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“This is not workable.”
City Council begins its deliberations on CodeNEXT at a special called meeting today at 1pm, with a clear and unanimous recommendation from its top regulatory commission.

10:59AM Wed. May 31, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Live at the Lege
It's 2:45pm. Both chambers are adjourned, waiting word on a special session. We're checking out for the day. See this week's "Lege Lines" in the paper for a breakdown of the weekend, and Mary Tuma's Twitter feed for more from the anti-SB 4 protest.

2:45PM Mon. May 29, the News Staff 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 »

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 »

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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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