Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

Published Wednesday, September 2, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth.

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Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America's Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.

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University president says Davis statue to be moved

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT's Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves.

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Fifth Circuit delivers opinion concerning voter ID law

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Even if the Texas Legislature did not intentionally pass a voter identification law that illegally discriminates against voters who are black, Hispanic or poor, the practical effect of the law is discriminatory and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Panel hears testimony in wake of jail death

Published Wednesday, August 5, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House Committee on County Affairs met on July 30 to hear testimony on Sandra Bland and jail standards.

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Governor says family of woman who died in custody deserves answers

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 22 issued a statement regarding the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois resident who had driven to Hempstead in response to a job offer from Prairie View A&M University.

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Governor’s order enhances readiness on military bases

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas.

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Comptroller says state will not borrow to meet budget

Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on July 7 announced his decision not to go the usual route to insure that Texas meets its budgetary obligations.

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High court puts Texas abortion law on hold

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on June 29, granted a stay preventing revisions to the state abortion law made by the Texas Legislature in 2013 from taking effect July 1.

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Officials react to decision on federal health care law

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.

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Governor makes final decisions on bills passed by Legislature

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done.

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Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session.

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Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them.

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Legislature passes budget as session wraps up

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Four days before the June 1 end of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, both houses finally agreed after months of deliberation on a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Abbott, Patrick, Straus announce tax relief compromise

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus on May 21 jointly announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners.

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Agreement on state budget evades House, Senate

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015
By Ed Sterling

June 1 is the last day of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature. From now until then is all the time that remains for the House and Senate to decide if they're going to agree on a 2016-2017 state budget.

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Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By Ed Sterling

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved.

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House, Senate produce disparate versions of tax relief

Published Wednesday, May 6, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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House, Senate state budget conferees roll up sleeves

Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By Ed Sterling

With barely more than a month left in the regular session of the Texas Legislature, it's time for the House and Senate to do whatever can be done to reach an all-points agreement on House Bill 1, the state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Senate passes version of 2016-2017 state budget

Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Senate on April 14 passed its version of the 2016-2017 state budget.

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