Lake Conroe Area Republican Women   /  2017




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Harriet Kerr, Treasurer
P. O. Box 737
Montgomery, Texas 77356
Legislative
by Luine Hancock
Governor Gregg Abbott called the First Called Session of the 85th Legislature to convene on July 18, 2017. Legislation amending the Texas Occupations Code to extend the expiration dates of five agencies will be addressed first. The agencies include the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. Without legislative action, these five agencies would be abolished pursuant to the Texas Sunset Act on September 1, 2017. After the legislature passes all bills necessary to extend the existence of the agencies, the governor listed other items to be addressed such as teacher compensation and retention practices, school finance reform, education options for students with special needs, property tax reform, constrains on the growth of state and local government, municipal regulatory and annexation reforms, protection of property rights, privacy, the governmental collection of union dues, pro-life legislation, and mail-in ballot reforms.
 
Congress continues the debate over overhauling health care and the tax code in Washington, D.C. A budget plan was unveiled July 18, 2017. Although military spending would be increased, cuts to social programs and Medicare are listed as major budget concerns. Issues of high priority to the President are eliminating regulations, cutting taxes, creating jobs, enforcing immigration laws and healthcare.


At our August meeting, members are asked to bring schools supplies to donate to needy students in the MISD school district. Suggested items for junior high and high school students are loose leaf notebook paper, spiral notebooks, packages of #2 pencils, blue or black ballpoint pens, binders, highlighters, glue sticks and 3 x 5 ruled index cards. For elementary students, 24 count Crayola crayons, Fiskars 5” pointed scissors, packages of #2 yellow pencils, Elmer’s glue 4 oz. bottles, glue sticks, washable Crayola thick classic markets – 8 ct. and plastic school supply boxes.

We are continuing “Boxes for the Brave” treat boxes for overseas deployed troops. The deadline for mailing will be August 15th in order to be received before their mail stops on September 1. We will have shipping boxes, custom forms and addresses available for you at our August meeting along with a list of suggested items to include in the boxes. We will appreciate your participation in making and sending a box to show our troops how much we appreciate them.  


Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic

LCARW volunteers help at the Conroe VA Clinic each Tuesday and several Thursdays each month from 9-11:15. The Veterans are so appreciative of us bringing store bought treats and serving them coffee. If you would like to volunteer, please email Sandra Powers at swikepowers@gmail.com to schedule a time that is convenient for you.


​Montgomery County Women’s Center

Montgomery County Women’s Center has requested our help on Thursday, August 31st to stuff envelopes for mailing. If you would like to volunteer to work either in the morning from 9-12 or afternoon from 12-4 to help with this project, please contact Sandra Powers at swikepowers@gmail.com.



Caring for America
by Sandra Powers