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“Cruel” Anti-Abortion SB 8 Sent to Gov’s Desk to Become Law
The most sweeping anti-choice bill since 2013’s House Bill 2 now moves to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for an expected signature.

4:05PM Fri. May 26, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Numbers Don't Lie, Film Rebates Work
With the Legislature's budget arguments almost done, the film, TV, and video-game industries nervously await the fate of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP). Many fear that, having already lost TV shows like American Crime and The Leftovers, more productions will quit the state.

4:15PM Thu. May 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Uber, Lyft Return to Austin Monday
Rideshare firms Uber and Lyft have announced they plan to return to Austin, as Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign transportation network company law House Bill 100. As a result, local rideshare rules like Austin‘s background check ordinance will be thrown out, to be replaced by weaker statewide rules.

11:55AM Thu. May 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Activists Nod to The Handmaid's Tale to Protest Anti-Abortion Bills
Cloaked in flowing red robes and white bonnets, more than two dozen activists stood outside the Capitol on Tuesday, May 23, to issue a public warning about the possible fate Texas women could face if legislators continue to attack reproductive rights.

3:45PM Tue. May 23, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Texas Legislators Push Through Two Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sunday Night
After four months fighting down bathroom bills, the Texas House finally caved to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s threat of a special legislative session on Sunday. Shortly after 8:30pm, the House approved a proposed bathroom bill amendment to Senate Bill 2078 after an hour and a half of debate.

11:38AM Mon. May 22, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Court Collision Coming
The headline vote at last Thursday’s City Council meeting (May 18) – authorizing legal action against Senate Bill 4, the anti-“sanctuary cities” law – was a 10-1 anticlimax. Austin now joins cities heading for a showdown with the state and the Trump administration.

8:00AM Mon. May 22, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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Texas House Advances Anti-Choice Package Bill
Disregarding constitutional concerns and exceptions for survivors of sexual assault, the Texas House tentatively passed a package anti-choice bill that would force health providers to bury or cremate fetal tissue following an abortion and bar the safest type of second trimester abortion.

9:45PM Fri. May 19, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Austin, Texas Cities Promise Legal Fight Against SB 4
Local leaders from across Texas banded together Tuesday (May 16) on the Capitol‘s south steps to announce joint plans to file suit against the anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 (signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month) on grounds that the impending law violates the U.S. Constitution.

4:26PM Tue. May 16, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Cornyn Rumored as FBI Chief
It’s been a mixed weekend for Sen. John Cornyn. First Texas’ senior senator had his invitation to speak at Texas Southern University’s commencement revoked. On the upswing, he was rumored to be shortlisted as the next director of the FBI – then one of his fellow GOP senators said he’d be a bad choice as the government’s top cop.

1:41PM Mon. May 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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