Category Archives: State Senator Craig Estes, Senate District 30

Estes fights higher taxes

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Meet Senator Craig Estes

Estes Supports “Texas Budget Compact”


Senator Craig Estes

Texas State Senate District 30


For Immediate Release

April 16, 2012

Contact: Jenna Dailey


Senator Estes Supports Governor Perry’s “Texas Budget Compact”

Wichita Falls – State Senator Craig Estes (R – Wichita Falls) supports Governor Rick Perry’s Texas Budget Compact, which Perry announced today alongside other state leaders.  The Governor called on legislators to support the below five key principles in preparation for the 2013 legislative session:

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Texas Eagle Forum – Legislative Score Card

The 82nd Legislative Session: LOST OPPORTUNITIES

By Pat Carlson, TEF President

The 82nd Texas Legislative Session will likely go down in history as a conservative legislative success, but with the right leadership in the House and a more conservative Senate, we could have accomplished so much more.

The images below are snapshots of the Texas Eagle Forum Legislative Score Card. A larger image will pop up by clicking on any smaller image. Our entire publication with articles on different issues regarding how your legislators voted can be downloaded here (approx 2.9mb PDF). Continue reading →

Senator Estes Running for Re-Election

Bills and Riders Successfully Advanced by State Senator Craig Estes
82nd Regular Session


For Immediate Press Release

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Noe Barrios:512-560-7370

State Senator Craig Estes Announces He Will Seek Re-Election

Calls on Governor Rick Perry to run for President

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Senate Passes Eminent Domain Reform Bill

Senator Craig Estes

Austin – The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 18, by State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) which provides key reforms to the state’s eminent domain laws.

“Private property and the right to own and profit from it, are fundamental to not only our economic liberty, but also our personal liberty,” said Estes.  “Senate Bill 18 provides meaningful eminent domain reform and strengthens the rights of property owners against the use of eminent domain by government or other condemning authorities,” said Estes.

Senate Bill 18 makes several key revisions to current law, including requiring that condemning authorities make a good faith offer before condemning procedures begin, prohibiting the taking of private property unless it is for a public use, improving notice and disclosure by condemning entities, applying condemnation rules to all condemning entities, and providing property owners with the opportunity to buy back property at the original purchase price if the taken property is not used for its public purpose in ten years. Continue reading →

An Open Letter to the President of the United States

Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

estes-2For Immediate Release
August 14, 2009
Contact: Jody Withers
(512) 463-0130

Wichita Falls – State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) released the following letter submitted to President Barack Obama regarding the President’s proposed initiatives on health care and health care insurance.

An Open Letter to the President of the United States

Dear Mr. President:

Over these last several weeks we have seen a growing number of Americans raise their voice to express their opinion regarding plans to increase the federal government’s role in providing health insurance to the American people. This nationalized health care plan has stirred passions on both sides.

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Thank you State Senator Craig Estes

Thank you Senator Craig Estes

longsword(logo)Thank you Senator Craig Estes for standing on the side of “Liberty and Justice for All”.

Thank you also for reminding us that freedom is not free, and that anything worth having is worth fighting for!

Thank you for speaking out in support of the 2nd Amendment.

And thank you for boldly speaking as a Texan; not as a politician  in your Resolution Defending Texas Gun Rights .  You spoke of our right to keep and bear arms to, among other things, “protect one’s self from the tyranny of government”.

Senator Estes, you have earned our trust and our loyalty.  May God continue to guide you – and may you continue to seek his favor.

Estes Files Eminent Domain Reform Bill for Special Session


Austin — State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) filed SB 10 for the First Called Special Session of the 81st Texas Legislature, which provides key reforms to the state’s current eminent domain laws.

SB 10 is the same bill as Senate Bill 18 passed unanimously by the Texas State Senate, but was not voted on by the Texas House before the Regular Session of the 81 Texas Legislature concluded on June 1.

“Senate Bill 10 strengthens the rights of property owners against the use of eminent domain by government or other condemning authorities,” said Estes. “I am asking the Governor to add eminent domain reform to the call of this Special Session so that we can complete what we started in providing meaningful eminent domain reform.”

Senate Bill 10 provides several key revisions to current law including limiting eminent domain takings for a public use only, requiring a bona fide offer before condemnation, requiring fair compensation for loss of direct access to remaining property, and ending the practice of government land speculation.

One of the key provisions involves compensating land owners for loss of access to the remainder of the property. Under Senate Bill 10, a property owner would be entitled to be compensated for any loss of market value at the time of taking due to a material impairment of direct access.

Other key provisions include authorizing property owners to construct roads over oil and gas pipeline easements with certain restrictions, and requires all entities with eminent domain authority to register with the state comptroller by December 31, 2010 or risk losing their condemnation authority.

“I agree with the Governor that the Special Session should be as short as possible, and I believe this issue has enough support in both the Senate and House to meet with quick passage,” said Estes.

Senator Estes is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and represents Senate District 30 covering Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties.