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State Representative Tony Dale was presented with the 2017 Community Builder Award by the Norton Moses Lodge, No 336 in Leader at the group’s June monthly meeting. The Community Builder Award is the highest award that can be presented to an individual or group outside of the Masonic Fraternity. The award is designed to recognize non-Masons for outstanding contributions in time and effort in the promotion and support of their community as well as community development.

“I am honored that the members of the Norton Moses Lodge have nominated and selected me to receive the 2017 Community Builder Award,” said Rep. Dale. “The members of the lodge spend countless hours on improving our community and I am humbled that they would announce me as this year’s award recipient”.

In presenting the award Lodge Master Frank Allocca, Jr. cited Rep. Dale service in the United States Army, his participation on various boards in Williamson County, his tenure as a member of the Cedar Park City Council and the State Legislature as well as his participation in the Leander and Cedar Park Chambers of Commerce.

“I’ve focused on passing legislation to assist crime victims and to go after predators who target our children online as well as reforming our Child Protective Service not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it strengthens families and strong families build stronger communities,” said Dale. “I’m committed to continuing to strengthen our communities through such common sense policies”.

State Representative Tony Dale is Vice Chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee. He is Chairman of the House Energy Caucus and Deputy Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus. He represents southwestern Williamson County, Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.

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Breakfast With Santa 2015I need your help, but the help is not for me, it is to assist local Veterans and their families so that they can give their children a wonderful Christmas experience.

Unfortunately Veterans suffer from higher than average unemployment and some that we’ve identified have medical situations that make every day a challenge.  For the past four years American Legion Hunter-Morris Memorial Post 911 has organized Breakfast With Santa to ensure local Veterans and their families have a free holiday breakfast but most importantly provide their children with a meeting and picture with Santa.

Last year we created these joyous memories for over 200 vetted, low-income Veterans and their families. We were able to accomplish this because people like you made generous donations so that the tickets could be provided for free to the families.

Quite simply I’m asking you to make a donation via this secure website so that tickets will be provided at no cost to these families.  Your donation of $50, $100, $500 or more will go a long way toward making sure each family will be served.

Tickets are available at: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA TICKETS

To donate tickets please select “I only want to donate tickets”.

American Legion Post 911 is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and personal and corporate donations are allowed and are tax deductible.

Sponsors will have visibility at the event and on the American Legion webpage and will receive a signed thank you by the kids and families that attend.  In addition to sponsoring the event I encourage you to attend, I know you will enjoy it.

Please join me in making great Christmas memories for these families who have committed a portion of their lives in service to our country.

Thank you and Merry Christmas,

 

Tony Dale

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plm2Today we stand up! We stand up for those who stand up for us every day and every night.

Without our law enforcement officers our civil society would spin out of control and lawlessness would rule the land.

Everyone assembled here knows that the fine men and women of law enforcement commit their lives for us.

For those of you that are the loved ones of law enforcement officers I thank you for your service. You know all to well that the daily kiss goodbye could be the last. Your officer knows that too, yet they walk out the door…for us.

Just last week we marked the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. On that day in New York City 60 police officers lost their lives in service to us.

Just over there is the Texas Peace Officers Memorial with the names of officers lost in the line of duty. Each one deserved to come home at the end of their shift.

Our police wear a shield to protect us. Let our support for them be their shield. May God Bless all of you for being here today. Thank you to our law enforcement officers and God Bless Texas.

 

LaborDay2015On this Labor Day we reflect upon the dignity and value of hard work. No matter the nature of the work one does, today we set time aside to honor the American worker who helps build this great country.

I believe that here in Texas we are obligated to do things to create an environment that is favorable to employment and to make it easier for those who seek jobs to actually find one. Through conservative, free-market approaches, Texas continues to lead the nation in these opportunities. Looking at the last session and ahead to the next one, Texas workers benefit from:

-Keeping taxes low so that you can keep more of the fruits of your labor.

-Reducing regulatory burdens so that Texas workers can thrive.

-Eliminating unnecessary occupational licenses that can act as barriers to employment.

-Fostering a civil justice system that is predictable and fair so that business can focus on paying employees, not frivolous lawsuits and jackpot justice.

-Ensuring that our school system prepares young Texans for a job, a trade school, college or the military.

-Protecting American job by implementing common sense policies like E-Verify to make sure that only workers with a legal status are employed in Texas.

I agree with President Ronald Reagan who said, “I believe the best social program is a job”. In Texas we can make this vision a reality by unleashing our workers and entrepreneurs to continue to lead the country. Happy Labor Day.

 

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Overbilled Toll Road Users to Receive Refunds in Excess of $1.7M.

 

In response to constituent complaints about late and inaccurate billing by the TxTAG system Rep. Dale wrote a letter to TXDOT executive Director Joe Weber on February 2nd asking for his personal leadership in resolving the issues.  Since that time General Weber, Rep. Dale and key members of the House and Senate have been working on the issue.  This week TXDOT announced that they are processing refund checks for approximately 31,000 toll road customers that amount to at least $1.7M.

“I am pleased that General Weber took the concerns of the people of Central Texas so seriously. The refunds by TXDOT and internal processes they are putting in place to ensure smooth road operations are big steps in the right direction”.

Rep. Dale also filed HB 3108 to require timely toll billing and reduce the cost of violation fees assessed by toll road operators.  The text of the bill can he found here: HB 3108  

Follow this link to a KXAN story about the $1.7M in refunds:  VIDEO – TXTAG REFUNDS

 

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Should All Drivers Licenses Look the Same?

 

As Fox 7 News recently reported, “Several thousand people from North Korea currently hold Texas Drivers Licenses. That’s not from a movie script, but from DPS which has a special a classification of licenses for people who are not citizens of the United States”.

“Driving in Texas requires a license even if you are from another country. State Representative Tony Dale wanted to know just how many foreigners have a Texas Driver’s license and where they are from”.

“I was pretty stunned to see some of the countries people come from, absolutely,” said Rep. Dale.

“The Cedar Park Republican provided FOX7 with the list sent to him by the Department of Public Safety. According to DPS, within the past 3 years almost 600,000 drivers licenses have been issued to people from 175 different countries. Four stood out for the Representative; 47,000 are from communist China, nearly 300 licenses are held by Libyans. Even citizens from Iran and North Korea, 3,000 each, have a Texas drivers license”.

“I’m not saying all of these people are bad, but there are certainly people from countries of concern,” said Rep. Dale.

Rep. Dale filed HB 3840 to reform the current system of issuing drivers licenses to immigrants with legal status in Texas.  To read a text of the bill click here:  HB 3840

To learn more watch the full Fox 7 News story here:  VIDEO: Limited Term Drivers Licenses

 

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Rep. Dale Files HB 2099 to Limit the Use of Risky Capital Appreciation Bonds by School Districts

 

State Representative Tony Dale filed House Bill 2099 to address the unrestricted use of Capital Appreciation Bonds (CABs) by school districts and other political subdivisions.

The main difference between CABs and traditional bonds is that they do not require installment payments for the duration of the bond, which results in higher interest, potentially 10 times the amount borrowed. For example, currently a school district could borrow $187M, make no payments for over 30 years, and be required to pay back nearly $1B in interest and principle. Outlined below are the ways that this bill will limit the use of CABs and increase transparency for taxpayers.

The Capital Appreciation Bond Promoting Accountability Measures Act places restrictions on the use of CABs by all local government entities. It limits the issuance of CABs for school districts to only to “high enrollment growth districts,” limits CABs to a maximum of 25% of the entity’s total debt load, and limits the use of CABs strictly for the purchase of land and new building construction. This legislation expressly prohibits the use of CABs for technology such as computers or for vehicle purchases. Any school district with more than 25% debt in CABs has ten years to become compliant or the state will no longer back future bond offerings with the Permanent School Fund.

Click here for a recent Time Warner Cable News Article about CABs:  VIDEO Time Warner Cable News

 

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Texas House Passes Border Security and Human Trafficking Bills

 

The Texas House of Representatives, unlike the Obama Administration, is dedicated to finding a long-term solution to border security. The Texas House is working to address criminal activity at our border and ensure the safety of all Texans.  This week Texas House Republicans sent a very clear message that we are going after drug cartels and human traffickers who prey upon our border region.

This week Rep. Dale voted for HB 11 that bolsters the ranks of the Texas Department of Public Safety by providing $105 million for 300 additional troopers, 250 of which would be stationed on the border by 2017. It also creates a “DPS Officer Reserve Corps” of retired troopers.  The bill strengthens existing laws by making it a crime to “encourage or induce” a person to remain in the country illegally. Furthermore it enhances penalties for human smuggling.

Texas is the only state in the nation with a permanent plan to address the criminal activity on the border.

Rep. Dale co-authored HB10 the Anti-Human Trafficking bill.  This bill seeks to eradicate this modern form of slavery. HB 10 is aimed at curbing, catching and stopping the criminals committing the crime of human trafficking, which is essentially forced prostitution. Specifically, HB 10, would among other things, create a Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Unit and make it easier for victims of trafficking to seek compensation from the Crime Auxiliary Fund.

 

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Campus Carry and Open Carry

 

Rep. Dale serves as a member of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.  This past week the committee took testimony on two 2nd Amendment bills.  HB 937, also known as Campus Carry, would allow concealed handgun license holders who are 21 and older to legally carry inside college campus buildings.  Today CHL holders can carry on the grounds of colleges, but not inside buildings. In 2014, there were nearly 826,000 active CHL holders in Texas, according to the Department of Public Safety. That represents about 3 percent of the state’s population.  In testimony it was presented that CHL holders are 15 times less likely to commit and crime than the general population.

Testimony was also taken on HB 910 known as the Open Carry bill.  HB 910 would allow holders of a license to carry openly under certain circumstances. 13 states require permit or licenses to open carry. HB 910 has the same criminal background check requirements, training and firearms qualification as the current concealed handgun license process.  Texas is one of only six states that prohibit the unconcealed display of handguns.  The other states are New York, Illinois, South Carolina, Florida, and California.

Both bills may come up for a vote on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

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State Representatives Tony Dale and Dan Flynn on the Rio Grande River.

State Representatives Tony Dale and Dan Flynn on the Rio Grande River.

Border security is still top of mind for many Texans. With the recent executive action by the President some security experts expect a new wave of illegal immigration across the Texas border. The Texas border surge known as Operation Strong Safety has had an positive impact in deterring crime and illegal crossings, but we have not stopped the flow of illegal activity. Texas still needs the federal government to change its policies and improve their tactics to appropriately address this problem.

On December 1st the Legislative Budget Board will meet to consider extending the increased presence of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) personnel in the Texas-Mexico border region. The proposal was offered by Governor Perry, and agreed to by Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Straus.

The proposal will increase funding for DPS by $65 million, or an additional $2 million per month. It would fund additional overtime, equipment, technology and aircraft flight time through 8/31/15. Each of these items was identified as a need by DPS.

With an authorized increase in overtime for DPS Troopers this agreement is equivalent to adding 650 DPS troopers to the border region – a significant increase in law enforcement’s presence.

The current National Guard presence on the border will continue until at least March 2015. This schedule will allow the legislature to debate the use of the Guard and weigh in on the deployment. The National Guard, unlike DPS, does not have law enforcement authority. This plan will shift dollars and capability to where they can be most effectively used to protect and promote public safety, namely to DPS.

Last session the Texas Legislature appropriated over $330 million for border security operations. Under the leadership of Speaker Straus and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst funding for border security has more than tripled since 2009.

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EVerifyStateThis week State Representative Tony Dale (R- Cedar Park) filed legislation aimed at ensuring only legal workers in the State of Texas are hired as state employees. The legislation requires that all state agencies, including public higher education institutions, must use the federal E-Verify system to determine the legal work status for all potential employees.

“Taxpayers rightly expect that their hard earned tax dollars to be spent hiring only legal residents and not persons ineligible to legally work in the State of Texas,” said Representative Dale. “The State of Texas spends a tremendous amount of money on salaries for direct state employees. The requirement to use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify as a replacement for the Services’ paper-based form I-9 will give the taxpayers confidence that only Texans and workers with a legal status will be recipients of state taxpayer dollars.”

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website states the following in reference to E-Verify:

“U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use – and it’s the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce.”

“I frequently hear concerns from Texans about the impact on the job market due to the employment of illegal immigrants. I also hear concerns about the impact on our school system and the potential increase in cost to taxpayers due to a higher burden on our social welfare system,” said Dale. “Today when employers make hiring decisions they must complete and submit forms related to legal work status, but identity theft and fake identifications have shot the old paper system full of holes. The modernized E-Verify system, when used by the state, will give an extra degree of confidence that taxpayers dollars are only benefiting legal workers.”

State Representative Tony Dale is a member of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, the House Select Committee on Child Protection and the House Energy Resources Committee. He represents southwestern Williamson County, Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.

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txpurpleheart copy_edited-2CEDAR PARK – Today State Representative Tony Dale (R-HD136) filed House Bill 115 that will award the Texas Purple Heart Medal to the military victims of the November 5, 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas.

Nidal Malik Hasan killed thirteen and wounded more than thirty others in the worst shooting to ever take place on an American military base. At his trial in June 2013, Hasan himself claimed that his motive was to defend the lives of the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. Representative Dale called the Fort Hood shooting “a clear and despicable act of terrorism.”

The Obama Administration classified the shooting as “workplace violence” which prevents the victims from being eligible to receive the federal Purple Heart. Representative Dale applauds the efforts of U.S. Congressman John Carter (R-TX) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) who have filed multiple pieces of legislation advocating to change the designation of the shooting to “combat related,” which would allow these victims the recognition and benefits they deserve.

In 2005, State Senator Kel Seliger (R- Amarillo) passed Senate Bill 955 which created the Texas Purple Heart Medal. This medal is currently awarded to any member of the Texas National Guard who was inducted into federal services after September 11th, 2001 and meets the criteria for the federal Purple Heart Medal.

“As a former soldier I feel this act of terrorism in a very personal way. My wife Mary and I were both Captains in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. The building where the attack took place used to be a recreation facility where we shared many hours of joy with our fellow soldiers. The contrast between those happy memories and this horrible attack is stark. Our brothers and sisters in arms deserve the proper recognition for what happened. The Obama Administration has failed to acknowledge the reality of what happened that day, but hopefully this effort will bring our soldiers some comfort and pride in knowing that the State of Texas and Texans honor their sacrifice.” 

Dale was elected to the Texas House in November 2012. He is a small business owner and veteran of the U.S. Army and former Mayor Pro Tem of Cedar Park. He represents western Williamson County, including the communities of Leander, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, and the Williamson County portion of Austin. He is a member of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

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Thank you.

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Tony Dale Thank You 2014Thank you to the voters of Williamson County for the trust you have placed in me. I also thank my family, my mom and dad and especially my wife Mary and or girls Maggie and Izzy.

Every time I enter the House Chamber I am in awe of the honor that it is to be a state representative. Last week I was at the polls and a gentleman exited, gave me a thumbs up and said, “don’t let us down”. I want you to know that even before he said that I do think about ensuring that I do the best job possible to represent this wonderful place.

I frequently tell people that I’m a husband, a father, a veteran and a small business owner. The most important thing to me is being a good husband and father. If I were to be acclaimed as a top legislator, but not regarded by my family as worthy of their respect, love and affection, then I would consider myself a failure.  Families are critically important, not just to me, but to Texas. The strength of our families is an important foundation of our society.

So many people have been so generous over the years offering friendship, volunteering, providing financial contributions and staying dedicated to preserving the limited government principles outlined in the Constitution.  To each of you I ask for your prayers and I thank you for everything you do to help keep Texas the bright shining beacon of hope and opportunity.

God bless you and God Bless Texas!

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“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual–or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. “

Samuel Adams

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Do you remember the first time you voted?  I do.

I believed then, as I do now, that when we do our duty as citizens our voice counts.  Sadly the dysfunction and pessimism of Washington, DC has infected our country with cynicism and mistrust.  The people of Texas and America are right to be disappointed in our government when it fails to meet its obligations to secure our borders and when an ever expanding bureaucracy wastes billions of hard earned taxpayer dollars on pork barrel spending and creates mountains of costly regulations that threaten job security.

Here in Texas we choose a different path.

As your state representative I worked to balance the Texas budget while reducing taxes on job creators. I believe in keeping your taxes as low as possible because you deserve to keep more of the money you earn.  The principles of limited government work and Texas proves it.

During the last legislative session I spent countless hours casting over 1,500 votes on behalf of the citizens of Williamson County.  Today I simply ask you to cast your vote for my reelection.

Your vote will decide if Texas will continue to be the beacon of limited government, prosperity and personal liberty or if Texas will lurch toward Washington DC and grow the bureaucracy, raise taxes and acquiesce to President Obama’s destructive policies on the border, in healthcare and in the march to weaken the job creators and entrepreneurs of Texas.

So as Samuel Adams said, will you execute one of the most solemn trusts in human society by casting your vote?  I urge you to do so.

God Bless Texas.

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014. As a registered voter of Williamson County you may vote at ANY Vote Center on Election Day. Below is a list of polling locations within House District 136.  For a full list of every location in Williamson County click here:  ALL WILCO POLLING PLACES 

 

Anderson Mill Limited District 11500 El Salido Parkway Austin

Bethany United Methodist Church 10010 Anderson Mill Rd Austin

Clairmont Retirement Community 12463 Los Indios Trail Austin

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex 10211 W Parmer Lane Austin

La Quinta Inn & Suites 10701 Lakeline Mall Dr Austin

Lord of Life Lutheran Church 9700 Neenah Ave Austin

Northwest Fellowship 13427 Pond Springs Rd Austin

Rattan Creek Park Community Center 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail Austin

Cedar Park City Hall 450 Cypress Creek Rd Bldg 3 Cedar Park

Cedar Park High School 2150 Cypress Creek Rd Cedar Park

Cedar Park Library 550 Discovery Blvd Cedar Park

Cedar Park Randalls 1400 Cypress Creek Rd Cedar Park

Cedar Park Recreation Center 1435 Main St Town Center Cedar Park

Highland Estates Ind Retirement Living 1500 N Lakeline Blvd Cedar Park

Vista Ridge High School 200 S Vista Ridge Blvd Cedar Park

Leander Church of Christ 300 Crystal Falls Parkway Leander

Leander High School 3301 S Bagdad Rd Leander

Leander Public Library 1011 S Bagdad Rd Leander

Pat Bryson Municipal Hall 201 N Brushy St Leander

Rouse High School 1501 CR 271 Leander

Liberty Hill High School 16500 W SH 29 Liberty Hill

Brushy Creek Community Center 16318 Great Oaks Dr Round Rock

Faith Baptist Church 3625 Gattis School Rd Round Rock

Fern Bluff MUD Community Center 7320 Wyoming Springs Rd Round Rock