Daily News: On the Lege
Dukes Deal Off. Next Stop: Court.
It was the offer no one seriously expected her to take, but it seems Rep. Dawnna Dukes has let expire a proposal for a plea deal from District Attorney Margaret Moore, paving the way for the Pflugerville Democrat to stand trial later this year.

10:15AM Wed. Aug. 2, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Updated: Plea Deal for Dukes Expires
Updated: At 5:10pm, the D.A.'s office sent out the following statement: "Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced that she has had no contact today from the attorneys for Representative Dukes. The offer to resolve this matter has expired and is no longer available. We will be ready for trial."

10:04AM Tue. Aug. 1, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Abbott Announces Special Session
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans for a special session this summer, to clean up a bit of the leftover mess from the recently concluded 85th legislative session. The state’s House and Senate will reconvene at the Capitol on July 18. Abbott will have lawmakers consider legislation to fix the state’s Medical Board.

3:10PM Tue. Jun. 6, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

Last Day at the Lege
The Texas Legislature has only one job: to pass a budget for the upcoming biennium. More realistically, it has to at least pass the budget and Sunset legislation extending the lives of state agencies. With today marking the final day of the 85th Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is holding the Sunset Bill hostage ... to demand a special session.

9:40AM Mon. May 29, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

“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 »

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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 »

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 »

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