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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…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bills threaten Austin’s land use plans

Brie Franco, the city of Austin’s chief legislative strategist, gave City Council a brief update at Tuesday’s work session before rushing off to do some last minute lobbying.The city is facing a number of legislative attempts to curb its powers…

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by KUT News

Demonstrators arrested after staging sit-in at state office to protest ‘sanctuary’ bill

State troopers began arresting demonstrators who had staged an all-day sit-in at a state office building to protest legislation banning so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions Monday. City Council Member Greg Casar was arrested and cited with a Class B misdemeanor for Criminal…

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

House sets the table for Uber and Lyft’s return to Austin

Uber and Lyft’s self-imposed exile from Austin could be nearing the beginning of the end.On Wednesday, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 100 on a crucial second reading. The bill would create a statewide regulatory framework…

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Urban Affairs Committee takes up preservation bill

A state representative will be making some changes to a bill he proposed that would set a rigorous statewide standard for historic preservation against a property owner’s objections.Discussion of Houston-area Rep. Gary Elkins’ House Bill 3418 at the April 11…

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