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UPDATE: Abortion Bill Passes
Testimony will end at midnight
DAILY News  July 3, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...The quick vote came after Rep. Byron Cook, committee chair, shut down questions on the bill from lawmakers on the committee, including Rep..."

Chair Cuts Off Questions, Passes HB 2
More than 1,000 voices left unheard
DAILY News  July 3, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

Abortion Bill Will Be Considered Tuesday in House Committee
Testimony will be limited
DAILY News  July 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Abortion Hearing in Committee Today
Hearing scheduled for 3:30pm, with midnight cut off
DAILY News  July 2, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

On the Lege
When suffering the Lege, just remember: It could always be worse
News Column  May 25, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...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..."

Deep Divisions in Texas' Powerful Anti-Choice Movement
Battle reflects Lege’s growing extremism
News Story  April 5, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Repub­lic­an Burkett said the amendment "goes one step too far" while Rep. Byron Cook, R-Cor­si­cana, urged colleagues to vote against the proposal, saying it shows we are "willing to play God with people's lives." Both candidates were torched by TRL...."

Anti-Choice Groups Get More Extreme
Some think the burial of fetal remains doesn't go far enough
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Lege Lines: Derailing Bipartisan Progress?
Political pandering in the face of actual action
News Story  March 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"..."I am pretty heartbroken to be part of this today," said Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana..."

Lege Lines: The “Sanctuary Cities” Bill's Detrimental Effect
Can anybody reasonably testify in support of SB 4?
News Story  March 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
News Story  January 12, 2017, by the News Staff
"...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...."

Early Filing at the Lege
Early filing began this week for the upcoming state legislative sessions. Already, the war on women’s health is on.
News Story  November 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Top 10 Lege Stories
Wendy Davis' filibuster, redistricting, and the lottery fiasco
News Story  January 3, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

'Let Her Speak!'
Abortion hearing erupts into an emotional match
DAILY News  June 21, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...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..."

A Peek Into the New Lege's Anti-Choice Plan
It can surely be worse
News Story  November 21, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Both of these bills failed to pass in 2017, with even some Republicans – like outgoing Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) – speaking out against the obvious cruelty of removing the 20-week exception..."

Lege Lines: Session Winners and Losers
As sine die nears, bills drop left and right
News Story  May 28, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Day One on the Floor
Liveblogging from the House in the 82nd Legislature
DAILY News  January 11, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Taking Back the House
Texas Democrats say this could be their November
News Story  October 10, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Will Strama Sideline Tom's Tort Thoughts?
Rep. Strama responds to the speaker's interim committee charges.
DAILY News  November 30, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Texas Lawmakers Continue Anti-Abortion Witch Hunt
State Affairs hearing takes on fetal tissue research
DAILY News  April 28, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

News Roundup: Can't Stop the Rain
Or the Lege, for that matter
DAILY News  May 26, 2015, by the News Staff
"...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..."

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