Texas State Legislature

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Andy Jechow

State Sen. Kirk Watson stepping down in April to lead Hobby School of Public Affairs

State Sen. Kirk Watson, who has represented Austin in the Texas Senate since 2007, announced he’s resigning this spring to become the founding dean of the┬áHobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.In a letter to Gov. Greg…

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Abbott vows to ‘unleash’ state resources if Austin doesn’t change its homelessness rules by Nov. 1

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he’s prepared to “unleash the full authority of every state agency” if Austin doesn’t address issues surrounding homelessness by Nov. 1.In a letter to Mayor Steve Adler, Abbott said Austin’s revision of its homelessness rules…

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Mose Buchele

New Texas pipeline protest law is about more than pipelines

A law went into effect in Texas this week that increases penalties for demonstrators who interfere with oil and gas pipelines and other pieces of “critical infrastructure.”Oil and gas states have adopted such laws to crack down on demonstrations like…

Friday, July 12, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Report finds Texas bipartisanship wins

Despite the “blue wave” election in 2018, Republicans maintained control of both houses of the Texas Legislature during the 2019 legislative session that just concluded. As expected, the majority of bills were authored and approved by Republicans.During the session, however,…

Friday, May 31, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Texas lawmakers tried to take the reins from cities this session. The results were mixed.

For the last handful of legislative sessions, the Texas Legislature has had it in for Austin and other cities.GOP lawmakers who regularly thumb their noses at “big government”-minded efforts in D.C. have filed bills targeting city laws regulating everything from…

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by Jo Clifton

‘Death of mobile voting’ bill to complicate elections

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir calls House Bill 1888, which won legislative approval with little fanfare, “the death of mobile voting.”The legislation requires that each early voting location be open for voters on each and every day that voting is…

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