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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...."

Straus Announces House Committees
Lots of seats but no chair positions for reps in Travis County
DAILY News  February 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...• Dawnna Dukes: Appropriations; International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Sheer seniority made it almost impossible to keep the recently indicted Pflugerville rep off Appropriations, but Dukes loses her two vice-chair positions (Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, and Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement). Of course, either current seat would prove moot unless Dukes actually starts turning up..."

House of Cards
Critics say the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards low-income housing tax-credits to undeserving developers.
News Story  October 22, 1999, by Kevin Fullerton
"...The days of shoveling public subsidies into questionable developments were over, out the door with the housing agency's former director, Larry Paul Manley, who resigned last year with FBI and Department of Public Safety agents on his trail. With one, probably two, board members at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) under scrutiny by criminal investigators, all appearances of corruption were supposed to disappear into the past..."

2006 State Races
A sampling of some of the livelier contests taking shape in the March 7 primary and the general election in November
News Story  January 20, 2006, by Wells Dunbar and Amy Smith
"...Also running are Austin attorney Royce LeMoine and Eric Beverly. With experience in the Texas Office of Rural and Community Affairs, Beverly would likely be an effective advocate for rural Texans (not District 47's long suit), while LeMoine's labor advocacy would be welcome in the House...."

Lege Lines: Peace in Straus' House
News from the saner chamber
News Story  August 10, 2017, by Richard Whittaker and Mary Tuma
"...Joe Moody, D-El Paso, called a point of order on the annexation restrictions in Senate Bill 6. The measure (not to be confused with the bathroom bill, SB 6 in the regular session) now returns to the House State Affairs Committee, after Moody noted that allowing only property owners to vote on annexation proposal would be unconstitutional..."

House Committees
Less is more
News Story  February 6, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...The biggest argument concerned the powerful State Affairs Committee, which gains extra oversight over state agencies and institutions but also assumes authority over regulated industries. To reflect that new power, it will swell from nine members to 15, but the chair will not be able to serve on another substantive committee..."

How Our Lawmakers Scored (or Didn't) With House Speaker Tom Craddick
News Column  February 4, 2005
"...Rep. Elliott Naishtat: Lost vice chair seat on Human Services; removed from Public Health; appointed to County Affairs..."

Solomons Files House Rules
House Resolution 2 proposes major changes to number, roles, make-up of House committees
DAILY News  January 26, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...The opening weeks of the House of Representatives are usually pretty slow affairs, taken up with the normal slate of tip-of-the-hat resolutions. But there's some big business, like House Resolution 2, better known as the House Rules, filed this morning by Rep..."

Balanced House, Balanced Committees
So how equitable was the equitable split Straus promised?
DAILY News  February 13, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Seems Speaker Joe Straus was being truthful when he said that there would be some power-sharing in the new balanced House. True, the Democrats didn't get the chairs on any of the big three committees (Appropriations, Calendars, and State Affairs) but they did get the vice-chairmanships on all three, and the new chairs are all drawn from the Dem-friendly Gang of 11 (well, more Dem-friendly than a lot of old Tom Craddick appointees..."

House Committees Announced
Speaker Straus says assignments "will draw upon the House's wisdom and experience"
DAILY News  February 12, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Quick hit points: – Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, replaces Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, as speaker pro tem – Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, gets to chair the newly beefed-up State Affairs..."

Lege Lines: House Committees, Revenue Estimates ... & Snacks
The Lege appoints House Committee members, offers revenue estimates, and ensures lawmakers are well fed
News Story  February 12, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Never mind that House members are tired of threats from open-carry advocates, and UT System Chancellor Admiral Bill McRaven says he's opposed to campus carry, the Senate Committee on State Affairs will hear Senate Bill 11 (campus carry) and SB 17 (open carry) at 9am on Feb. 12....."

Sine Die Part 2: The House
The House ends the 80th session like it has been for weeks: divided, fighting over the rule book, and pointing fingers at Speaker Craddick.
DAILY News  May 29, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...And the clock ticked down to midnight. In the midst of this, Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, got in the last heavy punch of the session against Craddick by getting a motion passed honoring former Parliamentarian Denise Davis and her deputy, Christopher Griesel, both of whom resigned Friday in protest over the speaker's management of House affairs..."

New House, New House Rules
Reps reform committees, re-confirm limits on speaker's powers
DAILY News  January 29, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Most importantly, the newly-bolstered State Affairs becomes so important that neither its chair nor that of appropriations can sit on another substantive committee. Dunnam called it "a new super-committee, or rather the old super-committee come back..."

The State of Perry's Smile
Governor proposes less for arts, more for big business
DAILY News  February 9, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Whodda thunk?) He argued that Texas needs to keep all its "premiere economic development tools," but he did not name either the Major Events Trust Fund or the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. However, he also has his target list: He wants the Department of Rural Affairs folded into the Department of Agriculture, and the Historical Commission and the Commission on the Arts completely suspended until the economy improves to his liking..."

Lege Lines: State Level Bullying Reaches New Plateau
Local reps’ mission this session? Keep the state GOP away from Austin.
News Story  January 26, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The old Texas legislative sport of picking on the capital city. Such a production can vary: lawmakers giving city staff a tough time in committee hearings; aggressive legislative intervention in local affairs; resting the state school finance system on the backs of Austin's property owners..."

Coleman: Perry Slow on State Schools
Legislative Study Group chair asks why governor has left fixing state residential facilities to legislature
DAILY News  February 5, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Low pay for primary care workers, high staff turnover rate, inadequate training, low employment standards and lack of oversight at state schools led to the current state of affairs. The sad fact is that these issues could have been addressed by administrative action during the interim instead of waiting for the Legislature to change statutes..."

Strama Leaving House
Updated: Mayoral rumors swirl as successors line up
DAILY News  February 21, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...However, that also means he is not weighed down with city baggage. Moreover, he started burnishing his local credentials this session by joining the low-profile but highly relevant House Ways & Means Committee, as well as International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs..."

State of Affairs
The current political season is reflected equally in an angry Iraq analysis and a soapy novel with a Sirkian sweep
Books Review  October 22, 2004, by Roger Gathman
"...The two books under review more or less reflect on the present state of political affairs. Ali's is an angry tract, and Frank's is a novel with a Douglas Sirkian sweep about two sisters in Hollywood in the McCarthy era...."

State Cuts Hitting the Bone
The tolls of a take-no-prisoners budget year
News Story  April 1, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Stacy Wilson, director of government affairs for Central Health, Travis County's health care coordinating body, said that her group's partner agencies have tried not to express the threatened cuts in terms of jobs so far, "just because you've got morale issues in hospitals." Yet cuts seem inevitable, and they could hit health care triply hard. Not only does HB 1 gut funding for AIDS medication and mental health services, but it zeroes out state funding for some programs that benefit from federal matching funds..."

Family Planning Survives House Budget
Funding for family-planning centers reamins intact – for now
News Story  April 24, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Warren Chisum, R-Pampa. "If the goal here is to just totally dismantle women's access to care," Sarah Wheat, vice president of community affairs for the Texas Capital Region Planned Parenthood, said before the debate, "then [Chisum's] done a great job."..."

Texas State Hold 'Em (Updated)
Will poker become taxable income in Texas?
DAILY News  May 2, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Importantly, it also legalizes charitable poker events, which are currently illegal. The cash from license fees and taxes (18% of the house rake for commercial gambling, 5% from charity events) will end up in the coffers of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, to be split 50-50 between homeless shelters and programs and the housing trust fund. It's all born from a good dose of pragmatism: As bill sponsor Rep..."

No Chairs for Travis County in House Committees
Local delegation still scores six vice-chairs
DAILY News  February 4, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...There is also a shocking contrast in bipartisanship and collegiality to the seemingly begrudging inclusion of Dems on the Senate side. There are even committees with a completely Democratic leadership, including Criminal Jurisprudence (with Abel Herrero and Joe Moody respectively chairing and vice-chairing), Culture and Tourism (Ryan Guillen and local lawmaker Dawnna Dukes), and County Affairs (Garnet Coleman and Joe Farias)...."

The Mob House Rules
Trail of Dead introduces their new epic release to the world
Music Story  January 28, 2005, by Christopher Gray
"...The most obvious example is the title track, which Keely named after a National Geographic show that plucks an American family from their safe suburban home and plants them in unfamiliar territory, like the African bush. Lines like "with blood and death, we'll pay back the debt of this candy store of ours" point toward a broader critique (i.e., Iraq), but Keely says the principal target is solipsistic performers too preoccupied with their own lives, whether in alt-rock's self-pity parade or hip-hop's orgy of bling-bling, to notice the precarious state of world affairs...."

Is There a Doctor in the House?
Below the budget storm clouds, plans form for UTMB campus at Mueller
News Story  September 10, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...For now, though, the city's "conceptual discussions" center on a long-term lease, with UTMB contributing to help offset the infrastructure costs of the overall Mueller redevelopment project, Futrell said.A Med School Future? While Dr. Kenneth Shine, the UT System's executive vice chancellor for health affairs, has been working out the nitty-gritty details with the city, other backers – many of them local physicians with UTMB ties – are tending to logistical matters and setting fundraising goals..."

Bill of the Week: House Bill 1800
Rep. Walle proposes bill to rein in dog attacks
News Column  April 30, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Filed: Feb. 23; heard in Urban Affairs: April 21..."

UPDATE: Abortion Bill Passes
Testimony will end at midnight
DAILY News  July 3, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...UPDATE:House BIll 2 passed out of the State Affairs Committee on an 8-3 vote with two absences. The quick vote came after Rep..."

UPDATE: The People's Filibuster Continues
Opponents of war on women use lege rules to derail abortion ban
DAILY News  June 20, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...UPDATE: After an estimated 700 citizens turned up to give often insightful and emotional testimony on highly restrictive abortion legislation last night, House State Affairs Committee Chair Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, abruptly terminated the debate with no vote...."

Naked City
House Members not Keen on Bill that would allow pharmacists to interject moral, religious judgement into birth control scrips
News Story  April 22, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...April 13 was a tough day for Rep. Frank "The Fetus" Corte, R-San Antonio, as he tried to sell his HB 16 to an increasingly skeptical House State Affairs Committee – a venue not generally hostile toward legislation offered by abortion foes..."

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...."

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
The heat is on in the state's House and Senate
News Story  May 18, 2017, by the News Staff
"...• The House State Affairs Committee moved along another anti-choice bill, SB 20 by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, which bans abortion from insurance coverage, on May 16..."

Lege Lines: Don’t Blame the Death Worm
The Texas House wants to kill off "film incentives"
News Story  April 13, 2017, by Richard Whittaker and the News Staff
"...• The House State Affairs Committee heard HB 1936, which aims to end government transactions with abortion facilities and their affiliates. Bill author Drew Spring­er, R-Muenster, specifically cited Austin Central Health's $1 per year lease fee for Plan­ned Parenthood's space on E..."

Lege Lines: Same Old “Sanctuary”
House version of SB 4? Still terrible.
News Story  April 20, 2017, by Mary Tuma and the News Staff
"...The ultra-conservative Senate was quick to pass Lubbock Repub­lican Sen. Charles Perry's punitive Senate Bill 4 in February, but at the hands of the House State Affairs Committee, the bill – which targets cities, counties, and universities that don't comply with all U.S..."

Still No Vote on the Bathroom Bill "Compromise"
After five hours of public testimony, HB 2899 sits in limbo
DAILY News  April 20, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Wednesday saw another late night at the Capitol. The House’s State Affairs Committee heard public testimony on House Bill 2899, the supposed “compromise” to the bathroom bill..."

Republicans Swap Marriage Ban for Angry Letter
Political cover after failure of gay marriage bill
DAILY News  May 15, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The fight against anti-LGBT bills is not over yet. Yesterday, Senate Bill 2065, the Texas version of Indiana's "religious freedom bill" (see Bill of the Week, May 8) was referred to the House State Affairs Committee..."

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..."

'Let Her Speak!'
Abortion hearing erupts into an emotional match
DAILY News  June 21, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...It’s 12:25 in the morning in the House State Affairs committee room at the John H. Reagan building in the Capitol complex when all hell breaks loose...."

A Woman's Right to Know the Truth?
Or should state tell women abortion causes cancer?
DAILY News  April 10, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Until now that's been an uphill battle – the removal was rejected last session during the controversial debate over the ultrasound-before-abortion bill, and was similarly dismissed in previous sessions. If the questions coming from the House State Affairs Committee today are any indication, it may be that the time to excise the misinformation has come – at least that is what would happen if West University Place GOP Rep..."

NARAL Stages 'People's Filibuster'
Action against new abortion regulations
DAILY News  June 20, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...For supporters of reproductive rights in Texas, today is going to be a very long day. After a divisive set of abortion regulations were passed in the Senate Tuesday, the House State Affairs Committee is hearing testimony on the bill this afternoon..."

Lege Lines: Left in the Dark
Who knew about the ICE raids this weekend? Not your state reps.
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...8 and sent to the House, though it's yet to be assigned to a committee. The smart money is that it will be heard either by State Affairs, on which Rodriguez sits, or by Homeland Security..."

Gambling? What Gambling?
Allergic to taxes, the Lege tries to balance the budget with the rolls of the dice.
News Story  May 2, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...(These are the bills that would enable a casino on Waller Creek.) Lucio's bill earmarks the state's winnings for higher education, while Ellis proposes no such restrictions. Both bills are sitting in the Senate State Affairs Committee, where they will likely die..."

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Sine die looms. Do these bills have a shot?
News Story  May 11, 2017, by the News Staff
"...• On May 3, the House State Affairs Committee heard, but took no action on, an anti-choice bill that would ban abortion care coverage from all Texas insurance plans with no exception for rape, incest, or fetal anomalies. While HB 1113 by Rep..."

The Class of 1985
The 69th Legislature, 1985, marked a turning point in the future of Texas politics
News Story  February 27, 2004, by Lucius Lomax
"...Of course, many of the fates of these 150 members have been no different than that of any other group of people of comparable age and time, but this group of men and women, because of their profession, was touched not just by fate but by Fate. Two, Sam Johnson of Plano and Gene Green of Houston, went to Congress and are still there, helping to direct the nation's affairs..."

Women's Health: Our Bodies, Their Laws
State Affairs' nine "wise men" decide what's good for Texas women.
News Story  April 11, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...Women's health and reproductive-rights advocates haven't had much legislative clout since Ann Richards' days, but this session Democratic committee chairs who might block the nastiest bills have been replaced by Republicans. To add insult to jeopardy, all nine members of the House State Affairs Committee, which considers much of this legislation, are men...."

On The Lege
Religious Rights
News Column  May 6, 1999
"...While the bill is currently parked in the State Affairs Committee of the more liberal House, it would be somewhat surprising if it didn't eventually find its way to the governor's desk. The ostensible marriage of religion with civil liberties has produced some unlikely coalitions; the original House companion bill, identical to Sibley's, was introduced by typically left-leaning Houston Democrat Scott Hochberg..."

Bills Grant Texas Doctors Legal Cover to Mislead Pregnant Women
Is the Lege giving doctors a license to lie?
News Story  April 13, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Its House counterpart, HB 434, by Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, reached an early April hearing at the chamber's State Affairs Com­mit­tee..."

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...."

Spreading Ignorance
Lege abortion misinformation and "fetal pain."
News Story  April 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Sarah Davis, a breast cancer survivor, can persuade her colleagues to support House Bill 2945. Last week, in the House State Affairs Committee, when Rep..."

Navigating Possible MAP Detours
More reproductive health care antics at the Lege
News Story  March 18, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Wayne Christian, R-Center, and David Simp­son, R-Longview (House Bill 561 and HB 85, respectively) would ban local jurisdictions – read, Austin and Travis County – from using local tax money to pay for or, in Simpson's bill, to "support" abortion. A hearing on Christian's bill was held Monday in the House State Affairs Committee..."

Immigration Folly at the Lege
News Column  April 27, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Sweeping immigration reforms passing through the Texas House could severely affect the way the city does business. On April 16, the House State Affairs Committee discussed eight bills that covered such issues as banning local government from accepting consular documents as ID and auditing how much is spent by each agency on providing services to undocumented migrants..."

Ounce of Prevention, $467 Million of Cure
House State Affairs Committee approves measure that would increase education regarding family-planning programs and sexually transmitted disease prevention.
News Column  May 4, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...The House State Affairs Committee on April 25 approved a measure that would increase education regarding family-planning programs and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Under House Bill 1842, by Rep..."

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