Appeals court allows Texas to withhold list of people it thinks are noncitizens and can’t vote
The appellate court reversed a previous ruling that found that Texas violated federal law by refusing to release the list. The suit was brought by five civil rights groups that sought to hold Texas accountable if it disenfranchised naturalized citizens.
Gov. Abbott says increasing the age to buy assault weapons in Texas is unconstitutional – Houston Public Media
The Republican governor’s comments come four days after a group of parents and family members of Uvalde shooting victims protested outside of Abbott’s home and at the Texas Capitol.houstonpublicmedia.org
A conservative school district and Texas lawmaker try to outmaneuver efforts to subvert ‘In God We Trust’ law
After protesters solicited donations to distribute posters to schools across the state in Arabic, state Sen. Bryan Hughes sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency clarifying his legislation requiring schools to display signs with the national motto.
Families of the Uvalde shooting victims denounce Gov. Greg Abbott’s inaction on gun reform
The governor has made a vocal enemy in the families of Robb Elementary shooting victims. They are demanding a special legislative session to reach a compromise on the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles.
Texas Republicans say if Roe falls, they’ll focus on adoptions and preventing women from seeking abortions elsewhere
State leaders say expanding a social safety net for children and prosecuting abortion funders are among their priorities. “We’ll continue to do our best to make abortion not just outlawed, but unthinkable,” said state Rep. Briscoe Cain.
Judge loses trust in Texas’ child abuse investigation of foster care facility and calls for federal inquiry
U.S. District Judge Janis Jack said she is seeking a federal criminal investigation into allegations that children were sexually abused and trafficked at The Refuge, a state-licensed foster care shelter for victims of sex trafficking.
Celebrating Tejano Monument
Texas would not be Texas without the contributions from our Spanish and Mexican pioneers. Like so many other pioneers, our Tejano contributions to Texas are often lost in the telling of history. The monument was designed by artist Armando Hinojosa, and was made possible by the Tejano Monument Inc. board members who raised almost $2 million to fund its construction. This past regular legislative session, I was honored to organize a small gathering to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the TejanoMonument’s unveiling at the Texas Capitol. Here’s to 10 years of representation and recognition at the Texas Capitol.myrgv.com
Apple, Google among dozens of corporations condemning Texas’ order to investigate families of trans kids
The letter, published as a full-page ad in The Dallas Morning News, was also signed by Salesforce, Johnson & Johnson, Dow and Capital One. The companies said they do business, create jobs and serve customers in Texas and are committed to creating safe communities for LGBTQ people.
A growing number of Texas Republicans want a fourth special session to pass COVID-19 vaccine mandate ban
It remains unclear whether Gov. Greg Abbott — the only official with the power to convene special sessions — will order state lawmakers back to Austin, or what issues he would include on the agenda.
Analysis: A swelling Texas treasury gives 2022 hopefuls room for big ideas
As the political season starts, the contestants got an unexpected bit of good news: The state comptroller says the next Legislature will start with almost $25 billion in the state treasury. Expensive campaign promises just got a lot easier to make.
Gov. Greg Abbott calls special legislative session for redistricting, other conservative priorities starting Sept. 20
On top of redistricting, Abbott wants lawmakers to take up bills on restrictions for transgender student athletes and the allocation of billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds.
Texas Democrats return, end 38-day holdout over voting bill
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A standoff in Texas over new voting restrictions that gridlocked the state Capitol for 38 consecutive days ended Thursday when some Democrats who fled to Washington, D.C., dropped their holdout, paving the way for Republicans to resume pushing an elections overhaul.myrgv.com
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19
The governor spoke Monday night at a GOP event in Collin County, later tweeting photos of him addressing a maskless crowd. Less than three hours before his diagnosis was announced Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted pictures of a meeting with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
Texas GOP signs arrest warrants to end Democrats’ holdout
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican leaders in the Texas House signed arrest warrants for 52 Democrats who have blocked voting legislation in a standoff that stretched into its 31st day Wednesday, but it was not yet clear whether that threat would be enough to get lawmakers to return to the state Capitol.myrgv.com
With special session’s end looming, Texas Democrats and Republicans mull their next moves
Abbott has promised to call a second special session to pass the GOP’s priority voting bill, but the exact timing is uncertain. And House Democrats have not yet revealed what they have planned after the session ends this week.
‘Vote them out’: Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing "vote them out" Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions.myrgv.com
'Vote them out': Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally
Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions. Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and strip local officials of their election authority.news.yahoo.com
What it means to break quorum and what you need to know about the Texas House Democrats’ dramatic departure
Democrats are preventing the Texas House from having enough members to pass legislation. We explain what that means, what options Republicans have and what’s in the voting bills Democrats oppose.
Texas Democrats dig in after exodus; GOP threatens arrest
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To block voting legislation, Democrats put bail bills, legislative funding and other measures in peril
Conservative priorities to restrict pretrial release from jail and ban critical race theory in schools were up in the air after Democratic lawmakers chartered flights to Washington, D.C. But so was funding for retired teachers and legislative employees.
Texas Democrats dig in after exodus; GOP threatens arrest
Texas Democrats who hurriedly took off to Washington to block sweeping new election laws urged Congress on Tuesday to quickly pass legislation protecting voting rights, while Republican Gov. Greg Abbott threatened them with arrest the moment they return. Speaking to reporters outside the Capitol, the Democrats were realistic about the limits of their gambit, noting they can hold up the GOP-backed proposals at home for only so long and arguing that only federal legislation would prevent some of the new restrictions from becoming law. In Austin, House Republicans authorized state troopers to find and corral missing legislators, while a depleted but still-working state Senate passed new voting restrictions in a show of GOP resolve.news.yahoo.com
Texas House Democrats Invoke the ‘Nuclear Option,' Fleeing to D.C. to Stall Voting Restrictions
“We are holding the line here in Texas,” says Texas House Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, who was among those flying to D.C. “If Republicans are silencing our voices here, they’ll do it anywhere in America and we’re going to stand up to that.”news.yahoo.com
Texas governor revives GOP’s thwarted new voting laws
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday revived the GOP's thwarted efforts to pass new voting laws in America's biggest red state after Democrats temporarily derailed a restrictive bill with a late-night walkout in the state Capitol in May.myrgv.com
Texas governor revives GOP's thwarted new voting laws
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday revived the GOP's thwarted efforts to pass new voting laws in America's biggest red state after Democrats temporarily derailed a restrictive bill with a late-night walkout in the state Capitol in May. As expected, Abbott made new election laws one of nearly a dozen items — including border security and other GOP lightning rod issues — that he is instructing lawmakers to revisit over the next 30 days in a special session that begins Thursday. The two-term governor, who is up for reelection next year and has not ruled out a presidential run in 2024, offered no immediate guidance about what changes he wants in Texas' elections laws.news.yahoo.com
Texas GOP to revive voting bill, Democrats plot next move
Democrats who pulled off the revolt in the state House of Representatives just before a midnight deadline Sunday did not leave indefinitely. But bare-knuckled Republican governing is a way of life in the Texas Capitol and no concessions are so far promised. Texas Republicans may also enter a 30-day special session with not just commanding majorities, but new leverage. The Texas GOP’s torpedoed bill, known as Senate Bill 7, would have reduced polling hours, empowered poll watchers and scaled back ways to vote. The decision gave Senate Republicans at the time the quorum needed to get back to work on a redistricting plan that would give the GOP more seats in Congress.myrgv.com
Could Casino Gambling Ever Be Legal In Texas? (May 7, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Friday's show: An update on key bills in the legislature, why lobbyists from Las Vegas are descending on the Texas Capitol, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week, and a switchboard operator of sorts for calls to astronauts in space.houstonpublicmedia.org
3 of Abbott's COVID medical advisers say they weren't directly consulted before mask mandate lifted
Abbott imposed a mask order in July, and vaccine distribution has begun to give residents a reason for hope. Three of the four said Wednesday that Abbott did not directly consult with them prior to the drastic shift in policy. Zerwas said to the Tribune that he told Abbott he couldn’t say whether now was the right time to remove pandemic restrictions. Abbott’s order makes Texas the largest state in the country without a mask mandate. The move goes against the guidance of most medical experts, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.chron.com
Texas House Democrats Launch Climate, Environment Caucus With One Goal: Talk About Climate Change In The Legislature – Houston Public Media
The climate, environment and energy caucus aims to start a conversation in the Legislature on how Texas can prepare for climate change and take advantage of the transition to cleaner energy sources. Seventeen Democrats in the Texas House launched a climate, environment and energy caucus this week with one simple goal: to talk about climate change at the Texas Capitol, where conversations on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases have been sidelined for years. Led by state Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, the caucus includes Democrats from major cities across the state. Members pointed out that the Legislature didn't hold a single hearing on any bill related to climate change during the last session. Instead, they have their sights set on a more modest goal they hope is achievable — holding at least one hearing on climate change.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texas, Local Governments Take On New Security Measures After U.S. Capitol Siege – Houston Public Media
“We are fully prepared to respond to any threat in our city.”Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin told Houston Public Media he feels safe at City Hall, but not just because of increased police presence. The Texas Capitol may have had some disruptive incidents in the past, but nothing remotely close to the Capitol insurrection – at least not in modern history. In 2013, peaceful protesters in the Texas Capitol galleries succeeded in delaying lawmakers' vote on a bill restricting abortion. Those past events didn't seem to affect Capitol security, but the recent events in Washington, D.C., did – at least for now. The Texas Department of Public Safety, which is responsible for security at the Capitol in Austin, didn't agree to an interview.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texas Legislative Session Begins Amid Concerns Of Violence And The Pandemic – Houston Public Media
Bills to redraw the state’s political maps, the state’s pandemic response, and sweeping police reform proposals are on the docket to be discussed in the Texas Capitol. Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. First, Matt Harab walks us through what he sees outside the Texas Capitol in Austin as events unfold. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texas closes state Capitol building after pro-Trump rioters storm U.S. Capitol
Harry Cabluck, STF / Associated PressThe Texas Department of Public Safety closed Texas Capitol grounds in Austin Wednesday as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.“The Capitol and Capitol Complex are closed to the public effective immediately,” the department said in a statement attributed to deputy director of homeland security Freeman Martin, the Texas Tribune's Cassandra Pollock reports.chron.com
Trump and protesters pressure governors to start reopening the states
Adding to the pressure are protests against stay-at-home orders organized by small-government groups and Trump supporters. They staged demonstrations Saturday in several cities after the president urged them to "liberate" three states led by Democratic governors. Protests happened in Republican-led states, too, including at the Texas Capitol and in front of the Indiana governor's home. Trump, whose administration waited months to bolster stockpiles of key medical supplies and equipment, appeared to back protesters. "LIBERATE VIRGINIA, " Trump said in a tweet-storm in which he also lashed out at New York Gov.cnbc.com