sent to the Texas Senate for consideration, where it must be passed before the legislation can be signed into law by the governor.

Rep. Isaac is a fourth-generation native Texan who has served House District 45 since 2011. He is the vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature, and founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He is proud to represent Hays and Blanco counties and lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

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AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) successfully passed House Bill 2283, which seeks to close a loophole leaving some foster children vulnerable to improper relationships.

“There is a statewide movement to reform our CPS and foster care system, and I’m honored that my bill plays a small role in that movement,” Rep. Isaac said Thursday. “I’m thankful to our Hays County district attorney for bringing this issue to my attention and for his role in protecting children in foster care from abuse.”

Under current state law, improper relationships between employees of certain residential facilities and its residents can be prosecuted as sexual assault. This includes nursing homes, adult day cares, group homes for the mentally disabled, pediatric extended care centers, and similar facilities. Unfortunately, foster group homes were left out. In other words, there is currently no recourse to prosecute a Department of Family and Protective Services employee who engaged in an improper relationship with a foster child above the age of consent.

“I’d like to thank Rep. Isaac for his work to help protect the vulnerable patients in these facilities from those who would otherwise be inclined to take advantage of them,” said Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau.

HB 2283 has been sent to the Texas Senate for consideration, where it must be passed before the legislation can be signed into law by the governor.

Rep. Isaac is a fourth-generation native Texan who has served House District 45 since 2011. He is the vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature, and founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He is proud to represent Hays and Blanco counties and lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

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