Sam's Town Point
"...The quick vote came after Rep. Byron Cook, committee chair, shut down questions on the bill from lawmakers on the committee, including Rep..."
"...House Bill 2, the sweeping abortion regulations bill, passed out of the House State Affairs Committee shortly after midnight on an 8-3 vote after Rep. Byron Cook, committee chair, unceremoniously cut off questions of bill author Rep..."
"...Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, chair of the House State Affairs Committee, said this afternoon that he will limit the amount of testimony allowed during the posted Tuesday, July 2, afternoon hearing of House Bill 2, the omnibus abortion regulations bill that's on the top of the agenda of today's second-called special legislative session...."
"...House Bill 2 – the new version of the astonishingly restrictive anti-abortion measures briefly crippled by the citizen's filibuster – will be heard by the House State Affairs Committee today at 3:30pm. Chairman Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, has already said that he will terminate testimony at midnight...."
"...The simmering discontent audibly surfaced Monday night, in a personal privilege speech by otherwise low-profile Corsicana Republican Byron Cook. Cook, a rancher who chairs the House Civil Practices Committee, boldly asserted that members are fed up with Craddick's frequent use of "intimidation, retaliation, and character assassination" to keep his authority in check, and he accused Craddick of deliberately slowing the budget process, either as punishment or to wrest (i.e., bribe) favor from one member or another..."
"...On March 8, the Texas House State Affairs Committee met to hear testimony on the bill, authored by Committee Chair Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana..."
"..."I am pretty heartbroken to be part of this today," said Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana..."
"...Chairman Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, has indicated that he's interested in curtailing some provisions and is in no rush to pass SB 4 without giving it a closer look..."
"...It's already banned in the U.S.) HB 201 by Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, is the bill version of a rule (now tied up by a legal challenge from abortion advocates) that forces women to bury or cremate the fetal tissue from an abortion or miscarriage...."
"...In HB 201, Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, proposes a rule that would force women to cremate or bury fetal remains after abortions and miscarriages; reproductive health advocates slammed the rule as an ideologically motivated impediment to abortion access and unconstitutional during a series of public hearings..."
"...2 Before Davis' solo effort, advocates for women's reproductive rights queued for hours to speak in committee against the abortion regulations. The people's filibuster saw more than 600 people sign up to speak, until House State Affairs Committee Chair Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, testily terminated testimony...."
"...But then things take an angry turn, because Rep. Byron Cook – the committee chair – suddenly declares that the testimony will be ending regardless of how many people are still waiting to speak..."
"...Talking of the guns-for-everyone crowd, chamber security had to intervene when Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, almost got into a fistfight with State Affairs Committee Chair Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, after the Calendars Committee, on which Cook also sits, refused to put the abortion insurance restrictions in Senate Bill 575 up for debate..."
"...1.07pm Andrade announces Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana as the last seconder (The word "last" gets a brief muttered hurrah.) Cook praises the long Texas tradition of the Straus family in Texas (apparently they did business with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders when they came to San Angelo) and Joe Straus' time in the Reagan and George H.W..."
"...Republicans are targeting Eagle Lake Democrat Robby Cook's vacated seat, since in 2006 Cook (now retired) only held off Republican Tim Kleinschmidt 49% to 48% (Libertarian Rod Gibbs picking up the other 3%). Kleinschmidt is back for a second bite at the apple, but Dem hopeful Donnie Dippel hopes that momentum will be blunted..."
"...Mark Strama, D-Austin, politely implied that he’d be taking the list of charges under advisement, and expected committee chair Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, would be doing the same..."
"...The House State Affairs Committee, led by Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, met to “study the policies used by research and medical entities to adhere to the highest ethical standards for acquiring human fetal tissue for medical and scientific purposes.” Specifically, the committee was, among other directives from House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, to determine whether additional disclosure and reporting requirements, “are necessary to ensure moral and ethical research practices.” Cook is expected to consider filing legislation next session aimed at tightening fetal tissue donation rules...."
"...Most notoriously, the House almost devolved into a fist fight after Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, harangued House Calendars committee chair Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, when the ban on abortions for fetal abnormalities in Senate Bill 575, failed to get a hearing date before the end of the session at Sine Die..."
"...The House kicked off the grumbling today during an exchange between Reps. Will Hartnett, R-Dallas, and Byron Cook, R-Corsicana..."
"...A fly on the wall of the weekend meeting at Rep. Byron Cook's place reported that the speaker ballot went around several times; in each round, the name with the lowest tally of votes was dropped until Straus emerged the winner..."