Texas State Legislature

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Local leaders slam Abbott’s special session call

The Austin area’s top two elected leaders reacted quickly and harshly to Gov. Greg Abbott’s unusual call for a special session of the 85th Texas Legislature on Tuesday afternoon.“I admit to being a little dumbfounded when I hear what sounded…

Friday, June 2, 2017 by KUT News

Updated: City of Austin joins San Antonio in lawsuit against ‘sanctuary cities’ law

By Stephanie FedericoThe City of Austin has filed a legal challenge to the state’s new “sanctuary city” law, joining a suit filed Thursday by the City of San Antonio.“Elected leaders across the state are following the leadership of community members…

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Anti-annexation bill now biggest threat to city

Although there were numerous legislative proposals that threatened Austin at the beginning of the current session of the Texas Legislature, the one that now appears to put Austin’s ability to grow and pay for its services in greatest jeopardy is…

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

City, state officials call for legal action against ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Government officials and community activists from across the state gathered outside the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to voice support for taking legal action to stop the so-called “sanctuary cities” law.Senate Bill 4, which goes into effect September 1, allows officers…

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Andrew Weber

Texas sues Austin, Travis County over ‘sanctuary city’ law

Texas is preemptively suing the city of Austin, Travis County and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to enforce the state’s newly minted “sanctuary city” law, Senate Bill 4.The suit, filed on Monday, asks a federal court to…

Friday, May 5, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

How does Texas’ ‘sanctuary cities’ bill stack up against Arizona’s ‘show me your papers’ law?

City Council Member Greg Casar sat on the floor, his back blocking one of the two main entrances to a state building on the Capitol grounds. He’d taken a seat as part of a sit-in Monday to protest Senate Bill…

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