Texas State Legislature

Friday, April 3, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs X Games bid for major state funding

By a narrow margin, Austin City Council voted Thursday to endorse the application of the Summer X Games to the Texas Major Event Trust Fund for 2015 only. It also voted to remove the possibility that the X Games will…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council discusses legislation that targets Austin

With the Texas Legislature’s March 13 filing deadline behind them, city staff are busy tracking the 6,400 or so bills that state legislators have filed this session. They joined City Council at a work session Tuesday for an update on…

Friday, March 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Commissioners skeptical of vet legislation

Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission decided Wednesday that City Council should investigate whether two bills filed in the Texas Legislature would affect the city’s no-kill agenda.The bills, one of which opponents say threatens the ability of city shelters to care for…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Water reports on water-related legislation

As Central Texas continues to face its worst drought on record, state legislators are considering several bills this session that could affect water supplies in Austin and throughout the state.Austin Water Utility Legislative Coordinator Heather Cooke briefed the Water and…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Advisory Commission wary of animal legislation

Members of Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission requested more time Wednesday night to consider whether to recommend a bill some say would threaten city shelters’ “no-kill” status.The committee considered two bills filed by state representatives concerning veterinarian practice in city shelters,…

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

House bill could restrict local voter initiatives

A voter-led initiative that banned hydraulic fracturing — also known as “fracking” — in Denton last fall appears to have inspired a Texas House bill that could quash similar measures in the future. House State Affairs Committee members heard arguments…

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