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Now that students are back in school, one topic of concern that I hear about often is school safety. As we prepare for the next legislative session, other members of the community and I would love to hear your input – and share information about actions taken to enhance school safety. I’d like to invite you to our School Safety Community Forum next week. We have an incredible panel of experts that will cover policy, assessments, mitigation, and response. Join us for a conversation on how we can all work together to keep schools safe. Please share this event with others who might be interested.

Location: Southlake Town Hall. September 10, 7:00 PM.

Mayor Laura Hill
State Representative Giovanni Capriglione
Jill Tate – Appointee, Texas School Safety Center Board
Allen Smith – GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security
Kevin Kinley - KISD Director of Safety and Security
James Brandon – Police Chief, City of Southlake

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State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione Selected As Honorary Chairman for Bob Jones Nature Center Annual Fundraiser

Southlake- Bob Jones Nature Center has asked State Representative Giovanni Capriglione to serve as their honorary chairman for their Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at The Marq in Southlake. This event is the center’s largest and high profile event with many Master Gardeners, pollinator experts and nature lovers in attendance. The evening includes a seated dinner, raffle, live entertainment, dancing and more.

The Bob Jones Nature Center Organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving and providing education about the Cross Timbers ecosystem. A City of Southlake park and facility, the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is a working relationship between the City of Southlake and the Bob Jones NatureCenter Organization and provides the community with a variety of camps, classes, educational programs and special events – along with the daily operation of the Center.

For more information or to purchase event tickets, please visit here. You may also purchase tickets over the phone by calling 817-491- 6333.


On Thursday, the Texas House unanimously passed the Texas Cybercrime Act, which makes it a third-degree felony for a person to deliberately prevent someone else from getting online — unless that person is working with law enforcement. Click to read full article on Star-Telegram by BY ANNA M. TINSLEY:

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Beginning July 1, 2016, Keller resident Itze Cuevas, as recent graduate of Westlake Academy, will have her artwork on display at the Texas Capitol in Austin through July 8th.

Her oil painting entitled "Chepe" was selected as the Lone Star Artist in Southlake Women's Club annual festival, Art in the Square- High School Art contest. State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione sponsors the grand prize winner and arranges for the artwork to be displayed at the Capitol for hundreds of visitors to admire. "I believe we have some of the finest artistic talent in Texas residing right here in my district" says Capriglione.  

In addition, Kids Matter International, a Southlake non-profit, awards the winner with two nights hotel accommodation and spending money for a trip to Austin to view their artwork while it is exhibited. They have been a contest sponsor for many years and continue to support many community projects that enhance the lives of children.  

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As the new year has kicked off, I would like to provide you with information on new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2016. This is not an exhaustive list, as there are 50 bills with this effective date. As such, here are a handful of bills that may be most relevant to you:

  • House Bill 32 cuts the state franchise tax by 25 percent.


  • House Bill 283 requires local governments and government boards to provide online video access to all scheduled public meetings. The law applies to county commissions and school boards in areas with populations greater than 125,000 people.


  • House Bill 910 allows Texans with Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) to openly carry a handgun in a belt or shoulder holster. Businesses may choose to ban guns, but banning them requires the business to post the mandated signage. Areas previously considered gun-free zones will remain so, including: schools, polling places, courtrooms, and secured areas of airports. Texas is the 45th state to allow the open carry of handguns.


  • House Bill 991 requires a motor fuel retailer to display on each pump the current rate of the state and federal motor fuel tax per gallon for each type of fuel. This information must be displayed on the same side of the pump where the price is displayed, and be displayed in a clear, conspicuous, and prominent manner.


  • House Bill 1022 amends the Tax Code to expand the definition of "residence homestead" to include property occupied by an owner's surviving spouse who has a life estate in the property. By expanding the definition, the surviving spouse is now eligible for a residence homestead property tax exemption.


  • House Bill 2123 expands healthcare coverage to members of the state military services who have only been employed 60 days instead of 90.


    • House Joint Resolution 73 (Proposition 4 on the November 3, 2015 ballot) permits a professional sports team's charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

If you would like further information on any of these bills, please don't hesitate to call me or my staff at 817-807-8010 (Keller) or 512-463-0690 (Austin). As always, thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve you in the Texas House.



Giovanni Capriglione
Texas House of Representatives
District 98

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Proposed Constitutional Amendments
For the Nov. 3, 2015 Election
Provided by State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione

Amendment No. 1 (S.J.R. 1) - Property Tax Relief
If approved, this amendment would increase the amount of the residence homestead exemption for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000.  This amendment would also prohibit future legislators from creating a sales tax or transfer fee when buying or selling homes.  This amendment would save the average homeowner about $126/year.

Amendment No. 2 (H.J.R. 75) - Spouses of Veterans
If approved, this amendment would provide an exemption on taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100% or totally disabled veteran.

Amendment No. 3 (S.J.R. 52) - Statewide Officials
This amendment would repeal the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital. The capital residency requirement was included in the 1876 Texas Constitution when state officers traveled to the state capital by horse and buggy and has not been amended since. Advances in transportation, communication, and technology have rendered the residency requirement obsolete and have provided the possibility of performing official duties from other locations.

Amendment No. 4 (H.J.R. 73) - Raffles for Sports Teams
This amendment would authorize the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

Amendment No. 5 (S.J.R. 17) - Small County Contractors
This amendment would allow counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance. This would be an increase from 5,000 or less.

Amendment No. 6 (S.J.R. 22) - Right to Hunt
This amendment would recognize the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.

Amendment No. 7 (S.J.R. 5) - Road Funding
This amendment dedicates certain tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for non-tolled roads and the reduction of transportation-related debt.

Early Voting Information for October 19-30




October 19-23


8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

October 24


7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

October 25


11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

October 26-28


8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

October 29-30


7 a.m. until 7 p.m.


Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St, Colleyville, TX 76034                      
Keller Town Hall
,1100 Bear Creek Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248
Southlake Town Hall,1400 Main St. Southlake, TX 76092
The REC of Grapevine, 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine, TX 76051

Election Day Voting Information for November 3
Registered voters in Tarrant County can vote at their precinct polling location on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  1. 1.       To find the Election Day voting information for your precinct,  visit:
  2. 2.       Search for your first and last name.
  3. 3.       Find your name, and click on the voter ID number appearing next to your name.
  4. 4.       On the bottom right, click the "Show Election Day Polling Location" button.
  5. 5.       The election day polling location will appear on the map. This is your voting location for Election Day.




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Last week Justine Garcia, a sophomore at Colleyville Heritage High School and her brother, Jacob Garcia, a freshman, both served as a legislative Page for a day at the Texas Capitol. This opportunity is available to students age 8-18 and allows them to help legislators with daily duties while in session. Pages are selected by their State Representative or Senator. The Garcia children were accepted as Pages after each submitting essays to Rep. Capriglione' s office for consideration. Each member is allowed only 10 Pages per legislative session, which occurs every other year for six months.  

Justine recalls her experience by saying "In the Texas House of Representatives I became informed about the process that the State Representatives take during voting and that there are debates taking course throughout the whole session. I enjoyed getting to know Representative Capriglione and the inner workings of the Texas House of Representatives. I also appreciated the beautiful architecture and art throughout the Capitol building. Overall the page program helped me to understand what the State Representatives do to improve Texas."

Jacob added that "I know now that The Texas Legislature is much like a well-oiled machine running only  to better the State and its people.  The operation cannot function without the constant feed of people’s votes with a strong Representative to stand and voice them. The opportunity of being in the Page Program has rewarded me with insight regarding what goes on in the capitol every two years."


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Over 300 talented area high school students submitted artwork to the 2015 Art in the Square jury panel for consideration as a participant in the Student Art Venue.

The Grand Prize Winner of the Lone Star Award is  senior Serina Taluja from Carroll Senior High School. The winning piece is an oil painting titled Nanaji.

Serina’s painting is a tribute to her late great grandfather because even as he neared the end of his life he was always such a bright, optimistic, and inspiring person to her.

Serina and her family will travel to Austin for a two day stay courtesy Of Kid’s Matter International and receive a VIP tour of the Capitol courtesy of State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione. The winning art work will hang in the Capitol rotunda this summer.

Capriglione says "I am privileged to work with the Southlake Women's Club and Kid's Matters International on this project for the second year in a row. I look forward to a continued partnership that recognizes and honors young aspiring artists in my district."



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State Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) has two scholarship opportunities for students in District 98 (Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Westlake, Haslet)

Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program- Deadline May 1st- Value- up to $10,000 per year

The purpose of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program is to encourage students to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard, the United States Coast Guard, or the United States Merchant Marine, or to become commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States. Each year the governor and the lieutenant governor may each appoint two students, and each state senator and each state representative may appoint one student to receive an initial conditional scholarship.

The scholarship will provide recipients with up to $10,000 per academic year for up to four years (out of the five years allowed for graduation) toward undergraduate education at any Texas university with an active ROTC program.

Selected students must meet two of the following four academic criteria:

  • Is on track to graduate or graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
  • A high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Achieved a college readiness score on the SAT (1590) or ACT (23).
  • Ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class.

Please provide Rep. Capriglione with the follow: copy of high school transcript, copy of SAT/ACT scores, resume and short essay explaining why you to join ROTC.  High School Seniors may submit application to Rep. Capriglione at P.O. 770, Keller, TX 76248 by May 1, 2015. For questions call Amanda Calongne at 817-807-8010

Texas Hospitality Association Scholarship- Deadline May 1st- Value $10,000

State Rep. Capriglione is teaming up with Texas Hospitality Association (THA) to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility through a statewide poster contest that will award four graduating high school seniors $10,000 in scholarships.

THA will award a $5,000 scholarship to the Texas High School senior who submits the best poster conveying the message "if you are under 21, its illegal to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas. A $2500 scholarship will go to the 2nd place winner, $1500 to the 3rd place winner and $1000 to the 4th place winner. The winning posters will be used in a state-wide alcohol awareness campaign.

The contest is open to all 2015 graduating High School seniors. Artwork must be an original design, and may be computer or electronically generated, hand-drawn or photographed. Students have until May 1, 2015 to submit entries to














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Representative Capriglione’s office is looking for ten honorary pages to serve the Texas Legislature during its 84th regular session. The “page for a day” program allows participants ages 8-18 years old to experience the legislative process up close as they assist members on the House floor.

Each page is eligible to serve one half-day shift during a legislative session. Each day is divided into two shifts: a morning shift from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and an afternoon shift from 1:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. 

Pages will be responsible for delivering messages throughout the Capitol, as well as performing other administrative tasks. Pages may keep their ID badges at the end of their service with the House. 

Male pages must wear a coat and tie, while female pages are required to wear dresses, slacks, or other appropriate attire (no jeans, shorts, etc.).

To apply, applicants must be a  resident of District 98 and submit a 300 word essay summarizing why they would like to be a page. Due to the ten limited spaces available per member, applicants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.  

Please submit application to Courtney Roberts at