Honor and Remember Flag Flown in Honor of Fallen Texas Soldier

Last month, six American soldiers were tragically killed in action in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Among them was Staff Sergeant Michael A. Cinco, a resident of Mercedes, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley area. Sergeant Cinco served our nation bravely, fighting at home and abroad to protect our liberty as a member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and died at just 28 years old.

IMG_6888aI have formally requested that the Honor and Remember flag be flown over the Texas State Capitol today and asked government agencies and veterans’ organizations in Hays and Blanco Counties to make this same gesture. This flag was created as a symbol of America’s fallen service men and women. I invite you to share it on Facebook and Twitter to show the State of Texas’ gratitude for Sergeant Cinco’s admirable service and tragic sacrifice.

Funeral services for Sergeant Cinco will be held at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio on January 6. Please join me in praying for peace and comfort for the Cinco family and for all who have lost a loved one in service of our nation.

 

Rep. Jason Isaac Earns A+ Rating from Americans for Prosperity

Austin, TX — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) has earned an A+ rating from Americans for Prosperity-Texas in recognition of his consistent conservative leadership in the 84th Legislative Session and support of principles such as limited government, fiscal responsibility and cutting taxes.

A chapter of the national organization Americans for Prosperity, AFP-Texas advocates for limited government, low government spending, individual responsibility and a strong economy. Its biennial legislative report card grades state senators and representatives based on their votes on key issues.

Rep. Isaac was among only handful of legislators to achieve a perfect score of 100. Among the votes graded were passing a permanent 25 percent cut in business taxes, supporting a stricter spending limit, prohibiting local governments from banning hydraulic fracturing and supporting local control in education.

“Rep. Isaac’s voting record clearly shows a commitment to economic freedom and to defending the American Dream,” said AFP-Texas State Director Jerome Greer.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done in the Texas Legislature to limit government and put more control in the hands of hardworking Texans,” Rep. Isaac stated. “It’s an honor to be recognized by AFP-Texas as a conservative leader in the Texas House of Representatives.”

AFP-Texas’ 2015 Texas Legislative Report Card is available on its website.

Representing Blanco and Hays Counties, Rep. Isaac has served House District 45 in the Texas Legislature since 2011. He is a member of the Economic and Small Business Development, Environmental Regulation and Local and Consent Calendars committees and is chair of the Subcommittee on Small Business Development. He lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

 

Rep. Isaac Files for Re-election

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, joined by my bride, I filed for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.

Texas is facing many challenges; however, we are truly blessed to live in the Lone Star State, and especially in Central Texas. I’m honored to have the support of my family, friends, neighbors and constituents and, with your help, will continue serving as a conservative voice for House District 45 in the Texas Legislature.

But I can’t do it without you. If you are able, please consider making a donation to my campaign. Even just a few dollars will make the difference in getting the word out about my campaign and the work the Texas Legislature is doing to advance the conservative principles that have made our state great.

63d10b49-1b47-4239-89f8-ae43dbe057ecDuring the 84th Legislative Session, which adjourned in June, I championed legislation to “save our wells.” House Bill 3405 battled stiff opposition from out of control interests seeking to plunder, pump and profit from our groundwater. However, thanks to the involvement of many citizens who spoke out, HB 3405 passed, ensuring property rights and wells of Hays County residents are protected for generations to come.

I also received statewide praise for passing legislation limiting the length of standardized tests. After hearing from concerned parents and teachers about the anxiety children were facing regarding the length and ramifications of their standardized tests, I worked with leaders in the House and Senate to limit STAAR exams to two and three hours based on grade level.

I’m humbled to have been named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition for these and other accomplishments.

I’m proud of the work we’ve done in the Texas Legislature to cut property taxes, limit government, strengthen border security, preserve Second Amendment rights, improve our education system and fund transportation without raising taxes.

But more importantly, I’m proud of the people of Blanco and Hays Counties, who have come together in challenging times to help their neighbors and families recover from devastating floods twice over. It’s that resilience, selflessness and determination that inspires me every day to go to work on their behalf.

FullSizeRenderWe need representatives who will continue the fight to get government out of the way and let hard-working Texans live their lives free from burdensome regulations. Please, consider contributing $50, $25, $10 or any amount you can to my campaign. My family and I are overwhelmed by the support you have shown me as your state representative these past five years.

I humbly ask for your support and look forward to continuing to serve you in the Texas Capitol.

Sincerely,

Jason Isaac

 

 

Rep. Isaac Earns “Courageous Conservative” Award

AUSTIN, TX – State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) has been named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) for his role in advancing conservative principles in the 84th Legislature.  This award is based on a comprehensive scorecard in which hundreds of votes are scored, and is the most representative, deliberative and reliable scorecard available to members.

Rep. Isaac stated, “It’s an honor to be to be recognized for my conservative leadership and voting record in the House.  As an effective and conservative member I’m happy to report to the people I serve in Hays and Blanco counties that we made significant cuts in taxes while maintaining a balanced budget.”
“For the first time in three decades Texas will not utilize short-term debt through Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANS) to meet cashflow needs, thus truly living within our means,” Rep. Isaac continued.

TCC is backed by research from a conservative think-tank, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, and is guided by four principles: Limited Government, Individual Liberties, Free Enterprise, and Traditional Values.
60 members of the Texas Legislature signed the 2015 TCC Pledge with Texans that promises to advance, support and vote for legislation to secure the border, improve public education, reform and reduce taxes, advance fiscal responsibility, and advance economic freedom.
Rep. Isaac concluded, “I pledged, to the people I serve, to support conservative principles and have kept my word.”

Rep. Isaac is a TCC board member and was elected by conservative colleagues to an officer position earlier this year.  He has received this award in all three terms that he has served in the Texas Legislature.

 

Isaac & Campbell Announce Hays County Water Bill as Law
Successful Efforts to Save Our Wells

AUSTIN, TX – State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) and State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) officially announce Hays County groundwater protection bill as law, effective immediately.  HB 3405 expands the boundaries of the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) to cover a portion of the Trinity Aquifer in Hays County that is not within a groundwater district.

Rep. Isaac commented, “After a year of working on a solution and battling all session to save our wells, I am extremely pleased to announce HB 3405 is officially law.”

By expanding the boundaries of the BSEACD, HB 3405 protects property rights and groundwater within Hays County.  Additionally, BSEACD is a non-taxing district, and residential and agricultural wells will be exempt from fees and monitoring.

“Without the passage of HB 3405, a portion of the Trinity Aquifer would have remained outside the boundaries of a groundwater district, and allowed for unlimited pumping at the detriment to people who live around a water exporting well field,” Rep. Isaac stated. “I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of the constituents who took the time to call and send thousands of emails in support of this legislation that is of the utmost importance to Hays County.”

Town hall meetings are planned to inform residents about the new legislation, policy changes, and resources and requirements for well owners in the annexed area.  BSEACD is collaborating with the Hays County Commissioners Court and Representative Jason Isaac to host the first Town Hall meeting.  The goal will be to have the meeting webcast and archived for those residents that cannot attend.  Details will be announced as they are finalized.

Sen. Campbell stated, “In the midst of tragedy and flooding, this bill represents a huge victory for Hays County residents, a sign of hope and what we can accomplish working together.  It has been a pleasure to partner with Rep. Isaac on behalf of Hays County property owners and I am confident that the work we have done will help protect groundwater in the Texas Hill Country for generations.”

For questions and more information regarding the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, visit www.bseacd.org.

 

AUSTIN, TX –  State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) and State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) today, filed legislation to expand the boundaries of two groundwater conservation districts in Hays County, as well as a bill to prevent Goforth Special Utility District from exercising the power of eminent domain outside of the boundaries and service area of the district.

Rep. Isaac stated, “This isn’t just a water issue, it’s also about property rights.  Goforth using their eminent domain authority, for the benefit of a private company, is an egregious abuse of their power.  HB 3407 will prevent Goforth from acquiring the pipeline easements from property owners along FM 3237 and FM 150, and anywhere else that is not within the boundaries of their district.”

HB 3405/SB 1439 and HB 3406/SB 1440, will annex an area of the aquifer, which currently remains unprotected and just outside the boundary of a priority groundwater management area, by expanding either the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District or the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

“For generations, Texans have been faced with the challenge of building vibrant communities while protecting our natural resources,” said State Sen. Donna Campbell.  “By working with Rep. Jason Isaac and members of the Hays County community on legislation to protect groundwater in the Trinity Aquifer, I am confident that we are taking a key step to preserve the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, strengthen private property rights, and meet the demands of rapid population growth through responsible development in Central Texas.”

Rep. Isaac concluded, “I remain more than hopeful that the legislation we filed today will help bring a solution to protect not only the Trinity Aquifer, but also well owners who are worried about their wells running dry in the near future, and property owners who could lose their land from the wrongful use of eminent domain powers.”

For more information or to track the status of legislation, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us.

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Rep. Isaac Files Public Education Reform Bills

AUSTIN, TX – State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), with input from parents, students, teachers, and administrators filed four education bills to reduce burdensome unfunded mandates, reduce our dependence on standardized testing, and help shift decision making into the hands of local school districts.

HB 1866 adds multiple alternative assessment options for school districts to choose from under the public school accountability system.  HB 1867 seeks to eliminate the burden on school districts when the legislature has not appropriated sufficient funds for a district to comply with a state mandate.

Rep. Isaac stated, “It is critical that we start giving options to our local schools so they can have the independence to make choices as an Independent School District.  We tell districts how to do too much and then don’t give them the money to do it.”

HB 1868 places a limit on the amount of time required for students to take an assessment.  Additionally, the Texas Education Agency would be responsible for ensuring that certain grade levels are given an assessment that can be completed in an appropriate amount of time.

“The urgency and importance of this bill was brought to my attention last December when I had a meeting with several parents and teachers from the district who are concerned with how stressed and anxious students become because of the time allotted for taking lengthy assessments,” Rep. Isaac said.

HB 1869 allows schools to offer a course or activity for vocational credit that applies to the licensing requirements for plumbers and electricians.  It would also allow school districts to issue a teaching permit and employ a person who does not have a teaching certificate but has a plumbing or electrical license.

Rep. Isaac concluded, “Texas students deserve a world-class education that prepares them for a future, not just taking a test.  I am hopeful that the Texas Legislature will take the steps necessary this session to help our local schools provide every child with a path to success.”

To track the status of legislation, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us.

 

Rep. Isaac Appointed to Critical Leadership Positions
AUSTIN, TX – Today, Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) was appointed as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Small Business Development, a subcommittee tasked with investigating and developing effective public policy relating to small businesses in Texas.

Representative Angie Chen-Button, Chairman of the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development, stated “I am happy to appoint Jason Isaac as Chair of the Subcommittee on Small Business Development. As a small business owner himself, Chairman Isaac brings a wealth of knowledge to this area. His energy and leadership will benefit the committee and the great state of Texas.”

Rep. Isaac stated, “I understand first-hand the challenges that these entities face.  We must continually strive to maintain Texas’ role as our country’s leader in job creation, and I am passionate about getting government out of the way of doing business here.  It is an honor to be appointed as Chairman of this important subcommittee.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Rep. Isaac’s recent election to the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) Board as the Treasurer of the organization. Formed in 1985, TCC has distinguished itself as one of the largest and most influential caucuses in the Texas Legislature.  As a legislator driven organization, TCC is committed to shaping public policy by promoting limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and traditional values.

Rep. Isaac continued, “TCC is an amazing resource that not only offers detailed research on the myriad of issues that the Legislature is facing, but also ensures that conservatives have the coordination and tools we need to further our policy priorities.  I am humbled by the trust that my colleagues have placed in me by electing me to be a part of the leadership team.”

Rep. Isaac was also recently appointed by the Speaker to three House Committees: Economic and Small Business Development, Environmental Regulation, and Local and Consent Calendars.

“These committee assignments will allow me continue my work on economic development and environmental issues, while providing me with the opportunity to have a greater impact on the local legislation that reaches the House floor,” said Rep. Isaac.

“This is the first time in fourteen years Texans have had a new Governor and new executive leadership at the Capitol,” Rep. Isaac concluded.  “It is vital that the Legislature remain steadfast in pursuing economic freedom and conservative values.  These appointments will help me to further this goal, and I’m looking forward to all that we can accomplish during the 84th legislative session.”

 

For Immediate Release: February 6, 2015
Rep. Isaac Gives Required 30-Day Notice to Change Groundwater District 

Files Priority Groundwater Management Protection Bill

AUSTIN, TX – State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) announced plans to file up to five bills relating to extending groundwater protection districts in Hays County, adding limited regulation to portions of otherwise unregulated aquifers, and changing household water usage laws to better protect Texas water resources.

“Protecting the groundwater of the Hill Country region and the entire State has been a top priority of mine since I was first elected to serve House District 45,” said Rep. Isaac. “These bills will address the immediate concerns of my constituents in Hays County, and will also help in bringing innovative water saving solutions to Texas by increasing graywater usage and encouraging rainwater collection systems.”

House Bill 1191, filed today, would create a buffer zone of 5 miles beyond the boundaries of a priority groundwater management area and give additional groundwater protection authority to the Texas Water Development Board. Another proposal will extend the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and another would extend the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, which both require a 30-day posting notice prior to filing. Additional legislation will help bring Texas to the forefront of water policy by reducing the tax burden on homeowners who install rainwater collection systems and allow for new domestic uses of graywater.

“In the middle of 2014 I first learned that there was an area of Hays County where the Trinity aquifer wasn’t protected. Immediately, I began conversations with local elected officials, charged with protecting our groundwater, about solutions that would cover the unprotected area of the Trinity,” said Rep. Isaac. “The recent discovery of a proposal by a Houston-based company to pump 5 million gallons per day from an area just outside the boundary of a priority groundwater management area increased the urgency to find a solution.”

Rep. Isaac also praised this week’s resolution by the Hays County Commissioners Court in support of legislation to establish local protection of the Trinity aquifer.