Texas State Legislature

Monday, January 23, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Harvey Kronberg of the ‘Quorum Report’

The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to chat about the upcoming Texas legislative session. Post is embedded below:

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

Candidates react to Dukes’ indictment

Two weeks after reneging on her promise to resign from her seat, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, who represents much of eastern Travis County, was indicted by a grand jury for 15 offenses related to her alleged misuse of public funds.…

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Friday, January 6, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Videos from City Summit 2016: state vs. local

Our third edition of City Summit, produced this year with our partners at KUT and Glasshouse Policy, tackled a range of topics centered around interactions between state and local governments. Complete videos from each of the six panel discussions are…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Legislature makes tax caps a priority, cities respond

Well-worn battle lines between the city and state were retraced Tuesday, as the Texas Legislature made it clear that it would be making property tax caps a priority this session. The response from area cities was just as clear. Sen.…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County official: Political gridlock and local preemption loom at the Capitol

The Texas Legislature is returning to Austin in just 47 days, and Travis County is bracing for impact. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court’s field team at the Capitol gave a grim forecast of political headwinds to come once the 85th…

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Friday, October 21, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs legislative teams, agenda for 2017

City Council on Thursday approved the city’s legislative agenda, along with the hiring of 10 consultants in Austin and two in Washington, D.C. The Austin consultants altogether will receive $708,000, and the two Congressional consultants will receive $174,000. The vote…

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Friday, September 23, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Lawmakers consider changes to local petitions and bond elections

It was as if they’d been studying Austin’s recent petition haps and mishaps. State lawmakers on the House Elections Committee began hearing testimony Thursday on possible legislative changes to how local petition ballots and bond elections are run. Several of…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Craft brewers sue to overturn state regulation

A group of Texas craft brewery owners is suing to overturn a state law that affects their distribution rights. Until a few years ago, beer distributors in Texas paid craft breweries for the right to sell their products. But in…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Uber and Lyft swing by the Legislature

Uber and Lyft were back in Austin on Wednesday afternoon for a rambling hearing at the State Capitol that also featured several upstart competitors, representatives from friendly and not-so-friendly cities and at least one NFL Hall of Famer. The State…

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