Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Mar 10, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed another major legal reform bill, one that would reinstate mandatory sanctions for attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits.

The House, after an hour of general debate plus discussion on various amendments early in the day, voted 230-188 in favor of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017, or LARA.

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Mar 10, 2017 In The News

The House passed legislation Friday aimed at cracking down on attorneys who bring frivolous lawsuits.

The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act was approved by 230-188 vote. The bill would amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures to require judges to sanction attorneys who bring forward a frivolous lawsuit — one that, due to lack of legal merit, a plaintiff has little chance of winning.

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Mar 8, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly six and a half years, Congress has passed a NASA authorization bill with the approval of such a bill March 7 in the House of Representatives.

Mar 8, 2017 In The News

Transparency for thee, but not for me—that seems to be the motto of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Last year they led a group of their colleagues—dubbed the “Green

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Mar 8, 2017 In The News

Kerrville’s Granger MacDonald became one of the first people to congratulate President Donald Trump after the signing of an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.

Mar 7, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved sweeping new NASA legislation Tuesday, charting an ambitious course to the moon, Mars, “and beyond” while a slew of private space ventures vie for a bigger piece of the action in deep space.

Mar 7, 2017 In The News

From President Kennedy's 1962 call at Rice University to place a man on the moon within the decade, to the phrase, "Houston … The Eagle has landed," to the first private rocket launch on Matagorda Island, Texas' leadership in space exploration is undeniable.

Mar 6, 2017 In The News

House lawmakers introduced legislation to block the EPA from appointing science advisers who are currently taking money from the agency.

Mar 3, 2017 In The News

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent arrested an undocumented man at the Travis County Courthouse on Friday, something attorneys tell KXAN they have never seen before at the courthouse.

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