Statement on School Re-Openings

Statement on School Re-Openings

JULY 31, 2020 – Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, and House Education Chairman Dan Huberty released the following statement on school re-openings this fall: “The Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) guidance for opening public schools in Texas for the 2020-21 school year remains the same as […]

Governor Abbott announces $41 Million in federal COVID-19 emergency funding for local governments

Governor Abbott announces $41 Million in federal COVID-19 emergency funding for local governments

AUSTIN, TX (July 15, 2020) Governor Greg Abbott today announced that his Public Safety Office will provide $41 million in federal funds to assist cities and counties throughout the COVID-19 response. These funds come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program authorized by the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations […]

City of Rockwall Mayoral Declaration in Response to Governor’s Order (7/2/2020)

City of Rockwall Mayoral Declaration in Response to Governor’s Order (7/2/2020)

ROCKWALL, TX – July 2, 2020 – MAYORAL DECLARATION WHEREAS, on July 2, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA29, which mandates the wearing of a face mask to cover the nose and the mouth when in an outdoor space, whenever it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing between oneself […]

Governor Abbot, Goldman Sachs, LiftFund announce $50M in loans for Texas small business

Governor Abbot, Goldman Sachs, LiftFund announce $50M in loans for Texas small business

  (AUSTIN, TX – April 13, 2020) Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. […]

Governor Abbott waives regulations, expands telehealth options

Governor Abbott waives regulations, expands telehealth options

(AUSTIN, TX – April 9, 2020) Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily waived a series of regulations to lift certain telehealth restrictions and expand telehealth options as Texas responds to COVID-19. These waivers will allow a smart phone or any audio-visual, real-time, or two-way interactive communication system to qualify as a telecommunications technology that can be […]

Rockwall Safe: School closure extended through May 1

Rockwall Safe: School closure extended through May 1

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 31, 2020) The Rockwall ISD released the following message today: Today Governor Greg Abbott ordered all Texas schools to remain closed through Friday, May 1. As a result, Rockwall ISD will extend our school closure through Friday, May 1, aligning with the Governor’s orders. The earliest possible return date for students […]

Governor Abbott allows event permit refunds for businesses affected by COVID-19 cancellations

Governor Abbott allows event permit refunds for businesses affected by COVID-19 cancellations

With events and festivals across Texas cancelled, Governor Abbott said it is essential that we find ways to reduce the financial burden on event organizers and the hospitality industry as a whole.

Governor Abbott to participate in statewide television Town Hall on coronavirus tonight

Governor Abbott to participate in statewide television Town Hall on coronavirus tonight

Governor and Top State Officials to Address Statewide Response to Coronavirus Outbreak (MARCH 19, 2020) Governor Greg Abbott and Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. announced a live virtual Town Hall meeting on at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, March 19. The Governor will discuss the statewide response to the current coronavirus outbreak and will be joined by top […]

Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to allow delivery of alcohol from restaurants

Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to allow delivery of alcohol from restaurants

(March 18, 2020) Governor Greg Abbott today issued a waiver that will allow restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to patrons, including beer, wine, and mixed drinks. The Governor also directed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to waive certain provisions to allow manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to repurchase or sell […]

Governor Abbott waives STAAR testing requirements

Governor Abbott waives STAAR testing requirements

Is Requesting Suspension Of Federal Testing Requirements For 2019-2020 School Year (March 16, 2020) Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the […]