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Sunday, January 07 2018

Capitol Review Vol. 6, No. 1




Vol. 6, No. 1




Happy New Year!


I hope you enjoyed a Merry Christmas with your family and friends, and have had a great start to the new year! In the first 2018 edition of the Capitol Review, you'll find information on the following topics:


·    Team Thompson Tours House District 29

·    Subcommittee Hearing on Landfills set for January 23rd

·    Winter Weather Safety Tips from DPS

·    Make Winter Travel Plans with the Texas Highways Event Calendar

·    Find out what's happening around District 29 this month




With Liverpool Mayor Strickland at the newly repaired railroad crossing downtown. Earlier this year, during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Liverpool, constituent Mark Roller pulled me aside to express his concerns regarding the condition of this track that leads into the city. We partnered with Commissioner Cade, Commissioner Payne, and Union Pacific to get this badly needed restoration completed!


Team Thompson Tours District 29

My Chief of Staff Staci Rives came in from the Austin office to join my District Director Liz Sitta and I on a full two days of checking in with our local community leaders around District 29. We met with local officials and staff from the cities of Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, and Liverpool, visited with the Superintendents from Pearland and Alvin ISDs and President Albrecht of Alvin Community College, and were able to have great times of fellowship with the Pearland and Alvin-Manvel Chambers of Commerce. It was great to hear from these folks on both the challenges and victories they're experiencing and find out what we can do to help out!




Having fun during the Alvin ISD Education Foundation appreciation social with Executive Director Sheila Olson and her sweet granddaughter!


Environmental Regulation Interim Subcommittee Hearing

The first hearing of the House Environmental Regulation Subcommittee on Air Quality and Municipal Landfills will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 9:00 am in room E2.010 of the Texas Capitol. This hearing will only address the landfill issue. The official language of charge #3 is: "Study the permitting, siting, and regulatory processes for solid waste landfills, including municipal solid waste landfills, and whether current rules, regulations, and notice requirements adequately ensure compliance and maximize participation from the public and stakeholders."


While we will only be hearing invited testimony at this hearing, we will likely hold a follow-up hearing later in the year where members of the public may testify as well. If you would like to watch live or archived footage of this hearing, clickhere.



Discussing post-Harvey air pollution with these gifted students from Rice University.


Winter Weather Safety Tips

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages Texans in all regions of the state to make preparations for winter weather as we enter the cold weather season.


During the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community-established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.


Texans should winterize their vehicles by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, and lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent freezing. In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:


·    Blankets/sleeping bags, extra clothing, gloves and a hat.

·    Cell phone, radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

·    First-aid kit and pocket knife.

·    High calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water.

·    Bag of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires. 

·    Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and a shovel.




Writing a note of gratitude to place on the appreciation board at the Heroes of Harvey luncheon.


DPS offers the following additional tips for staying safe during possible winter weather:

·    Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions.

·    Purchase an all-hazards weather radio for up-to-date warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information.

·    Sign up for your local emergency notification system.

·    Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip, and keep your gas tank full.

·    On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.

·    Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.

·    Allow extra time when traveling in inclement weather.

·    Avoid traveling when sleet, freezing rain or snow is predicted, and monitor road conditions onlineor by calling 1-800-452-9292.

·    Insulate outside faucets and pipes near outer walls.

·    Make sure that furnaces, heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves are clean, well-ventilated and in good working condition.

·    To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, NEVER operate generators and other fuel-powered devices inside a home or an enclosed space, such as a garage. The deadly odorless, colorless gas is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned, with sources including motor vehicle engines, generators and fuel-burning appliances or heating systems. Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector.

·    Make arrangements for proper shelter and an emergency supply of food and water for your pets and livestock.

·    Stock up on firewood and supplies, including canned goods and bottled water.

·    If you will be away from home for a long period of time, set your thermostat to 55 degrees or higher and open cabinets under sinks.

·    Make sure you have inclement weather contact numbers for schools and work.

·    Check on friends and family members whose health or age may put them at greater risk from cold weather.




A huge thank you to the HEB on Pearland Parkway for delivering this Christmas cake. My grandson Brody and I shared it with the folks at the Melvin Knapp Senior Center!


Check Out Winter Events Across the State

Winter is here! How are you going to enjoy this season? Plan your next Texas adventure with the latest Texas Highways Events Calendar, featuring more than 1,000 festivals, exhibits, concerts, and more happening across the state. Get your FREE Events Calendar by downloading the digital edition, ordering the print edition, or searching the online database. Don't see an event listed? Visit the online event submission form to have it included in the next edition of the Texas Highways Event Calendar.




Shared a table at the Communities in Schools Christmas Luncheon with Rep. Dennis Bonnen, Rep. Dennis Paul, and Pearland ISD Superintendent Dr. John Kelly, as well as the Brazosport and West Columbia Superintendents.


House District 29 Events

Stay involved throughout the district with these upcoming events!

·    January 12-14: Pearland CVB hosts TAAF Winter Games

·    January 13: Pearland MLK hosts Celebration of Unity

·    January 23: Environmental Regulation Sub-Committee Hearing

·    January 25: Alvin Parks and Rec hosts Father-Son Super Bowl

·    January 27: Pearland Parks and Rec hosts Winterfest

·    February 3: Brazoria County Library System hosts BrazCon Teen Comic Convention




Finished up our District Tour by sitting down with staff from the City of Pearland and Brazoria County Drainage District #4.


If you need assistance on any state-related issue, please contact my Pearland office by phone at (281) 485-6565 or my Capitol office at (512) 463-0707, or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Stay connected by following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


Thanks for reading, and may God continue to bless Texas!




Ed Thompson

District 29




Capitol Office: E2.506

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0707


District Office:

2341 N. Galveston, Suite 120

Pearland, TX 77581

(281) 485-6565




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