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Each session of the Texas Legislature is entirely different – and the 87th was unlike any other. We had a highly successful session – passing a wide variety of important and conservative legislation. We passed a fiscally conservative, balanced state budget – decreasing spending overall. We passed pro-life legislation, including the Heartbeat Bill and the bill I authored (HB 1280 Capriglione/Paxton), the Human Life Protection Act. I helped increase the amount available to the Alternatives to Abortion program by 25%.

We had multiple Second Amendment victories, including Constitutional Carry and the bill I sponsored (SB 19 Schwertner/Capriglione) that bans discrimination by lenders against gun and ammo manufacturers.

After hearing from so many of our constituents on a variety of of issues we passed other conservative items. We passed Religious Freedom legislation to prevent governments from closing churches. We supported our law enforcement officials by prohibiting cities from defunding the police. We continued the fight against property tax increases by requiring voter approval for certain debt offerings. We passed legislation that I co-authored to ban critical race theory from being taught in our schools. I authored legislation (HB 1925 Capriglione/Buckingham) that would mitigate the homelessness problem while preventing related unlawfulness.

We worked to make sure that Texans had easier access to healthcare and included a prescription cost-saving program. We made school finance reform a priority, keeping our promises on school funding and even increasing the Foundation School Program formula funding. I passed, authored, and sponsored legislation that will help prevent some of the crippling cyber attacks we have seen nationwide.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you in the Texas House. This past year has been so difficult for us, our children, our first responders, our nurses, our teachers, our small businesses – everyone. But I am proud of how Texans persevered through these difficult times, and I want to be there for you as we face new challenges. While we had several successes this past session, there is more work that needs to be done. Today, I am announcing for re-election in 2022 and humbly ask for your support once again.

In total, we sent over 1,000 bills to the Governor's desk. While the ink is still drying on those bills, I wanted to give you the details. I am holding multiple legislative recaps, and I wanted to personally invite you to attend.
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione Legislative Recap
Event #1
Monday, June 28th
12:00-1:00 Colleyville City Hall
Event #2
Monday, June 28th
6:30-7:30 pm Keller City Hall
Event #3
Tuesday, June 29th
8:00-9:00 am Grapevine City Hall
Event #4
Wednesday, June 30th
6:30-7:30 pm Southlake City Hall
I hope to see you there!
Giovanni Capriglione Announces for Re-election to Texas House District 98
SOUTHLAKE - Today, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione announced he will seek re-election to
Texas House District 98. The Republican primary election is March 3, 2020 and the general election is
November 3, 2020.
“It’s an honor to represent the hard-working people of District 98 in the Texas House, and I’m proud to
deliver conservative results for our community.” said Representative Capriglione. “In the last legislative
session, I led the effort to pass $5 billion in property tax relief, advanced a constitutional ban on a state
income tax and lowered Robin Hood payments for the first time in history, keeping more of our tax
dollars in our local schools.”
Representative Capriglione is a successful small business owner and proven job creator. As a member of
the House Appropriations Committee, Representative Capriglione passed a balanced state budget and
led the fight to root out government waste, fraud and abuse in state government. He’s a pro-life leader
who has a 100% pro-life voting record, voted to defund Planned Parenthood and authored and passed
numerous pro-life bills.
Known for his tireless work to shine a light on state government, Representative Capriglione passed
major legislation in the 86th Legislative Session to close loopholes in the state’s Public Information Act
which allowed governments to hide how it was spending our tax dollars. The leader in the Texas House
on cybersecurity and data privacy issues, Representative Capriglione passed bills to better prepare our
state for cyberattacks and to prevent misuse of our personal data.
Representative Capriglione received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic
Institute in Massachusetts prior to receiving his MBA from Santa Clara University in California. He and
his wife, Elisa, have three children and reside in Southlake. He owns a private equity management
company with a focus on investing in Texas businesses. Learn more about Giovanni at
Contact: Drew Lawson
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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."