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Tag Archives: Texas Legislature

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas usually fights Austin at the Capitol. Lately, the fight is in the courtroom.

The city of Austin has endured several legal jabs from the state in the past couple of months.Recently, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stepped into a dispute over the makeup of the city’s Planning Commission. A week ago, the city…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Deece Eckstein

This week, Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator Deece Eckstein joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano. Listen in below to hear predictions about the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature and a review of some of the…

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council braces for another tight budget cycle amid threats from Legislature

City Council will have to raise property taxes by 5 percent in the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget just to continue funding existing programs, according to a financial forecast prepared by the city budget office.In a presentation to Council members on…

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Court upholds majority of ‘sanctuary cities’ law

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Senate Bill 4 can remain in effect for the time being. Tuesday’s decision will allow the so-called “sanctuary cities” law to take effect while the case against it plays out.However,…

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Ashley Lopez

Sheryl Cole and ‘Chito’ Vela head to runoff in Texas House race, pushing Dawnna Dukes out

Democrats Sheryl Cole and Jose “Chito” Vela will move on to a runoff election for Texas House District 46 after pushing out embattled incumbent Dawnna Dukes in the primary on Tuesday.The district includes parts of East Austin, Manor and Pflugerville.Cole,…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What blind spots?

Colossus of roads… “There’s no question that I am probably the largest road proponent in the Milky Way.” Thus Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty began a stemwinder about his transportation prescription for Central Texas at a luncheon hosted by the…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council greenlights new pedestrian mall on Congress Avenue

City Council paved the way Thursday for a major state project that will transform three blocks of downtown from roadway into a grass-covered pedestrian mall.Council voted to give the Texas Facilities Commission the OK to seize control of city right…

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council drills down on Capitol plan

An ongoing effort by the state of Texas to move much of its workforce downtown has City Council members wondering what, if anything, the city can get out of the project.The state is planning on getting started with implementation of…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Casar reports on SB 4 hearing in New Orleans

City Council Member Greg Casar attended Tuesday’s hearing on Senate Bill 4 at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The city of Austin, along with Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, the small border city of El Cenizo,…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Travis County sheriff responds to community outcry after ‘sanctuary’ policy reversal

At a town hall meeting on Monday organized by the Commission on Immigrant Affairs, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez faced a crowd of immigrant rights advocates, service providers and undocumented community members, many of whom expressed disbelief at her Sept.…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Stephanie Federico

After court ruling, Travis County will comply with all ICE detention requests

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office will honor all federal immigration detainer requests following a federal court ruling that held parts of Texas’ “sanctuary cities” law can go into effect.A three-judge panel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Cate Malek

Despite Austin’s crime lab meltdown, Texas is working to clear its DNA backlog

When Wendy Davis decided to find out how many untested rape kits there were in the state of Texas, she readily admits she had no idea what she was getting into.Davis, a former state senator, was first told that there…

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Stephanie Federico

Federal judge blocks Texas’ ban on ‘sanctuary cities’

A federal court in San Antonio has blocked Senate Bill 4, Texas’ so-called “sanctuary cities” law.U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said, “The best interests of the public will be served by preserving the status quo and enjoining, prior to September…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

How one immigrants’ rights group is preparing for ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Candelario Vazquez, 34, stood in front of a 20-person audience. None of the adults and children, some of them squirming in their hard plastic chairs, asked to be in his audience.“Good morning, friends,” said Vazquez, who works for the immigrants’…

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council opts to sue the state over housing discrimination beef

After months of the Texas Legislature seemingly taking shot after shot at the city of Austin, City Council is swinging back.On Thursday, Council gave the go-ahead to Interim City Manager Elaine Hart to sue the state over a 2015 law…

Friday, July 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Dueling tree ordinance bills advance

The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation that would allow developers to get credit for planting trees to substitute for mitigation fees that cities might otherwise require from them when they remove trees from their property.House Bill 7…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

At Capital Metro’s Traffic Jam, Adler brings the noise

Mayor Steve Adler’s plan for the next big transportation funding package is a new way forward indeed.On Wednesday night, at a large public engagement event meant to highlight the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ongoing Project Connect process, Adler suggested that…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas lawmakers may alter property tax collection. But how does it even work?

During a recent committee hearing on a property tax bill, a state lawmaker made an unusual comment: He praised Travis County.“Travis County has the best record on reducing tax rate,” said state Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), the author of Senate…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Mose Buchele

City of Austin welcomes Texas AG opinion on local tree rules

In Austin, and in about 60 other Texas cities, you need to get a permit before you cut down some large or historic trees. Opponents of those tree preservation rules – including Gov. Greg Abbott – call them a violation…

Monday, July 17, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Lawmakers to tackle local construction regulations during special session

Local control was a recurring theme during the 85th Texas Legislative session, and many of those policy debates will continue during the upcoming special session. When Gov. Greg Abbott announced the 20 items that will be taken up by lawmakers,…

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