Texas Press Association recognizes State Rep. Terry Canales

On Thursday, the Texas Press Association recognized Canales for his efforts. Executive Vice President Donnis Baggett traveled to Edinburg to present Canales with the organization’s Transparency Champion award on Thursday. Baggett commended Canales’ transparency-related efforts during the 2017 legislature, calling him a “warrior.” Canales said he deeply appreciated receiving the award, but wasn’t totally happy about it.

“The government exists for the people, by the people,” Canales said, citing the Texas government’s lack of transparency and accountability. “But the very idea that we have to single out a legislator for an award to fight for transparency shows how pervasive the problem is. Transparency should be inherent. We shouldn’t have to give this award.”

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State legislators seek funding for Level 1 trauma upgrades

Lawmakers from the Rio Grande Valley took advantage of the governor’s visit to Pharr Tuesday to personally give him a letter expressing their support for expanding the state’s network of trauma hospitals.

State Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, hand-delivered a letter signed by the RGV delegation’s three state senators and seven state representatives to Gov. Greg Abbott, who was in town for the inauguration of South Texas College’s Regional Center for Public Safety.

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State Rep. Terry Canales pushes for better teacher retirement

More than a quarter million retired teachers and public school employees are struggling under the health insurance program for retired teachers and employees, Teacher Retirement Systems Care or TRS-care. State Representative Terry Canales has sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, urging him to call a special legislative session in order to attempt to fix the issue.

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Rep. Canales is the only Hidalgo County lawmaker who earns a perfect 100 percent rating from National Federation of Independent Businesses

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Texas, the state’s leading small business association, has announced that Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, is the only state legislator from Hidalgo County – and only one of three Democrats  in the Texas Legislature – who earned a perfect 100 percent rating on key measures of vital importance to small businesses in the state.

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Terry Canales asked DPS to reconsider plan to lay off 117 older officers serving in a retire/rehire program.

In its latest attempt to address budget cuts, the Texas Department of Public Safety is again facing harsh criticism. Multiple lawmakers and the department’s officers association have called for the reversal of a DPS decision to cut the positions of 117 law enforcement officers currently employed under the agency’s retire/rehire program. The decision was made while the agency looks for ways to comply with a mandated budget cut of more than $50 million, according to a DPS memo from last month. Other budget decisions made by the department this year have been overturned after public uproar.

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Rep. Canales’ plan to do away with “debtors prisons” for poor people who can’t pay traffic fines and other minor offenses approved by Texas Legislature and on its way to Gov. Abbott

State lawmakers on Friday, May 26, 2017, approved House Bill 351 by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, which will help do away with a decades-old injustice which results in hundreds of thousands of Texans going to jail every year because they are too poor to pay fines for traffic tickets and other Class C misdemeanors.

Canales said HB 351 represents a “sweeping reform” of the state’s criminal justice system.

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Open government pioneer sees 'sunshine laws' in peril

AUSTIN – As a young lawyer and activist in the early 1970s, Buck Wood recalls that prying loose information and records from the hands of government bureaucrats was so onerous that even members of the Legislature were routinely stiff-armed.

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International trade with Mexico is vital for state’s and American economies and 382,ooo Texas jobs, Rep. Canales’ legislation, approved by House of Representatives, tells President and Congress

Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, along with a bipartisan supermajority of the Texas House of Representatives, wants President Trump and Congress to avoid any actions that would threaten almost $92.5 billion in annual Texas exports to Mexico, which is the largest trading partner for the Lone Star State.

Exports are goods or services sent to another country for sale.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month, proposed by Rep. Canales, receives 144 – 0 House approval; lawmaker also wants universities and colleges to provide details of such crimes on campuses

Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, has proposed that April be designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Texas in order to increase knowledge that leads to more prevention of sexual assault and punishment of criminals, and to authorize the regular observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month through appropriate activities in public schools and other places.

Canales’ proposal, written in House Bill 822, was overwhelmingly approved, 144 – 0, by the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday, April 2o, 2017. The bill will now go to the Texas Senate for their action.

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This Lawmaker Says It's Time To Allow Accent Marks on State Documents

What’s in a name? It turns out that question has relevance long after Shakespeare’s time. In fact, it’s at the center of a bill before the Texas legislature this session.

Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg) wants to make it so that accents – diacritical marks – can be put on state documents like driver’s licenses. He makes the case that without a proper accent, some names are simply different altogether.

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