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.
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.
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.
Chronicle staff writer Michael King joined the Austin Monitor May 9 to talk City Hall. Monitor publisher Mike Kanin (soon moving to the Texas Observer) moderated King, Monitor Editor Elizabeth Pagano, and staffer Nina Hernandez in a discussion of the budget forecast, CodeNEXT, the homestead exemption, and more.
As anticipated, City Council’s May 11 meeting was abbreviated, roughly three hours in the afternoon. Members did manage to use one of them to dither a proposed student commission within an inch of its life.
Interim Police Chief Brian Manley fired APD Officer Carlos Mayfield on Friday, May 5, after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded that the 13-year veteran tampered with a sexual assault case in November.
Just one day after Gov. Greg Abbott’s secretive signing of a bill that would punish so-called “sanctuary cities,” the state of Texas has stoked a legal battle against Travis County and the City of Austin in order to “uphold the constitutionality” of anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4.
With much of the tough action moving to budget prep, current City Council agendas are fairly light and adjournments relatively early. Nevertheless, last Thursday the dais did move forward on the Mobility Bond, worked through a brace of zoning cases, and somewhat grudgingly approved a Downtown rail plaza.