Tag Archives: Texas Legislature

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,…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s clean air programs in question after Abbott’s vetoes

A pair of Gov. Greg Abbott’s line-item vetoes has Travis County once again scrambling to clean up the aftermath, this time involving two air quality programs.On June 23 12, Abbott blasted out of the state budget bill all future appropriations…

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs $6.9 million in fee waivers for state

Despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s long list of proposed topics for an upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature that look a lot like Austin bashing, City Council voted Thursday to allow staff to negotiate an interlocal agreement with the Texas…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by KUT News

Mayor, City Council members hold news conference on ‘sanctuary’ suit

The city of Austin filed a motion in federal court Monday, seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the enforcement of Senate Bill 4, the state’s new law barring so-called “sanctuary cities.”Mayor Steve Adler called SB 4 unconstitutional and said that…

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

State Senate trumps Austin’s ride-hailing regulations

The Texas Legislature has cleared the road for Uber and Lyft to return to Austin on their own terms.On Wednesday, the state Senate overwhelmingly approved House Bill 100 on second and third readings, sending the statewide ride-hailing regulations to Gov.…

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…

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission on Immigrant Affairs responds to SB 4

As the sky crumbled above them, the city’s Commission on Immigrant Affairs scrambled to pick up the pieces Monday night in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of Senate Bill 4 over the weekend. Slated to become law September 1,…

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 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Linkage fees challenged at legislature

Just as Austin is beginning to study the idea of adopting linkage fees – fees on new construction levied for the purpose of raising funds for affordable housing – the Texas Legislature could be poised to close off that avenue.State…

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Troxclair’s legislative speeches criticized

During a legislative briefing at Tuesday’s City Council work session, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo criticized Council Member Ellen Troxclair for testifying against the city’s position on three hot topics at the Texas Legislature.“I need to express my grave disappointment…

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Texas House bill takes aim at historic preservation rules

Fans of keeping historic buildings just as they are have sounded the alarm over a legislative bill that could bring wholesale change to preservation policies across the state, including here in Austin.State Rep. Gary Elkins, a Republican from northwestern Houston,…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Legislation spotlights Austin’s fair chance rules

Members of the Texas House Business & Industry Committee heard lengthy and conflicting testimony Monday on fair chance hiring regulations but did not take a vote on Austin Republican Rep. Paul Workman’s House Bill 577 – which would overturn Austin’s…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Workman’s bill could help Lake Travis town ditch Capital Metro

Leaders of one of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s original members are hoping a state lawmaker can help them in their quest to quit the transit agency.Earlier this month, state Rep. Paul Workman filed House Bill 2627, which is aimed…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Legislature drives closer to statewide ride-hailing regulations

Three bills that would trump Austin’s ride-hailing regulations swerved through the Texas Senate on Tuesday.In front of a standing-room-only crowd, the Committee on Business & Commerce took up Senate bills 113, 176 and 361. Each authored by Republican lawmakers, the…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Troxclair, Adler present opposite views on tax bill

City Council Member Ellen Troxclair and Mayor Steve Adler presented diametrically opposite views at Tuesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on Senate Bill 2, which would prevent cities and counties from raising taxes by more than 4 percent above the effective…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler: A blue Texas “all but inevitable”

It’s something of an old saw in the political world that progressive cities in otherwise red states are like “a blueberry in a bowl of tomato soup.”Austin Mayor Steve Adler and his mayoral colleagues on Friday’s “America’s Mayors: Holding The…

Monday, March 13, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Howard files bill to protect Barton Springs

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) has filed legislation to prevent the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from issuing new permits to authorize discharge of sewage effluent into any creek or other body of water in the contributing or recharge zone…

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bill would stop Austin from protesting pollution

State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) has filed a bill that appears to threaten to punish the city of Austin for opposing Dripping Springs’ controversial wastewater discharge permit before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.The city of Austin has been…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Democrats urged to join fight against SB 4

Matt Simpson, policy strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, told members of the Central Texas Democratic Forum on Monday that Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities bill, throws out policies created by sheriffs and police departments…

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