Texas state police can keep Uvalde records secret for now, judge rules
The ruling sidestepped the question of whether the state police can withhold records concerning their response to the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School. The judge concluded that state Sen. Roland Gutierrez had not properly filed his request under Texas’ public records law.
Texas Department of Public Safety investigating how 91 of its troopers and Rangers responded to Uvalde school shooting
The department’s officers made up nearly one-fourth of the 376 law enforcement members who responded to Texas’ deadliest school shooting. Announcement of the inquiry came one day after a report criticized police response to the massacre.
Texas Senator who represents Uvalde sues DPS over school shooting information request – Houston Public Media
Gutierrez, a San Antonio Democrat whose district includes Uvalde, said DPS has “unlawfully denied” his request and hasn’t responded to the senator within the timeframe set forth in Texas law.houstonpublicmedia.org
Senator: Chief had no radio during Uvalde school shooting
UVALDE (AP) — The state agency investigating the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde has determined that the commander facing criticism for the slow police response was not carrying a radio as the massacre unfolded, a Texas state senator said Friday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas senator: School police chief didn't know of 911 calls
UVALDE (AP) — The commander overseeing police during a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside and it's unclear wh[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas senator: School police chief didn't know of 911 calls
UVALDE (AP) — The commander overseeing police during a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside and it's unclear wh[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, says it’s a “slap in the face” to be left off committee responding to shooting
Gutierrez, a Democrat who has been critical of the state’s response to past shootings, said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also snubbed state senators whose districts were affected by shootings in El Paso and Santa Fe.
Uvalde school district’s police chief didn’t know about 911 calls coming from inside the school, lawmaker says
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, said the commanding officer at the scene of the shooting was not informed about the calls that Uvalde police were receiving, calling the lack of coordination a “system failure.”
Uvalde school police chief says he’s still cooperating
The school district police chief who served as on-site commander during last week's deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, said Wednesday that he's talking daily with investigators, contradicting claims fr[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
President Biden suggests razing Texas elementary school where 21 people were killed, state senator says
Robb Elementary School, where a gunman killed 19 children and two adults this week, could be razed and replaced by a new building, President Biden suggested to a local lawmaker on Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Uvalde picks up pieces as shifting accounts of attack trouble officials
Muñoz criticized the Texas Department of Public Safety for its shifting accounts of what occurred at the school on Tuesday, but he cautioned against making too many conclusions. State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat who represents Uvalde, said, “We’re all angry. He confirmed that officers waited for nearly an hour in a hallway outside the locked classroom, where authorities say Salvador Rolando Ramos was shooting children and killing their teachers. The president heads to Uvalde on Sunday to meet the families of the victims. AdvertisementHere in Uvalde, a seemingly endless schedule of funerals has been released, beginning Tuesday and stretching for nearly two weeks.washingtonpost.com
School massacre continues Texas' grim run of mass shootings
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Once again, one of America's deadliest mass shootings happened in Texas.Past shootings targeted worshippers during a Sunday sermon, shoppers at a Walmart, students on a high schoo[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Pete Gallego’s relatively short tenure as president of Sul Ross University was mired in conflict — from the campus to the Texas Capitol
The politician turned college president got stuck in a fight over which university system should manage the university. And he faced pushback from faculty and members of the Far West Texas community about his decisions and leadership style.
Local group launches campaign to decriminalize cannabis
The local grassroots, nonprofit organization Mano Amiga announced it will launch a campaign focusing on decriminalizing cannabis in San Marcos.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Barely underway, Texas redistricting draws lawsuit
The first volley in what is expected to be a fierce war over Texas redistricting kicked off Wednesday in the form of a federal lawsuit filed by two Democratic state senators who argue that state lawmakers cannot legally redraw the state’s legislative maps this fall.myrgv.com
Barely underway, Texas redistricting draws its first lawsuit challenging Legislature’s authority to redraw legislative maps
Two Democratic state senators filed the federal suit arguing the Texas Constitution does not allow lawmakers to meet in special session to draw up state House and Senate districts. They’re asking the courts to do it instead.
Join The Texas Tribune for a live interview with new members of the Texas Senate
César Blanco, Roland Gutierrez and Drew Springer join The Texas Tribune for a live event on Jan. 19. Join The Texas Tribune at noon Central Jan. 19 for an interview with three new members of the Texas Senate: César Blanco, D-El Paso; Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio; and Drew Springer, R-Muenster. Blanco, D-El Paso, represents Senate District 29 in El Paso. Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, represents Senate District 19 in San Antonio. Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.
Could Texas Make Weed Legal In 2021? Not If Dan Patrick Doesn't Loosen-Up, Advocates Say
Dan Patrick, the arch-conservative leader of the Texas Senate who’s killed bipartisan marijuana reform bills in past sessions. Marijuana, weed, pot, cannabis, whatever you want to call it, a majority of Texans agree that our state takes too hard a line against the leafy green herb. In 2019, several other neurological conditions were added to the list of who qualifies for cannabis oil under the Texas law, but the language around prescribing vs. recommending was left unchanged. While Patrick hasn’t shown any signs of evolution on his stance on weed, Gutierrez hopes he could change his mind over time as he has on gun background checks. LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.houstonpress.com
In economic crisis, Texas Democrats push to legalize marijuana. Key Republicans likely stand in the way.
State Rep. Terry Canales of Edinburg has proposed putting the question of legalization to Texas voters. And even less controversial measures, like lowering criminal penalties for marijuana possession, have fallen flat in the Texas Senate. Dan Patrick, a staunch conservative, at the helm of the upper chamber, it remains unlikely that a legalization bill will make it out when the Legislature reconvenes in January. But given the state of the economy and more states following the trend to legalize and tax cannabis, they said action was needed. A report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that, in 2018, Black people in Texas were 2.6 times more likely to be arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession than white people.