Legislature grinds toward May 29 close with much still to accomplish

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Ed Sterling

With a mere two weeks remaining until the end of the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers have not yet finalized a state budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

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House joins Senate in passing constitutional convention measure

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House of Representatives on May 4 approved Senate Joint Resolution 2, a measure calling for a convention of the states, as contemplated and enabled by Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

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GOP majority pushes ‘sanctuary city’ bill to passage in Texas House

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017
By Ed Sterling

During his State of the State address on Jan. 31, Gov. Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called "sanctuary cities" to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: "Elected officials don't get to pick and choose which laws they obey."

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House passes legislation to reform school finance law

Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House of Representatives on April 19 approved school finance legislation that would reduce the amount of local tax dollars that property-rich school districts are required to share with other school districts under the so-called "Robin Hood" process.

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Federal judge says again, Texas voter ID law is discriminatory

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017
By Ed Sterling

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi on April 10 ruled the state of Texas has failed to prove that the voter identification law was not written with discriminatory intent and purpose.

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Governor welcomes Justice Department’s sanctuary cities announcement

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on March 27 praised an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice will withhold and take back federal funds from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws and enforcement directives.

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Senate panel OKs budget for upcoming 2-year period

Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Ed Sterling

A state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019 cleared the first in a series of hurdles when the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved committee substitute Senate Bill 1 on March 22.

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State budget progresses toward vote by full Senate

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Finance Committee, at work on the 2018-2019 state budget since January, on March 16 approved workgroup recommendations in preparation for a final vote.

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Federal court panel rules against Texas redistricting plan

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Three of Texas' 36 congressional districts are unconstitutional because of racial or political gerrymandering, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled on March 10.

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House, Senate approve bills to protect children in foster system

Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Both houses of the Texas Legislature last week passed bills to improve the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in response to Gov. Greg Abbott's call for emergency action to improve child protection programs.

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Federal judge sides with plaintiffs in Planned Parenthood case

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texans who rely on Planned Parenthood as a medical care provider won't have to seek those services elsewhere, pending an upcoming trial.

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Paxton files brief in support of president’s immigration order

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a legal brief supporting President Trump's executive order for an immigration crackdown.

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Legislation banning sanctuary city policies clears hurdle

Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 8 praised the Texas Senate's approval of legislation to ban sanctuary cities, an item on his priority list for the current legislative session.

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Governor raises four issues to emergency status

Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31.

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Marches come one day after inauguration of new president

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Thousands of Texans were on hand to witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 in Washington.

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Texas Legislature convenes in 85th regular session

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol in their respective houses on Jan. 10, opening day for the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature. The 140-day session will conclude on May 29.

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Patrick applauds action preserving North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature's refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.

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Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse's aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to take down Shannon's Christmas decoration.

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Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.

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Board sets state funding limit for next 2-year budget

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas lawmakers will have just under $100 billion to use for the non-constitutional spending portion of state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.

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